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Sarah's Channel: behind the scenes

Writer/director Nick Coyle and star Claudia O’Doherty discuss combining an apocalyptic web series with beauty vlogging in Sarah’s Channel.

Coyle reveals how the idea to merge these two opposing worlds came about and how they tried to balance the two.

O’Doherty, who plays the titular character of Sarah, says “it starts as just a pure beauty vlog and then there’s a wild twist and you realise we’re not quite where you expected us to be.”

The pair, who have known each other since their Sydney University days, also discuss working together again and how they created the look and tone of the series, from performance to editing.

“A lot of the budget went into the prosthetics and the make-up,” Coyle admits.

That included his transformation into scene-stealing ‘mole person’ Justin – a four-hour process that also meant he needed to direct while in intensive facial prosthetics.

“To be dressed as a mole man, underground, trying to breathe while directing, while being in it – because there was so much going on I think it actually helped,” he says.

Sarah’s Channel is available on YouTube and ABC iview now.