This week on The Web.Files, Kristyn Burtt interviews John Beck Hofman creator of the web series Tyranny as well as the series DP and one man crew, Garrett Baquet. The series itself features a world-spanning collection of locations from London to Prague all the way to the Artic and boasts production values rarely seen in a web series. However as seen in the interview, much of the series was filmed in one location that Hofman repurposed as necessary in a clever display of indie filmmaking. Hofman, who works as a documentary filmmaker for NASA, financed the series independently.
Originally created as a feature length film, Tyranny made the festival rounds in 2007, before finding new life as a web series in 2010. The series centers on Daniel McCarthy, portrayed by Hofman, as a struggling artist who, in 1999, volunteers for an experiment that results in him having a ‘flash forward’ vision of the future. The series follows McCarthy as he travels the globe seeking out those responsible for the coming doom prophesied in his vision and his efforts to thwart their plans. In addition to Hoffman, the series stars former Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, and web series veteran, Bitsie Tulloch (Quarterlife).