Watch Episodes 1 & 2 Of Reagan Gomez's New Dramatic Web Series 'Almost Home'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 25, 2013 11:47 AM
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Last year, we featured the trailer for writer/actress/producer Reagan Gomez's new webseries Almost Home, starring Gomez, as well as Wesley JonathanDenyce LawtonJackie LongDeJuan TurrentineQU33N!, and DeWayne Turrentine.

Its synopsis reads:

After the death of their mother, Lisa and DeJuan decide to live out her dream and move to sunny, California. Lisa quickly finds a job while DeJuan gives up engineering school to become a singer. All seems well, but old troubles find them... mainly, Lisa’s abusive fiancé. Lisa learns to embrace her stronger self, while DeJuan learns a little responsibility isn’t such a bad thing.

Gomez, who funded the first few episodes of the series, stars as Lisa.

She would eventually launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to raise money to produce the remaining episodes of the series - a campaign that recently ended, raising almost $14,000 of the $25,000 that was her goal.

And since she used IndieGoGo, she gets to keep what she raised (minus IndieGoGo's percentage, of course) and is utilizing the funds to produce more episodes of her web series.

Episodes 1 (titled Finding Home) and 2 (titled Queen's World) are now online, and are embedded below, so check them out for yourselves:



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13 Comments

  • PhredG | March 25, 2013 4:23 PMReply

    Good 1st coupla eps. Needed to up the audio on those softer lines in Ep1 and LOVED the overhead POV shot in Ep2 heading for the stairs. Characters are believable and there's good chemistry between brother and sister. Both eps put out a lot of info w/o tons of exposition. Keep it up. Cast creds could be shown for a FEW more frames for those of us slow-of-reading. :)

  • What? | March 26, 2013 8:35 PM

    Miktal, c'mon man, this series is weak and you know it. You're campaigning way too hard to just be an unaffiliated observer, so tell your crew to place more effort into your next project, make it fly and if it's hot, no amount of "preemptive hate" will keep it from poppin' off, matter fact, I'll be the first in line to pop my collar to ya!

    So let's be real, it's an admirable effort but it obviously wasn't directed by anyone who understands how to pace a short form project, stitch together quick yet relevant & forward moving dialogue and place it within the best environment needed to properly tell an interesting story.

    Summarized Scene by Scene: A brother and a sister have just moved to L.A. from Chicago, they are moving into their new apartment, which the brother is seeing for the first time. Once they are in the apartment the brother immediately gets salty about their new living arraignments, sticks out his lip, shifts his weight, pouts like a bitch, then starts rambling about how much he misses their mother and how she always wanted to move to L.A. The sister says she misses her too then the brother cheers up and starts writing a song to a fresh beat; everything is all good. Now the neighbor comes over with vegan baked goods and, fuck it, I'll just break it down til' this point.

    My Analysis: When the brother and sister are first moving into the apartment wouldn't it be better if both characters dialogue subtly introduced us to their first experiences upon arriving to L.A.? Maybe a little offbeat banter about being in L.A., the traffic and some talk about the weather and the landscape, something to show that rush of emotion you get upon arriving to L.A. for the first time from another city.
    ...also having the female character fumble with her keys, maybe trying a few before she got the right one while her brother looked on with angst and a touch of worry that she might not have the right keys; just a touch of realism.

    Once the characters are inside does it make a whole lot of sense for the brother to not have seen the apartment prior to moving in, especially if he'll be responsible for some of the rent and bills? Realistically, at the least, he would have seen some pictures, and even then, no matter what it looked like, is he that bourgeoisie that he's complaining about the way it looks, it's L.A.? Really?

    ...had he celebrated their arrival to their new home in L.A., hugged his sister, rambled about telling his homies back in Chicago and then started to reflect on their mother, it would have still felt rushed but it would have made more sense.

    ...and when's the last time you had a "neighbor" bring you anything, this is L.A., please!

    ...and where were their cellphone, most women have them surgically attached to their hands and most guys are always pulling them out checking for messages and what not; realism?

    That's just a few things, I didn't even talk about production design, general aesthetics and wardrobe, nor did I touch on the quality of the cinematography and the sound design, or the lack thereof.

    The project is mediocre at best, it could be great, but that would require humility and a producer who knows what goes where and why.

    ...and by mainstream I'm referring to other known web projects like "The Guild" and "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," etc., projects that don't cost a lot but look, sound and feel great. Their content isn't made for the same demo but their presentation can and should be emulated with a web series budget.

  • miktal | March 26, 2013 7:50 AM

    The pace and tone is consistent, and it is still important even in a 5 minute film. You say you want relevant story lines and rateable characters, but to whom? As black people, we all have different experiences of life, so who is to say what is relevant and what isn't.
    As for your point about competing with the mainstream....which mainstream?? Are you comparing this short to a multimillion dollar production?? I think it`s clear from your post that either you don't know what you want from a film, or your requirements must fit your narrow view of it.

  • What? | March 26, 2013 6:48 AM

    "Pace & tone?" "character development?" "story?" What??? This, like most of the indie content we are producing as Black folks, looks like amateur hour, plain and simple. You can't tell a substantive story in 5 minute increments. The premise is played out, the characters are dull and the dialogue is feta cheesy and unrealistic. I would prefer us to take our time to develop relevant storylines including relatable characters with depth, and really work at creating content that is competitive with the mainstream.

  • miktal | March 26, 2013 4:02 AM

    Yeah, I agree. There is an ocean of difference between film makers who know their craft and those that THINK they know. These people clearly have an understanding of pace and tone, as even for the 5 minutes run time, it didn't feel as though they were rushing or forcing the story on us. They are allowing the characters to develop, which shows a confidence in their work. I would prefer 10min episodes, but I can still get behind it simply because they know what they`re doing.

  • Just Me | March 25, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    ...also, can we stop creating these ultra short episodes and produce some 30 minute to 1 hour content. If it's good I'll sit and watch it no matter how long it is.

  • Turbo | March 26, 2013 11:24 AM

    You gotta start with short episodes to hook your audience, then work your way up to longer ones once you've got a loyal following.

  • Just Me | March 25, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Meh. Man, even though I'm not, and never have been, a Reagan Gomez fan, I really wanted to support this, but it just doesn't make me want to see more. Next.

  • LeonRaymond | March 25, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    Here's my thing with REAGAN GOMEZ. ever since NEVER DIE ALONE I always felt she was just awesome underrated talent who 's got awesome dramatic timing -She can do no wrong for me and she has never gotten the light to show what she can truly do. Now I know the haters on this site will have some thing to say but that's why I strongly disregard this site as pure racist and stupid but I give her all the props and she is still awesome and I hope she produces more stuff cause she knows talent and quality!

  • Carl | March 25, 2013 2:04 PM

    Just because folk don't like who you do doesn't make them haters it means they don't like the same shit as your arrogant ass.

    If this site is so bad take your Latino boot licking ass on and read another blog...which we know you won't do. lol

  • VC | March 25, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    starting out good, looks ok.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 25, 2013 12:21 PMReply

    Gotta support her. She pubbed our webseries, "Crumbs in the Bed," on Twitter! Go Reagan!

  • Katie | March 25, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Looks good. I dislike shows where the protagonist wants to be an actor/singer though. Imma have to pass on this one.

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