I first met the content creator Delante Sealey via social media. From there, I learned about his production company, Unique Lens Productions. The company’s mission is to write, produce and edit films in the hopes to captivate audiences from all age groups. The company has already given birth to a short film, a web series and now a new web series, Half Brothers.
Half Brothers follows the lives of Reshawd and Reggie; two half-brothers with the only common denominator being their father. Reshawd is a successful sports writer while Reggie is in and out of jail. After Reggie gets out jail for the “last” time he moves in with Reshawd for good. This a great comedy about how two guys with opposite lives stick together as brothers. The show won an award for outstanding lead actor in web series at this year’s LA Webfest.
Aside from his production company Sealey also is a founder of a clothing line, Invaders Clothing, along with Ryan Waddy and Theo Pelzer. Invaders is a futuristic, science fiction inspired clothing line located in Washington D.C.
Here’s an interview I had with the Delante Sealey and his business partner Ryan Waddy.
About the Show
How did you come up with the idea for the show Half Brothers?
DS: The idea came from experiences with my family and where I’m from. I’ve known a few “Reggie’s” in my life time who were good hearted guys that had trouble finding their way.
Why do you believe this is an important story to tell?
RW: I believe this is a good story to tell, because we are living in a time where there is a lot of biases towards black males. In this story you get to see two African American males; Rashawd is privileged and Reggie had it rough, but they still manage to come together as family and that’s what we need.
What has your experience filming the show been like?
DS: It’s been a great experience. We are real friends off the set and we work on other projects together so when it’s time to film you can already see the chemistry. The only difficulty we have had was location. As an independent company it was difficult going places outside of the house, but we’ve managed to work around that.
How did it feel when your show won the outstanding lead actor award in web series at the LA Webfest?
DS: As a team we were really excited and happy. We’ve all worked really hard and to be recognized for something feels great. It’s a milestone and somewhere that we can hang our hats and say we did it.
DS: I would like my audience to know that there are still great black family shows out there that show blacks in a good light. There are many different perspective of a black man, good and bad
About the Clothing Line
How did you and your partners meet and build a business relationship?
RW: I met Delante and we started building the brand by going on radio shows and finding different ways to expand. We later met Theo and he helped get more sales and recognition in the D.C area.
What inspired the science fiction, futuristic theme?
RW: I’ve always had a love for Sci-Fi and things like Star Wars, anime and cartoons and thought it would cool to put on a shirt.
What kind of statement are you trying to make with this brand?
DS: Our motto is to live the future. Jump into your future now instead of waiting for it. Go achieve you goals now. Now it’s 2015, but we’re wearing 2025.
What are your future plans for Invader?
DS: We want an interactive store with stars and Sci-Fi fun facts so that our customers can have an experience and feel like they are in another galaxy. Customers will want to buy from us because they believe in what we stand for.
RW: Like Delante said it’s all about the experience. There will be experiences from packaging to comic cons and more.
DS: We can’t wait until our customers see our brand grow and what we plan to do with it in the future. We want people to like our brand whether it’s our shows or clothing line. We have a loyal and great fan base so we want to keep giving them quality work.
There you have it folks. Be sure to check out both the show and the clothing line in the links I’ve highlighted.