The Bannen Way has now released 11 of its 16 episodes in its debut season on Crackle, and we have some more video extras from the series. Above is a behind the scenes segment from creators Mark Gantt and Jesse Warren along with producer Bailey Williams on creating the celebrated ‘Bannen Style.’ It wasn’t easy marrying Warren’s love of comics and video game action with Gantt’s more romanticized “French cinema” tastes, but somehow they managed to craft what is really a sexually charged action comic. We also hear from DP Roger Chingirian and Editor Zack Arnold, talking about the challenge of crafting the creators’ stylized vision within the limits of low budget production.
Also out this week is the latest episode (below) of hosted web series interview series The Web.Files, where host Kristyn Burtt sits down with Gantt and Warren to find out their secrets. She also asks the pair about the web chatter surrounding their decision to do a limited release of three episodes before the end of the calendar year to be eligible for the 2010 Streamy Awards. “We always intended to have it come out in 2009,” said Warren in the interview, but after Sony decided to officially release the series in 2010 for marketing reasons, they decided to push out the first three to remain eligible. “We’re just a couple of dogs trying to get a bone like everyone else,” joked Warren, alluding to the indie origins of the project before Sony came on board. Gantt added that the conversations, especially on Twitter, have been helpful in “brining [the web community] all together as a common goal.”
Also online is a video (below) of composer Joseph Trapanese conducting the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra for the extended version of “Fckin’A” from the soundtrack of The Bannen Way.