by Lorie Lewis Ham
I enjoy discovering web series–there are so many great ones out there that more people need to know about! Recently I discovered an absolutely amazing pilot for a new web series called Intricate Vengeance! It turns out that it is from the creative mind of someone we have chatted with before–writer, actor, producer, and director Wilson Cleveland. So we took some time to chat with him about this amazing new series!
KRL: How and when did the idea for this interesting and unique show come about and what inspired it?
Wilson: I think revenge gets a bad rap. I think it’s a very human impulse that we’ve been taught from childhood to ignore. Yet, “an eye for an eye” is the earliest recorded law of the land in human history – going back to the Code of Hamurabi. I was fascinated by the idea of a group of people banded together by a belief in an ancient law of revenge, not reductive gift shop revenge or revenge porn, but following and respecting an ancient code to the letter.
KRL: Is this another one where you created this with a specific sponsor in mind?
Wilson: I was commissioned by New Form Digital, which is the digital studio co-founded by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Discovery and CAA to produce a pilot that could eventually serve as a digital series. I’d watched and loved all the really creative and original stuff New Form was putting out there and created Intricate Vengeance specifically for them because I knew they’d know how to support it.
KRL: How long did it take to put this one together?
Wilson: It came together pretty quickly. All in, a little over a month from start to finish. We shot the entire pilot in three days.
KRL: Wow that’s amazing!
You are involved in pretty much every aspect of this show-creating, producing, writing, acting–is it hard to juggle all of it?
Wilson: It would be impossible if I were doing it alone. Luckily I got to hand pick my dream team – Mark Gantt, Justin Morrison, Kal Bogdanove and Adrienne Arno are gifted at what they do.
KRL: Will there be more episodes coming soon? (I really hope so)
Wilson: We’ll see! New Form has a great track record getting their pilots picked up by networks like Go90 and YouTube Red, I’d love to do at least one full season of Intricate Vengeance.
KRL: I know you are in the cast, can you tell us about the other cast members and how they became a part of this?
Wilson: Meghan Tonjes (Willa) and Vincent Cyr (Jared) are crazy talented. They’re also incredibly popular YouTube creators. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years. I actually created their characters specifically for them. Luke Cook is a gifted actor. We cast him literally 3 days before shooting. I was very particular about finding an actor who could play Oliver the way I’d written him. Luke nailed it with surgical precision.
KRL: What did you enjoy the most about this project?
Wilson: Getting to work with close friends to create something cool is truly my greatest joy in life. Mark, Justin, Kal, Adrienne and I have personal and professional history – in some cases going back to my very first web series, The Temp Life.
KRL: What else are you working on right now?
Wilson: A lot. I have five series and a feature film in various stages of development. I also have ideas for short films I’d like to do for my YouTube channel.
I have my fingers crossed that there will be more of Intricate Vengeance and pretty much look forward to anything Wilson is involved in. Be sure to check out Intricate Vengeance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_cUBjUSmDM&feature=youtu.be and be sure to check out Wilson’s YouTube channel as well: www.youtube.com/user/spheriontheweb. You can also learn more about Intricate Vengeance on their website: intricatevengeance.com/#intricate-vengeance-2.
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