DEW 2015: New Form Digital Commissions 10 More Short Films

/ Feb 11, 2015

brian grazer ron howard

New Form Digital is commissioning 10 more short films from established and emerging filmmakers online.

The new crop of shorts, which will debut in May 2015, include a comedy about a fake ghost-busting team (from YouTube filmmaking duo Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs), a sci-fi thriller that explores the world of one’s dreams (from ad agency Pereira O’Dell), and a romantic comedy from Wong Fu Productions.

Each short will feature an appearance by YouTuber Mitchell Davis, who was similarly featured in New Form’s first short-film slate. As part of Davis’s deal with New Form, he will host the shorts, as well as various videos that accompany the shorts, on his channel, which reaches more than 650,000 subscribers.

Founded as a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, New Form focuses on developing online projects that can be distributed across a variety of platforms. Its criteria for selecting projects include a “combination of audience scale, audience overlap, and storytelling ability.” For instance, New Form’s first “incubator” slate featured 14 films from YouTube stars like Joe Penna, Sawyer Hartman, Meghan Camarena, and Joey Graceffa.

It doesn’t end with the initial short films, either. From that first slate, New Form announced a couple of series based on Sawyer Hartman and PJ Liguori’s short films, which will stream exclusively on Vimeo On Demand as part of a multi-series deal between the two companies.

Descriptions for all of the projects in New Form’s second incubator slate are available below:

“10:31” (Ryan Finnerty): Silent Death, the ultimate YouTube pranksters, set out to blow up the Internet with their Halloween #prankyourex series. The tables turn when a rival prank gang starts pranking them back and it turns deadly. Starring popular YouTube personality Lauren Elizabeth & Viner, Allegra Masters.

“The Dreams of Emma Bloom” (Pereira & O’Dell): In this psychological thriller, it’s the very near future and the final frontier of entertainment has been tapped: our dreams. When Emma Bloom, the world’s most famous dream writer dies, something doesn’t quite add up and thus begins Eloise’s journey into the dreams to find out what really happened.

“Ghost Fighting Corporation” (Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs): A comedy about a fake ghost-busting team that takes advantage of people’s supernatural fears to make money. But when they start experiencing actual supernatural forces beyond their control, they must rethink their whole operation.

“Occupy Alice” (Ally Maynard): Ever the party girl, Alice’s life is turned upside down when her 13-year-old sister, Amy, randomly turns up at her apartment and moves in.

“The Imp of the Perverse” (Benjamin Cook): In this dark comedy, Mike has become obsessed with one of Poe’s favorite poems and it has him itching to do the wrong thing in every situation. The series follows Mike’s descent into madness as he enlists his friends to help him find an imp. Can they find the Imp before it finds them?

“Cold” (Emily Diana Ruth): When Isla discovers her real parents were murdered weeks before she was adopted, she runs away to the town where it happened and begins to uncover dark secrets the townspeople have tried to bury and forget.

“Dr. Havoc’s Diary” (Mark Cope & Carlo Moss): From the creators of The Most Popular Girls in School, this stop-motion animated series follows the world’s most pragmatic evil villain as he battles his arch nemesis to save the world and get the girl.

“Grrl Scouts” (Mike Diva): The Grrl Scouts are the masterminds behind a small time weed operation and the queens of doing nothing really great. But when they square off against the wrong guys, they find themselves in the middle of a top-secret conspiracy to take over the world, and the Grrl Scouts have become the first target to eliminate.

“Party Girl” (Lisa Schwartz): This comedy tracks party girl Madison as she attempts to be ‘normal’ with a move to California and reinvents herself while working as a D-list princess at every kid’s birthday party in the Valley.

“Single by 30” (Wong Fu): Two high school overachievers vow to marry if they both reach 30 without finding someone else. When the time comes, their story unfolds in very interesting and unexpected ways.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Instant Time INc.

Time Inc.’s ‘New Famous’ Platform Instant...

 
Susan Wojcicki YouTube

Take That, Facebook: YouTube Adding Mobile Live Streaming

 
YouTubeRedLogo

YouTube Red Sticking with Influencers

 
VidCon YouTube Intimacy Problem

Do YouTubers Have an Intimacy Problem?

 
Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
 
JensChristensen_JauntVR_VideoInk_300x250

VidCon 2016: 5Qs With Keynote Speaker Jens Christensen

 
Zefr Top 100 Influencers

Zefr Calculates 100 Top Digital Influencers

 
VH1 What's Trending Huge on the Tube

Can “What’s Trending” Transform Itself into E!...

 
BrandFlirt_VideoInk_300x250

Good Amplified Teams with Internet Famous Database to Match...

 
BuzzFeed is number one for views across social video platforms in may

Ze Frank’s Memo May Have Just Opened the Biggest Can of IP...

 
Alice Ng uFluencer Group

uFluencer Group Taps Alice Ng to Head Talent in Asia-Pacific Region

 
Internet Famous Shane Dawson

If YouTubers Relate to ‘Internet Famous,’ They Need...

 
Rooster Teeth Lazer Team

Rooster Teeth’s “Lazer Team” Grabs...

 
VidCon

VidCon Going Global in 2017 with Events in Australia and Amsterdam

 
Superfruit

Fullscreen Signs Five Creators, incl. Superfruit, Ricegum and...

 
Star Wars Force Friday Unboxing Maker Studios

How Toy Manufacturers Make Streaming Video the Gift That Keeps...

 
Art of More Dennis Quaid Crackle

Crackle’s ‘The Art of More’ Adds Merritt...

 
Sable_Musurca_VideoInk_300x250

Gunpowder & Sky Set to Develop Skate-Themed Thriller from...

 
Alias Grace Netflix

Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ Gets...

 
Oberto_WorldsFirst_VideoInk_300x250

Jerky Brand Oberto Makes Sports Play in Video Series with Nitro Circus

 
Melvin Gregg CAA

Actor/Vine Star Melvin Gregg Signs with CAA

 
insurrection logo

Verizon Hearst Media Partners’ Seriously.TV Orders First...

 
Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated Adds Emmy-Winner Josh Oshinsky to Digital Team

 
Machinima Logo

Machinima Goes Over-the-Top in Spain and Portual with AMC...

 
Christina Grimmie and Dog Chloe

Christina Grimmie On Giving Back: ‘You Shouldn’t...

 
E3

E3 Is A Showcase For Of Branded Content in All Its Variations

 
@SummerBreak Season 4

Transmedia Reality Series ‘@SummerBreak’ Gets Season...

 
Culver Studios River Studios

Virtual Reality Start-Up River Studios Opens L.A Operation

 
Vimeo

Vimeo Wins Round in Copyright Battle with EMI

 
David Brent Life on the Road Ricky Gervais Netflix

Netflix Stays in Ricky Gervais Business with ‘David Brent:...

 
TheStreet

TheStreet Rolls Out Blue Chip In-House Branded Content Studio

 
Sports Illustrated Tech & Media Time Inc.

Time Inc. Launches Sports Illustrated Tech & Media...

 
Super Deluxe Turner

Turner Officially Resurrects Super Deluxe Comedy Portal

 
Felix & Paul Studios

VR Studio Felix & Paul Closes $6.8M Funding Led by Comcast

 
SupremeCourt

Why the ‘Net Neutrality’ Ruling Could Backfire on...

 
EllationVRV_VideoInk_300x250

Meet Vrv, The New Digital MSO from Otter Media’s Ellation

 
VidCon

Will VidCon’s Added Security Spoil the Party?

 
Emmys_VideoInk_300x250

2016 Emmy Voting Begins Today, Meet the Short Form Category Nominees

 
Emmys_VideoInk_300x250

2016 Short Form Emmy Contenders – Variety Series

 
Emmys_VideoInk_300x250

2016 Short Form Emmy Contenders – Non-Scripted / Reality Series

 
Emmys_VideoInk_300x250

2016 Short Form Emmy Contenders – Comedy and Drama Series