Making Beach

A comedy web-series

“Unfortunately, due to unforseen incompetence, Making Beach is all that remains of the disastrous shoot for natural history TV series ‘Beach’; a proposed Sunday tea-time audience pleaser from Aprill TV.”

Produced by Future Sun Films, this fictitious web comedy follows Professor Leslie Macready as he tries to get his life-long dream programme ‘in the can’. Battling an inexperienced, indifferent crew and hostile guest presenters, each episode traces a different day of excruciating destruction in what should have been a simple shoot on a beach.

Making Beach started life as a conventionally formatted, episodic sitcom. However I was eager to play with the idea of disrupting that linear arc of watching sequential, free-standing episodes. Working with writer Simon Messingham we introduced the idea of having a much freer viewing experience whereby additional scenes, fictitious behind-the-scenes footage and character sketches are used to tell the story of Professor Macready in a more randomised manner. Making Beach is made up of 16 separate ‘episodes’ and clips which vary in duration of 1 to 10 minutes, and although there is a playlist for convenience, the intention is that they can be watched separately, in any order, or even binged in one 58 minute glut (perfect for the Brighton to London train, in fact).

As viewers we build up our knowledge and understanding of the characters, how they interact with one another and what their preoccupations and paranoia’s are. We made Making Beach for a very specific audience to be watched entirely at their leisure in the comfort of their handheld device.

Role: Creative Director. Co-Producer and Director, DoP and Editor.