The 101 - Auditions 101

The 101 is a 1/2 hour single-camera comedy, set in modern day LA.
SERIES LOGLINE: A Midwestern sweetheart gets the break of a lifetime just days after moving to LA, but she doesn't bargain for all the pitfalls that come with it, especially the antics of her new roommate - the washed up, former child star of Anna Louisiana.

TAGLINE:
Not all life's lessons come from a textbook.

Navigating life in LA comes with a huge learning curve. For Royal, a college student and hopeful singer-songwriter from the Midwest, getting 'discovered' by a talent manager just days after moving to LA could be the answer to her prayers, or the beginning of a nightmare, when she ends up saddled rooming with Scarlet, the newly emancipated, out of work, former star of Anna Louisiana.

For Royal getting 'discovered' seems too good to be true. It really can't be that easy, can it? No. It can't. Royal finds out that it's more than luck and talent; it takes drive, determination, grit, and maybe just a little bit of foolishness. Making it is hard.

While Royal is learning how to make it in Hollywood, Scarlet is learning how to make it in life. She soon learns being an 'adult' isn't all it's cracked up to be. She doesn't even know how to pay a parking ticket, let alone how to do even the most basic things for herself so how will she manage to salvage her waning her career? Let's face it. Life is hard.

In the first season, it soon becomes clear it’s not about making it; it’s about finding out who you are once it’s made. It’s about learning that getting an “A” in Life101 isn’t about owning a sparkly new Maserati; it’s about owning the path you forge.

In the pilot presentation of this episode, Auditions 101, Royal gets her first audition notification, much to the dismay of her overprotective mother. Harmless prank or purposeful sabotage? Under the guise of helping Royal set up an Actor's Access account, Scarlet offers to take photos of Roy. Scarlet's plan backfires when, even after uploading the most tomboy looking photo as her main headshot, listing Royal's name as Roy Schott, and selecting Gender 'Male,' Royal still gets an audition. When casting realizes Roy is really Royal, Female; she is sent packing without even getting in the room but, all is not lost when Royal meets Adam, a fellow Michigander, at the audition.

  • Melody R. Herr
    Director
  • Melody R. Herr
    Writer
    The Royals
  • Ellysa Rose
    Writer
    The Royals
  • Melody R. Herr
    Producer
    The Royals
  • Amy Victor
    Producer
    The Royals
  • Ellysa Rose
    Key Cast
    Adam Ruins Everything, My Worst Birthday Ever, The Royals
  • Abby Victor
    Key Cast
    Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayor
  • Rushi Kota
    Key Cast
    The Song, ESL
  • Jordan Doww (formerly Jordan Dowodzenka)
    Key Cast
    Awesomeness TV
  • Project Type:
    Television
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon Mark III 5D
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Melody R. Herr

Melody was born and raised by her single mom, three blocks north of 8 Mile in Warren, Michigan. While Eminem was making 8 Mile famous through his rap career and filming his subsequent biopic named after this now famous dividing line between Detroit and the suburbs, Herr attended Michigan State University and Lawrence Technological University where she graduated with honors. Leaving the poverty and decay of South Warren was a battle won only by her trademark determination and perseverance as she strove for a better life.

Since then, she has lived in four US States, spent three years residing in Yokohama, Japan, and six years (on and off) living in Leamington Spa, England, and has traveled to over 25 countries.

After living and traveling all around the world, she moved to LA and opened Little Fish Entertainment in the Fall of 2012 and began producing music videos, concerts, and fundraisers. In 2014 she decided to move her company in the direction of scripted theatrical production and produced their first 30-minute single-camera comedy "The Royals" which was a finalist in the Top Shorts International Film Festival. Since then she has produced two additional pilot presentations, has another pilot and a feature film in development, and is currently working on a coming of age comedy called "The 101". The pilot presentation of "The 101" was an official selection of the SoCal Creative and Innovative Film Festival.

Melody is Married with Children, three to be exact. Two of them have made it successfully to adulthood; the verdict is still out on the teenager. (That's just cheeky; her youngest is a great kid and makes a great boom operator!)

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Director Statement

Our budget was too small to hire an experienced Director so, this was my first time directing. Having previously produced The Royals and being on set for other productions, I wasn't a total novice, but I thank my experienced DP, Stephanie Ollerton, for her immense patience. It was an honor to be part of this all-female creative team and work with such a talented cast and crew.