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...because most web series are technically produced by independent filmmakers, but very few of them actually resemble independent films. With its story about a bitter children’s magician and a quirky lesbian yoga instructor, “The Impossibilities” was initially conceived as the kind of movie project destined for the festival circuit. However, the creators realized that a web series offered a more flexible production schedule and the option to self-distribute, as well as more time with these characters they had come to love. The result is digital media content with the production values of an independent film, setting the show apart from nearly every other internet series out there.



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In the past, independent productions struggled to find any sort of distribution. The creators of “The Impossibilities” realized that if they released their work online without any creative barriers, they also had to have a direct connection to their audience. While publicity and advertising have traditionally been handled by distribution houses, self-distributors need to self-promote as well. “The Impossibilities” team has proved that this is manageable and even enjoyable, as the creators delight in personally responding to fans who like their work on social media. As we’re finding out, word of mouth – or word of text, tweet, emoji, etc. – may in fact be a more powerful tool than paid advertisements.

While the makers of “The Impossibilities” initially imagined their idea as a film, they have come to see the potential for web content. For starters, the web offers the obvious perks of complete creative control and freedom. However, there are also storytelling advantages to the web format. “The Impossibilities” short form serial structure allows the creators to develop their characters over time. In addition, it also lets the lead actors showcase their actual abilities as a magician and yogi in unique ways during each individual episode. The relative ease of web productions also means that content creators can experiment with different ideas. A premise that seems great on paper often turns out to be horribly flawed. With a feature film, this can mean wasting years of time, but a web series is more like a laboratory for new ideas…with audiences more than willing to voice negative opinions if they dislike the content.

From its off-beat subject matter to its high production values, “The Impossibilities” feels more like Paul Thomas Anderson than Paul W.S. Anderson. This isn’t just because the show values characters over video games, either. “The Impossibilities” manages to balance the comedic elements found in many web series with a darker and more cinematic tone. This alone might make it stand out as one of the more sophisticated internet productions out there. Yet the show also continues to showcase strong performances not just from its two unique leads, but the interesting supporting cast of characters as well. And as a final bonus, the magic and yoga is all real too.

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