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Emmy Award-Winning Media Department Begins New Web Series

"A Little Help" is a series that's broken up into four episodes, which are only released online. It follows the career of a comedian in St. Louis who gets into some sticky situations
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The Media, Film and Journalism Department at Missouri State University is putting together its second web series. Last year, a production earned the team an Emmy Award at the National College Television Awards. This year, students are doing a comedy titled, "A Little Help."  

 "Yesterday was my birthday and I went out to eat lunch and worked the script," said Shabel.

Tirelessly working on the web series, this MSU graduate student and 60 other cast and crew members are starting to see their production fall into place.

 "It all just kind of  happened. It has been crazy but it has been awesome. This is the dream to write something and have it get made," said Shabel.

"A Little Help" is a series that's broken up into four episodes, which are only released online. The film is completely produced by students, other than a few of the cast members, who are community actors. It follows the career of a comedian in St. Louis.

Filming all over the local area, executive producer Deborah Larson says that the making of this series will be interesting, to say the least.

 "There will be days when we have children and rabbits on set. We are shooting at Battlefield Lanes in which we can only shoot in the morning because they get busy in the afternoon. We have to get there really early at 6 and be out the door by noon. And that's the day we have children and rabbits on set. It will be crazy," said Larson.

"The second episode, 90% of it, takes place at a casino so we were looking at making a casino location, renting the equipment, and setting up essentially a fake casino," said Shabel.

"A little Help" is to premier online in early June.