With LUMINA we wanted to go beyond the conventional format of short film
Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) September 15, 2009
Creating worlds is a passion and one that writer and director Jennifer Thym enjoys. When she entered the film world in July 2008, the investment banker turned filmmaker decided to take a novel approach to reaching her audience. "With LUMINA we wanted to go beyond the conventional format of short film," says Jennifer Thym, "and create an online fantasy series with wonderful potential for interactivity with its viewers." As theatrical and DVD sales fall around the world, viewers are increasingly turning to the web for entertainment. "The online audience is already there. To me, it's about connecting to them with an engaging and beautifully told story." "LUMINA will open your minds cinematically, and the story will open your hearts to the impossible," says producer Sommer Nguyen.
LUMINA stars actress and model JuJu Chan, who also stars in the new RTHK reality show on poverty and is the winner of Miss United Nation International Ambassador 2009, Miss United Nation China, Miss Congeniality and Miss TVB People's Choice for Miss Chinatown USA Pageant 2009. Michael Chan, star of the viral hit Wall Street Fighter IV, and Vince Matthew Chung, winner of The Amazing Race Asia 3, co-star.
The series features music from around the world, including songs from groundbreaking music collective The Enigmatic Army, American college circuit favorite Tim Be Told and China Global Battle of the Bands winner Killer Soap. "Good music is integral to drawing viewers into the story, and I'm honored to have collaborated with such talented musicians," says Jennifer Thym.
LUMINA the Web Series premieres today on Web TV Network, KoldCast TV, with a triple webisode release. http://www.koldcast.tv/#/show:lumina
"Working with KoldCast TV has been fantastic and heartening - it's rare to meet people who are truly passionate about their work. Web series is still a burgeoning medium, and KoldCast's strategy of being selective about its programming and pro-active about marketing is exactly what the field needs right now. I'm so excited that LUMINA is now part of their Fall lineup - it's a big step for a little Hong Kong production like ours!"
Marti Resteghini, VP, Network Programming at KoldCast TV, said that KoldCast has been looking for a special series with which to launch its new International channel. "LUMINA is a thrilling fairytale about love, longing and greed. It's a timeless story that just so happens to be taking place in Hong Kong. Jennifer Thym's strikingly beautiful series has raised the bar for web programming - both here and abroad," says Resteghini.
About KoldCast TV, The Web TV Network
KoldCast TV delivers on-demand entertainment programming to a global audience in full-screen high-definition via its line of advanced Media Players. Award-winning original web series, music, comedy, sports and lifestyles programming create the nucleus of the KoldCast Television Network. KoldCast is recognized by its content partners for its value-added and personal approach to partner relationships, and for its commitment to the marketing, promotion and organized discoverability of shows selected for broadcast on its Network. Recent series include: Blue Movies, an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival; OzGirl, winner of iTVFest's Best Web Series; Pink, Streamy Awards Best Director winner; Luke 11:17, Webby's Best Drama Episode nominee.
MEDIA CONTACT- ROCKGINGER LIMITED
Jennifer Thym, Director
Mobile: +852 9546 9489
Sommer Nguyen, Producer
Mobile: +1 310 629 8670
MEDIA CONTACT - KOLDCAST TV
Marti Resteghini, VP, Network Programming and Acquisitions
LUMINA FACT SHEET
Lumina Wong (JuJu Chan) is beautiful and works far too much; although she lives in a city of millions, she still feels lonely and isolated. Late one night, Lumina has a chance encounter with Ryder Lee (Michael Chan), a handsome young man from another world that she can only see in mirrors and darkened window reflections. She revels in the fantasy relationship until mirrorspy Eben Sanchez (Jacob Ziacan) comes into her life, warning her of the treacheries of the people of the Dark Realm. Soon Lumina must choose between the safety of the world she knows and the deadly allure of the unknown.
The first season consists of nine webisodes, four to eight minutes each.
A new webisode will be released every Monday on KoldCast TV.
Original English language web series filmed on the RED ONE, 2:1 aspect ratio, shot at 4K resolution and mastered at 2K+.
LUMINA WONG - JuJu Chan
RYDER LEE - Michael Chan
TEDDY WAITS - Vince Matthew Chung
EBEN SANCHEZ - Jacob Ziacan
LAETITIA RICOU - Emilie Guillot
ELIZA CHAN - Shell Z. Zhu
JAMES WESTON - Lawrence Jacob Milman
SERENA FONG - Kate Sullivan
DITA SAUNDERS - Aisling Kinsella
DAMIEN WU - Simon Yin
LADY SIUHUA HAN - Lorea Sola
LORD AMAURY DE LING - Spencer Douglass
YURI THE THIEF MASTER - Jaime Cham
TRAM MIRRORSPY - Lucas Griego
SECURITY GUARD - Jayson Li