A.E.G.I.S. - Episode 4 (FINALE)
After doing Channel 101 for so many years, I finally took the opportunity to do a 10-minute self cancellation episode and, although the last week was post-production hell, it was really worth it to reach the end and have it screen, not being concerned with getting a “What are you going to do next month?” or a “Sorry about your show, man.”
A lot of people were telling me at the screening “I’m sorry to see it go,” and I don’t really understand that. I like the BBC way of doing things. I’m not sorry that the British version of The Office lasted only 14 episodes. They were a great 14. I’m not sad because movies end. They’re supposed to and I think when real TV shows outstay their welcome, it’s never a good thing. I’m not sorry to see it go, I’m glad it happened.
I’ve always been a fan of the “5 and done” approach to Channel 101. I could never make 20 episodes of a Channel 101 show and not want to end things or move on in some way. I like resolving things. That’s a big part of the fun of storytelling. I don’t get caught up in the gladiatorial creative “sport” of Channel 101.
All of that aside, this was a tough show to make. It wasn’t sustainable every month for Morgan to do all of the work he did within a month’s time. By Episode 3, the wear and tear of compositing basically every shot was showing and even with me jumping on for Episode 4, this show wound up being too much for even two people working on VFX around the clock.
What now? Something else. I think that’s basically the story of A.E.G.I.S. There’s always something else you want to do, and somewhere else you want to be, and that hope can be a powerful thing that pushes you forward. Maybe it’s not the most uplifting story, but still a relatable one.
EPISODE #1: http://www.channel101.com/episode/1445
EPISODE #2: http://www.channel101.com/episode/1472
EPISODE #3: http://www.channel101.com/episode/1481
EPISODE #4: http://www.channel101.com/episode/1497