A few months ago, AfterEllen.com announced a contest to find the next great web series, and we were deluged with terrific entries from professional and amateur filmmakers alike. Thank you to everyone who submitted something — we have some very talented readers!
We ultimately narrowed it down to our top two, and today we proudly announce the winner of the series: B.J. Fletcher, Private Eye, written, directed and produced by Regan Latimer from Toronto, Canada.
Regan is Director of Toronto-based production company, Bee Charmer Productions. A postproduction specialist, Regan’s credits include Emmy award-winning promo spots for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain PBS and video editing work for Denver Center Media.
The series stars out actress Lindy Zucker as the questionably competent private detective B.J. Fletcher, and Dana Puddicombe as her best friend and sidekick Georgia "George" Drew.
Lindy Zucker (left) and Dana Puddicombe
A Toronto actor, writer, performer, curator, and freelance theater technician, Zucker is perpetually trying to find the balance between being on stage and behind the scenes. Puddicombe, a Toronto stage actress originally from Newfoundland, is proud to make her internet debut wearing a kilt.
The series also features Natasha Gordon in a recurring role as Fletcher’s ex, Marjorie, and Karim Morgan as Fletcher’s friend on the police force, Joe Magnum.
To introduce you to B.J. Fletcher, we asked Latimer a handful of questions about making the series. Read on to learn more, and then follow the link at the bottom of the page to watch the first episode (we’ll be posting new episodes every Tuesday).
AfterEllen.com: How did you come up with the idea for B.J. Fletcher, Private Eye? What inspired you to make it?
Both of us being fans of such shows as C.S.I. (the original, although David Caruso is a huge inspiration for Lindy’s sunglass maneuvers), Murder, She Wrote and Laverne and Shirley, we thought we’d combine the mystery with the comedy and started filming immediately.
Why did you cast Lindy and Dana in the lead roles?
At the first reading of the script the comedic chemistry between them was amazing, and working with them on this series has been a hilarious experience — I’m considering doing an outtake reel.
Were there any budgetary challenges to making the series? How did you work around those?
What did you learn in making the series that you didn’t know before you started?
What advice would you give other people thinking about making a web series?
Plus you would be amazed at the technical magic, a couple chinese lanterns from Ikea can pull off.
Watch the first episode of B.J. Fletcher, Private Eye