In Episode 7, in an effort to bring in more cash, Astrid double-books herself at a pageant and is overwhelmed when Poppy locks herself in the ladies room and refuses to come out.Written and directed by Daryn Strauss.Director of Photography and Editor: Chris ShimojimaLocation Sound: Rob L. HubbardStarring Shannon Conley as Astrid and Sevrin Anne Mason as TaraStay tuned for more episodes.Named one of YouTube's Top 10 Made for the Web Shows
Downsized is a made-for-the-web ensemble dramedy about the extremes people go to when faced with an economic crash. The critically acclaimed series, told in the mosaic style of Magnolia with the dark humor of Nurse Jackie, follows the lives of several New Yorkers as they try to balance work, love and their checkbooks post-economic crisis. Nominated as Best Web Comedy by Clicker.com in 2010 and an Official Selection at the Cologne Conference 2010 in Germany along with HBO's Treme and AMC's Mad Men, Downsized is also one of the few scripted web series granted a partnership with YouTube. Written and directed by rising female writer/director Daryn Strauss and starring Daryn Strauss, Chris Henry Coffey (Trust with Clive Owen), Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin), Conan McCarty (The Closer), Meredith Zinner (Erin Brockovich), and an array of other TV/film/Broadway vets, the show depicts the interconnected stories of average people from different financial and cultural backgrounds as they adjust to recession-fueled lifestyle changes, told with a mixture of realism and absurdity that earned creator Strauss the distinction of being named "a fresh and strong voice" in 2010.