Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall
By Patrick Hill @Pathill17
As we get set for season two of “Just Friends” the web series on YouTube, I sat down with Ally Marshall one of the creator, co/producer, and writer of the series. She teamed up with another great producer and visionary Ian Miles for this project. For those who haven’t seen the series, you can still watch it on allyswayproductions YouTube channel before season two premieres this fall. The story is about Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) and Owen (Chris Anderson) who happen to be best friends. Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) happens to be in a relationship with Jacob (Marquis Valdez). However, Amanda has feelings for Owen, but she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Owen. Amanda’s best friend Harper (Britani Ashanti) ponders Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) choice to be with Jacob (Marquis Valdez) over her best friend Owen (Chris Anderson). While Mya (Ronni) who happens to be an ex friends of Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) wants whatever Amanda have. The series takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first episode has over 26,632 views on YouTube. The second episode has 23,966 views. As the third pulled in 10,183, and the season finale episode ended at 7,866. Leaving it all in total of 70,000 views. It is one the most underrated web series on YouTube and now season two should be interesting.
I spoke to Ally Marshall the creator about her background and the web series through Facebook messenger.
Gives us the background on how you started your production company and what is the goal?
Well I went to the Art Institute and then I decided to Branch out on my own with the help of Ian miles my partner and our goal is to make great entertainment and to get a distribution deal.
Oh okay. That’s a great school. So, what was your experience at the Art Institute? What did you learn and do you apply what you learn from your experience at school to your work?
Yes I learned camera angles and editing my experience was okay. Oh and I also learned lighting and sound.
Where are y’all at right now with the production and distribution?
We are in the beginning process of shooting just friends the web series season 2.
Okay. I love that series
Thank you so much.
Your welcome. Since you brought that up. We been promoting your web series for awhile on our site. We loved it and I know our readers loved it. Tell me what was the process like doing “Just Friends” web series?
Thank you I really appreciate you promoting it on your website and I’m glad to hear that your readers loved it. The process is work but it’s worth it in the end. I write the script and work it out with Ian miles to his ideas and feedback and then we do casting and call backs and then we get started.
When you wrote the script for “Just Friends” what was Ian thought of the project when you presented it to him?
He loved the idea…we both like doing projects that people can relate to. And we both felt like people would be able to relate to what these characters are going through either through Amanda’s perspective or Owen or Jacob.
Which brings me to the characters of the story. Episode four, we finally saw Amanda admit her feelings to Owen even though she was resenting it. Though each episode was hinting that she loves Owen. There was a particular moment where Owen broke down after she choose Jacob. Take me back to that moment and how did you feel about that part in your script. What was you’re feeling about this part and why it took Amanda so long to admit her feelings for Owen?
Yes, I remember that scene that was a very emotional scene on a very hot day hahaha anyway I felt like that was the moment when Amanda made her decision she can either choose Jacob or Owen and even though she told Owen they will still be friends in a way she was definitely choosing Jacob because if not she would have just told Jacob to back off and that Owen was her friend first before she even met Jacob. So that was a lesson right there boyfriends/girlfriends can come and go but friendships supposed to last forever. And to answer your second question about why it took Amanda so long to realize her feelings for Owen… Amanda’s feelings were tied up into Jacob for most of the season and the more she was around Jacob the more she realized that Jacob wasn’t right for her and the more that she saw Owen try to move on for instance remember episode 2 Amanda was jealous when Owen had a date… then just little things like that started to add up so once Jacob proved himself to be a player all her attentions turned to Owen especially when she saw Owen and Harper together she got jealous and suddenly Owen looked like gold to her.
As y’all set to do season two, what can fans expect in season two?
Well fans can expect to see more drama new and exciting characters and the comedy that you come to expect from Just Friends the web series.
Are y’all currently working on any other projects that we might end up seen soon?
What do you think about the black filming industry?
I feel it’s a lot more opportunities for black filmmakers and black content and entertainment than it used to be and I’m excited to enter that world. I like to show different sides of African Americans and not all of us are gangsters like you see in a lot of films.
What would be a dream scenario in your mind?
Making it to Hollywood my own private jet haha but seriously though I’m doing this to make it I want to be up there with filmmakers like Issa Rae and Spike Lee.
I can’t wait for season two. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seen you on the big screens.
You’re welcome…thank you for the interview and for watching.
Season two of “Just Friends” is expected to drop this fall on their YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and watch all the drama unfold.
YouTube Channel: allyswayproductions