ARLINGTON — Local fans of horror will get to see their hometown featured as the setting for a suspenseful new series on the small screen, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, when “Still: The Web Series” turns Arlington into the fictional “Sloughtown,” where residents are being turned into ... something.
Arlington filmmaker Jonathan Holbrook began shooting footage in the spring for the 15 episodes of the online series’ first season, with each episode lasting 10 minutes or less, and the evening of Saturday, Sept. 14, saw him and his crew shutting down a block of Olympic Avenue, in front of the Blue Bird Cafe, to use both the street and the restaurant as filming locations.
“Realistically, we’ll be able to release a new episode probably once every two weeks,” said Holbrook, as he worked with actors Gary Gorland and “Seattle Scream Queen” Tabitha Bastien on setting up the scene inside the Blue Bird Cafe. “This scene is for episode six, which introduces Tabitha’s character Emily.”
While Holbrook claimed that he could not reveal the identity of the “horror icon” who’s seen the first episode of the series, and might be interested in playing a part later on, he was effusive in his praise for Pat Cashman, a friend of Holbrook’s who relished the opportunity to play against type in a darkly dramatic role in episode seven.
“Pat and I have wanted to work together on a project for a while,” Holbrook said. “I only wrote him into one episode, but he wanted to come back.”
Matt Deberry has worked at the Blue Bird Cafe for 20 years, but he’d never hosted a film shoot in the restaurant before.
“This is so cool,” Deberry said, as a crowd of onlookers gathered outside to look through the windows. “It’s crazy that they can close the street like this. It’s neat to interact with all these people behind the scenes, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Blue Bird on the World Wide Web.”
To follow the progress of “Still: The Web Series,” check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StillTheWebSeries.