“It’s a love letter”: Austin-based sitcom “Wind-Ups”


The new Austin-based sitcom Liquidations has been in the works since actor / writer Adam Protextor got a job in retail more than a decade ago. “When I was relatively new to Austin, like in 2010, I walked around Guadalupe and 29e and I just walked into the Toy Joy that was there, ”says Proetextor. “I walked into this Toy Joy and applied for a job and ended up working there for four years. And it was really like the start of my creation in Austin – it was an extremely influential time in my life. “

And as one does by killing time at work, Protextor and his colleagues – who were also creative types – discussed what would be a great sitcom for their work. “And we started sketching out really hyperbolized versions of ourselves as characters,” he says. “And those notes have lived, like, on the back of the receipt paper with me for almost eight years.”

Unlike most people who think their job should be a sitcom, Protextor actually made that idea a reality. It just took a little while. “It wasn’t until after becoming active in Austin’s improv community thanks to Stephanie [Thoreson, his producing partner]… And after Stephanie and I started producing comedy videos together, I started thinking, “Oh, that idea from ten years ago… we could actually have the cast and crew for it. do now, ”he said.

“I had been in the Austin comedy scene for about six or seven years,” Thoreson says. “And [Adam and I] had worked together on my second one-woman show and we were like, “We’re a pretty good team, writing [and] produce.’ And we decided to create a small production company called Baby Lion Studios. And then just over a beer at the Grand one night, Adam introduced me to this thing.

Thoreson immediately loved the idea and had some ideas on how to flesh out the concept. “She added her innovations and then we started seriously like, ‘Okay, let’s go. Don’t just talk about it, ”says Protextor. “Let’s do this idea we’re talking about at the bar we’re doing.” “

After the scripts were written and the games played (Protextor’s former Toy Joy colleague Ryan Darbonne is part of the cast, playing a character based on himself younger), the show was filmed inside. of the shop. The Guadalupe Toy Joy that Protextor worked in a decade ago has long since closed, so Wind-Ups was shot in the Airport Boulevard store. “Toy Joy was incredibly generous and allowed us to film nights in the store,” says Protextor. “So everything you see in the show’s store was filmed from a call from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the next day, over four days.”

Those four days of filming took place in March 2020. “We actually finished three days before the lockdown began in Austin,” Thoreson said. “So it was kind of surreal to have so many different people in the community coming together to create this beautiful thing, and so much hustle and bustle and action, and then all of a sudden it was all gone and completely derailed.”

After spending much of the pandemic time working on post-production, Thoreson and Protextor are now set to show the first two episodes of Wind-Ups to the world, starting with a screening here in Austin. “We mean ‘Hey, we finished this stuff… it’s done,’” Protextor said. “And the next step is that we want to sell that and present it for a full series, and we want to have a first in our hometown to celebrate the creative world of Austin that was honestly its genesis. It’s a letter from love to be creative in Austin. It wouldn’t exist without the Austin improv community and the Austin music community. And I hope we made all those who inspired us and brought us to this proud proud. period, because to me it really looks like the culmination of ten years of creation in Austin.

The first two episodes of “Wind-Ups” will premiere at the Fallout Theater at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15.


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