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Behind the Scenes: Bellingham filmmaker Wilson Large launches Kickstarter campaign for his web series “Dark Darkness”

“Dark Darkness” is an adventure-comedy-fantasy web series launched in 2012 by Bellingham filmmaker Wilson Large, who‘s producing and directing the series with the support of more than 130 cast and crew over the course of the first three episodes.

“Dark Darkness” is based on the award-winning play “The Dastardly Death of Dr. Darkness,” by Bellingham playwright Ben Eisner.

The series features dark lords, mythical crossbreeds, a vampire-wizard, a sorceress-ninja queen and Jerry the Snakeman. Led by Ronald the Dungeon Master — one of four protagonists — characters join forces, or conspire against each other, in a magical, fantastical realm. Characters grapple with their love of the dark, striving to solve mysteries amidst comedic high jinks.

The series is available via YouTube, as webisodes. (Web series are presented on the Internet as related episodes (called “webisodes”) and are available to the viewing public in many different genres, similar to television series: drama, sci-fi, reality, soap opera and sit-com.)

Among the collaborators on the series is co-producer James Pidgeon of Bellingham, and actress Elle Viane Sonnet, who’s known as the host for the online news program “ChiclyGeek.com,” and fan series “Star Trek: Phoenix.” It’s also brought in production designer Garvin Eddy, the Emmy-winning designer of shows like “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne” and “That 70’s Show.”

Large recently started a Kickstarter campaign because he’s making a short, four-episode, “Season Zero,” “to introduce the characters individually before they meet each other,” he says.

The first two episodes of Season Zero have been released, but funds are needed to finish episodes three and four. Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to complete post production on episode three, “Ganamazol’s Gambit” and shoot principle photography on Episode Four, “Snakeman’s Solitude.”

Large’s goal is to have at least a $500,00 budget per season, and he hopes to be on a global distribution platform.

“This story, these characters mean so much to me,” he says.

He adds that it’s his goal to see an industry of filmmaking thrive in Bellingham.

Author discusses book about 1936 UW crew team

At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the University of Washington crew team stunned the world by winning the gold medal, beating the German team as Adolf Hitler looked on. The team was made up of the sons of dairy farmers, loggers and fishermen, many of whom joined the crew team so they could stay in college during the Great Depression. Their improbable story of transformation from a rag-tag group of rowers to one of the best teams in the world is the subject of “The Boys in the Boat,” Western Washington University’s “Western Reads” selection for 2014-15.

Author Daniel James Brown will share the remarkable story drawn from the team members’ journals and memories at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at WWU’s Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

Western Reads is Western’s campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement and civil discourse among members of the campus community.

“The Boys in the Boat” is also the Whatcom Reads selection for 2015. Brown is scheduled to appear in Whatcom County again in February. More on the book on YouTube.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com

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