The next big production to take the world by storm may be filmed right next door — and I’m not just talking to the Burbank neighbors near Warner Bros. and Disney. A cadre of movie wizards could be conjuring the next great fantasy epic in a three-bedroom apartment with a budget of a couple of months’ rent.
With the advent of YouTube and affordable digital technology comes a new breed of production — the online series — that requires no big-studio backing, no huge buildings for sets and little overhead.
They may benefit from big names attached to their productions (see Neil Patrick Harris in Joss Whedon’s “Doctor Horrible” series), but often a unique concept is all that’s needed to put them over. Take “Ikea Heights” for example: a film crew shot its entire series inside the Burbank Ikea, which means that during a bedroom scene a customer may wander in the shot to check out the prices on a Malm bed frame. Its first episode has more than 76,000 hits on YouTube.