We’ve announced the virgin new series a while ago, now we’re in luck… Luck and the Virgin has launched.
The small indie-studio BlindlyFilms tries to break several fresh grounds: for one it is the first series released simultaneously in English and Spanish. That is because the series, set in San Miguel de Allende, is shot in dialogs both in English and Spanish, and both language releases contain the respective subtitles (as a polyglot, the translations don’t entirely convince me, but… well, never mind).
The second ground is the length. The series hails itself as a “Sixty Second Soap” (try saying THAT real fast ten times) an each ep is indeed no more than 60 seconds, not including credits. The trimming and cutting that had to be going on in that editing room must have been epic.
Due to this format the pacing is lightning-quick. No time for long establishing shots, no lingering views. Editor (and writer and director and producer) Jaime Byrd made sure scenes were set-up quickly, dialog fired off and cuts made swooshing sounds. The story is told through this tight editing in flash-forwards, flash-backwards and even rewinds, which can be a bit confusing, while at the same time oh so cool. Not surprisingly the series won in the editing category at LA Web Fest, 2010. But with all the fancy editing, swooshing and musical cuts I’m surprised they didn’t also bleep out the brief instances of [explicits] to make it more audience-friendly. Shame, really.
The story is about the singer Valentina (musician Whitney Moore, who’s luscious vocals also grace several songs on the soundtrack), a curvaceous gringa who escaped to San Miguel from her checkered past, only to end up in an even bigger mess involving drug-money and the Spanish (Sí… es Español. De España.”) gunman Ricardo.
The show is still in its initial run with episodes launching every few days, but the editing as well as length makes it an easily watchable show. The series is also available on yonder Koldkast, but due to its length I find it more handy to watch it here on Visioweb.TV, because it skips automatically from episode to episode without a required click-throughs (or long-loading advertisements).
Watch here the version that includes subtitles to both languages.