Get ready for a serious dose of ultra-tense storytelling via Enter, Exit, a new Instagram series brought to fans by Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke Lavery), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix DuBois), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (ex-Emma Drake), and TV writer Matt Boren.
Conceived and produced while the stars were sheltering in place, the thrilling project is a series of eleven short clips that make up a detective thriller.
Says Hughes -- who both stars in Enter, Exit and directed it -- to Soap Opera Digest, "Literally the day we shut down [production at GH], I texted [my friend and television scribe] Matt and said, 'Let's do something! Let's figure out the camera stuff -- what do you want to do?' I started to think about, if you're in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be -- a retired [government] agent. And then there's some reason that I'm retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left [the rest] with Matt; it was basically, 'Whatever he writes, we'll do.' And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it."
Boren is a huge fan of GH and says he jumped at the chance to work with Hughes and Buchanan.
"Finola and Ian were everything to me growing up in Framingham, Massachusetts. I started watching GH the very day Finola premiered as Anna Devane. My imagination and life were forever changed from that moment -- Devane scar and all," he says. "Finola and Ian as Anna and Duke truly lit my creative spirit... [they] are two of my all-time favorite actors, so writing for them is something (don't tell them) I've done in my journals since 1985."
As for Enter, Exit, Boren described it as "a local detective thriller that starts out small -- and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first eleven mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by '80s GH -- the WSB, the espionage, and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files, and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook."
The first of Enter, Exit's eleven mini-episodes is available below. Keep checking back to Hughes' Instagram page for more episodes as they are released.
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