Celebrating With A Grand Finale And Gearing Up For A Second Season Of When Fact Met Fiction

Okay, Since the Grand Finale of When Fact Met Fiction we HAVE been writing – a lot.  Just not on the blog.  And we are sorry for being silent for a bit. But we’re back, so let us catch you up on what’s been happening.

The Top 5 Things That Have Kept Us Too Busy To Write Blog Posts:

  1. We had a GRAND FINALE!

    We filled up seats at Asheville Pizza and Brewing co. on Merrimon Ave. with cast, crew and some amazing fans to watch the entire first season of When Fact Met Fiction. As you can see, we had a fantastic time.

    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    The crazy cast of When Fact Met Fiction. Madison Garris, Rebekah Babelay, Jeff Alexander, Josef Liner, Miles Rice, Karen Covington-Yow and Carol Anderson at the When Fact Met Fiction Grand Finale.
    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    The music team for When Fact Met Fiction. Ethan Liner, Matt Williams and Miles Rice.
     Rebekah Babelay, Jeff Alexander, Mondy Carter and Carol Anderson at the When Fact Met Fiction premier.
    When fact Met Fiction on the big screen.
    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    Director/creator Stefan Liner with Jeff Alexander and Rebekah Babelay to the When Fact Met Fiction Grand Finale.
    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    Madison Garris signs a poster at the When fact Met Fiction Grand Finale.
    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    Karen Covington-Yow gets tickled at the When fact Met Fiction Grand Finale.

    When Fact Met Fiction premier
    Rebekah Babelay and Jeff Alexander.
  2. We had a table read with the cast.

    Not only did this give a feel for where we are going in season 2, but it was just so much fun having these great people in one room again. Can’t wait to start shooting later this year.

  3. We have been tweaking some episodes for season 2 of When Fact Met Fiction as well as writing new episodes.

    This is always a process. I can confidently say that everything we thought would happen for these characters could change. It is never set in stone and is always possible to change until it is a wrap.

  4. We’ve been working on the main page for our crowdfunding campaign.

    This is a huge job and there are only three of us managing it so needless to say, we are covered over, but we’ll do our best along with everything else.

  5. We got some of our cast and team together to shoot the video for our crowdfunding campaign.

    We are blessed with a cast of people who go out of their way to help us out. We worked four hours getting our crowdfunding video shot and we can’t say a big enough THANK YOU to those who were able to participate. They are the best! We’ll share the final video with you soon.

… And we aren’t going to have much breathing room for the next few months. Here’s why:

  1. We are swimming in pre-production stuff –  Finding locations, running auditions for new characters, hiring crew, designing sets, creating our new branding. This list feels endless.

  2. We are managing fundraising –  Not only are we building a crowdfunding campaign, but we are knocking on the doors of businesses and people who love supporting the arts. Especially, those who want to support talent local to Western North Carolina.

  3. We are in development for other projects coming down the line – In order to not lag behind we have to double our efforts where future content is concerned. That means working toward the next big thing, while we are working on the current project.

  4. Sometimes we need to eat, sleep and breath – We try to fit this in on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately, we don’t always succeed. Good thing we love coffee… and we love what we do.

We can’t wait to bring the next season of When Fact Met Fiction your way. Thank you for being –  THE BEST FANS EVER.

In case you missed it, here is a fun Video Interview with Karen Covington – Yow on playing the part of a ‘cougar’ on When Fact Met Fiction.

Thanks for reading.



When Fact Met Fiction Has a Photo Shoot


Awhile back we sent out to subscribers of our newsletter a few pictures from the photo shoot we had done with Jeff Alexander and Rebekah Babelay. We had intended to post a more thorough article about the shoot itself a couple of weeks ago. But things got busy for Stefan (who is still out in California working on “Gold Dust“) and me, who has been attending to the list Stefan left me to cover while he is gone. Anyway, better late than never.

To start, I have to brag about Jeff and Rebekah. First, they worked this shoot into their schedules at the last minute without complaint and they were completely professional (most of the time – smiles).jo-silliness

Rebekah was lovely as always. It’s impossible to make her look bad and believe me we tried for episode 8. You’ll just have to wait to see what I’m talking about. With the modeling experience she had under her belt we were able to get a ton of great pictures in a short amount of time.

Not to belittle Rebekah’s greatness, but Jeff was a beast that day. He had just had major surgery a week and a half earlier, and, in spite of feeling like crap, was able to get his handsome on and muster some sizzling sex appeal (it doesn’t hurt that Jeff and Rebekah have cultivated some awesome chemistry). But they gave us some practical, crazy, and funny pictures as well, and we are so grateful.




Thanks to Jeff and Rebekah for going above and beyond and to Bclip Productions making some of their studio space available to us. As such, we were able to get everything we need to keep things moving forward for When Fact Met Fiction. If you’ve seen the header for this website of our Facebook page you’ve seen a glimpse of what we got accomplished.


Well, without further adieu. Check out the mini-gallery of our photo shoot:











When Fact Met Fiction season one produced by East Stream Studio in Asheville North Carolina

When Fact Met Fiction – Coming December 2016

When Fact Met Fiction: One step closer

What did you do this summer?

When Fact Met Fiction, the web series that gives this website a reason to exist, was what we lived, ate and breathed beginning in March. It will be what some of us continue to be consumed with for quite some time, but that isn’t a bad thing because we are having a blast. The following is a re-purposing of a newsletter we sent out a couple of weeks ago to let our fans know that we are still at work behind the scenes. We are excited to bring WFMF to completion.

At East Stream Studio we are finally accomplishing what we have been working towards for years.

When your brain is bursting with dozens of great ideas for a web series it can be difficult to finally settle on the one you believe you should begin with. Our plan was to begin with a different idea, not because it was better, simply because it was different. But it would also take more time, be more complicated to shoot and cost much more money… and these were limitations we knew we shouldn’t attempt to overcome. On top of that, our producer, Stefan Liner, was going to be gone for two months to work on the feature, Gold Dust as 1st AD. He was convinced he wanted to have a project of his own come out this year. Not simply a pilot, but an entire season of something. So, we went back to the drawing board, so to say, and revived an idea Stefan had originally come up with several tears earlier.

For our team,  When Fact Met Fiction was the perfect fit. It had fun storylines, enjoyable characters and was able to be shot primarily in one location making it feasible to pull off an entire season on a meager budget. So, we locked in on WFMF and immediately began strategizing about the story and characters. Then we divided so we could conquer. I went to work writing the scripts while Stefan dove into the pre-production. It looked something like this:

When Fact Met Fiction’s, “Basic Insane Plan”

  • Write 8 scripts and revise them multiple times
  • Put together a crew
  • Do a bunch of pre-production stuff (You know… get locations, design the set, create or acquire props, wardrobe, etc.)
  • Run auditions and cast our characters
  • Make a web series

    When Fact Met Fiction- Some of our great crew Dustin Abernathy, Joel Escalante and Sam Scott
    When Fact Met Fiction- Some of our great crew Dustin Abernathy, Joel Escalante and Sam Scott

Principle photography is in the can (or…on the hard drive)
Promotional photos are behind us.
Branding for the show is looking great thanks to Jay and Stefan Liner and all we have left is:

  • Editing
  • Marketing
  • Plan a premier
  • More marketing
  • Funding for Season 2 (And trust me you’ll want a Season 2…we sure do!)

Okay, that’s still a lot to do before…

… We start all over again, but with an even better sense of how to get to where we are going.
Why? Because we love this.


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Thanks for reading