Nov 6, 2014

Introducing Morganville: The Series!


Okay, I don't know about you guys, but I was a huge fan of The Morganville Vampires series when I was younger. So, naturally, when the Morganville: The Series publicity team contacted Amber and I about posting some info about the new web series, I was BEYOND excited and willing. So here's what the Morganville: The Series publicity team has to say: 

"Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day. Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. 

Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.

Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!

Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, 'The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.'

Fans might be wondering how a 10-day-shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, but Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, 'For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.'"

To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The Morganville 
Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series:

Morganville: The Series Website
YouTube Channel
The Morganville Vampires' Website
Rachel Caine's Website

Also, check out the show for yourself! 
Trailer
Episode 1 - "Glass House"
Episode 2 - "Bite Me"


I'm so excited to watch this web series as it plays out and I hope you all are too!


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