Son Of Somerset Files is a transmedia web series about Chloe Henderson, a young Mississippi woman whose life is drastically changed after she receives mysterious files bequeathed to her by her estranged grandfather, Chuck Henderson.
These files document her grandfather's life work - researching the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
Research that lead Chuck to be deemed a lunatic and ostracized by his family.
Desiring to know more about him, Chloe goes on a personal crusade to investigate her grandfather's legacy, but she may get far more than she bargained for.
Was Chuck Henderson a kook, or did he uncover something very real and dangerous?
Son Of Somerset Files is the creation of writer/director Elizabeth Hagale, who was inspired to pen the project by her love of the iconic sci-fi series The X-Files.
Unlike other UFO-themed web series such as Milgram And The Fastwalkers, which follows a more traditional dramatic narrative, this series bucks convention by integrating social media into the core of its premise.
The story is told across several social media platforms: YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
The lead character Chloe (portrayed by actress Rhiana Howell), documents her investigation by posting video blog entries, or "vlogs," to her YouTube channel.
She also posts the contents of Chuck's files to the show's other social media accounts. The audience is asked to examine the contents and interact with Chloe by submitting comments, theories, advice, tips.
This social media integration is highly effective in lending a sense of realism to the show's fictional narrative by encouraging behaviors most of us already engage in daily on the internet.
Shot on a micro-budget, Son Of Somerset Files wisely eschews attempting ambitious visual effects (and failing), to focus on the linchpin of its mystery - Chuck's files.
Viewers are invited to closely examine the contents of the files, which include encoded notes, photos of UFOs, letters, and video footage of strange phenomenon.
The other series highlight is Ms. Howell, who gives a commendable performance as Chloe, a typical young woman who is coping with common struggles - a dead-end job, getting along with family, and a deep longing to discover more about the grandfather she never knew.
Ms. Howell's performance, the slice-of-life style scripting, the transmedia elements, and the compelling central mystery makes Son Of Somerset Files an engaging watch.
Watch the series trailer here ...
As of this writing, 16 out of 26 episodes of Son Of Somerset Files have been released. The last episode is schedule to go live on March 9.
To view the series, visit it's official YouTube channel: Son Of Somerset Files
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