2017 Official Selection: Euh S02 (BEL)

Already into’s its second season Euh follows Benoît, a 28 year old man who suffers from aboulia. His condition, a common symptom of mental illnesses prevents Benoît from acting decisively, preventing him from making choices and therefore struggling in his daily life. However when his friend Jean-Marc suggests he take up life coaching lessons, Benoît finally catches the girl of his dreams. But other obstacles are waiting ahead for him. This Belgian made comedy was first introduced back in March of 2015 and has continued into its second season which was released late last year. Created by Brieuc de Goussencourt, Grégory Beghin and Ben Dessy, the web series features a hilarious cast including Mathieu Debaty who plays Benoít.

Why did you choose web series as your format?
I answered a call for a project from the belgian national broadcast company (RTBF).

What are the challenges you came across when making your series and how did you overcome them?
I had to be very precise during the writing process in order for the final product to be done efficiently in such a short time.

How did you fund your series?
The first season was completely financed by RTBF. The second season was a co-production with RTBF, CANAL PLAY and Studio + (France, Vivendi Group) as well as Screen.Brussels in Belgium.

Do you have any future plans for this series?
Nope! I am working on a tv length format now. But I am looking forward to seeing more of a selection like the Melbourne WebFest!

What do you want your audience to take away from this series?
A feeling of compassion as well as a good laugh.

What is unique about your series?
I think it has a strong second degree vibe.

Can you describe your series in a tweet:
It’s about a guy who can’t choose a pair of socks.

What was your release strategy?
The broadcaster took charge of that. They have a digital platform and we simply did a few additional videos to promote the project.

You used a lot of close up shots. What was the reason behind this choice?
I guess I enjoy filming faces. I want to be close to the characters. Also I think I don’t always trust the set design, I want the audience to be immersed in the story, therefore the characters and forget about the fact that it’s all fake.

This is the second season of the series, did you find the production of the season 2 more difficult and why?
Although the budget was more than double, I think it was harder to get the initial vibe back on track. We all got kinda lazy. I guess money isn’t the answer! It’s probably a curse. In terms of content I think we learned from our mistakes in S01 and managed to tell a better story. It was a great opportunity to evolve even though you cannot change the whole approach. There is a certain expectation to be reached.

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Emili Maruna

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Emili Maruna is a communications intern. She is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Media and Communications degree at La Trobe University. Emili enjoys eating all the time, especially cake.

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