After eight years of production, the award-winning web series The Platoon of Power Squadron (PoPS), produced by Lake Bluffian Jake Jarvi, concludes with a world premiere at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, March 4. It will be released on the PineappleBoyFilms YouTube channel the following week, March 12.
Though fans who gave the show more than $100,000 through crowdsourcing enjoy PoPS for the fun characters and unusual approach to superpowers, the behind-the-scenes story is even more inspiring.
In 2009, the creative team behind PoPS started with nothing but a standard definition mini-dv camera and a desire to tell a different take on the superhero genre, figuring the VFX out as best they could on their own.
A few years in, the audience starting to crowdsource every episode and the creators were finally allowed to dream bigger.
Though the quality of the episodes changed drastically once fans started funding the show and the tone evolved from a web-content schtick into a much more grounded and tonally complex series, all 10 episodes tell one complete story arc.
The jump in quality almost works as a part of the overall story. As the characters start to take their abilities more seriously, you watch as an amateur web series morphs into a well-polished TV show. It’s like watching the evolution of YouTube from 2009 to 2017, and you can see how an idea can find its feet once enough people believe in it.
The show’s tagline is as true of the creative team behind it as it is for the underemployed super team at the center of it: It’s tough enough making a living in your 20s, try making a legacy.
PoPS was recognized in seven categories at LA Web Fest including Best Directing, Best Ensemble, and Best Producing, won Best Series at the GenCon Film Festival, won Best Visual Effects at the Indie Series Awards, and a got a nod for Best Indie Series at the Streamy Awards.
The series is a product of North Shore talent. Lake Bluff native/Wilmette resident Jake Jarvi is the creator, writer and director. The cast includes actress Eliza Toser of Lake Bluff and Wilmette, Carlyn Janus of Glenview, main villain Derrick Suede Stout of Lake Bluff and Highland Park, henchman Scott Hall of Lake Forest, Director of Photography Ryan Wolff of Lake Forest, Producer Tim Ferrin of Lake Forest, and David Wolff and Chris Davis, both also of Lake Forest, who did a little bit of everything behind the scenes. Popular YouTube vlogger Craig Benzine (WheezyWaiter) also stars.
Click on the following links for the series trailer, final episode trailer, synopsis, creator bio, and premiere ticket information:
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.c
- Final Episode Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Tickets: https://www.eventbrit
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- Premiere Event Page: https://www.
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Synopsis: In a world where supernatural abilities are limited to comic books and the silver screen, four blue collar twenty-somethings are the only people with actual superpowers. A look at what it would really be like to have superpowers. No wacky super villains, no body armor, no campy fluorescent costumes or holy-anythings something-mans. Just four people trying to realize their full potential, working retail and trying to figure out how a normal person finds crime to fight. It’s hard enough making a living in your 20s, try and make a legacy.