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Welcome to the Neighborhood Episode 1 - “Terrorist Sandwich”
First off, we’d like to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy the company of family, friends, and of course, the food. If you can’t enjoy your family and you’re friends are nowhere to be found, at least enjoy the food.
Now that we got that out of the way, WTTN is proud to present what you’ve (probably) been waiting for, the pilot episode of our series! The pilot is titled “Terrorist Sandwich”, featuring our stars Geoff and Salzo, and… no spoilers. Just watch and enjoy! And of course, please share it with your family and friends. After all, that IS what Thanksgiving’s all about. Sharing.
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible, to everyone who waited so patiently for this moment and to you for watching!
So go ahead. Enjoy the episode, pig out and drink ‘til you’re happy. But remember: this Thanksgiving, watch what you eat. Seriously.
Hey! we were featured by WebSeriesChannel
We, here live at WTTN, are still deciding what to use as our official series logo, so we’re giving you a sneak peek of what we’ve come up with so far!
Above (left) is the completed draft done by our graphic/web designer Nicholas Hudson (ahem), me. To the right is a question mark. And you can call me Nick, Nick Hudson or Mr. Hudson (Matt, you reading this?).
We liked how it turned out, but after getting some great feedback, we thought it might be a better idea to come up with something fresher and that captures the mood of the series a little more.
We’ll bounce some ideas for the logo around while we work on other stuff to give this series all the love it needs. So check it out, and stay tuned (lol).
Just kidding about the Mr. Hudson part too, Nick Hudson is good.
Here is the series teaser!
Welcome to the Neighborhood Series is about two down-on-their-luck- New Yorkers trying to survive life at home in their 20’s.
Created by Geoffrey Grasso & John Salzo
Directed by Matthew Charof
Many thanks to our friend David Guinan for helping us out with some lighting gear. Dave just screened his film, "John Frum", at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
WTTN would like to thank Parris Whittingham for making this shot possible. Gear is a valuable commodity in this game, and we could not of made this scene happen without Parris’ 85mm lens. Thanks Parris!
THE STORY SO FAR: Ok, now that we have finished the rough cut for the pilot episode, “Terrorist Sandwich”, let us to take a moment to stop and reflect, look back and share our journey up to this point.
Back in the beginning of August I was sitting in Geoff’s backyard with him and Salzo. They were telling me the story of the “deli confrontation” that turned into the opening scene for the pilot. Even though I had heard the story several times before, it seemed different this time. More excitement, more laughs, more potential. I had been wanting to work with Geoff again after we collaborated on “Erik”, his senior thesis film. And this was the perfect opportunity. I believed in Geoff as a writer and as an actor. I also saw potential in Salzo after seeing his performance as John in “Erik”. We talked for hours, coming up with the entire plot for the first episode. A couple weeks later, Geoff handed me a script.
I started working with Diego Tovar, my room mate, as the producer for the series. We started putting together a crew and putting out casting ads for the Deli Guy. Diego was a great asset to our team early on but soon got commissioned for a very important job and unfortunately had to step down. So I took up the reigns as the producer for the rest of of the project. I will also mention that in the beginning, we had a different DP, my friend Ryan John Lee. Like Diego, Ryan just had too much on his plate at the time to commit to the project fully. His AC, John Olivo was also in and then out at Ryan’s side.
Casting the part for the Deli Guy proved to be very difficult and I want to commemorate Diego for his effort on this one. He was responsible for bringing in Evan, who played our Deli Guy. Thanks Diego!
Introducing Evan Roufeh aka the Deli Guy
Evan brought a wonderful dynamic to our story, one that I could not of even foreseen. Thank you Evan for being awesome! Evan made me laugh until my sides hurt. I have a joker face right now after editing the scene where he gets kidnapped.
Our other featuring actor was Chris Salzo, John Salzo’s brother, he plays Geoff and Salzo’s drug dealer.
Introducing Chris Salzo aka Chris.
So after Kevin agreed to be our new DP it was all down hill from there. Pre-production transitioned smoothly into production. We shot the pilot in two days. Two, long, days! And now we are almost ready for some private screenings before we launch the trailer. (Stay tuned for that)
Thank you everyone for your hard work and dedication, we did it team! Thank you everyone who is reading this blog, you are our viewers. Believe in us, support us. We are going to need your laughs. Thank you and goodnight!
Oh! One last photo to share with you before I go to sleep. It’s 2am after all.
Our car mount:
This was a long fun experience, accompanied by a lot of rain, dead car batteries and a really awesome looking shot.
Nicholas Hudson is our graphic/web designer. Thanks Nick for our awesome logo. This blog is pretty fresh too! Stay tuned for the website!