Bekah Dorsey was bored over winter break. Luckily, as a budding cinema studies major, she had a remedy: creativity. From the dangerous realm where creativity and boredom intersect came a flow surreal images and ideas that were the beginnings of an intriguing, aesthetically pleasing and cinematically daring show: Caps.
The concept began with sketches. “I drew up the costume for Mrs. Rooni and a few other characters,” Dorsey said. And then, she met Mariel DeLacy, who was expressed interest in collaborating to make a show for Duck TV.
“[Dorsey] came up with the whole narrative and I just wanted to have directing experience, so we wrote a show,” said DeLacy, who has helped with production on Duck TV but is now directing and producing for the first time.
Tilted camera angles, brilliant contrast, and the dreamlike quality of the show dazzled the audience of last week’s screening. To describe the show, DeLacy said, “It’s about an evil queen who abducts a girl and the brother that goes on a journey to find and save his little sister.” Although confusing, the show appears at times to be a modernized version of Alice in Wonderland. “I really like mythological things,” Dorsey smiled. “And I really like fantasy worlds.”
Both producers attribute the surrealism of their show to the combination of each of their unique styles. “Both of us have pretty surreal ideas that we want to incorporate into our show,” Dorsey explained. “I don’t think we would ever make a realistic show,” laughed DeLacy.
The costumes used on the show derived from Dorsey’s designs. “I was excited about making a show that dealt with more costumes than just standard student dress,” DeLacy explained. “We really tried to give each character a different outfit just so we can play around with another aspect of surrealism that you don’t see in [Duck TV].”
The show has three costume designers, Imogen Banks, Hannah Hirsekorn and Maddy Jordon, two of which are art majors. “We show them what we want and then they give us their opinions, and then it just turns into something awesome,” said Dorsey.
The show also utilizes a remarkable amount of caps, the importance of which will be unveiled throughout the four-part series. Ninkasi Brewery donated the caps used in the show. All 40,000 of them.
Dorsey and DeLacy pour hours of time into their creation each week. Viewers anticipate the next episode, excited to see where it will lead them. Until then, DeLacy wants supporters to know, “We’re very thankful for everyone who’s helping out and watching.”