The Chronicles of Maia, originally Las Crónicas de Maia, is a Spanish urban fantasy and adventure web series that combines live action and animation.
The series follows Maia, a lonely young girl, as she embarks on a dangerous, life-changing quest for six ancient books called “Las Crónicas de Maia”
After the pilot was released on youtube, Antena 3, one of the biggest Spanish networks, co-produced the rest of the episodes.The series used a wide range of transmedia possibilities (blog, fotolog, social network accounts for the characters, even cooking recipes) to engage its audience.
These efforts led to an accumulate of more than a million viewings, a passionate fanbase, and dozens of articles in national and special-interest press, both online and offline.
“IT’S NOT THE FIRST SERIES DISTRIBUTED THROUGH INTERNET, BUT IT HAS BEEN A PIONEER IN MANY RESPECTS. (…) IT SUCEEDS IN STORY AND IN THE INTERPRETATION OF THE ACTORS“
(Diario de Sevilla, 07/09/2011)
“IT’S AN INNOVATIVE FANTASY WEBSERIES.“
“EVEN THOUGH IT WRAPPED UP 3 YEARS AGO, THERE ARE STILL MANY REASONS TO WATCH MAIA’S ADVENTURES: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND AMAZING CREW.“
Writer/Director: Juan Francisco Calero
After graduating in Film/Video/Photography and winning several writing contest in Spain, Juan Francisco started his career as a TV editor sixteen years ago. Since then, he has worked in the postproduction and camera departments on countless shorts, music videos, TV series, and feature films. His postproduction work has won and been nominated for several awards, including Oscar nominations for the VFX on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. As a writer/director, his Spanish webseries The Chronicles of Maia was picked up for co-production by one of the biggest Spanish networks due to its production value and narrative quality despite its low budget. After working on the VFX for Suicide Squad, Juan Francisco is preparing to shoot his first feature film as director in Canada.
Writer/Director: Bárbara López Sáenz
Bárbara is an Spanish filmmaker born in Barcelona. She started her career as an actress and founded her own theatre company. After graduating in Film and Media studies, with specialization in Directing Actor, she worked as a writer, director, and producer in theatre, radio, and TV. With an interest in new storytelling technologies, she is one of Spain’s leading experts in transmedia narrative. She wrote and directed the urban-fantasy and adventure Spanish webseries Las Crónicas de Maia, making it a pioneer in multiplatform storytelling. She has been the production coordinator of VFX for movies like Disney’s Cinderella or Star Trek Beyond.