The literary classics have given us some fantastic characters, and we’re going to take them for a spin to see how their tales, moral compasses, and motivations hold up today in this hilarious webseries.
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About The Project
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Join our Driver and Nrr80r (Get it? Like the narrator in a book? Of course you do, our audience is smart like Holmes!) as they escort the likes of MacBeth, The Three Musketeers, The Little Mermaid, and more around town.
But who our Driver happens to be is a mystery to be solved! Come along for the ride and test your mental library to identify characters before the reveal, and on the longer journey, to piece together clues and figure out which beloved character has been at the wheel.
With a carpool full of beloved faces from screens large and small, and a library Belle would be envious of, this is going to be a trip you don’t want to miss!
Fictional Fares is a 9 episode (10 including a musical ep if you help us reach the stretch goal!) intro season to an epic ride of a show. You’ve seen Carpool Karaoke, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Taxicab Confessions so you understand the set up, now plop our uber-esque Driver in a world peopled with riders straight outta the pages of classic literature and bippity-boppity-boo, you’ve got our premise!
Arriving at our destination of a feature film’s worth of fantastic content is no Thumbelina sized endeavor. It’s more like climbing Jack’s beanstalk. We’ve got a ensemble the size of Wonderland itself, and have to dress them far better than that ensemble the Emperor last wore, not to mention feed them and provide The Bare Necessities artistic types require. Oooo, right, and then there’s the propping, lighting, actual filming, sounding (go with it), insurancing, editing and magic-ing that happens in post to bring mere thoughts to moving images on your devices. It’s quite the Odyssey to make that Metamorphosis happen, believe you me. But, look, At The End of The Day, we’re more than up to the task!
For a show attempting to do the things we are, challenges are part of the plot and sadly there’s no jinni from a magic lamp to wish our way out of them. There are thirty+ characters in this series, played by actors with schedules that could have been woven by Charlotte herself, all requiring sustenance and a wardrobe that spans millennia. Like, how? How do you get all of those clothes without a fairy godmother? Is James Brent Isaacs going to need stunt driver training? Should we have mentioned that? That’s a lot of pressure on James now.
What keeps us as cool, calm, and collected as Phileas Fogg; is the experience we bring to this round table. This isn’t our first flip through these pages. Not only do we accept the possibility of problems along the way, we know how to meet them head on. In truth, we are too excited, and believe in this project too much, to let anything stand in our way. We are all for one, and one for all in!
This is what we live for! A total joy ride! We’ve driven around this web TV space for quite a few laps, and a short-form serial tale like this with comedy, nods to worlds we all know and love, socially relevant fun poked at character’s questionable decisions, the opportunity to work with some of our favorite people while bringing attention to some worthwhile charities, and a built in mystery that longs to take fans along on the journey is what online storytelling was made for.
Hop on in!
More to come!
Meet The Cast!
As Seen On:
Kathy Rigby’s Peter Pan
Carly Bracco is an actress, singer, and dancer that has traveled the word from stage to stage. This isn’t her first trip to the world of fairy tales and fantasy, as she performed as both Wendy in the touring production of “Kathy Rigby’s Peter Pan,” eventually inheriting the role of Peter Pan from Kathy herself. For the past two years she has been performing as Elsa in the live action musical production “Frozen” at Disneyland California Adventure.
As seen on:
Jay Walker is an actor, musician, and comedian from Los Angeles, California. A proven talent in the world of television & digital advertising, he notably created the hashtag "#6secondcover", which sparked a viral trend in users covering their favorite songs.
As seen on:
Days Of Our Lives
Tony Noto is an actor and stuntman hailing from Arlington, Texas. Not only skilled in front of the camera and in combat, Tony has a film degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Ask him about stilt walking sometime. He’s got stories.
As seen on:
The Walking Dead
Tangled: The Series
At 6’6 Charles Halford has played roles as diverse as he is tall. From aliens from another planet, to backwoods country bumpkins, he is a giant of art and performance that intends to leave this world better than he found it.
As seen on:
Geek and Sundry
2 Broke Geeks
Omar Najam is pulling double duty as Aramis, as well as the director of Fictional Fares! Finding his way down to LA from the Bay area, Omar has worked on the production side of such companies as Machinima, LootCrate, and DisneyXD. As the founder of the “13 Days, 13 Shorts” film festival, Omar facilitates a community that encourages creators to do the things they love, create.
Role: The Time Traveller
As Seen On:
The Maze Runner
Wong Fu Productions
Mike Bow is an actor and NYU alum, that when not busy hopping from set to set or hosting conventions around LA, has steadily built an ever faithful fanbase on his youtube channel: mikebowshow. Also, try not to like him. We dare you. You can’t.
As Seen On:
Bella And The Bulldogs
Brent Bailey has steadily built an impressive list of credits that range from film, episodic drama, sitcoms, commercials, and of course, the web series, where he got to flex his leading man muscles as Alex Knightley in the mega-hit fan favorite series “Emma Approved.”
As Seen On:
Super Power Beat Down
My Babysitter The Superhero
Joe Fiorello is a stuntman and life long martial artist, becoming the Florida State Champion in Weapons, Kata, and Point-Sparring at just eleven-years-old. When not on set, he spends his time as the co-owner of Free Ride San Diego, providing free taxi cabs around downtown San Diego.
Role: Hua Mulan
As Seen On:
The Good Place
Video Game High School
Joanna Sotomura is a web series vet, appearing in two back-to-back hit programs “Video Game High School” as the evil Duchess of Kart and the title role of Emma Woodhouse in Pemberley Digital’s “Emma Approved.” Most recently she can be seen on NBC’s “Good News” and is hot off of her performance in the 2018 CBS Diversity Showcase.
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About This Team
Fictional Fares brings together a plucky group of internet and film veterans who combined have won multiple Emmys and numerous other laurels, created hundreds of episodes of content across over 20 series, founded a film fest, can count over 100 million views among their credits, rocked various panels at various Cons, and won a World Thumb Wrestling Championship for his country. We’ll let you guess who did what.
In the driver’s seat we have our Creators, James Brent Isaacs and Omar Najam. Omar will be directing and JBI will be sliding behind the wheel as our mysterious Driver. Their brains brained up this jaunt and wrote all the words to get us there. Except these. These words were written by...
Our Producers, Jenni Powell and Paula Rhodes (who happen to also be the lady half of the production team behind the award-winning The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy).
Rounding out our Voltron is our Artist in Residence, the talented Austin Buchanan!