If you’re a fan of mystery and strange disappearances, we’ve probably found a web series for you. Metronome, centers around a patient desperate for help and a therapist who’s use of unconventional methods lead to nightmarish results. We recently had the opportunity to speak with creator Gabe Saenz about the series and the direction it is heading.
Where did the idea for Metronome come from? How long has the project been in the works?
As a writer, I tend to get these spontaneous ideas that will follow me around. Metronome was one of those ideas, it just showed up one day & I couldn’t get rid of it. The idea of a modern therapist who specializes in a unique form of Hypnosis. I started writing the series in early 2014 & just never stopped working on it from there. I was always either writing additional chapters or working on producing the current ones, which brings us to the present day. As of now, we are casting for Chapter 3 & are well into pre-production.
What kind of research did you do on hypnosis when developing the script?
I wanted these characters & the entire universe to be original, but also authentic. As if walking into his office you’d expect a certain vibe so early into the writing process I knew I needed to dig deep. I would read psychology articles, ask people their thoughts on hypnosis, & listen to hypnosis sessions.
You seem to have your hands in every aspect of the show. Is that your long term goal or is there something you would prefer to concentrate your efforts on?
I love all aspects of film, it’s all so interesting to me & as an actor it’s immensely beneficial to know a little bit of everything. The opportunity to co-create something with other people is so gratifying. Eventually I would like to focus my energy strictly on acting; I always want my performance to be the best it can possibly be.
You launched an unsuccessful Indiegogo campaign to create more episodes. What did you learn from that process?How did you go about raising the funds to keep the series going?
I’ll be honest, the fundraising was by far my least favorite part of making this series. Crowd-funding can be difficult, it’s not easy asking folks for money, let alone so you can make a film. Even though we weren’t able to reach 100% funding, we were still able to engage the audience in the film making process, that alone is still worth something. We gained viewers, fans, & raised just enough to complete chapter 2 of Metronome. The best tip I can give for anyone out there about to crowd-fund a project is to be realistic with your expectations, not everyone reaches 100%, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still bring your idea to life, get creative & find another way to make it happen!
Is there anything you felt you couldn’t or can’t do with the series due to funding constraints?
As an actor, when you decide to produce your own project, suddenly this whole other world of responsibility opens up. You have to build & maintain a budget or risk your project never being completed. I would have loved bigger locations, more elaborate sets, & more crew, but with Metronome I felt we did the best we could with what we had. Money always helps facilitate the filming process, but you’d be surprised what you can get done when push comes to shove & the director says Action! Some films have all the money in the world & still can’t seem to make things work.
Are you forced to write scripts within your known constraints or do you write the story you want and adjust to the limitations?
I tend to write the story I’d want to watch or hear & then adjust along the way. You make mistakes, but those mistakes teach what you’re doing wrong & you eventually adjust from there. Before Metronome I wrote several other scripts that just weren’t that great, but writing those scripts paved the way for this series. I feel Metronome has already taught me so much & in the future when I decide to write something new it’ll be that much stronger because of it.
When will we get new episodes? How many should we expect?
Metronome Chapter 2 will be out this Wednesday, April 29th at noon, for those that backed our IndieGoGo, they will get an exclusive advanced screening. Ideally we’d love to release an episode every week, however, it will most likely be every few months due to time & funding constraints. There are currently 5 chapters & the story could expand if there is continued interest. There’s always questions to be answered! Chapter 5 will bring you current with whom is behind everything & what happened to Olivia, but it doesn’t answer everything…
If you are willing to divulge, do we ever see Olivia again?
Hmm this one is difficult to answer. All I will say is that she does appear again, but I won’t say in what context or situation. You’ll just have to wait & see. 😉
What would you say about comparisons to shows with similar “what happened to them” themes like Twin Peaks, Broadchurch, and The Killing?
I think people have a certain love for a good ol’ mystery, I know I do. We always want to know what happened & who did it! There will always be similarities with certain genre related shows, but I think what sets you apart are your characters, dialogue, & the over arching story.
What are your expectations for Metronome?
With the ever changing media environment where content falls into bidding wars, I want Metronome to find success with a content provider such as Netflix, Hulu, etc, someone that can take the reigns & really help us expand this universe we’ve created! The skies the limit with Metronome & it has immense potential as a series. After a year of blood, sweat, & tears I want so much for this series & for the people involved who dedicated so much of their time & creative efforts.
Are you planning another fundraising campaign?
We most likely will launch another IndieGoGo for Metronome Chapters 4 & 5. We are hoping that with additional support we can finish out the first season of this series & move on to a second!
Lastly we ask a lot of people for information about their part of the country to expose our readers to the cool places where film is happening. Your bio says you’re in Dallas. Are you filming in Dallas? Do you think there is anything about Dallas or Texas that provides a good environment for film making or is it nothing more than a product your physical location?
We do film in the Dallas area & I truly adore this city. There’s such a unique variety of talented actors & crew all committed to what they do. I believe very soon that Dallas will be the next stop between LA & NY because it has so much to offer potential film makers.
You can find out more about Gabe Saenz and the series on their Facebook page.