Well, I think the world and his wife know that it is Halloween in a week’s time. As well as all that, two actors that I was in a film with earlier in the year (That film is More Sex Lies and Depravity, formerly known as Ethan, which I wrote about earlier in the year and is set for release on DVD in February 2014) are involved in a new pilot for a horror-comedy series which gets it timely premiere on YouTube on…yep…Halloween. One of them – Ruggero Dalla Santa – plays Aleister and is also the creator of this new idea. The other, Nathaniel Francis, plays Dean – the grandson of Aleister’s Landlady.
Aleister Caravaggio is a real medium who abuses his powers to get what he wants in life. But what happens when the people in death decide to take revenge? Demonic possession, make- believe rituals and questionable tarot readings; in a world where thousands of ghosts are suffering from post-mortem depression, it’s just another day for Aleister Caravaggio.
Ruggero is hoping to see the series make the jump onto TV but, if it doesn’t make the grade then he is ready to develop it as a web series instead. A crowdfunding campaign for £1000 was launched earlier this year to help produce the pilot episode. The target was reached and surpassed within a week, with the total amount pledged jumping to almost £1600 in less than a month, demonstrating undeniable support for the project. This gave a completely new scope to the first step of the project, allowing for high-quality equipment hire, costumes, set dressing and much more.
Ruggero explains where he got the idea from:
I had been toying with several of the elements that form the world of Aleister -‐ the way the communication with the spirits work for example -‐ for some time, and had even started developing an outline for a feature film, but the initial spark for Aleister came from somewhere completely different. There are lots of series’ that centre around a strong and non-conventional male character who defy rules and always end up on top of everybody else. Some of these series’ are very good, other degenerate into quasi-‐chauvinistic stereotypes. I wanted to see something different. I wanted a lead character who thinks of himself as very cool and macho, but who is ultimately punished for it. Someone who, in order to end up on top, will have to question his own actions and decide to change. I never meant this as a sort of ‘educational model’, it’s just an idea that I started to play around with and which ultimately combined itself with the ‘ghost world’ I had developed for that other project.
Look out for it’s premiere in a weeks time. In the meantime, here is a trailer showing a taste of what you can expect to see.
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