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“Cath closed the book and let it fall on Levi’s chest, not sure what happened next.” - Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

A photo montage scene adaptation, watch the companion video adaptation of another scene here.

Directed by Yulin Kuang

Starring Mary Kate Wiles and Denver Milord

Shot by Zack Wallnau
Colored by Valerie Chiang

One of my very favorite scenes from a book ever. I desperately want to make this feature so I can shoot this scene for really real I just nrgghARGHHHHH PERFECT SCENE IS PERFECT. If you’re craving a video adaptation after this post, be sure to check out our companion video here! :)

Much love,

Yulin Kuang
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Webseries You Need to Watch Masterpost

It’s been a while since I listed things… Here goes. In no particular order.

Literary Adaptations:

  1. The Misselthwaite Archives It’s the Secret Garden, but modern and new and wonderful. It’s actually a relief to not have the racist British people (I couldn’t get past the first chapter when I was reading it). The adaptation differs from other similar webseries because it doesn’t confine itself to the vlog format. In fact, the majority of the show is shown through various (and really awesome) points of view. My favorite is the Kitty!Cam – yes, Mary has a cat. Because the show is not limited by the format, both on and off camera (that is, in the transmedia), we are able to get really creative looks into the lives of its characters. 
  2. Baker Street Its a femlock with my absolutely favorite Sherlock to date, played by the wonderful Hannah Drew. I love the relationship between Sherlock and Jane. The series has elements of the vlog format but doesn’t rely on it, and that just adds another layer to the story. Mary is a WOC and Jim Moriarty is Jean Moriarty. The first season is out, and I really hope they make more. Soon.
  3. The Autobiography of Jane Eyre - a beautiful adaptation of the novel, TAOJE is much more interpersonal than most vlog-style webseries, and that makes it so much better.
  4. Nothing Much To Do An adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, based in New Zealand. Its realism is really strong. The story is split into Benedick and Beatrice’s stories, which is a refreshing change after the majority of current literary adaptations (not that we don’t need tons of female protagonists, but it does shake the story up a bit!) The Watch takes the form of younger students making amateur films with amateur cameras and its hilarious and wonderful, and gives a third unbiased lens to the situations.
  5. Shipwrecked Comedy (Kissing in the Rain, A Tell-Tale Vlog) Everything that is made by Yulin et al. is wonderful and lovely and amazing. Kissing in the Rain is one of the coolest transmedia-fan-experiments I have ever seen. All the different elements of social media play into it really well. Yulin’s tumblr is also the best resource if you want to learn more about the film-making process (which is fascinating), and her past short films are really interesting as well.
  6. Elinor and Marianne Take Barton Sense and Sensibility. Made by university students in Warwick. Having not read this book doesn’t seem to affect my prediction of plot points here. While Marianne is completely over the top, from what I’ve read of her character, it seems pretty accurate. It was pretty cute.
  7. Jules and Monty A cute retelling of Romeo and Juliet, where Jules and Monty literally make you squee with the adorableness of it all. It wasn’t perfect – there were a few awkward moments where they try to incorporate Shakespearian language, and some of the story I felt could have been adapted a bit differently. The vlog vlogs are pretty entertaining.
  8. Anne with an E this webseries is really interesting because its been created by three high school students (which is super cool), and it’s a pretty impressive interpretation. There is a sequel coming out soon too.
  9. The March Family Letters Based off Little Women. So far, the series is nice, each of the four sisters are able to show their personality through different styles of vlogging, which is a departure from the usual one-person-per-vlog format we’ve become accustomed to. They also have transmedia roundups (27!), which were created, in real time, before the show started airing. Pemberly could learn something from this.
  10. Kate the Cursed (Can you guess which Shakespeare play this is from without watching it?) One of the more authentic-feeling webseries. I was impressed by how smoothly the series works, and how engaging Kate is.
  11. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Love love love. No need to explain this one since everyone who has been on the internet at least a little while knows about LBD. Basically this Pride and Prejudice retelling was the catalyst for the literary adaptation-ocalypse that has taken over the internet, garnering a huge fandom and multiple awards.
  12. My Immortal Parodies the infamous My Immortal Harry Potter fanfic which is one of the most entertaining reads ever, but it goes beyond the realm of parody and makes you ship Drarry (with POC Harry), redeems Enoby, celebrates female friendships (Enoby and POC Hermione FTW) and basically makes you laugh. A lot. Season 2 is out now as well, and its just as good.
  13. Carmilla This show has so much girl power, and one of my favorite web series couples. The strong point here is the modernization of the show, and the characters. From a story telling point of view, the creators were very ambitious (there is magic and vampires and all kinds of stuff), and it was interesting to see them embrace it. Season 2 is out, which is exciting!
  14. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy Its completely different both in tone and style from any other adaptation I’ve seen so far. They have the first major Indian character (Lily Bagh) in a webseries, and Percy Daggs III is Hook (which, for anyone who has seen Play it Again, Dick! is absolutely perfect)! The integrative use of technology means we see much more of the character’s inner lives, Tink!cam is quite fun. I am loving the character development from the first to the second season, and how the show is addressing the main themes of the story really well. 
  15. Emma Approved After reading Emma and watching the BBC mini-series, I was literally craving to see what they would do with this series. The series has had its moments, the relationship between Alex Knightley and Emma, but it follows a much stricter format. However the show really falls apart in its overall execution, and the characters fail to impact you the way LBD did. Additionally, the content on the actual Emma Approved channel was random and unnecessary (the Jane-Frank storyline).
  16. Welcome to Sanditon They experimented with fan-canonization in the form of vlogs, although it wasn’t as thorough as it could have been. Still, an adorable story with an adorable cast and interesting choice of (unfinished) novel by Jane Austen.

Some other adaptations: The Emma Project, Notes by Christine (Phantom of the Opera), The Nick Carraway Chronicles, Mars and Elly, The Jane Games (it had it’s moments)

Others:

  1. The (mis)Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, First, Black Actress (by Issa Rae) ABG is one of my favourite webseries because it has something severely lacking all these literary adaptations – POC. Its really funny and quirky and weird, and its just great to see a different perspective out there and basically I just love Issa Rae to bits. So First is a brand new webseries, and I’m rooting for these characters so much. Black Actresses is similar to My Gimpy Life in the sense that we can see an actor’s life through a different lense, and it has amazing intro/outros with older black actresses.
  2. Dorm Life A comedy about, you guessed it, dorm life! In a mockumentary format. It runs in the same vein as the office in its comedy and yet stands on its own two feet. Thanks a million to itshornokplease for suggesting!
  3. The Unwritten Rules An absolutely brilliant webseries on blacks in the workplace, starring Aasha Davis as Racy, the new manager at a fashion magazine company. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it sooner, it follows in the vein of ABG in that it is really funny, but deals with race explicitly. The ends of the videos are also hilarious, with talking heads of the other people (usually white co-workers, sometimes black), and they are hilarious.
  4. Croissant Man It follows a Depressed Croissant trying to find meaning in the superficial world of Bourgeois pastries. Season one is finally out!
  5. Continuum A really interesting low-budget indie sci-fi that, and while it may seem a little cheesy at first, has so much potential re: the third (as of now) non-existent season.
  6. You Suck at Photoshop This is the best edutainment I have ever seen. I actually learnt a bunch of stuff about photoshop, while laughing my ass off. It was awesome.
  7. Misspelled A badass show about 5 WoC witches in LA. It involves raising the dead, need I say more? Season 1 was way too short, but Season 2 is coming out soon.
  8. Edge of Normal Strong female teenage superheroes, reminding us that magic (or whatever it is) comes with a price. Girl power is awesome and all that jazz.
  9. Jessie Cave (Flat Whites, Bookworm, Ikea Girl, Them, Oddballs, The Waiting Room) Her series come off as art projects, with really quirky, unique characters, gorgeous music and a few cameos from fellow HP actors (did I mention she was Lavender Brown? No? Well, she was.)
  10. The Outs By far, this (and Whatever This Is) are the most professional, well-crafted webseries out there on the internet right now (that I have seen). The Outs feels so real and raw, with this beautiful, flawed, complicated characters who you just fall in love with. Its set and filmed in Brooklyn, everything from the soundtrack to the locations, and you can feel the loneliness of the city. It deals with some pretty huge issues in such beautiful ways and I just can’t. Almost forgot. Plot: Its about Mitchell, Hunter (ex-boyfriends) and Oona (Mitchell’s best friend).
  11. Whatever This Is I like to think of it as a continuation of The Outs, in a similar tone but zooming out a little, incorporating more characters, and its about, to quote them: how long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent? is that even possible? Obviously, its about much more than that, its about relationships and people, but it is the catalyst to a lot of things.
  12. Bloomers Similar to Whatever this is, but with more characters and more diversity. There are two latino, two desi (British-Indian and Muslim-American) characters, and they deal with tons of issues in a really beautiful and hilarious way.
  13. Adult Wednesday Addams As a HUGE Addams Family buff (and disappointed by The Goreys, a gothic parody with so much potential) I was hooked the minute I saw the title. Melissa Hunter plays and writes the perfect Wednesday, exactly how I would have imagined her. Unfortunately it’s been removed from youtube for legal reasons, but you can watch it here.
  14. Flat3 It’s a kiwi comedy (didn’t know that was a thing!) which follows three Asian-NZ flatmates in Auckland as they figure out their twenties, and it is refreshing to see this perspective. It’s awkward and funny, and everything that Super Fun Night never was.
  15. My Gimpy Life A really great webseries based on the creator’s (Teal Sherer’s) own experiences being an aspiring actress in Hollywood. Its funny and a little eye-opening.
  16. Noirhouse A parody of the film noir genre, while you don’t need to be familiar with the genre, definitely a must-see for film noir buffs.
  17. teenagers It’s indie-Degrassi (with some Degrassi alum acting in it). It’s got great representation and although it’s kind of angsty, I appreciate the lack of high school tropes like the mean girls and such. Season 2 is coming out soon! 
  18. Runaways This show is what Pretty Little Liars could have been, but chose not to. While it isn’t nearly clever enough to satisfy my ridiculous expectations, and there are just one too many repeat shots of the same scenes this was entertaining. You can speculate based off of actual clues (unlike certain other *PLL* shows), which I find immensely entertaining. I suggest watching the “Before they were Runaways” segment to learn the backstory.
  19. Husbands Hilarious show about two gay celebrities who accidentally get married right after marriage is legalized in LA and don’t want to get a divorce now because it’ll look bad for the cause. The show is much more like gay portrayal on TV, but obviously more nuanced as you get to know the characters, and its got some amazing guest stars (Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon).
  20. Hipsterhood and is also just a very quirky love story between two hipsters living in hipster central (Silver Lake City, LA). Fun fact: Julia Cho from LBD was involved in this project. What I really took away from this show, though, is the  hipster-like tendencies I had (like vintage, typewriters, organic vegan food). just an interesting observation. also what are hipster POC like?
  21. Squaresville A wonderful, wonderful show which has so much heart. The monolo7ues, are really interesting character studies.
  22. The Guild One of my favorites, and again a classic example of perfection. The relationships between the characters, the characters themselves from Codex to Tink to Zaboo. And Zaboo is one of the best characters because he embodies every Indian stereotype, (I mean they are obssessive gamers) but at the same time, he’s his own person as well, which I just love. And his mother.
  23. Geek Love A documentary on speed dating at ComicCon, which is at times adorable and at other times quite sad, but that’s life I guess. Also awesome costumes for the win! In a subverted way (in that it isn’t explicitly discussed) gender roles and double standards are explored as well.
  24. Classic Alice A really interesting use of the classics, a literature major decides to live her life as the characters in the famous classics do, and sometimes things go wrong.
  25. Kate and Joe Just Want to Have Sex Its hilarious. Enough said.
  26. The Death Vlogs Related to The Goreys, but not necessary to understand the vlogs. Oliver, the main character, is absolutely hilarious.
  27. Play it again, Dick I cannot even explain how disappointed I was by this webseries. I feel like they just relied on tropes to create plot, and while there were some laugh-out-loud moments, there weren’t nearly enough to make up for its complete lack of plot.
  28. Eat our Feelings Sasha Winters (from The Outs, Whatever This Is) is starring in this cooking/comedy webseries in the vein of Broad City about twenty-somethings in Brooklyn with a passion for cooking. The recipes look DELICIOUS.
  29. Wave Jacked By the creators of Jules and Monty. Aftering losing her radio show, Jamie and her friend Jack decide to go retro and start a radio show of their own. It’s sharp, witty and entertaining, and has a GREAT soundtrack.
  30. Ask a Slave A hilarious and frustrating (because people are DUMB) web series based on the creator’s experiences “portraying a slave character at a famous historic site”. It’s wonderful.

Upcoming additions (when I finish them): From Mansfield with Love, In Earnest

Coming Soon: A Finger Slip, Con Man, Rex, Love’s Labor Lost, 

If anyone else has any suggestions, please message me and I’ll add them to this post!

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Kissing in the Rain is a new series from shipwreckedcomedy in which two sets of actors keep finding themselves kissing in the rain, all while grappling with their off-camera feelings between takes.

Kissing in the Rain - Ep. 1: Lily & James
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So I’m taking a quick break before I dive down the Kissing in the Rain fan-canon rabbit hole to post some stills from another weekend directing project of mine.

Some of my Tumblr friends might be familiar with a directing series on my personal channel, I Didn’t Write This, in which I take short excerpts of poetry and literature written by other people and adapt them as a directing/filmmaking exercise. We did an episode in which I adapted a short excerpt from John Green's Looking for Alaskasince we had already recorded the audio for the Kissing in the Rain trailer.

A few weeks ago, I decided to finally check out Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. I’d known about the book for a while and had been putting off reading it because I knew it would hit far, far too close to home (I’m a filmmaker whose creative origin story is tied pretty heavily to writing Harry Potter fanfic.) Reading Fangirl was like finding a long lost diary I’d forgotten I’d kept. I read it in two nights and fell completely and totally in love with these characters and the worlds they lived in, both in fictional fandom and IRL. Since I Didn’t Write This is my way of playing with source material I love, I knew I absolutely had to do a Fangirl episode of IDWT. I want to direct this feature so badly it hurts YOU GUYS ASDLKFJLSDK FLERMMMMMMMM.

I reached out to a few fanartists in the Tumblr tag because I thought it might be fun to use actual Fangirl fanart in my fangirl-directed fan-adaptation, so thanks goes to toerning for the sketches on Cath’s desk and doctorhooper for the fabulous poster design on the wall! We shot one scene adaptation and a few would-be promo stills as well. Much love to the always wonderful Mary Kate Wiles and the awesomely talented Denver Milord for being my Cath and Levi.

This episode of IDWT might take another week or so to come out while I work on Kissing in the Rain (which everyone should go watch Mary Kate being awesome in), so keep a look out and subscribe to my personal channel, maybe? If you like literary adaptations and shippy short films, it might be your kind of thing.

And just because it’s topical, hey look, here’s my old fanfiction.net profile. #nostalgia

Much love,

Yulin Kuang
writer  //  director  //  fangirl
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youtube.com/shipwreckedcomedy

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Bertha Mason tries to pass the time in her attic while Mr. Rochester woos Jane Eyre. A parody of Disney’s Tangled and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

Starring 
Sinead Persaud as Bertha

Directed by Yulin Kuang
Written by sineadpersaud & seanpersaud & yulinkuang

Reminder - Kissing in the Ran returns with chapter II next Monday, May 5th! In the meantime, read up on the last installment of the KitR fan-canon experiment’s companion drabbles.

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“I’m rooting for you.” - Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

I Didn’t Write This is a new literary adaptation series in which I adapt and direct excerpts of poetry and literature written by other people. New episodes on Fridays, occasionally. Subscribe, maybe? 

I Didn’t Write This - Ep. 6: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Directed by Yulin Kuang

Starring Mary Kate Wiles and Denver Milord

Featuring original fanart by toerning and doctorhooper

Reading Fangirl was like finding a long lost diary I had forgotten I’d kept. Thank you so much to rainbowrowell for bringing this story and these characters to life - I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that felt so much like it was written specifically for me, and there are so many of us who feel that way. That’s a pretty spectacular thing, for one author to connect directly with so many readers in one book, so infinite props to Rainbow for being her special kind of awesome.

I picked this scene because I thought it’d be the most fun to tackle for both me and my cast, as it’s one of my favorite scenes from the novel and a major turning point for Cath and Levi. I unfortunately didn’t have the time or the resources to shoot all of my favorite scenes (let’s be real here, given infinite time and money I would just shoot a Fangirl fan-feature and adapt all the fanfic parts as full-scale productions a la Sherlock’s fan-theory sequences in the season three opener), but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to also direct The Outsiders scene as long as we had the set and our Cath & Levi! So check out our bonus photo montage scene adaptation over here.

Thanks for watching!

Much love,

Yulin Kuang
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youtube.com/shipwreckedcomedy

reasons to watch kissing in the rain
  • actors who are forced to kiss each other multiple times in different productions
  • friends to lovers trope
  • enemies to lovers trope
  • stars mary kate wiles from the lizzie bennet diaries
  • basically jily fanfiction if you look at it the right way
  • UKELELE SERENADE
  • WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE KISSING FOR THE SCREEN BUT IT WENT ON A LITTLE AFTER THE DIRECTOR CALLED CUT TROPE
  • THERE’S A TUMBLR WHERE FANFICTIONS WERE CANONIZED BY THE CREATOR WITH A WHOLE BACKSTORY CREATED BY THE FANS
  • SHORT AND CUTE AND ALL ON YOUTUBE
  • ITS LIKE WATCHING FANFICTION DO IT
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Kissing in the Rain: Episode 9

My first fanart for KitR series TWO. YAY. I decided that since I’ve built OUT of a book previously, it was time to carve INTO a book. Fyi, I’d like to pretend this is a copy of Persuasion, but it’s not, so you don’t need to burn me at the stake or anything. Don’t worry.

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Kissing in the Rain
A new historical comedy micro-webseries from Shipwrecked, set entirely in the rain. Two sets of actors re-enact the most romantic kisses in history from the 1600s through the 1960s, all while grappling with their off-camera feelings between takes. Coming this February.

KitR Tumblr Transmedia Experiment - creating a curated, community-written canonical companion piece to Kissing in the Rain. More developments forthcoming, one of which is hopefully a less wordy and alliterative explanation. Reblog with your suggestions, please and thank you.

We’ve also set up an official Lily and James KitR transmedia blog for reader convenience and archival purposes. Integrated canon posts will be reblogged first through our official shipwreckedcomedy tumblr, then later by our lilyandjameskitr blog.

Created by Yulin Kuang

Cast
Mary Kate Wiles as Lily
Sean Persaud as James
Sinead Persaud as Audrey
Sairus Graham as Henry

Chapter I: Lily & James 
Actors Lily and James keep finding themselves kissing in the rain despite not being particularly fond of each other. Note: this is not Harry Potter related, as much as we would love for it to be.

Chapter II: Audrey & Henry
Actors Audrey and Henry finding themselves kissing in the rain, yet can’t seem to find a way to tell each other their feelings off camera.

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Kissing in the Rain (Episode 3)

I really loved the image of these two dancing in the rain, soooooo I did some magazine art.  Because obviously. And I love you, KiTR font, but you SUCK to cut out. Stop that. (Also I’m super behind on my KiTR fanart spree, whooops.) 

AND HEY, if you want to see a tutorial of how I made this, click here: (X)

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Kissing in the Rain is a new series from shipwreckedcomedy in which two sets of actors keep finding themselves kissing in the rain, all while grappling with their off-camera feelings between takes.

Kissing in the Rain - Ep. 7: Lily & James
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Episode 7 Companion Drabble

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Starring
Mary Kate Wiles as Lily
Sean Persaud as James

Created by Yulin Kuang

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