Not Yet!

25 Oct

The new site will replace this one shortly!

Ruby Skye P.I. The Spam Scam – Chapter 1: Animal Farm will be live at noon Eastern.

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Starting Monday

22 Oct

Mystery!
Adventure!
Starving stuffed animals!
A brand new comedy detective series!

Ruby Skye P.I.
The Spam Scam

12 great video chapters.
Mondays and Thursdays.
Curtain goes up Monday October 25
@ noon Eastern.

Can 15 year old Ruby Skye figure who is running the email scam and get her wacky neighbor’s money back? Maybe, but she’s going to lose a lot of friends along the way!

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A Thousand Thank Yous

22 Oct

Ruby Skye P.I. October 2010June 18 – that’s the day I got the email from the Independent Production Fund saying they would finance Ruby Skye P.I.: The Spam Scam. That was 132 days ago. Almost 19 weeks. Four months. Not long at all.

In four more days you’ll get a sample of what we’ve accomplished in that time. But that’s end product.

We’ve tried to be as open about our process in getting here as time allowed. One thing that should be clear by now is that we’ve been having the time of our lives. Not enough time… And yeah, the budget was lean. But our team has been phenomenal and more than made up for the lack of cash with passion and dedication.

Before we lift the curtain on the final product, I want to say thank you to everyone who brought their passion, commitment, energy and time to this project for no money or way less than their market value.IPF

First thank you to Andra, Carly and the board of The Independent Production Fund for giving us this shot. We hope to prove to you that your investment in web series was a very smart and forward thinking move.

Our beloved sponsors! Ruby Skye P.I. is only possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors in corporate Canada, local small businesses, organizations and the creative contributions of many, many independent film, video & digital artists. These include: Berman & Co. The Dragon Academy,  Eastern Script Inc., Steven Golick at OslerPolaroidPost City SoundPS Production Services,  Rocket Science VFXTEACH MagazineFat Cat Wine Bar,  The Big Chill,Believerville ProductionsChoroid FilmsInkling Entertainment Inc.Montefiore Films,  Brendan Meadows Photography Inc.Richard Maslove MusicFilm & Event SolutionsTotal Two-Way – MotorolaTrew AudioOffice Coffee Solutions. I want to apologize for the fact that I couldn’t get your logos to look any better on this page. But I promise that on Monday, when we open the new site, your logos will look gorgeous!

Best Crew on the PlanetTeam Ruby Skye: Crew, volunteers, social media and research support, post-production team, the parents of our cast, fabulous kids who were extras, background filmmakers — of all ages, our spouses…  So many people contributed to this project with time, passion and perspiration.  I can’t name you all here now, but I love you all and will be forever in your debt. What a thrill to work with so many good looking, hard working, smart, funny people.

Our cast, both young and old: you guys have been fabulous and funny. You breathed life into the characters and the script. I can’t wait to share your work with the world wide web.

Steven! I wouldn’t be here without your encouragement and support. I think you owe me lunch!

Karen — a.k.a. Kevin O’Leary  — your brilliance never ceases to astound me plus you keep my eyes focused on the prize.

Kelly, my creative doppleganger. When I’m too tired to see straight, I know I can close my eyes because you will push for perfection.

Kerry, there is not a minute that goes by that I don’t whisper a thanks to the universal powers that brought you to this project. Never leave me!!

My final thanks is to all of you who’ve been following the project from afar, cheering us on. We feel an incredible sense of community around us. Your support has kept us going and fueled and nourished us. We hope we’ve done you proud.

We’re going to go dark now to focus on getting everything ready.

Curtain goes up Monday at noon Eastern. See you then.

Friends of Ruby Skye P.I.

22 Oct

Most of the official @RubySkyePI tweeting has been done by the phenomenal Dorice Tepley with support from Kerry, Karen and I.  All of us have felt amazing support from the Twitter community.  Today being Follow Friday, we want to say thanks to some of our wonderful Twitter fans.  You’ve made these last weeks and months so much easier!

Angus Swantee: @angusswantee; Judith Klassen: @judecast; Ruffus The Dog: @ruffusthedog; Canadian Film Centre: @cfccreates: Nora, Dan, Carma: @sparkcbc; Suzi Shelton: @SuziShelton; Margot Leblanc: @margotleblanc; Stephanie Law: @sphinxmagic; Caroline Godin: @carolinegodin; Billi Dee Knight: @billiknight; Jenn Schachter: @jennschac;
Emily Schooley: @the_emi;
Richard Baldwin: @songteller;
Sharon: @creehawk;
Kelly Lynne Ashton: @klashton27;
Nathan Estabrooks: @skoorbatse;
Ian Yorski: @IanYorski;
Suzanne Keppler: @srk_to;
GopherX.net: @GopherXdotnet;
Bianca Filoteo: @biancafiloteo;
Henrietta Walmark: @ettagirl;
Emme Rogers: @EmmeRogers;
Garner Haines; @garnerhaines; Chubby Kay: @ChubbyKay; Jesse Abundis: @jessenovels; Christopher Bolton: @billybuck; Elize Morgan: @elizemorgan; Jennica Harper: @jennicaharper; Micah J. Reid: @mjreid;  KrysstaKM: @KrysstaKM; Lindsay Stewart: @lindsaymstewart;Marilyn Thomas: @MonkeyMarilyn; Robbo Mills: @RobboMills; Scott Albert: @ScottAlbert; Brandon Laraby: @BCLaraby; The Shorts Report: @shortsreport; Andrew Williamson: @OffIslandFilms; Shawnee Rockett: @ShawneeRockett; David Clive: @_creeboy; Mary Henricksen: @garryoakgirl; Stitch Media: @stitchmedia; Shawn Rockett: @ShawnRockett; Shaw Rocket Fund: @RocketFund; Erica Landrock: @ericalandrock; Lucia Mancuso: @lulula; Jessica Frey: @WGCFrey; Courtney Wolfson: @CourtneyWord; Laura Brodie: @laubrodie; Ross McKie: @rossmckie; Fraser Mills: @filmarmy; Katherine Fletcher: @kathfletcher; Michael Dolan: @EvilPRGuy; Shane Lindley: @ImaginaryEric; Gail Renard: @GailRenard; Liz Hover: @LizHover; Chris Bucci: @cbucci_bookman; Will Dixon: @wcdixon

Marlee Maslove Plays Ruby’s Sister Hailey

21 Oct

Marlee umbrella laughingMarlee Maslove is no stranger to web series — or to playing Hailey.  Over the last two years, she’s shot ten episodes of Hailey Hacks, a web series that shows you cool things to do with your computer.

Marlee has spent a lot of time on stage. For the last four years, she has been a member of the Randolph Young Company.   Not only was she in musical theatre five productions with RYC, each show ran for more than a dozen performances, Hailey at mailboxwhich adds up to a lot of stage time.

She’s also been a featured extra in two TV series: Blue Murder and Metropia.

Marlee is 13 years old and is in grade 8 at an alternative school in downtown Toronto.

Kevin Gutierrez Plays Ruby’s BFF

21 Oct

Kevin Gutierrez plays Griffin Lane, Ruby Skye’s best friend.  Kevin didn’t have a great deal of acting experience when he joined the project.  He had done some modelling and had been on stage in some school and camp productions.

Kevin is a tremendous athlete.  He plays rep soccer and select hockey.  He also plays basketball, snowboards, skis, bikes and  rides horses.  He’s also a mystifying magician!

He’ll be 15 years old in just a few days and goes to high school in York Region.

Ruby’s Pogo

20 Oct

Ruby Skye P.I. and her PogoA camera is an essential component of a digital detective’s toolkit and Ruby Skye depends on her camera a lot.

She puts the photos she takes up on her evidence board, so she prints out a lot of her photos. Sometimes, she needs a photo immediately, that’s why she carries a Polaroid Pogo with a built-in printer. It shoots digital pictures that she can upload to Flickr or her Facebook feed, but it spits out hard evidence of what she’s observed, no matter where Ruby is.

PolaroidPolaroid supplied us with the Pogo that Ruby carries with her and uses to take all her photos.  On set, everyone who touched the Pogo fell in love with it.  There is something really fun about watching the Polaroid picture slide out of the side of the camera. And it doesn’t hurt that once printed, you can peel off the backing and the picture becomes a sticker.

Lucky Number Three!!

19 Oct

Aidan CheeatowIt’s getting exciting.  Only six more sleeps until launch.  But around here, the fun never stops.  So we have something new for you to look at today: a brand new teaser entitled Life on the Set.

One of the things that makes this teaser especially awesome is that the director is Aidan Cheeatow.  Aidan is 14 and a film major at Claude Watson School for the Arts.  He is also the brother of Madison Cheeatow, who plays Ruby Skye.

When we heard that Madison’s brother was a young filmmaker, we invited him to set, gave him a camera and full access to cast and crew and forced him to make a little film.

Here it is.  We think it’s great.

Elena Gorgevska Plays the Mean Girl

19 Oct

Elena GorgevskaElena Gorgevska has quite a bit of experience in front of the camera.

She’s been in short films, a TV movie and a feature. She’s been on sets much more than most of the other kids in Ruby Skye P.I. But she’s never played the part of a mean girl before!

Nasty Diana NoughtonElena plays Diana Noughton, who is very very mean to Ruby for highly mysterious reasons. In real life, Elena is sweet and nice. But on screen, she’s very nasty as Diana… which shows you what a good actress she is.

Comment on Our Comment Policy

18 Oct

One week from today, when Ruby Skye P.I.: The Spam Scam launches, we’ll also be launching our new site. And it’s going to be fabulous!
As we’re getting it ready we have to prepare some policies about how people can use the site and what our responsibilities are to the audience.

I’m getting four documents ready:

  • A comment policy
  • An advertising policy
  • A privacy policy
  • A web safety policy.
  • I will be sharing them here as I draft them, so that you can feed in.

    rubyskyepi.com is meant for kids so we want everything to be clear and easy to read.  We want the site to be a safe environment that parents, teachers, librarians and other adults feel good about recommending to kids.  That’s why we are publishing these policies in advance.  We want input from the community.

    Here’s the comment policy:

    We want to know what you think about Ruby Skye P.I.  The site has lots of places to leave comments and questions or talk to other members of the community.  You can leave messages for Ruby on her blog and she’ll answer lots of them.

    To keep rubyskyepi.com a safe and positive place be nice to other people, smart about sharing information and enjoy what we have to offer.

    If you need us to spell it out, here are the things you can’t do:

    • No swearing, flaming, bullying, racism, sexism or just plain being mean.  We’ll take down comments that are hurtful to others.
    • No selling, advertising or spamming.  We’ll remove that too.
    • No personal information about yourself or anyone else.  That’s right, that stuff’s going too.

    Some comments won’t appear on the site until we’ve read and approved them.  We’ll try to be quick about it but if you write a comment and it doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry.  We’ll get to it.

    Now, go ahead, comment, share and have fun!

    Let us know what you think.

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