So you’re a web creator, you’re obviously ambitious, but how ambitious are you? Odds are you aren’t as ambitious as Caryn K. Hayes, writer/director/producer/other hat wearer of today’s #WebSeriesWednesday show, Breaking Point.

Breaking Point is a two season soap drama revolving around the lives of a group of friends living in Los Angeles. Now when I say group I really mean a group. And when I say friends it’s not always so clear.

Where does the ambition come in? Let me throw out a few numbers, 37, 34, 120, 19.

Out by the pool

The most difficult aspect of the show, especially since I jumped into season two after only seeing a recap of season one, was being able to follow along with all the characters. There are literally about a dozen characters with significant story behind them. In fact season two features a 37 member cast, whose sheer size alone was enough to earn the series ‘Outstanding Ensemble’ at the LA Web Series Festival.

The stories are interconnected, twisting and turning back together, then apart, weaving their way through all of these characters. It must have been a logistical nightmare at the script level to get all the girls together in the same place for that scene in episode six. Hard to believe that none of them were too busy screwing another’s ex-husband to be there.

Just as impressive as the 37 member cast are the 34 different locations used – not including the park, which Caryn doesn’t count because that was the lazy location they would go to whenever anything else was too complicated. There are a whole bunch of different types of locations, from bars, to nice houses and backyard pools, to shady apartments parking lots and generic offices.

The team shot a 120 minute series, featuring 37 actors, in 34 different locations over the course of 19 days. That’s pretty damn ambitious for a web series.

Now I want to look at a couple of places that ambition might have or could have held the show back.

The biggest question I had going into the show was the ability for a dramatic series featuring so many characters to hold its own within each and every episode. It’s usually difficult because understanding plot lines and characters requires a lot of backstory. Here ‘Breaking Point’ really excelled because the show is ridiculously fast paced and the characters are always saying what’s on their mind – which is the short way of saying that the characters are interesting and entertaining.

Maybe not the BEST example for this paragraph

Don’t tune into ‘Breaking Point’ expecting any scenes where characters just give each other different looks, and you’re expected to understand – this show is not understated, it’s very much in your face, getting all up in your business. Caryn definitely has a knack for pacing at web speed, telling a complex 120 minute story, but keeping each episode fresh with new plot lines. Despite episodes being in the 10+ minute range, each show felt very much like a fully fledged tv show.

There were some mild technical issues that popped up in the show. There is some noticeable looping going on in some scenes, though I was surprised to learn that a good chunk of the show used rerecorded audio. More interesting is that it was the interior scenes that needed the most work.

My theory here has to do with shooting in 34 different locations in 19 days. That is a lot of different environments for the sound guy to figure out, and it makes it more difficult to get out there and test it all out before hand.

Shooting in that many locations might seem cool, but it could also make for a logistical nightmare in terms of planning everything out. I bet pre-production was a lot of fun on this.

You can find ‘Breaking Point’ online at their site