The world of YouTube and digital media is filled with thousands upon thousands of hours of entertainment. Anything from a cat playing a keyboard to people performing dance challenges. Every now and then, you’ll come across legitimate, creative entertainment. Actors, writers and directors who commit to their production. Independent artists who noticeably put their hearts and souls into what they love to do, in most cases with no paycheck involved. Talented individuals who produce quality content that can rival what networks like Netflix and Comedy Central have to offer.
PA’s is one of those quality productions.
Produced by the talented geniuses at Story Bored, PA’s tells the story of Corey, Kevin, Mikey and Neal; four film production assistants and the hijinks they experience working on set. Corey is sarcastic, energetic, and somehow gets the chance to date a famous actress. Kevin is the cynical rebel who isn’t allowed at wrap parties. Mikey is the lovable oddball and Neal, the new guy who the other three can’t stand. These four characters are portrayed by Corey Powers, Kevin McKechney, Mikey Nau and Neal Tucker, respectively.
Each actor fully embraces their character. Corey’s dedication to his work while trying to be a good friend. Kevin’s bored veteran attitude, that of someone who demands better treatment even though he only commits to 45% in his workday. Mikey who seems just happy to be with his best friends, whichever one that may be. And Neal just trying to get a word in without being told to shut up. Never once does the viewer question whether these actors are in character. They are their characters. These four commit to the one-liners, slapstick and the hilarious scenarios they’re put through. From a behind-the-scenes story about Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of Lincoln to losing track of Chris Kattan on the set of Apollo 13 2, the viewer is fully invested in the misadventures of this crew.
Attempting to keep these characters in line is their boss, the 2nd Assistant Director, Dana. Played perfectly by actress Dana Powers, she is a foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails, anti-BS AD who commands every scene she is in. In what could be considered a perfect blend of Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, Powers is the leader these four don’t know they need. Moreover, when a tragic moment arrives causing Dana to shed her strong exterior, Powers does so in a beautifully realistic manner. One that connects to any person on that emotional level. A moment where the character’s humanity is fully on display.
Directed by Thomas Petborisooth, a rising name in the short film circuit, PA’s is beautifully shot and expertly edited. The witty dialogue is delivered quick and crisp without skipping a beat. Stunts and wide shots are cut in a way that never leaves the audience trying to figure out what happened. The viewer clearly sees what these characters are experiencing. As stated earlier, the production value of this series, at least in camerawork, performance and blocking, can be easily compared to that of the 30-minute comedies many networks have to offer.
The first season of PA’s is 9 episodes, ranging from 3 – 14 minutes each. All episodes can be viewed on their website, wearestorybored.com, or on their YouTube page by subscribing to their channel. The crew is currently working on episode 10 and will be creating an Indiegogo account for viewers to help fund the next season’s production. If you’re looking for quality entertainment from up and coming talent, look no further than the artists at Story Bored and their web series PA’s.