Chatting with… John deCaux
Recently Aislinn attended the Oz Comic-Con event in Adelaide. She was able to chat with local webseries director, John deCauix and his current project, Level 17.
Tell us about your project.
So, Level 17 is a web-based series made right here in Adelaide, South Australia. It’s an adventure/sci fi series, and it is about a young guy who gets caught up in a corporate conspiracy and to save his girl he has to save the world. It’s a local production, a local team of really talented people.
Where did the inspiration for this project come from?
The inspiration comes from later on in the storyline: if you try to change time, does it work, or do you ultimately become the bad guy? Can you change what might happen, or is it inevitable?
How did you find the talent you worked with?
Being part of the local media helped, finding a camera crew and being part of the film community here in Adelaide. We put out open casting calls out and had three amazingly talented cast members come through to audition. Those guys are just pure talent and it was amazing to find them in Adelaide.
What is unique about your story?
Later on in our story there is a big twist. I don’t want to give away too much, but ‘who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys?’ is really a big question. There is a point when [the story] flips on its head. Do you become the bad guy when you are trying to do the right thing? Do you inevitably become the guy who screws it all up, not matter how much you try?
How important is diversity in storytelling to you?
I think it is really important. With sci fi, a lot of the pitches sound the same. The big thing with sci fi and fantasy nowadays is there is always that twist; you have to have the great twist in the middle of the story. The thing that holds the audience or really surprises them. I think diversity is good because it creates new content and taking risks as well, instead of the usual same stuff being churned out. I think the audience appreciates having something unique and different.
Why did you decide to tell the story in this format? And what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing so?
We chose to do it in a web series mainly due to budget as well as a way to get it out to an audience. We essentially shot the first two episodes as a pilot. Eventually our plan for the project is to pitch it to SBS or ABC. We’ll pitch it as 6 or 7 webisodes, and then at the end of it you have a TV movie or a Direct-to-DVD feature.
Be sure to head over to the Level 17 Facebook page for more info!