I drove from Golders Green to Romford to meet Susan in December 2013 – a journey into the real life territory of ’90s BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather.
That’s a world away from Susan’s Chronicles of Syntax. The TV entertainment we knew back then has been revolutionised and Susan is part of the vanguard. (See an image of the website below.)
She’s written her own science fiction series, filled it with characters who possess their own extensive backstories, filmed it with a crew of professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts, distributed it for free through the web and marketed it using all the tools that social media can throw at her.
Twenty years ago, she would have required the services of highly-trained professionals at a cost unimaginable to any but those who had the support and backing of a studio, broadcaster or one of the few independent production companies around at the time.
Like many others (see the excellent website British Web Series for other British web series), Susan has achieved a great deal simply in getting her project filmed and distributed. It’s just that she’s done it on a rather large scale.
Watch Episode 1 below and then follow the links to watch the rest of the series.
Listen to the podcast interview using the player (near the top, underneath the introduction in orange text). Watch the series. It’s highly creative and entertaining. I enjoyed it. It gets better and better with each episode – in production, ambition, dialogue, acting etc.