Something that is often missing from webseries is style. ‘Overturn’ is jam packed with exquisite style.
A bit about the show and a synopsis
Overturn is the first international sci-fi mystery web series. The cast and crew include
representatives of the United States, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria,
Iran, and Vietnam. The show is being filmed in Kiev, Ukraine. In the core of Overturn is a
mystery that you have to uncover. It is a story about a young American
named Christopher Gabriel, who lives a pretty normal life, except for one thing…
Christopher Gabriel suffers from constant terrifying nightmares. These dreams
have been coming since childhood, and all his life Christopher tries to understand this disease, but no doctors or books give answers. Suddenly, an unknown group of people from different countries kidnap him and conduct a number of strange and cruel experiments. At first, it looks like one of his nightmares has come true, but gradually, he begins to realize that they know something important about him. Christopher also feels that something changes in him and suspects that he is not an ordinary guy. His dreams are the key to the answer.
John Deryl as Christopher Gabriel
John was born in Kiev, Ukraine but was growing up in a multitude of different countries. He is one-half Vietnamese and one-half Ukrainian of German and Polish descent. After studying acting in college, John has worked as a professional actor since 2005. Among his theater works are “Salome” by Oscar Wilde and “The Venetian Woman” by an unknown Italian author. He has worked in a number of short and feature films. He speaks English and Russian. He is also a sportsman and has been involved in marshal arts since childhood. In 2010, John created the concept of Overturn as an international sci-fi mystery web series. He played the main part of Christopher Gabriel. He also wrote the script, directed, produced, and scored the series. He currently resides in Kiev where he works on new episodes of Overturn as well as other projects.
BILL KONSTANTINIDIS – William Higgins
Bill is an Australian actor of Greek descent. He studied acting in Melbourn and has worked in several short films as well as extensively in theater in Australia. The most memorable works are “The Lover” by Harold Pinter (2002) and “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller (2008). “I enjoyed the process of developing my role in such an innovative project as Overturn.” Bill is currently located in Saudi Arabia.
MARY MELLOW – Maria Baturina
Mary is a young actress from Kiev, Ukraine. She is of Russian descent and has acted in a number of short films and plays. She is a fluent English speaker and interested in working internationally. Mary currently lives in Kiev.
PHILIPPA PETER – Lisha
Philippa is a Nigerian actress. She has played supporting roles in several Ukrainian and Russian movies. She travels between Nigeria and Ukraine.
PAOLO NICOSIA – Fabrizio Conti
Paolo is from Genoa, Italy. He is a beginning actor and studied at at Liceo Classico Colombo. Fabrizio Conti is his first substantial role. Paolo currently lives in Moscow, Russia.
KONSTANTIN GERASIMUK – The Servant
Konstantin is a Ukrainian actor. He has worked in a number of Ukrainian and Russian film and TV projects as well as domestic and international commercials. “Overturn” is his first new media project. Konstantin currently resides in Kiev.
Also: ERIC E. (USA), ALEXANDER GALIUS (Ukraine), THANH NGUYEN (Vietnam), DEMOLA (Nigeria), EVGENIY GVOZDIY (Ukraine), SERGEY SAVITSKIY (Ukraine), ANDREW DOAN (Vietnam), IVAN NABOKA (Russia)
Written and Directed by JOHN DERYL
Co-director – HELENE WANG (Denmark)
Cinematography by SERGEY KACHANOV (Ukraine)
Film Editing by JOHN DERYL and SERGEY KACHANOV
Sound Design by ALEXANDER OSADCHIY (Ukraine)
Original Score Composed by JOHN DERYL
Sound Mixer – ALEKSEY OLSHEVSKIY (Ukraine)
Casting by ALEX DOAN (Ukraine)
2nd Assistant Camera – ROSANNE WILSON (USA)
Make-up Artist – MARY RODRIGUEZ (USA)
Boom Operator – IVAN NABOKA (Russia)
Produced by JOHN DERYL
We see John Deryl all over the crew credits, making him one talented young man.
As mentioned above, this film has a lot of style. The mood is set immediately with a dream sequence (?) filmed in a dramatic blue tint. ‘Overturn’ is billed as a sci-fi mystery, and it certainly is as advertised. The story isn’t clear, it’s all a mystery. Every episodes, of which there are five for season one, brings more questions that aren’t answered. This is the way to keep people tuned in and salivating for your next episode. However, there does have to be a payoff. The payoff starts soon, tomorrow, September 20th 2011 the date for season two and some other information regarding length of webisodes etc will be released. Stay tuned here.
Something that is obvious, but I really want to comment about, is the fact that this is truly an international cast and crew. This is something rare in webseries, which is due, for one thing, to cost. ‘Overturn’ looks expensive, I’m not aware of the cost involved in filming this show, but it wasn’t cheap.
4 1/2 of 5 stars
Links to ‘Overturn’
Information, synopsis taken from the ‘Overturn’ official website.