After an introduction on Anheuser-Busch’s broadband network, Bud.TV, the CG-animated web series AfterWorld was picked up by Sony and can now be seen on leading social networking site MySpace. The first ten webisodes produced by Electric Farm Ent. debuted this week with new installments to arrive daily.
In Afterworld, a technology salesman named Russell Shoemaker wakes up one day to find technology dead and most of the human race missing. Learning to survive in this brave, new world, Russell sets out on foot across the country in search of family members who may or may not have survived. Along the way, Russell pieces together the complex mystery behind the global event while encountering survivors rebuilding society in strange and surprising ways. The series is written and produced by Brent Friedman, who co-wrote the upcoming animated feature Foodfight!for Threshold Animation and Lions Gate Films.
Sony and Electric Farm have sunk a reported $3 million into Afterworld, making it one of the most expensive web productions ever. However, they aren’t putting all of their eggs in one virtual basket. In addition to the two-minute online episodes, the show is being ported to cel phones and packaged as 13 half-hours for broadcasters and is now airing on SCI FI Channel in Australia.
In addition to MySpace, Afterworld can be found at Afterworld.tv, where visitors will also find back episodes, daily journal entries, community blogs, interactive content applications and online games. Other web series in the works at Electric Farm include a zombie thriller titled Woke Up Dead and a Rosario Dawson star vehicle titled The Gemini Division.