Jonathan Williams directed the short film The Portal, which starred Being Erica’s Erin Karpluk and Tahmoh Penikett.
After the film’s trailer attracted strong fan reaction from fans online including more than a million views on its YouTube trailer, Williams has started the cameras rolling on a web series based on the short called Riftworld Chronicles, now shooting in Toronto.
The online sci-fi/fantasy/comedy about a dimension-traveling wizard who gets stuck in Toronto and tries to buy a ticket home again stars Karpluk and Penikett (Supernatural), and this time will stream on CBC Punchline, an online comedy network.
The web series is a co-production between First Love Films, Sienna Films and CBC Punchline, and got kick-started when it received key Independent Production Fund coin and got veteran producer Bob Monroe on board to spearhead visual effects.
First Love Films’ Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann are producing.