Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Native Set to Film Web Series

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Native Set to Film Web Series

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Writer-director and Pittsburgh native John Harrison is headed to England this summer to film a supernatural thriller he created. "Residue" will be released as a Web series.

Mr. Harrison, who grew up in Oakland and Oakmont and now lives in Los Angeles, is no stranger to scaring audiences. He began his career working with George Romero, directing several episodes of Mr. Romero's "Tales From the Darkside" TV series, and was director of "Tales From the Darkside: The Movie." Other credits include the TV series "Leverage," "Tales From the Crypt" and the miniseries adaptation of "Dune" and "Children of Dune." In 1996, he returned to Pittsburgh to film the TV movie "The Assassination File," which starred Sherilyn Fenn.

U.K. film production company Matador Pictures is producing "Residue." The series will be cast using British actors, with Alex Garcia directing.

"Residue" is set in a large unnamed city where a mysterious catastrophe occurs. A section of the city is evacuated and is now known as the Quarantine Zone.

Young photojournalist Jennifer Preston begins to investigate the quarantined area and discovers evil manifestations known as Paramentals. When Jennifer disappears, her sister Miki comes to the city to look for her and becomes caught up in the mystery of the Quarantine Zone.

After writing "Residue," Mr. Harrison thought it would work as an extended TV series. Matador optioned the script and asked him whether he'd be interested in doing it as a Web series. Web-only series are "an area that's really exploding," Mr. Harrison said. "People are paying a lot of attention to it. People are going to consume media this way more than anything.

"What I like about this is the limited series concept. Cable has had such an influence on all of us across the world. People are much more interested in almost novelistic television. …

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