The Sect has been here for over a month now, creeping its way into our ARG begotten lives, but the first episode of Riese the series premiered late Sunday night on Koldcast TV. That’s right, when the rest of us were busy attending parties dressed as favorite childhood storybook characters turned bloated Hollywood movie franchise and OD-ing on fun size versions of our favorite candy treats, Koldcast’s CEO David Samuels was “[closing] on distribution for RIESE”, according to an email from who was definitely excited for the team-up, closing out the email with a simple yet telling exclamation, “What a series!”
While “the [distribution] deal is non-exclusive” according to series co-creator and executive producer Ryan Copple. He says isn’t ruling out other distribution for his Steampunk opus, “We’re very happy to have teamed up with Koldcast, and hope that it’ll end up being a mutually beneficial joining.”
In the opening episode, Hunt, a wounded Riese (Christine Chatelain) is running for her life from a group of ne’er-do-wells through the forests of the troubled land Eleysia (also known as Vancouver, BC). In between scattered, grainy flashbacks of her past she fights the baddies off with the help of her sole-companion and bodyguard, a wolf named Fenrir.
Neither of the creators had worked with animals on any of their prior productions but co-producer Bonnie Judd’s “preparation and work with Tundra made him very easy to shoot with. Plus, despite his size he’s incredibly friendly and sociable,” said Copple.
Shooting for the first chapter of the story was done in Vancouver over a period of eight days utilizing the RED One camera system and was “incredibly easy and delightful. The only problem [with the camera] we ever really suffered was camera over-heating, and the occasional camera reboot. Otherwise, the quality is amazing and the workflow was great.”
Each chapter of the story is broken up into five episodes, with a new episode premiering twice each week every other week. “We’re shooting the next batch of episodes this December. So, there will be a short break in between the two Chapters to allow for post-production.” Hopefully it won’t be too long, if the first episode of the series is anything to go off of, this looks like a story to stick with.