Changing Gears

If blog updates are anything to go by, you might suspect it’s been all quiet on the western coast – but this is not the case.

ross-denyer-director-for-the-verge-web-series I’ve been working feverishly behind the scenes on a passion project with my good friend and fellow Elon alum, Mark St. Cyr. He’s making it happen in NYC and last March he came to stay with me in LA for a few days to attend a national callback for Space Command. During that transformative weekend, he mentioned a web series he was writing called The Verge. Here’s the synopsis:

On the verge of success, what would you leave behind to get ahead? Gambling the happiness of his loved ones against the success of his career, a young actor must navigate a minefield of ambition, delusion, and precarious loyalty to decide what matters most.

Fast forward, Tony Scott-montage style, to 6 months later: we have a 7-episode first season, a cast of 10 selected from more than 5,000 online submissions (!!), an experienced crew covering all aspects of production, locations locked, [self]funding complete, and filming underway in Manhattan by this time next week…and I’m directing.

I love story-telling. I’ve been obsessed with films and the art of movie-making for as long as I can remember, and several of my film idols and inspirations (Clint Eastwood, John Huston, Kenneth Branagh, and most recently Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have found a way to navigate the medium from both sides of the camera.

“It is impossible not to be passionate about a story as personal to me as The Verge, especially when it was introduced by a friend who shares that same desire for connection and relevance.”
I’ve directed and produced two short films through my production company, Little Kraken Films (Just Desserts in 2010 and Quiet Mountain in 2012), but this is surely the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted. It’s impossible not to be passionate about a story as personal to me as The Verge, especially when it was introduced by a friend who shares that same desire for connection and relevance. The great thing about working in LA for a couple of years before jumping aboard a project like this is having a network of talented friends in all aspects of production – three of The Verge’s key positions (cinematographer, editor, and composer) are all individuals I’ve worked with previously. And many of the other positions have the same in common with Mark. This is a dream team, bicoastal ensemble and I’m ecstatic to be working with all of them on the same set.

And just in case you’re wondering if this is a stop to acting, it most certainly isn’t. But since nobody told me that producing and directing a self-financed, feature length web series was a full-time, non-paying job…I’ve had to focus my priorities.

Exciting updates are on the way, but for now, it’s back to the trenches.

Want to support us? Like ‘The Verge’ on Facebook and spread the word! More information about the series can be found on our website at www.VergeSeries.com.

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