We are happy to announce plans to grow the Wip portal to make it a hub for quality Canadian dramatic web series content. We started Wip with the goal of featuring all of the IPF funded web series in one place. Now – with our recent website redesign – we have decided to expand our scope.
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We've teased you with small details about the English language 2012 funded web series and now we'd like to tell you more. Next year will see web series about a fantasy world, tween steampunk adventure, semi-retired wrestler and much much more. Read about the new series and connect with them online to follow their production process and be the first to know when they are released.
But I'm Chris Jericho!
This comedy web series follows semi-retired pro wrestler Chris Jericho as he tries to shed his spandex body-slamming past and become a respected actor.
Everyone’s Famous follows the trials and tribulations of Donald Tipper who quits his day job to seek fame and fortune after appearing in an embarrassing viral video.
Guidestones – Season 2
Guidestones is an interactive thriller about two journalism students who uncover a global conspiracy while investigating a murder. The series delves into the Georgia Guidestones mystery, encouraging viewers to solve each episode’s cliffhangers.
Just Passing Through
Just Passing Through revolves around the city-mouse country-mouse relationship of Owen Stephens, and Terry and Parnell Gallant. Terry and Parnell are Maritime cousins whom Owen hasn’t seen since his long-forgotten teenage summers spent with family on the East Coast. Terry and Parnell, rough and tumble rig hands, arrive unannounced on Owen’s Toronto doorstep. They swear they’re “just passing through” to sweet jobs in Alberta’s oil patch, so Owen can’t say no to one night’s stay. But like every family reunion, this one turns out to be more than Owen thinks he’s bargained for.
Long Story, Short
Long Story, Short is a sexy, moving and funny web series about three inseparable twenty-one year old girls; their love lives, triumphs, failures and all the assorted humiliations in-between.
Mila's Fountain is a fantasy web series set in a mythic past, which tells the story of a chance encounter between a dangerous and immortal water spirit named Mila and a mysterious wandering man who has stumbled upon her mystical fountain – an encounter that will transform their lives and change the world around them forever.
S.O.S. Save Our Skins
S.O.S: SAVE OUR SKINS is a comedy-horror (mostly comedy) web series about two men, Ben and Stephen, who wake up one morning to find that the human race has disappeared. Ben (lazy, deceitful, stupid) and Stephen (well-meaning, hard-working, stupid) at first celebrate the freedom of being the only two humans left on Earth – the world is a big fun oyster. But this joy turns to boredom and bickering, and then outright fear as they begin to find other forms of life wandering about the desolate planet – and not all of it friendly.
Space Janitors – Season 2
Space Janitors chronicles the lives of Mike Chet and Darby Richards, two janitors working aboard an evil iconic space station. The misadventures of Mike, Darby and their friends – a computer psychologist, a curious Android, and a clone soldier – shed a humorous light on popular science fiction staples.
Summer break usually means two things; sleeping in and avoiding yard work. But for one rag-tag team of 14 year olds, it’ll be packed with cryptic puzzles, deadly traps and unlocking the door to a futuristic, steam punk civilization. Oh, and avoiding yard work. For these Unlikely Heroes, it’s going to be the summer of a lifetime.
VERSUS VALERIE follows Valerie Lapomme as she navigates her chaotic life, sliding between reality and her video-game and genre-bending imagination. When confronted with everyday issues or big decisions, Val will fantasize her way into a solution inspired by her heroes Captain Picard, Yoda and Dumbledore as she “Levels-Up in Life”.
The IPF Board of Directors approved funding for 15 scripted drama series (10 English / 5 French) designed and produced for exploitation on the web and is making equity investments of $1.5 M in these projects. This unique funding program, which was created in 2010 is encouraging experimentation and evaluating potential for high quality, story driven drama for web audiences.
On Friday April 6th a few lucky fans will get a sneak peek of the highly anticipated second episode at the PAX East conference in Boston. Space Janitors will be part of The Escapist Movie Night held at the Wyvern Theatre. The night will feature never-before-seen videos from The Escapist’s most popular web series, a panel discussion with the web series creators and the special premiere of Space Janitors episode 2.
Whew, what a month here at the IPF offices. For our March 1 Phase 1 deadline we received 153 applications for our web series production program. It was a blast to read all the amazing ideas folks have. We got a variety of submissions ranging from epic time travelling space adventures and doggy weddings to heartfelt last moments and choose your own adventure thrillers. We had the very difficult job of narrowing down the submissions to 31 projects to move on to the second phase of applications. The projects selected to move forward have until May 1 to submit more in-depth, longer applications.
Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich), an exchange student from India studying journalism in Canada, stumbles upon an unsolved murder while working on assignment with fellow student Trevor Shale (Dan Fox). She learns that the murdered man, a scientist named Harold Glenndenning (David Fox), may have a connection to the builders of The Georgia Guidestones. Following clues hidden within The Guidestones she discovers that Harold’s death was no random act, and is instead part of a cover-up hiding a global conspiracy of apocalyptic proportions.
Celebrating two decades of funding traditional Canadian television drama series, the board of the Independent Production Fund (IPF) has made a formal commitment to lead the industry in new directions for the future. The web series funding program that has been undertaken on an experimental basis for the past two years, will now become the focus of IPF funding support for the next three years. In 2010, the IPF launched a pilot program to support linear drama series created for new […]
A new guide from theIndependent Production Fund(IPF) unravels the mystery behind web series marketing.
The Board of Directors of the Independent Production Fund (IPF) undertook an evaluation of its Web Series Pilot Program and determined that funding support should be maintained in 2011, in order to continue to explore this innovative, story-driven dramatic form and its potential business models. “The creativity of the web series format is exciting and inspiring, but there are a few mysteries yet to solve in this experimental format,” noted IPF Chair Charles Ohayon. “Time is needed to develop appropriate marketing, […]
Moderation Town, a comedy series set in a small Maritime town, launched this past Thursday, December 9, 2011 on Showcase. The six-part web series looks at what happens when the local factory folds and is replaced by an Internet moderation company. and new episodes can be seen every Local residents become not-so-internet-savvy content moderators, responsible for filtering the most offensive content off of the Internet. Moderation Town rolls out every Thursday for the next six weeks at http://www.showcase.ca/video/ The series was produced […]
This past Monday, the first two episodes of the tween digital detective series, Ruby Skye P.I. went live. However, the web series has been building buzz and collecting loyal fans for months now. It seems as if creator Jill Golick and her hardworking team have locked down the secret to successful social media promotion. The @RubySkyePI Twitter feed has been running since July and now has over 600 followers and some 1,200 tweets posted. The Twitter presence coupled with an interesting […]