Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Okay, Streamys time is upon us and the spotlight is on web series, actors, and all of the talented people behind the scenes. It is an exciting time and I know that getting publicity for your show is an integral part of finding new viewers or connecting with your current fans. So, I hope all of you who wake up to a Streamy nomination get ready for a thrilling time in your career, but prepare yourself for the round of media that is to follow. Do yourself and your show a favor, mentally prepare for the red carpet. Here are a couple of things I have noticed recently on the red carpet, a few bad habits, and some things to point out. At The Web Files, we want to showcase you and your show in the best light possible:
1. Talk to the reporter. Don't talk into the camera. It is a conversation between two people. Trust that the cameraman is focusing in on you and he will get the shot. If you look directly into the camera while being interviewed, it makes you look a bit crazy because you are ignoring the person asking you the questions. (Now, you can casually glance at the camera to include the audience, but don't get stuck in that lens.)
2. Don't EVER, EVER, EVER, hijack someone else's interview. I had this happen on Monday night at a web series premiere and it made the actor look like a big, old jackass. I was interviewing the creator of the show....it's his big night, his big moment, and his chance to shine. The actor comes stumbling into the shot, puts his arm around the creator, and expects me to start interviewing him. Sorry, nope, no way. The creator hired YOU, he wrote a part for YOU, he directed YOU. Without him, you wouldn't be on this red carpet. Show respect. Let everyone have their moment in the spotlight. Trust me, you will have your turn, but if you jump into my shot....forget about it.
3. Finally, sound bites. During a sit down interview with The Web Files, I want more in depth answers. On the red carpet, I want sound bites. A reporter from any show, whether it is a marquee entertainment show like ET, Access Hollywood, or E!, or a little one like The Web Files, is looking for the funny, off the cuff, short quips. If I asked you to tell me about your show, do it in less than 20 words. A 2 minute explanation usually makes your clip unusable because red carpet footage is edited in a faster paced rhythm. If you want to watch successful interviews in 30 seconds or less, take a look at the clips from the Whatever Works premiere from June 2009 for Focus Hollywood: See Larry David, Peter Fonda, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, and John Lithgow all giving great little moments in an extremely short period of time. They are true masters at dealing with red carpet reporters when we only were allowed to ask them one question each that night.
I hope that some of these tips are useful to you and your cast. I am happy to offer up a few more helpful hints as we get closer to April 11th, 2010, so feel free to fire away with questions or suggestions on this topic in the section below (Anonymous posts are okay). I can address them in another post soon. See you at the Streamys red carpet!
PS All of the photos posted are examples of GOOD red carpet interviews, so don't start any gossip that I think you stink on the red carpet. xo kb
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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Web Files host, Kristyn Burtt, delves into the fascinating history of global fan favorite, EPIC FU, with the help of its host, Zadi Diaz, and her co-creator, Steve Woolf. In the realm of here-today, gone-tomorrow online content, how does EPIC FU stay so relevant?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
**UPDATE** I have a clarification and a turn of events.......Sandra DID NOT add the bowl of oranges, Sandeep DID! So, he is the one who added a bit of color to his coffee table and I think that is a lovely decorating idea. So, maybe the naysayers should be taking tips from Sandeep? I am calling this on DecoratorGate 2010!
I had to watch this episode several times to refresh my memory about the behind the scenes action. I looked back at the calendar and realized that we shot the show on December 14th, 2009, so it was almost two months ago. It isn't often that we bank shows that far in advance, but we sometimes we have to work with shows that have deadlines like series premieres or finales. That is why you saw episodes with The Bannen Way and A Comicbook Orange before you ever saw Legend of Neil. Both episodes were shot in January well after Legend of Neil shoot, but they aired before the Sandeep/Tony episode in order to accommodate their season premieres.
And yes, I did get a chance to wear Link's hat and check out all of The Legend of Neil props. I know there are a few jealous fans out there. So, that was a really fun treat for me. If you haven't seen the episode, check it out here: Legend of Neil.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Anyone that knows me understands that I am a HUGE Disney dork. The parks have always been a fun place for me to visit whether I was 3 or 33 years old. My family spent a considerable amount of time visiting Walt Disney World in Florida during cold winter breaks when I was a kid and once I moved to LA in 2000, Disneyland became a fun day trip several times a year. I became clued in on a private club that Walt Disney had built to entertain VIPs at the park back in 2001. Walt never had the opportunity to see this club finished, but I made it my mission to find a way into the famed Club 33.
Once we were let into the lobby, the concierge gave us a brief history of Club 33. It is decorated much like a Parisian hotel lobby right down to the lift that was replicated by Disney Imagineers. Americans are kind of chubby, so the lift only holds about 3 average sized people...maybe in France it would be 4 or 5 people. There is a set of stairs to the left of the lift, so half of us hiked it up while I rode the elevator to the top floor.
Much of the decor was selected by Lillian Disney with lots of antiques like this harpsichord rumored to have been played by Elton John during a visit.
The infamous bar! Yes, this is the only place in the Disneyland park where you can drink. (California Adventure allows alcohol to be served in several restaurants.) The bartender was quite a character, but we enjoyed him because he said, "heavy price, heavy pour.". Yep, the drinks were strong and delicious.
Along the walls, there were beautiful wardrobe sketches from the movie, Mary Poppins, along with renderings of Disneyland back in the 1950's, and a fantastic photograph of Walt with Shirley Temple at the Academy Awards.
P.S. For those of you that are Hidden Mickey fans, they do exist at Club 33. It isn't in the architecture, but in the cast members' Club 33 uniforms. Happy searching!
Many thanks to Disney Food Blog for linking to this post. If you are a Disney Dork and a foodie, this is the site to check out: Disney Food Blog