Honey Toad Studio is a new production company based in the Puget Sound area focused on the emerging relationship between storytellers and internet audiences. Our free culture licenses mean that anyone can screen, perform, cite, copy, distribute or adapt our work in any way they see fit. Our pilot production, a webseries called WRECKED, will premiere online on October 15th.
WRECKED is a raunchy, honest comedy that follows Spencer, a young writer trying to pick up the pieces of her life in the aftermath of the decision that tore it apart. In the first season, she tries to focus her energy on finding a job while her best friend, Thomas, tries to get her to focus on finding a new boyfriend. Just because the show is funny does not mean that it ends well. It is not a redemption story, and it is not for children.
Independent films and music have long enjoyed a special, productive niche in American culture, but independent television has only begun to emerge. In the last few years, shows like Husbands and The Guild have been tackling subjects that would not be aired on television. In the quest for ratings, broadcast companies have come to rely on narratives with broad appeal. Online-only content creators can speak directly to their audiences, creating a smaller, more devoted fanbase.
At Honey Toad Studio, we are shaping independent television by producing quality content early in the development of the medium. We are breaking ground by creating a series targeted at an adult audience. While serialized narratives online currently shy away from adult themes like sexuality and drug use, the comedy in WRECKED draws freely from them. Were WRECKED to be subjected to MPAA scrutiny, it would probably be given an R-rating for language; the dialogue is written to reflect the way that young people actually speak. We at Honey Toad Studio are proud of what we are creating with WRECKED and look forward to seeing it through.
Where the first season was funded by private investment, the second will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign, designed to run concurrently with the six-week release of the first season.