We receive a ton of tips every day from independent creators, unaffiliated with any major motion picture studios, television networks, new media studios, or other well-funded online video entities. The Indie Spotlight is where we’ll write about and shout out to a select few of them and bring you up to speed on the great (and sometimes not-so-great) attention-grabbing series you probably haven’t heard about until now. Read previous installments here.
For the second week in a row, we’re shining our Indie Spotlight on a web series built around a good old-fashioned love triangle. 3some, a six-episode (and counting) romance, succeeds with a simple-yet-effective presence and strong execution.
3some stars its creator, Lisa Gifford, as Jenny, who begins the series at odds with her boyfriend Rob (Euan King) after she learns that he has been unfaithful. A few episodes later, we meet her ex-fiancee Paul (Peter Halpin), who has just returned from a year of travel. Paul reintroduces himself into Jenny’s life and sets up the series’ central conflict, one that, as of the final episode of season one, remains unresolved.
3some succeeds not through a groundbreaking premise or experimental format but by simply being well-written, full of round, developed characters, and undeniably charming. Maybe it’s just the British accents, but there’s something about the three main characters that compels the viewer to binge on 3some’s six episodes until there are none left.
After initially seeing release in 2013, 3some roared back to prominence in 2014 after snapping up some hardware at this year’s Indie Series Awards and LA Web Fest. I’m optimistic that the 2015 awards season will have a second season of 3some to consider. Hop to it, lads!
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Sitting on Babies. Two narcissistic women use babysitting as a side job while they wait to receive their big breaks.
- The Drunk News. Two guys sit down and tell us about what’s happened in the world in the past week…all while they are completely wasted.
- NZ Idle. An artist from New Zealand named BAM struggles through unemployment.
- Dudes. A gay web series about three guys “on the wrong side of thirty.”
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