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A Web Series As Productive as Unproductive

Roxy (left, played by Kayla Sutherland) confronts Austin (right, played by Andrew Galteland) in a scene from episode 2 of “Unproductive.” PHOTO/ Brian Dunphy

By M.A. Rahman

Published: December 5th, 2018

Brooklyn College Television and Radio Professor Brian Dunphy unveils the third season of the Brooklyn College anthology production “Unproductive” this past Tuesday at a screening in Ingersoll Hall.

The show’s third season, which took nearly two years to make with initial writing beginning in September 2017, endured a long and arduous journey from script to post-production due impart to some unforeseen hiccups along the show’s production Dunphy notes.

The series itself originates from Fall 2015.

“The joke was I started this series with no kids and now I’m premiering this with two kids. It’s crazy how long this has taken,” Dunphy jested.

“Unproductive” is a web series that follows a group of college students involved in their own college radio show; all while the show’s producer, Austin (played by Andrew Galteland) and host, Roxy (played by Kayla Sutherland) routinely battle with one another over the show’s image.

Over the course of the six-episode long drama, the show looks to explore themes concerning ongoing issues in contemporary society such as the use of political correctness as a means of censorship as well as sexual assault on campus.

Three episodes of the series were presented, followed by an intermission and an exciting panel. The panel consisted of Dunphy and his writing team, who candidly discussed the theme and the quandaries concerning its execution.        

“We were always going to talk about this,” Dunphy remarked, referring to sexual assault. “What was crazy was that we were planning on doing this before Harvey Weinstein and all those awful guys started to get exposed.”

Visibly gratified writer Huma Kazi expressed her pleasure in the execution and further exposure on the grim subject of campus sexual assault, saying, “The fact that we actually talked about it… I’m very happy with that and I’m very content with that we talked about something you don’t really see on TV or film enough.”

Former Brooklyn College Professor Stuart MacLelland led the first of the three panels discussing with students the challenges of utilizing and maintaining the various production elements of lighting, sound, acting, editing and so forth.

Succeeding MacLelland’s panel was perhaps the well-received part of the premiere with some of the actors coming on stage, and were showered with applause from the audience.

“Yeah so, I’m nothing like Roxy,” Sutherland said in regards to her character’s demeanor, before speaking about the mixture of confidence and doubt in her casting of Roxy Midnight, the ever assertive radio host that this season’s plot revolves around.           

The actors expressed their surprise on how well the final product developed given the short line of acting experience some of them possessed prior to this project, with some of them having no professional acting experience.

At the premiere, students generally regarded the show well, with some pleased at the show’s perceived new direction into more contemporary matters.

“I liked it a lot. It was great. The only real problem I had was going from an opening shot straight into an intro,” Samyi Artioes, a BC film student noted.

“When it comes to writing for this show, no one is going back to talking about fluffy things that college students typically talk about,” Kazi said. “Instead we’ll be talking about real things that college students face.”

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