Once upon a time, I was asked by a friend of mine to appear as an extra in an upcoming web series. The series, a drama called Bottle Service, was filmed over the span of a week or two in Saratoga Springs, and promised to be a high-energy, dynamic Internet-broadcast drama.
I participated in the event, appearing in a couple of parts – one as a paparazzo photographer (yeah, method acting works wonders), and one as a hired thug. I had a great time, and even made a crateload of Facebook friends out of my association with the film.
Once filming wrapped up, I waited to see how things would turn out.
Oh, did I tell you that the series was filmed in February 2011?
Six and a half years ago?!?
Let’s put this in perspective. Ned Stark still had his head on Game of Thrones. That’s how long ago this series was filmed.
Since then, I’ve run into producer / series writer Kevin Craig West several times. And each time, I’ve asked him what’s happening with the series. And he told me that a promotional clip for the show had been crafted, and editing on the series was progressing well.
This was in 2013.
Four years ago.
The last time I waited for a project like this was when Boston announced a new album.
This morning, I checked my facebook feed and discovered that – surprise, surprise – there’s a new promotional clip for Bottle Service.
Then again, I didn’t realize that this was ported to YouTube in 2014.
But really … that’s been it with this show. A couple of YouTube sizzle clips, and a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated in God knows how long.
I know, I know, I shouldn’t be so focused on this program. Projects take a while to create. It happens. It’s not like this was bankrolled by some major Hollywood studio or anything. It’s not like this was part of Netflix’s upcoming schedule or anything.
I really shouldn’t be upset that Bottle Service hasn’t fully appeared. I shouldn’t be upset at all.
The recent sizzle reel for Bottle Service was posted on Facebook by an app named Crowdfire. When I saw the link, I immediately thought that Bottle Service was either getting crowdsourced to maybe raise last-minute funds for editing, or that the series finally escaped the editing room and a debut date was on the way.
No dice. Crowdfire is an app that helps promote your projects, whatever they may be, by posting them to social media. It’s a promotional tool, no more, no less.
And any chance of seeing Bottle Service fully realized … isn’t happening. Heck, if it hasn’t happened in the past six and a half years … why should I expect the episodes to appear tomorrow.
Godot would arrive faster than Bottle Service, IMHO.
Oh well … that’s what I get for keeping my hopes up for a project.