Australian writer-director Hannah Lehmann on season two of Snapchat present Two Sides


“It’s a troublesome present to shoot,” says Lehmann. “We needed to give you a strategy to match the scenes collectively like a puzzle so that you don’t have the 2 sides speaking over one another. It needs to be actually exactly timed.”

Two Sides is one in all round 100 Snap Originals commissioned since 2016, and Lehmann is the one Australian creator to have entered the area, thus far. Impressed partly by her success – season one has 935,000 subscribers, principally aged 18-24 – Display Australia launched a fund final 12 months to develop new initiatives with the platform in thoughts.

Kai Kadlec as Jeremy and Maeve Whalen as Chloe in season one. The show is designed to be watched on a phone held vertically, with the action frequently playing out on two square frames simultaneously. 

Kai Kadlec as Jeremy and Maeve Whalen as Chloe in season one. The present is designed to be watched on a telephone held vertically, with the motion often taking part in out on two sq. frames concurrently. Credit score:Snapchat

Two Sides has been a landmark success,” says Sean Mills, US-based head of content material at Snapchat’s guardian firm, Snap Inc. “On the day of the season one premiere, almost 20 per cent of viewers who accomplished the primary episode went on to finish all 10 episodes within the first season that day.”

When Lehmann first pitched Two Sides it was split-screen however horizontal. “I wasn’t pondering of Snapchat particularly,” she says. “I’d made a extremely dangerous proof-of-concept with a few actor pals. We put it up on Fb and it obtained like six-and-a-half-million views in a single day and a whole bunch of 1000’s of shares. It went ballistic. Someway it ended up in somebody’s inbox at Snapchat and subsequent factor I knew I used to be on a name speaking a couple of collection for them.”

An Instagram series a few years ago didn’t get many eyeballs but it got Lehmann a manager in the US.

An Instagram collection a couple of years in the past didn’t get many eyeballs nevertheless it obtained Lehmann a supervisor within the US.Credit score:James Alcock

Lehmann majored on the College of NSW in time-based artwork. She dismisses it as “a wanky means of claiming video and set up artwork”, although it’s tempting to assume time-based artwork is exactly what she’s ended up making. Later, she dabbled in appearing; writing at first was only a strategy to create roles for herself, “nevertheless it turned out I’m a greater writer-director than I used to be an actor”.

In late 2017 she stop her plan B (working as a graphic designer in an advert company) to offer plan A a critical shot. She wrote, directed and starred in The Out There, a time-travel romantic thriller made for Instagram. None of its 39 one-minute episodes has gained greater than 2000 views nevertheless it obtained seen by the suitable individuals. “It obtained me my supervisor within the US, and it obtained me a bunch of conferences.”

In between making season one and seasons two and three of Two Sides within the US, Lehmann made a comedy collection known as Unboxing in Sydney for Fb Watch and Seven. However for all that she’s embraced these new areas for and types of storytelling, she’s removed from against extra conventional modes.

She’s presently creating a TV collection with Sydney-based manufacturing firm Simple Tiger (Jack Irish, The Principal, Saving Mr Banks), and is engaged on a few younger grownup reveals within the States. She’s additionally meant to be directing a movie there later this 12 months, “however I can’t actually say something about that but”.

She is, she admits, moderately trying ahead to having the ability to flip the digital camera on its facet. However principally she’s simply enthusiastic about being behind a digital camera, whichever means it’s oriented.

“Capturing and being on set is the enjoyment of my life and I simply need to have the ability to do it in any format I can,” she says. “I really like all the things about it.”

Electronic mail the writer at kquinn@theage.com.au, or comply with him on Fb at karlquinnjournalist and on Twitter @karlkwin

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