The Hunted (web series)
|Created by||Robert Chapin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||6-10 minutes|
|Original release||April 22, 2001– present|
The Hunted is an American action comedy web series created by Robert Chapin. The show follows a group of people who have been bitten by vampires but have not yet been turned, and their attempts to prove the existence of vampires through the web series. The show has been described as a sword-slinging, vampire-slaying cross between the American TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Cops. Episodes have been filmed by amateur and professional filmmakers throughout the United States and overseas.
The Hunted is a group of vampire attack survivors who band together to protect themselves from getting turned into cattle. They learn to curb their blood-lust in order to help other potential vampire victims, whom they protect using swords, martial arts and humor.
The Hunted is one of the first web series to be based on user-generated content. To generate the series, fans and filmmakers (amateur and professional alike) are encouraged to write and film individual episodes of The Hunted to make a series. These episodes can then be uploaded to YouTube with a link to the main program. Contests with rewards, including cash prizes, are given to help encourage users to generate content. Entries are judged by a panel of industry professionals.
Initially, seventeen episodes were shot (mostly in Los Angeles) and were eventually made available on a 2 season DVD set and uploaded to YouTube in January 2007. The show has over 100 episodes online including unique content from 4 affiliate projects across the country and fans from around the world. The four main affiliates are The Hunted: Tampa, The Hunted: Compton, The Chronicles of Kendall, and The Hunted: Expulsion, which has later been rebooted in the form of Hunted: Encore, directed by Ryan Gibeau and written by Ned Donovan with music by Marcus Bagala.
The first episode premiered on the show's website on April 22, 2001.The series continues to feature new episodes, making it one of the longest-running online shows. The show was originally created as a performance venue for Robert Chapin's stage combat students. It also became an opportunity for creative people to develop their skill in writing, acting, directing and editing without the pressures of a big-budget production.
Over the years, the show has developed an International fan base, which was instrumental in financing The Hunted Feature Film.
The Hunted received financial support in June, 2011, via a Kickstarter campaign. The funds raised were used to finance the creation of a feature film based on the series. The film was shot in August, 2012, and post-production was completed in March, 2015. The series received support from New Deal Studios.
There is no fixed cast of the web series. One unique aspect of the show is its ability to attract skilled actors, directors and locations (such as the Hollywood Bowl) for a quick weekend shoot that would be expensive or impossible to get for longer commitments. The Hunted has been able to acquire many Hollywood actor and stunt coordinators, who are involved in the filming of its episodes, while also receiving input from the general public. Because it is a web series based almost entirely on user content, virtually anyone, anywhere may shoot an episode.
- The web series was an Official Selection in the Action on Film International Film Festival.
- The Hunted was an Official Selection in the Vampire Film Festival 2010.
- The web series was an Official Selection in Gencon 2010.
- The Hunted was an Official Selection in The Combat Con in 2011, where Derek Conley, Jessica Cail, Andrew Helm, and Kendall Wells of the web series were chosen as presenters along with 36 others.
- The Hunted was nominated for two 8th Annual Indie Series Awards in the categories Best Special/Visual Effects and Best Soundtrack.
- The Hunted: Encore became the winner of the 2017 LA Webfest, winning in two categories for Outstanding Score and Trailer Of The Year.
- The show was a semi-finalist of the FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival.
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