THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID & EROS

a web series about two love gods trying to set the world, and their own lives, right

THE C&E INTERVIEW: JO BOZARTH

It seems kind of crazy that we haven't already done a C&E Interview with Eros herself, the lovely and talented Jo Bozarth. Jo is not only one of the stars of the show, but she was also one of the earliest people involved in its creation.  C&E simply wouldn't exist as we know it, if Jo hadn't been the inspiration behind making Eros female... and if Jo hadn't then made her such a fun, complex and interesting character.

So today, with our first story-arc coming to a close on it's new, ad-free, home of JTS.TV, it seemed like a good idea to finally rectify that situation.  After the jump, learn when she decided she would be an actress, how she thinks Eros changed over the course of Season 1, and how she would have accepted her Indie Intertube Award for best acress in a comedy if she'd been able to do so live.

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Avi, Josh & Jo Talk Love Stories on the Web on Web Series Watch

On February 27th, Web Series Watch hosts, Cindy Marie Jenkins and Patty Jean Robinson welcomed myself, Josh, Jo and fellow web creators Darren Chadwick (The Bloody Mary Show), Otessa Ghadar (Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden) and Caryn C. Hayes (Breaking Point) to talk about telling love stories on the web.

Livestreamed and recorded via Google Hangout, the conversation was part of the CREATORS WATCH spin off series of Web Series Watch, a review show dedicated to helping viewers navigate the wild west of teh web series world.  During the 46 minute show we talked about the freedom of the web, telling different kinds of love stories, bad 90's flannel, trained monkeys, and exploding queens.  It was awesome.  Check it out below.

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THE C&E INTERVIEW: JOSH HEINE

When you make a show where the main character’s name is in its very title, it’s a pretty good bet that whoever you cast in that role is going to be a big part of your life.  That has certainly been the case with C&E, and Josh Heine.  Lucky for me, Josh is not only an amazingly talented actor, but he’s also been an extremely great collaborator.

I’ve actually known Josh since we were both at NYU, but unlike some of the other cast members, we’d lost touch for several years before reconnecting.  I guess the fates had a hand in putting us both in the right place at the right time to be able to team up on C&E.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it’d be cool to revive our semi regular C&E Interview feature so we could catch up with Josh.   After the jump, get his take on the show, learn why he wanted to become and actor, and find out how he would accepted an award or best actor.

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Jo Bozarth WINS "Best Actress in a Comedy" at the 2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards

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We're thrilled to announce that Eros herself, Jo Bozarth, was honored this past Sunday, March 11th 2012 with the Indie Intertube Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy"

For those that don't know, Indie Intertube is a twice weekly (radio podcast on Wednesday and Video cast on Sunday) devoted to covering all that's hot and streaming in the world of independent online content.

C&E was nominated for 5 Indie Intertube Awards this year:

  • "Best Dramedy"
  • "Best Actor in a Comedy" - Josh Heine
  • "Best Actress in a Comedy" - Jo Bozarth
  • "Best Additional Content"
  • "Smexiest Actress" (smart+sexy = smexy) - Also, Jo Bozarth.

Jo's win, in addition to being well deserved (Sure we're biased, but we think it's true), is even more exciting since she beat out an amazingly talented field of nominees including Emma Caulfield (Bandwagon, Buffy), Kelsey Robinson (GirlParts),  Julie Ann Emery (Then We Got Help), Joanna Gaskell (Standard Action), Renee Olbert (Once You Leave) and last year's winner Stacy McQueen of Pretty.

You can see the full list of winners at IndieIntertube.tv as well as a full list of the nominees.

Thanks so much to everyone who watched along with us and sent us their support and congratulations.

And of course, thank you to April and Amanda of Indie Intertube--for honoring Jo's work, C&E, and for all they do for indie creators.

THE C&E INTERVIEW: BRADFORD ANDERSON

On december 19th the fine folks at We Love Soaps announced the nominees for their 3rd annual Indie Soap Awards.  We were thrilled to find out that our own Bradford Anderson was nominated in the "Best Guest Appearance (comedy)" category for his portrayal of Achilles in episodes 7-9. 

Most C&E fans know that Bradford and I have been friends since freshman year at NYU.  In fact, he's the only person, that's been attached to the project longer than our original core crew (Andy, Jo Bozarth, Erin Wilson, and Jefferson).  I first came up with the concept and wrote the initial treatment while living with Bradford in NYC!  So, as you can imagine, I was really happy that he's getting some much deserved recognition for his performance. And so in honor of his nomination, and hopefully win, at the Indie Soap Awards we thought it'd be a great oppurtunity to chat with Brad about C&E, his training as an actor, and all the other projects on his plate.

Check out our interview after the jump!

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Why I Do What I Do...

Have you ever wondered what drives us to create The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros?  Avi answers this question in a personal video in celebration of the International Academy of Web Television Awards.

And if your curious about how other IAWTV celebrators answered this question, you can watch them here: "Why I do What I Do" by IAWTV.

Plus, see why fans watch the shows they love with these "why I watch what I watch" videos, also in honor of the IAWTV awards: "Why I watch What I Watch"

We are very excited to be nominated in the "Best Supplemental Content" category in th IAWTV awards and are keeping our fingers crossed.  The winners will be announced Thursday, January 12 at 9pm EST/6pm PST and you can watch the live stream here.

Thanks for all your support!

Avi & Andy

2011, THE C&E YEAR IN REVIEW THANK YOU

It's hard to believe that New Year's Eve is already upon us.  Even harder to believe that it was a year ago, Jan 3rd to be exact, that we launched our 1st season of THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID & EROS in earnest.

It's been a wild ride and we wouldn't trade any of the the ups and downs for anything.  Today, we just wanted to use our blog to thank some of the people who've helped us along the way.  We were going to do it all via twitter, but then we realized we'd be flooding people's streams for at least an hour if we had to do things 140 characters at a time.

So a look back, and our thanks, after the jump.

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IAWTV, THE PICKS: "Best Comedy" and Wrap Up

Well, the moment of truth is almost upon us. Tomorrow, Wednesday December 14th at 10 AM PST the nominees for the 1st annual IAWTV awards will be announced live. Regardless of whether or not we find ourselves fortunate enough to have scored a nomination (or two?), we've had a great time using this as an excuse to revisit our first season and share some of our thought process with you all. And of course it's been great to hear what YOU have to say, and which episodes you feel are our best. We have one last category left, “Best Comedy” but we thought we'd do something a bit different this week. Instead of focusing on the episode we picked for that category we thought we'd compile a list of some of the stuff we haven't been able to showcase yet.

So check out some of our favorite moments of Season 1 after the jump, and then make sure to watch along with us tomorrow as the nominations are announced live by Shira Lazar and Ethan Newberry at the What's Trending Studios. You can watch along with us here: http://bit.ly/wtchill

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IAWTV, THE PICKS: "BEST WRITING (COMEDY)" & "BEST DIRECTING (COMEDY)"

The end is near, at least for our category blogs.  And on December 14th, we'll learn what nominations we received (and we're keeping our fingers crossed).  But before then, we still need to talk about our picks for three categories.

Our two previous blogs talked about the talents of Jo Bozarth and Josh Heine.  Today, Andy will be blogging alone about the Best Writing for a Comedy and Best Directing for a Comedy.  Not because Avi is unavailable or too busy, although his dance card is full, but because we’re combining two categories into this blog.   And since these two categories are from Avi’s creative mind, it would be difficult for him to blog about himself (unless he were Kim Kardashian – lol). 

Andy's picks, after the jump.

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IAWTV, THE PICKS: "BEST MALE PERFORMANCE"

We're almost to the end here folks. Last friday the nomination process came to a close and now all we can do is wait for the folks at What's Trending to announce the nominees live on December 14th. But even though the voting has passed we still have a few picks to discuss and some praises to sing.

Last week we talked about the episode we thought highlighted the talent of Jo Bozarth and today it's time for her guy friday to get some much deserved kudos. Yep, it's time to talk about Cupid himself, Josh Heine.

Our pick, after the jump.

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IAWTV, THE PICKS: "Best Female Performance"

As we enter a month that will be full of celebrations with those we love, it is only fitting that we begin the month by celebrating our pick for the IAWTV Best Female Peformance category episode for one of the characters we've loved from the very beginning, Jo Bozarth as Eros.  Once it was decided that Eros would be female, Avi wrote the character with Jo in mind.   Embodying someone as unique and strong as Eros was a natural fit for Jo and with the completion of Season 1, it is aparent that this character was meant for her.

Find out which episode we felt showcases Jo's acting talents after the jump.

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IAWTV, THE PICKS: "Best Cinematography"

We hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! Andy and Avi certainly did. There was much food, family, friends, and yes the occasional tweet of gratitude to all of you who've been so much a part of the success of C&E. Despite being written post Thanksgiving, this week's blog on our IAWTV submissions is no less applicable to the holiday. This week we talk about cinematography and the contribution of one of the people who was there right at the beginning. Our DP extraordinaire Jefferson Loftfiled.

See which episode we felt highlighted Jefferson's work best after the jump.

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IAWTV Awards, The Picks: "Best Editing"

This Thanksgiving week it's only fitting that we talk about a category that highlights allows us to give thanks to one of the best friends a director and producer can have when working on an indie production: the Editor.

 

In our case, that editor is Matthew Smith... the guy whose job over 9 episodes of C&E and multiple other projects has been to help us look good, while occasionally saving us from our worst impulses.

 

Our pick to submit for "Best Editing" and the reasons why after the jump.

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IAWTV AWARDS, THE PICKS: "Best Design"

We're back with another blog about the episodes we chose to submit to the IAWTV awards!

Today we take a look at the "Best Design" category (The IAWTV, like many other awards combine Art Direction, Production Design and Set Decoration into one category). We have an amazing design team on C&E led by Production Designer Vicky Chan and her partner in the war against lame sets, Art Director Emily Adams.

After the jump, find out what episode we picked, what sorts of ridiculous things Avi asked Vicky to do with a pea sized budget, and how a fake baby kept everyone from ever getting too stressed on set.

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IAWTV Awards, The Picks: "Best Supplemental Content"

The voting period for the 1st annual International Academy of Web Television awards is in full swing! Members of the IAWTV are currently combing through a ton of submissions in over 30 categories, all with an eye towards nominating the best of the best in original scripted and non-scripted web series. A while back we asked you guys, the C&E fans to help us decide what episodes best represented the categories we were planning on submitting to. Now, with the submissions in, we thought it might be a neat idea to share some thoughts on why we chose each the specific episodes we did and how they lined up with what you all thought.

Today we start with "Best Supplemental Content"  Find out what our pick was, why Andy and Avi each thought it was the right one, and how it lined up with yours, after the jump.

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The C&E INTERVIEW: Kiera Anderson (Jo/Josephine)

Today we're screening the Short Film Version of THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID AND EROS at the 2011 Valley Film Festival.  Andy and I have already shared stories about how C&E morphed from its original short film concept into the web series we all know and love, but we also thought it'd be a fun excuse to catch up with some of the people behind the show and our fellow festival-mates.

First up, the lovely and talented Kiera Anderson who plays Cupid's object of desire in our first story arc.

One of the great things about being an independent creator is that I get to cast and write for the ridiculously talented people I'm fortunate enough to call friends.  In a lot of cases I write with a specific actor in mind, but the role of Josephine was the rare exception where I really wasn't sure who I was going to ask.  It was actually our very own Eros, Jo Bozarth, who suggested our good friend Kiera. As soon as she did I knew the role had been written for her all along.  I was just lucky she said yes.

Kiera took time out from her most important role, mother to an awesome little lady name Juna Meredith Anderson to answer some questions via email. 

See what she's been up to and what her experience on C&E was like after the jump.

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THE C&E INTERVIEW: Ashley Cozine Producer/Actor "Dessert and Suicicde"

When C&E screens at the Valley Film Fest today it will be my second time screening at the festival.  We're part of a program of VFF alumns and I was thrilled when I found out that included Ashley Cozine and her film DESSERT AND SUICIDE.

Ashley is an actress, filmmaker, and all around creative type currently based out of the Seattle area.  Her work has been featured at festivals from L.A. to Traverse City and most recently her short BY THE NUMBERS and a feature in which she starred, A PERFECT LIFE werre given international distribution.

Ashley and I met in NYC (she's a graduate of The Tisch Undergrad Acting Program) through our mutual connection to an organization we were both involved in called the Tisch Talent Guild.  While we've never technically worked together she's a creator whose input and opinon I really respect and value. 

In fact, C&E owes a lot to her.  We did our first reading of the short film script at a reading group that Ashley and her housemates put on in Burbank, and it was Ashley who tipped me off to the NYU Web Series Showcase that would end up serving as our launchpad.  So it seemed only fitting to highlight her here as we get psyched up for our screening this evening. 

Read our interview after the jump

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THE JOURNEY BEGINS FROM THE OTHER SIDE

In his blog “Of Short Films and Series,” Avi gave an excellent picture of how an idea that came to light in 2001 eventually grew into the Cupid and Eros web series. This is what excites me so much about the creative process and how one should never give up on an idea that has been in the back of their minds. It also highlights that you need to surround yourself with people that also have a passion for creating and that share in your vision. Of course the picture may change slightly, as Avi noted that Eros was originally a guy and through our discussions (I don’t recall if I was the one to recommend this change but thanks Avi for the shout out), making Eros female took the idea to the next level and allowed the characters to expand in scope, emotions and conflicts.
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