WED 11/28 AT 10AM PST
Creators Watch EP1: Generic Girl
Allie Olson & Victor Solis from Generic Girl, Guests
Allie Olson ( @AllieOlson ) is an actress from Pasadena, California. She has appeared in many films and shows.
Victor Solis ( @VictorRSolis ) is a seemingly rare specimen, a Southern California filmmaker born and raised in Southern California. He began collaborating with his long-time creative partner Steven Itano Wasserman in the late 1980s, a dark age of VHS cassettes and corded phones. The duo quickly discovered their shared appetite for the craft of storytelling, satire, photography, science fiction, and films of all genres. In the late 1990s, while attending UCLA for English and film studies, Victor adopted a journeyman approach in film production starting as a production assistant on independent features. He has since worked in virtually every department from development through production. Victor’s first foray into the new media space is the live action comic series “Generic Girl” starring actress and songwriter Alexandra Olson in the title role. He co-created, co-wrote, and produced the 10-episode series with Wasserman who has been nominated for the 2013 IAWTV Award for Best Director of a Comedy Series. The show premiered Feb. 14, 2012 exclusively on JTS.TV and launched on YouTube in May 2012. Interview with transcript: http://spidcast.com/2012/04/
Steven Itano Wasserman is a fourth generation American of Japanese & Russian Jewish descent. He earned his Master’s of Fine Arts in Film Production at USC School of Cinematic Arts, with a concentration in Writing & Directing. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Teledramatic Arts and Technology from California State University at Monterey Bay (“CSUMB”). As part of the CSUMB pioneer freshman class, Steven studied under pioneer Latino filmmaker Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, La Bamba).
Steven has worked on numerous independent productions as director, producer, cinematographer, editor and writer. His work has been featured numerous international film festivals around the world. Steven also managed the Hanashi Oral History Program of the Go For Broke National Education Center (www.goforbroke.org) which is dedicated to preserving the oral histories of American World War II veterans of Japanese ancestry. During his tenure with Go For Broke, Steven managed 100+ volunteers to conduct over 300+ broadcast quality interviews that are accessible to the public through the Education Center’s resource center, teacher training program, website and documentary projects.
Steven has continued to volunteer with Go For Broke, teaching new volunteers interviewing, videography and other best practices in video production. He has served as a moderator & instructor for panels on documenting oral histories. Steven has been a panelist on filming oral histories for the “National Veterans Oral History Project” which was put on by the Japanese American National Museum. Steven also has been a panelist on cinematography for “Lights, Camera, Action! Emerging Technologies and How They Will Affect Our Space,” part of the educational programs of the International Academy of Web Television & YouTube.
Recently, Steven directed a PBS length documentary about the Varsity Victory Volunteers (Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Hawaii during World War II who labored to regain their right to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in the wake of Pearl Harbor). Another recent project included the official video for the 2011 Congressional Gold Medal for the Japanese American World War II veterans of the100th/442nd/MIS veterans which premiered at at the Congressional Gold Medal National Gala in October 2011. Additional projects include directing music videos & directing “Generic Girl,” the original superhero comedy series he co-created with Victor R. Solis.
In his spare time, Steven enjoys reading science fiction & comic books, drawing, playing the drums and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.
We had a snafoo with the screen staying stuck on the photos, but still a great conversation on creativity, composition in film, and becoming a promotions ninja for building audience!
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