Bayne Gibby and Kal Bennett are the creators of the LIFE COACH™ series, a groundbreaking, innovative new line of books that give everyday people the tools to develop their lives, better understand themselves, others, and their world. The LIFE COACH™ series is designed for people who want to stop living the life they have, and start living the life they want.
“We are Rockstars” is a series of YouTube videos that features Bayne Gibby and Kal Bennett, two young comedians who are starting to make waves in the comedy world. The series, made in part by way of the video blog web series “This Week in YouTube” on YouTube, is written, produced, and filmed entirely by the creators themselves. This ensures intimate access to the creators, while the series is highly personal in nature.
FULL BELLY FILM’S LIFE COACH ep 1 from Full Belly Films on Vimeo.
Some individuals have their lives figured out; in fact, some of them are so certain of their fantastic life choices that they charge others money in return for leading them along the correct road.
We’re all just huge sacks of bones, flesh, insecurity, and sanity, in the end. Maybe it was a little harsh. We all have our own problems and difficulties, but maybe we’ve all found out a few things for ourselves. LIFE COACH is a new web series created by Bayne Gibby (The Comeback, Enlightened) and Kal Bennett (The Mentalist, How to Get Away with Murder) and starring Gibby, Bennett, and Emily Bicks (Castle, Step Up) that explores how a troubled woman, a life coach, and her teenage daughter end up helping each other get through life just a little bit better.
Gibby and Bennett answered a few questions about how they approached the world of independent filmmaking in order to create this uncomfortably hilarious, honest, and endearing series.
“Bayne Gibby and Kal Bennett collected their rambling responses and organized them into coherent paragraphs,” the designers said in response to my queries. But, if you want to, imagine that we speak like this– in unison, never using the word “like” as a filler.)
What brought you two together, and why do you believe you’d form a successful creative team?
We met approximately six years ago in Shari Shaw’s acting class. We had a good laugh at each other. In 2011, we collaborated on a low-key short film called I’M OPEN, in which one of our friends offers the other dating advise, which goes terribly wrong. In front of Bayne’s flat, we shot it in three takes. Bayne’s mailman came in and handed her some mail during one shoot. (Despite the fact that he was a natural, Bayne panicked and botched the take.) Kal was dissatisfied with her.) The short received a lot of positive feedback, and we recognized that the dynamic we had on screen was both amusing and intriguing. We started talking about what else we could create together.
Kal Bennett, Bayne Gibby (L-R)
What sparked the show’s concept?
We had a lot of good ideas for humorous concepts, but LIFE COACH was a logical continuation of our short film I’M OPEN. One character asks the other for guidance, but the outcome is surprising. Other characters are introduced. The student-teacher relationship is frequently strained, but it’s much more so in this instance since anybody can become a Life Coach. We also intended to give Emily Bicks, another friend we met in class, a part as Caitlin, a teenager. We formed such an odd trio together.
What have you seen in other web shows that you despised and swore you’d never watch again? What did you look up to and try to be like?
We mostly sought to keep the episodes from becoming too lengthy. We intended each episode to be about 3 or 3 12 minutes long. We wanted to present a full narrative that was based on truth, and we hoped that the viewer would get emotionally involved in the characters in a short amount of time. Bayne’s greatest inspiration when writing the episodes was undoubtedly High Maintenance.
Do you like web series as a source of entertainment? Which ones, if any, and why? Why do you believe people watch them or don’t?
We do keep an eye on them. There is a great deal of fascinating work being done. Very Mary Kate, Break-ups, Periods, Burning Love, Broad City, Clark and Michael, and Pilot Season are a few more we’ve liked. If no one is monitoring them, it’s most likely because they are unaware of their existence or where to look for them. (After a quick lesson on vimeo, Bayne’s father is completely on board with these “online skits.”) Web shows, on the other hand, are rapidly becoming more mainstream.
Emily Bicks works as a Life Coach.
Calling in favors and understanding when to spend the big dollars is an art form. Many of our readers are producers of web shows. Could you describe how you went about making your series for them? Do you have any practical advice?
LIFE COACH was self-funded and produced. Nate Tuck (Kal Bennett’s spouse) and Kal Bennett collaborated on the project. Nate has worked on big feature films such as Hit and Run. He was a gold mine of knowledge. A excellent suggestion is to write and film small-scale, doable projects. Select places that are simple to access. Hold off on the bar scene that requires 50 extras and the hire of a bar. We only used two locations for all four episodes of LIFE COACH, which helped us keep production expenses down.
What surprised you the most about producing or marketing the series?
Throughout the shoot, we both expressed how much we enjoyed being in charge of a project. We had a great time organizing the party and fostering a lively, collaborative atmosphere on set. We’re mixing metaphors here with driving and hosting, but you get the idea, right? Almost every member of the crew said they’d love to work with us again (with the exception of one who had to leave the shoot early due to a bad hangover). But we’re sure she would have said the same thing if she hadn’t been so preoccupied with her prior night’s decisions).
Also, for both of us, the editing process was a great learning experience. When dealing with such brief episodes, the way a shot was held for a few more frames or trimmed short made a huge impact. Keith Croket was a fantastic editor for us. He was able to grasp our vision and put it into action flawlessly. Keith like diet Coke, which is an interesting tidbit.
Life Coach, Bayne Gibby
You said that you were looking for a distributor or a brand partner for the series. What was it like to go through that? What do you wish you’d known before getting started?
We’re still looking for a distributor. We’d love to find someone to contribute to season 2’s funding. Someone offered us some excellent advise when we were talking to folks about the series before we launched it: Don’t be precious about it. Simply put it out there. As a result, we went ahead and uploaded it on vimeo. This medium is always growing and developing, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to launching anything. Simply get folks to view it.
So, what’s next?
Season 2 of LIFE COACH would be fantastic to film. The plot has already been written. We’re also working on an hour-long pilot together and will create a feature proposal after that. But, first and foremost, we’re going to have lunch.
You can watch the whole season of Life Coach on VIMEO by clicking HERE.