In my last article, we talked about theme and asking the central question–namely, what the heck is my web series about? Here’s an example of a web series with both a compelling theme and central question that really drive the series, with hilarious results!
Single Siblings follows the adventures of brother and sister Connor and Claire, who are both unlucky in love. After breaking up with their current partners, they realize they might be just the right fit to help each other find that perfect match.
I interviewed co-creators Meryl Hathaway and Chris Alvarado about their background, what inspired the story behind the series, and what made them interested in creating their own work.
Meryl Hathaway is an actress, writer and improviser based in LA, originally from Maryland. She has studied and performed improv and sketch comedy at UCB in both NY and LA, is a performing member of the Story Pirates, and can currently be seen in numerous commercials as well as various short and independent films. She can also be seen in comedy videos from Funny or Die, UCB Comedy and College Humor.
Chris Alvarado is from Downey, CA, and spent three years in Chicago, training at The Second City Conservatory. Now in LA, Chris performs improv every Wednesday night at iO West and sketch comedy every Friday night at The Second City.
Rebecca: What was the genesis of the idea for Single Siblings?
C&M: We had met in passing but didn’t know each other well, or at all really! But for whatever reason, we both wanted to become friends and decided that could happen with trying to create something together. As we tossed ideas around we started noticing more and more that we kinda looked related and found our hook for the series from there.
- More Writers on the Web articles by Rebecca Norris
- Breaking & Entering: Great Writing – A Love Story
- Writers on the Web: Developing Web Series Ideas, Part 1
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