‘Big Country Blues,’ coming to a Web site near you, maybe

Published 9:50 am Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Brian Ross is hoping to add a Web series to his list of accomplishments, a list that already includes projects for VH-1, MTV and NBC.

So far, Ross, a graduate of Raceland, Ky. High School and New York University, has written the scripts, compiled the cast and crew and booked shooting locations. The filming is scheduled to start this weekend, but there’s one more thing that has to be done first.

“Right now we are in the fundraising process,” Ross said. “We need to raise $15,000 to get started on Saturday. We’re using a Web site called ‘Kickstarter,’ which is a fundraising project for starter projects.”

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Ross said as of Tuesday, the project has raised nearly $9,000 and needs $6,000 more by Saturday. To find out how the project is doing, or to offer support, the information is all on the Web site www.kickstarter.com, found by typing “Big Country Blues” in the search engine.

Ross said a Web series is best described as “original content made for the Internet.” His series, titled “Big Country Blues,” will be released in five different segments, each lasting seven to eight minutes.

“My Web series is about a young, country singer, poor, from Kentucky,” Ross said. “He is kind of the man of the house and at the urging of his best friends and girlfriend, he tries out for this music singing competition.

“It’s a personal story, a story from my heart, from my roots in Eastern Kentucky, and I’m hoping to get the support of the Eastern Kentucky people to tell the story,” he said.

While it is a fictional story, Ross said it is loosely based on some people he grew up with.

Ross said this is the most interesting project he’s done so far.

“I have been in New York for five years, trying to make it as a writer and director” he said. “The problem is, you graduate film school and you have the knowledge to do it, but not the resources. You try to write scripts, send them out, hope that someone sees your work and wants to make something from it.” Ross said that with this project, he is able to write, direct, and produce his own content, showing what he and his production company can do.

“It will be visually and emotionally engaging, breaking stereotypes of Kentucky and of country music,” he said.

Ross said the Web site lists awards for each gift donated. For example, a project contribution of $10 will receive a “thank you” on the show’s website. A contribution of $900 will receive the actual guitar used in the making of the Web series.

If the full amount is not raised by Saturday, Ross said the money will be given back to the contributors, and the project hopefully will be tried again at a later date.

“Fingers crossed,” Ross said.

“At the very least, I guess I hope that everyone will be able to watch,” Ross said. “It’s going to be a honkey-tonkin’ good time.