Hai visto Tom Collins? - The first cocktail series -
Hai visto Tom Collins? - The first cocktail series -
"Hai visto Tom Collins?" (Have you seen Tom Collins?) is the first series in the world about cocktail history! Welcome to the Ibis Bar!
"Hai visto Tom Collins?" (Have you seen Tom Collins?) is the first series in the world about cocktail history! Welcome to the Ibis Bar! Read more
”Hai visto Tom Collins? (Have you seen Tom Collins?) is an Italian web series focused on the world of cocktails and bartendering. In each episode (which lasts about three minutes) we will tell you about the genesis and the evolution of a famous traditional cocktail. The series is entirely set within the walls of an imaginary place called Ibis Bar.
The only customer, a bit of a weirdo to be honest with you, plays a dual role: while he drinks, he becomes the storyteller. Behind the counter instead, several professional bartenders alternate, carefully mix the ingredients of the cocktail. The project “Hai visto Tom Collins?” was born in 2015 from an idea of Massimiliano Nicolè, cinematographer and production designer and Alberto Guerra, actor and screenwriter.
Behind the series there is the will of exploring the world of bartendering and cocktails, topic that, in the recent years, has gained visibility and popularity as never before. Another fundamental aim of the series is to spread the historical and cultural aspects which are often overlooked and so give back to the cocktail the reputation it deserves.
Why a web series about cocktails? As just said, we want to disseminate the historical and cultural aspects of bar tendering and cocktails. There are many anecdotes and curiosities about cocktails and even more about their consumers. Politicians, statisticians, actors, writers, artists have played significant roles in spreading the mixed drinks world.
The series portrays the cultural and historical concepts hidden behind a cocktail glass, often drunk by important people, who have shaped the history of the twentieth century, analyzing the consumption lifestyle of spirits from a cultural point of view. The creation of a drink is primarily technical knowledge and availability of all the materials needed to make it. Therefore, it’s interesting to discover how a cocktail was invented and to note that, very often, the creation of that cocktail is strictly related to the place and to the historical period in which was firstly made and it takes shape depending on the personality of its inventor.
A cocktail is a blend of many different things, not only spirits: we want to educate the modern consumers on the long tradition of the cocktail they usually order or let them discover new options. The first season of "Have you seen Tom Collins?”, 5 episodes describing 5 different cocktails, can be watched on our Youtube channel, accessible from our Facebook page too.
How? We want you to learn new things about cocktails, bar tendering and mixology. The narration is supported by an ironic approach, and at times, surreal. The only customer of Ibis has the task of leading the viewers up to the origins of the drink. It’s not unusual to follow him traveling through time and space.
The set is very versatile: as the series is filmed in a photography studio, each time we transform the Ibis from a modern, trendy and fancy bar, to a Mexican tavern, to a typical and stylish old Italian cafe.
The title of the series harks back to a famous cocktail which, needless to say, conceals a story very special. The project Have you seen Tom Collins was born and developed in Italy: the intention of the second series is to engage bartenders and personalities of the industry from all the world. The team crew is made up of Martino Tebaldi - director, Marco and Angelo Laini Maffioletti - video operators, Massimiliano Nicolè - cinematographer and production designer, Angelo Maffioletti – editing. Alberto Guerra is the actor on scene, narrator and screenwriter.
Why crowdfunding? Our project has already shown great appreciation, not only in Italy but globally, winning many prizes around the world. “Have you seen Tom Collins?" was filmed in 2015 and it was completely self-financed. We’d really like to continue to produce new episodes as we still have many cocktails to talk about. To cope with new costs we need support, relying on the generosity of new investors, partners and simply lovers of cocktails and mixology. The second season is already entirely written and we can not wait to turn the new episodes in reality, the cocktail list of season two will be a secret!
We really believe in this project and we think “Have you seen Tom Collins?" deserves to continue to live with new, important efforts, gaining vitality as it grows. We intend ‘to quench our audience’s thirst’ with new exciting episodes! We would like to thank in advance anyone who will support us, believing in Have you seen Tom Collins?" and toast with them. Cheers! The prizes "Have you seen Tom Collins?" has participated in many festivals dedicated to web series, winning several awards we are very proud of: - ROME WEB AWARDS Best Screenplay, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor protagonist and best poster - SICILY WEB FEST Best non fiction / documentary / reality - MELBOURNE WEB FEST Nomination for Best Editing and Best International no fiction - ROMA WEB FEST Best Cinematography - BILBAO WEB FEST Best original Amets - DUBLIN WEB FEST Best documentary
Risks and challenges
We had a big success with the first season, here in Italy and over the world.
Let's continue this adventure with a great season two!
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