Guidestones (web series)
The Guidestones symbol
|Created by||Jay Ferguson|
|Written by||Jay Ferguson
|Directed by||Jay Ferguson|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||50 (push version)
34 (CTV/Hulu version)
Buffalo, New York
|Running time||2-5 minutes (per episode)|
|Original release||February 14, 2012|
Guidestones is a Canadian award-winning thriller web series created by Jay Ferguson. It premiered in February 2012, distributed via email subscription as a real-time, interactive mystery series. In June 2012, the series launched a linear, on-demand version. The episodes are also available through CTV, a Facebook application and Hulu.
Season Two is currently in post-production, and will debut in 2014.
Season One follows Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich), who is living in Canada on exchange from India, and Trevor Shale (Dan Fox), a fellow Ryerson University School of Journalism student, as they become embroiled in the mystery of the Georgia Guidestones. An unsolved murder starts them on a search for the truth, which leads them to the mysterious monument in rural Georgia. Sandy and Trevor begin to realize that the conspiracy they are unraveling may have apocalyptic repercussions.
Season One was shot on location in Canada, the United States, and India on a budget of $300,000.
The series was produced by 3‘oclock.tv and iThentic in association with the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), and with help from corporate and organizational sponsors, including Pizza Pizza, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Toronto Blue Jays, Major League Baseball, Karbon, and William F. White International.
Guidestones - Season One was created in two versions: the first, a 50-episode “push” version, was launched in February 2012 at http://guidestones.org, and asks viewers to enter their email address in order to receive episodes in ‘real-time’, thus experiencing the events of the series in the same time frame as the characters. The "push" version can also be experienced on Facebook through an official Guidestones application.
The second, launched in June 2012, is a 34-episode “on-demand” version, which allows viewers to watch the series at their own pace, and can be seen on Hulu and the official Guidestones website.
- Supinder Wraich as Sandy Rai
- Dan Fox as Trevor Shale
- David Fox as Harold Glenndenning
- Rosemary Dunsmore as Jacqueline Glenndenning
- Christina Jol as T.A.
- Amber Goldfarb as Rebecca Glenndenning
Guidestones won the Rockie Award for Best Webseries - Fiction at the 2012 Banff World Media Festival, and was chosen as an Official Selection at the Marseille Web Fest. In November 2012, the series was nominated for five International Academy of Web Television Awards, including Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Female Performance, Best Editing, and Best Supplemental Content.
- Banff World Media Festival
- In the expanding TV universe, webisodes look for a foothold The Globe and Mail
- Guidestones – Interactive Online Thriller - Launches February 14, 2012 PR Web
- IPF announces funding for 15 web drama series Independent Production Fund
- Marseille Web Fest
- International Academy of Web Television Announces Nominees for the 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards IAWTV Awards
-  Digi Awards
-  Canadian Screen Awards
-  International Emmy Awards
- Guidestones Web Series Explores Mystery Behind Georgia Landmark Wired