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New Web series takes a comedic look at following your dreams

Media, journalism and film department debuts “A Little Help”
Friday, August 22, 2014

A Little Help logoWhat do you get when you combine a budding comedian named Ringo with two hippy parents and a rabbit-tending best friend? The subject of “A Little Help,” the second student-produced Web series launched by the Missouri State University department of media, journalism and film (MJF).

The four-episode comedy follows Ringo, who is preparing to leave town for New York City and a career as a comedian. Ringo soon finds that leaving home is a complicated process when it involves hippy parents, a sister obsessed with having a baby, a best friend raising a rabbit and love. All four episodes of “A Little Help” are available online.

Behind the scenes

“A Little Help” was created by screenwriting graduate student Kevin Shabel and was adapted to the Web series format by Shabel and Nich Peltz, digital film senior. The main cast includes William Bixby, BFA theatre; Beth Domann; David Greathouse; Cecilia Dorhauer, BFA theatre; Drew Dively and Emily Feldt, BFA theatre.

The production team is comprised of many faculty, staff and students in the College of Arts and Letters, including both graduate and undergraduate students from media production, digital film, electronic arts, graphic design, journalism, communication, public relations, and theatre and dance.

Executive producers include Dr. Deb Larson, associate professor of media, journalism and film, and Cibee Jaime, graduate student, with Dr. Diana Botsford serving as consulting producer.

History of the MJF Web series

“A Little Help” is the second Web series produced by the department of media, journalism and film. The inaugural Web series, “Epilogue,” was a six-part science fiction time travel series. The series garnered multiple accolades, including second place in the College Television Emmys and the Award of Excellence for Mixed Video from the Broadcast Education Association’s National Festival of Media Arts.

For more information, contact Larson at (417) 836-4207.

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