Only a handful of people can say that in the first two years out of college they wrote, directed and orchestrated a successful web series, complete with a star-studded cast and crew. Trinity alumna Kendra Doshier â€˜12 is one of those people. The series, titled â€œCTRL.ALT.DEL,â€ advertises itself as being â€œlike a clever cross between â€˜Girlsâ€™ and â€˜Sex and the Cityâ€™â€¦ but darker.â€
â€œThe show is about this late bloomer who lacks direction in her life, who doesnâ€™t have a job and who lives with her boyfriend, but thereâ€™s this tug-of-war going on between them,â€ Doshier said. â€œShe gets a job lead from her friend and begins work for this bitchy casting assistant in L.A., and this show follows her throughout that journey. I really like catching people off guard, and I think this season is going to do that.â€
Carson Clarke is played by Gabrielle Christian, who appears in shows including â€œSouth of Nowhere,â€ â€œDrake and Joshâ€ and â€œHouse.â€ Doshier, who has been a fan of Christian ever since â€œSouth of Nowhere,â€ succeeded in catching Christianâ€™s interest after tweeting her about the web series.
â€œHonestly, I had only written the pilot script, so I sent it to Christian and she liked it and said she wanted to see more, so my co-editor and I cranked out a whole season in a week,â€ Doshier said. â€œShe fell in love with it and said, â€˜I have some people I want you to get in touch with that I think would be good for this character or that character.â€™ â€
The series also stars actors such as Ash Lendzion, who recently played in â€œSpring Breakers,â€ and Maria Russell, who has appeared on â€œThe Mentalist,â€ â€œCriminal Mindsâ€ and â€œSouthland.â€
Despite holding an already-demanding job, Doshier poured everything she had into this web series, and others have noticed her dedication.
â€œThis is Kendraâ€™s babyâ€”she wrote the whole first season, which is about six episodes long, in a couple weeks,â€ said Natalie Toto 13, editor and Trinity alumna. â€œThen she went on Craigslist for a month, looking at peopleâ€™s reels for jobs like a cinematographer and a sound person. She worked really hard and did it incredibly professionally.â€
After two months of pre-production, the pilot was shot in a weekend with a cast and crew of around 25 people.
â€œWhen it came time for editing, which Natalie did, we sat in the living room for two weekends straight,â€ Doshier said. â€œWe got to watch it from inception to the final cut, which Iâ€™ve never done before. We had a huge view count of about 5,000 views in the first week. It got a much bigger response than I expected.â€
However, in order to produce the rest of the first season, the web series needs funding Doshier set up a Kickstarter campaign in order to accomplish that goal, which is $16,447 by October 10. The catch is that a Kickstarter campaign is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if â€œCTRL.ALT.DELâ€ does not receive $16,447 by that date, it will not receive any funding at all.
â€œThe campaign can easily fail because there are so many going around, and itâ€™s a huge double-edged sword; it can either skyrocket or get lost in a huge shuffle,â€ said Trinity alumnus Kauveh Khozein â€˜13, an extra in the series.
To support â€œCTRL.ALT.DEL,â€ visit the website at http://kck.st/13qxL08, where the first episode is also posted. As incentive, Doshier promises generous rewards for various pledge amounts, including prizes such as Executive Producer Credit or a walk-on role in an episode.
â€œWe have pretty much slaved over this thing, and we really want to make it happen,â€ Doshier said. â€œEvery single dollar countsâ€”even five dollars is awesome, and it helps more than you think. We are extremely grateful for any support at all, including getting the word out to people and sending out links of the pilot or the Kickstarter campaign. Exposure is very crucial to our success at this point.â€