Nancylee Myatt and Christin Mell
AE: Nancylee, you crowd funded the first season of Nikki & Nora, and it was obvious from fan response that this series meant a lot to fans. What are your plans for making Season 2?
LV: Prostitution and/or a bake sale. Oh. Sorry. That question wasn’t for me.
NM: Our intention has always been to keep going, to produce a second season. Right now, we’re shopping the series to the larger online outlets–Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. This would give us greater visibility, which will then give us a larger budget and the ability to deliver more episodes. We’ll see. We are still moving ahead, nevertheless, with prep for a second season of the tellofilms webseries version, for which we will rely again on crowdfunding. In that incarnation, we hope to shoot before the end of the year, for a spring release.
AE: Nikki & Nora is available through tello Films, which is a monthly subscription based service dedicated to lesbian and queer focused entertainment. There are a bunch of terrific webseries available on tello all for essentially the price of a latte. There are still some folks out there that are hesitant to pay for content. What would you say to those potential viewers?
NM: Regarding paying for webseries and internet content. For the cost of buying me a cocktail in appreciation, you get to see a reboot of the pilot you have been blogging about, bootlegging, writing fanfic for, and creating love letter videos to over the last ten years.
No matter what you believe to be true, any production worth watching takes money, whether it’s for the big, medium or small screen. And for me, and those who work with me, this is our real job. It’s not a hobby. It takes just as much time to write a script, prep and shoot and edit, as it does for any other project no matter what the budget or what device you are viewing it on.
When we produce a webseries for you, we try to put every dollar on the screen. And I think it shows. No one working on Nikki & Nora is making anywhere near the money they get paid on a traditional network series (if they make anything at all), where characters like Nikki and Nora are only just starting to be represented. We do independent webseries because we love the people and material, and we know that you do, too.
This version of Nikki & Nora cost one tenth of what the network original did – but we busted our butts to make it amazing. We owed it to the fans to make sure it could hold up to the standard we set with the first one.
Here’s the math – if we don’t pay the bills, sadly we will not be able to continue to give you this kind of entertainment. So think of it as paying for your premium cable shows, or downloading a PPV movie, or buying a ticket to the theater–but for waaay less cash.
Please know that this is really a labor of love for us. And our gift for you, who have made it clear to me that you fell in love with Nikki & Nora just like I did. Thank you for helping me bring them back.
LV: Christina Cox is a hell of a lot hotter than a latte. Pony up the dough!
AE: Nancylee, you were a producer and writer of the beloved South of Nowhere, and have done quite a few lesbian focused projects. Christina and Liz, you both have big lesbian followings. Do you find that lesbian fans are particularly loyal? What does it mean to you to know that you are creating content that is unique and very much appreciated by lesbian fans.
CC: I think about the fan interaction much the same as I think about the characters I choose to play; sexual orientation has very little to do with my decision making, so therefore I don’t see or create any division of fans or supporters. I’m just happy to have all the love I can get! Love is love, right?
NM: I am always amazed and feel so much gratitude for the fans of the shows i’ve been associated with. It makes me happy to be able to make them happy. And it also reminds me how important it is to keep trying to represent them truthfully in all the shows I can influence.
LV: Here’s exactly what I think. I think the lesbian community is, even now, painfully underrepresented in television and movies— with the exception of The Fosters, a show I happen to love. I think the fact that fans had to track down a UPN pilot that was made in 2004 on YouTube to see themselves represented in some way is, while crazy flattering, also extremely telling. Lesbian content shouldn’t be that hard to find!
Thankfully, places like Tello are making it a lot easier. I have had people stop me and actually thank me for being a part of something like Nikki & Nora—that means a whole hell of a lot. Nancylee, Christina, and I have talked at great length about this. There are shows on the air that have a lesbian subtext—if we can play some small part in turning that subtext into “text-text,” I think we’ll all be proud.
Here’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Nikki & Nora:
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You can watch Nikki & Nora here.