“There are secrets deep in the forest. I come from a family born of these secrets. There is a substance that the women in my family have been killing each other over for generations. The very thing our family is named after I’ve built an empire with it. This is Winterthorne.” Miranda Winterthorne. …And so it begins.
‘Winterthorne,’ from award-winning web series creator Michael Caruso, made it’s worldwide debut on Aug 27, 2015 at Winterthorne.com. The highly anticipated new web series, shot in Los Angeles and nearby areas far exceeds expectations. In Part 1 of four parts, ‘Winterthorne’ immediately raises and resets the bar on web series quality and excellence. Its spectacular opening aerial photography is overdubbed with the voice of Martha Madison as Miranda Winterthorne as she sets the ‘Winterthorne’ table for the viewer.
The co-producers, crew, and cast have left no detail to chance. From the beautiful, dream-like watercolor credits to the classic, full orchestra soundtrack, ‘Winterthorne’ looks and feels more like a big-budget major feature-length production than a shoestring Indie web series. Director Sonja Blangiardo takes us on a smooth, maiden voyage that flows freely between present-day and retrospective storytelling to quickly draw the viewer into this sugary sweet drama.
Acting in this first installment is riveting at times. Linda Gray is masterful as the family matriarch. Fire and strength resonate in her eyes and when she speaks, dialog and delivery blend for a powerful performance. In twenty-plus minutes, Martha Madison manages to mold her character into a multi-dimensional, complex woman driven by both the past and present. Michael Caruso immediately wins viewers’ hearts with his character’s softer, gentler side. Ron Hanks opens the episode with a standout performance as Jelly Bean Jimmy. Gordon Thompson and Conrad Bluth share a touching retrospective family scene with Michael Caruso that exposes a gentler, nurturing, almost innocent family dynamic from the past. John-Paul Lavoisier doesn’t need dialog to provide delicious eye candy as he momentarily appears from behind a tree.
‘Winterthorne’ hints at whipping up a fine blend of high drama, fantasy, magic, and the surreal in future episodes. If the premiere is any indication of what’s to come, Michael Caruso and company better have their formalwear pressed and ready for awards season next Spring. ‘Winterthorne’ Part 1 can be viewed at Winterthorne.com where you can also view Parts 2 through 4 beginning September 4th at 6 pm Eastern/3 pm Pacific time.