In recent months some of the television networks have branched out to the Internet in an effort to garner more viewers with web only programs. But long before the television networks ever heard the word webisode, pioneer filmmakers like Otessa Ghadar were making those webisodes and posting them on the Internet.
It all began in 2007 when Ghadar was working on her Master’s thesis at Columbia University; she discovered that she liked working with what was then known as the new media. Thus “Orange Juice in the Bishop’s Garden” was born. Her drama has elements of a soap opera but is more fast paced and true to life, Set in the summertime, when students are out of school; the program features 18 characters with interwoven storylines.
Her “My So Called Life” and “The Wonder Years” styled drama program has something none of those television programs offered…a cast of teenaged characters that were truly teenagers. The show’s title stems from a discussion between characters on the first episode with a discussion about orange juice.
While network television casts twenty somethings in the role of a teen and relies on the skills of the actor to emulate the emotions of a teen; Ghadar casts actual teenagers from her Washington DC area as characters in the show, letting the teens tap into their real life emotions for the roles.
Filming in local Washington DC spots, her drama series features a diverse and inclusive cast of characters that push the boundaries of their comfort zone. Ghadar says that she is always on the look out for new locations to shoot the series and is working on an app where fans can help her search for some of DC’s “hidden treasures”.
Ghadar is also in the process of creating an app for fans who want to visit the locations found in the show – a waling tour – and a travel log.
While “Orange Juice in the Bishop’s Garden” is in its sixth season, the first two seasons are available for fans to view on Indie Filmz at www.indiefilmz.com.