The original series, composed of 10 episodes and filmed from the novel perspective of the four female leads, is created by director, Marina Rice Bader (Ava’s Impossible Things), and Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera (The Influencer, Girls Like Magic) who wrote the series and stars as Jo’s crush Debika. Dating ‘In’ Place brought together a ‘behind the scenes’ dream team inclusive of composer Allyson Newman (The L Word Generation Q) and editor Andrea Maxwell (Spider-Man, Black Panther). The creators believe that the show serves as a perfect time capsule for what’s currently happening in our world.
“As someone who has always been both challenged and fascinated by the idea of ‘true love’,” says Marina Rice Bader. “I wanted to explore what it means to be on the brink of that magical experience only to have circumstances out of your control crash in and threaten to steal it away from you.” The director adds: “Finding real love is tough enough, you know, without a global pandemic working against you.”
Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera says: “The pandemic hindered a lot more than just romance. With film productions being shut down indefinitely, filmmakers not only lost their livelihoods but their purpose as storytellers.I saw this as an incredible opportunity to craft a story around the technology that was available to me in the hopes that it would allow me to continue to tell inclusive stories.”
Like the fictional characters in the series, the filmmakers we’re confronted with their own pandemic-related challenges: the entire production of Dating ‘In’ Place was conducted in complete observance of the “Shelter in Place” order; and cast members operated camera, audio, lighting under the virtual guidance of the show’s director and cinematographer who both worked remotely over video conference. However, the challenges only fostered more creativity in the filmmaking process and the series reflects the versatility and ingenuity of its creators.
The entire series will be available to stream on Revry (watch.revry.tv/OML) on November 1, 2020 at 5pm (PST) or available for streaming On-Demand at 11am (PST).