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Watch 1st Episode of 'Evolve' Supernatural Web Series Titled 'Abilities'

by Vanessa Martinez
June 25, 2013 8:02 PM
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The three-part supernatural dramatic web series Evolve the Series, written, produced and directed by Kia T. Barbee of Elmhurst Entertainment, LLC, has premiered its first episode tonight.

To recap on our preview back in March, Evolve centers on a sheltered teen girl who is struggling to accept and deal with the responsibility that comes with her hereditary supernatural powers, which include super strength, forcefield, enhanced senses, super agility, telekinetic and telepathic powers."

Here's more about the series:

Evolve centers around a sheltered teenager (Donia Reyes) with inherited super abilities.  Throughout the series (Parts 1-3) Donia struggles to maintain a balance between what she wants and what she's destined to become, which is consistently challenged by her nemesis and teen villain, Troi Lawson.

Part One is told in five separate episodes.  It can also be referred to as Season 1.

The Story: Part One

When a sheltered teenage girl inherits special abilities that she can’t control nor wants, she struggles to maintain a balance between what she craves and what she’s destined to be. In Part One, we see this through the eyes of a sheltered teen (Donia Reyes) who just wants to have a regular life, but is burden with adhering to strict traditions of her super powered family.



Twitter: @EvolveSeries

The second episode will be released July 2nd. Watch the first episode below:

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  • Dania | June 29, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    it has potential but there is room for improvement the lead actress needs a little bit of work delivering her lines and some shots could be done better but you've got something cool here. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were successful webseries so keep improving and do your best.

  • Kia T. Barbee (Creator of Evolve) | June 27, 2013 11:12 AMReply

    First, SUPER THANK YOU for watching and taking the time to leave a comment both here and on the Youtube channel. I was debating on whether to just take the notes and not respond, but I thought it would be good to personally address concerns regarding the production value.
    Episode one contained the two hardest sequences to edit and shoot , mostly due to continuity issues for a number of reasons I'd rather not go into at this time, but stay tuned for an op-ed piece down the road on my experience producing a web series.
    Editing: The editor and I attempted to make the sequences sort of a stylish choice, but it didn't quite have the effect I wanted.
    Audio: I'll take FULL blame for that because I overrided the sound mixers note on that moment (end of subway scene) and I see should've listened.
    Lighting: Due to the loss of our Gaffer, the DP had to pick up the slack.
    Unfortunately these issues are just some of the roadblocks small budgeted indie projects face, so I completely understand your frustrations with Episode One because they are the same frustrations I have as well.
    Episodes 2-5 of Part 1 are on more in par with my vision and major changes are in place for Parts 2/3 (which haven't been filmed yet; the scripts are almost done). With that, I encourage you to keep watching, commenting and sharing because the story is the tie that binds and I'm truly humbled and delighted that you'll GET IT. Keep watching!

  • PhredG | June 27, 2013 9:07 PM

    Oh talented Creator Of Evolve: no "frustrations" on MY part. Your explanations make sense to me. Editing/Audio: after all, you ARE The Cheese! I've had some "Oh well. It's OUT THERE now." moments in my time as a FrameGeek. I tend to 'see' more stuff right now 'cause I just completed an editing class and got my "Smithee" project done. Looking fwd to future eps and your op-ed. I'm one of those folks who get the tv/film dvds (from the library 'cause I be po) to watch the director/cast/otherfolksinvolved commentary ("ies" in the case of MAD MEN, and any/all Josh Whedon creations), and the "Making Of..." entries. Toodles Oooo!

  • CC | June 27, 2013 5:35 AMReply

    Great feedback from S&A readers, esp PHREDG.

    For those who may not know it, this is not Kia T. Barbee's first introduction to the ways of Shadow and Act's comment section. Like other film-makers (i.e. Adam Scott Thompson, Darkan, Masha Dowell, just to name a few recognizable names) who have voiced their opinions on a regular basis here at S&A and had the courage to show their films in this land of "No-Holds-Barred", Kia has been around this block for quite some time. So I am pretty sure she appreciates and understands all the feedback, even the less than flattering ones.

    So hip hip hooray Kia, keep doin' your thang.

  • PhredG | June 26, 2013 9:27 PMReply

    And yes, I HAVE subscribed. :)

  • PhredG | June 26, 2013 9:24 PMReply

    I applaud your efforts cast-n-crew. As an editor here are somethings I noticed in your production (by m:ss timecode)
    0:56 - Check your color temperature, the kitchen to a tad too BLUE. A kitchen's appearance is usually all warm and comfy like biscuits fresh outta the oven. Unless of course your choppin' up BODIES but that's a whole nuther scencario.
    2:01 Nice character intros of Ian and Cami. Kajuana so inhabited her character that I didn't even
    2:20 question the umbrella-open-when-there-is-no-rain 'cause that was...well CAMI.

    2:56 AUDIO! Nuff said.

    2:56 Perhaps some closeups of Donia here would've been better than just leaving her dazed &
    3:02 forgotten in the background.

    3:11 CONTINUITY!!! Couldn't let this slip. Her umbrella kept switching hands.

    3:20 Perhaps a dissolve of fade-out fade-in would've been less jarring

    3:28 Again CONTINUITY!!! Those couch pillows were covered for the wide and 2shots then
    UNcovered on the closeups of the mother.

    The ending scene was ok for Donia being a single-minded soon-to-be-16-year-old (My party! My PARTY!! MY PARRRRTYYYYYYYYY!!!).

    Suggestion: Have someone assume the position of SCRIPT SUPERVISOR to handle any/all continuity issues.

    Looking fwd to the next episode.

  • Amari | June 26, 2013 9:10 PMReply

    As much as I liked the mom, the two teen girls need to really balance each other out. One is a bit too much and the other is almost stale. But, with this being the first episode it wouldn't have been right to expect something awe inspiring. You got to make a foundation before you build a castle.

  • other song | June 26, 2013 5:27 PMReply

    sure this was amateur but there's an effort there. you gotta start somewhere.

  • If it's Black I love It | June 26, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    Great job! Super! Tremendous! Oscar worthy! Look out Spielberg! OMG it was fantastic! Holy crap I was moved! This deserves to be a feature film! Go girl!

    **end fake praise***

  • Temi Olutunmni | June 26, 2013 12:24 PMReply

    Hey congrats to Elmhurst Entertainment and Ms. Barbee and crew. I see a lot of potential in the series, look forward to viewing more.

  • CL Noah | June 26, 2013 11:21 AMReply

    The casting is... horrible. Where did you find this Donia Reyes? With the the plethora of qualified black actors looking for work out there, this is what you've decided to cast? In fact the whole production value of this first episode is underachieving. From casting to set design, up to cinematography to especially the direction, this reads like a high school film short. I will give props for at least trying to do something different to the norm. But all is lost if I'm struggling to get through 6 MINUTES ...

  • hates gonna hate | June 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    Smh... Mr. "Truth." More like Mr. Lie...hater...

  • haters gonne hate | June 26, 2013 1:11 PM

    @Truth Where is the constructive criticism? Why don't instead of spewing hatred, you take time out of your day to give these wonderful black folk a detailed critique. With POSITIVE reinforcement. Or why not sponsor them for film school? Or atleast a workshop? Why don't you TEACH them instead of HATING on them. They DID something, OK? Yeah it may not perfect. I mean, they may have over-lit the place, and yeah, I would be happier if more shots were in focus. Yeah, I noticed the jump cut. And the Ed Wood inspired floating cup. And the cliched plot and awkward dialogue. Not to mention the acting. But no matter! They did more than the rest of you lazy haters. Y'all just sit on your asses and whine. Now you see someone doing something and you just want to knock them down. Despicable!

  • truth | June 26, 2013 12:26 PM

    @HATERS GONNA HATE, Donia is that you? LOL!

    Look, opinions aren't gonna always be "You go baby!" Deal with it or find another damn profession. There is no CRYING in filmmaking!

  • haters gonna hate | June 26, 2013 12:07 PM

    How can you be so unsupportive?! I mean at least they're DOING something. What are you DOING? I mean, you know how hard it is to shoot something on a $150 camera with your neighbor, niece and her best friends? It probably took ALL DAY! And then another day to edit and upload it on youtube. This is why we can't progress as a people. We always tear each other down. Hater!

  • Esther Friedman | June 26, 2013 10:09 AMReply

    Even with it's production quirks, I REALLY enjoyed this. Keep Going!!!

  • Guyver | June 26, 2013 6:09 AMReply

    Uhhmmm... Not exactly sure what I just watched, but I applaud the creators for trying to do something different from the norm. It could use some better production value and casting, but a good effort.

  • Ben Je | June 25, 2013 11:48 PMReply


  • Yvonne | June 25, 2013 9:58 PMReply

    Congrats to everyone, you all have to be very excited!!

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