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Arizona couple writes and produces new show to air on Amazon Prime

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 11:38:09-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - "Spent Saints" was originally a series of short stories that made the transition into a soon-to-be show on one of the world's most popular streaming services.

"Amazon Prime liked it enough to pick it up," says writer, Brian Jabas Smith. "And the future of this is a little disconcerting because these are short films. These are eight minute films."

Clearly this isn't your average show, where each episode is 30+ minutes. So when you see "Spent Saints" available to watch, what are you going to get?

"It's 12 episodes, eight to nine minutes in length each," says Executive Producer, Maggie Rawling Smith. "Shot by ten different directors, five men and five women in three states. We started with 11, 1-minute films that were adapted as trailers for each of the short stories."

One thing led to another, and here we are, talking about the show transitioning from the pages of a book to the silver screen.

"In some cases you put a little bit of narrative in, but usually you're having to demonstrate through action what you get to resonate with as a reader," says Rawling Smith.

The creative couple also says it can be tough to get something like this on the air because you have to prove your content is actually going to make some cash!

"Every step along the way, they see that there's interest and they see people are building it naturally then a distributor says sure you're doing most of the work...we'll give you more audience," says Rawling Smith.

Whether they're writing books or producing TV shows, this couple certainly making their mark in the ever-changing world of media.