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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Mixed Media show #1 - notes

Mixed Media online show
March 6, 2007 from 6-8pm PST
Phone lines live during the show: 310 984 7600
(link is available to the right)

LG15 Creators Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried hosting with LG15 co-creator and writer Mesh Flinders calling in. Other callers are mentioned below.


(I missed the first 15-20 minutes, and missed one of the fan's callers names and did not note who asked a lot of the fan chat questions - so feel free to supplement or correct this report in the comments!)
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Someone asked about ARGS in the chat. The creators said that you can get all the storypoints from the videos. You don't have to play the ARG, but it just adds more information to the story for those that want it.

Ken Goodfried (Greg's Dad) called in. Jonas' house is Ken's house. The LG15 cast and crew are well behaved. Nothing has disappeared from the house. Ken is the Deacon in the "On the Run" video. Greg's wife, Amanda, is Lucy. Greg played the role of Bree's Dad. Greg's Dad was injured (dislocated finger) during the scene where Bree's Dad was grabbed and killed. Miles displayed his medical training by giving all the medical terms for the horrible bent in half finger dislocation.

LG15 writer and creator of the character Bree, Mesh Flinders, called in. Mesh talked about the origins of Bree, a character named Cassie, precocious, 14 years old, dragged around the world by her hippy parents who taught her how to sail (but nothing else), one day she is marooned and had to sail to get back to her island. Later Mesh wrote "The City Below" with the same character. And still later wrote "The Bender," about a kid cursed to relive the same airplane crash again and again. Cassie was his little sister. So this evolving Cassie character became the basis of Bree in Lonelygirl15.

QuinceTheCarpenter aka QtheC asked in chat: "Miles told us in Chat that the story would "never end" ... that Bree was just the beginning .. can you elaborate on that?" I was excited to hear them pick up and answer this question almost right way, but then the audio went out for me and I was pounding my F5 key furiously, curse you internet gods! I heard something about it being a world, and Star Trek.

Miles talked about how much work the show is for everyone involved, "About 5 videos a week, shot in as close to real time as we can... It can be draining..." Miles also does all the tech work on the site.

In response to chat questions about Gemma, Greg said, "gemma is gone for now ... but you never know" and "those are her real eyes - crazy, i know." and much later on said in the audio, "As of now, Gemma was in Brother's (gun) sights... not a good place to be ... for now, that is the end of the (character's) trajectory."

There was mention of Mesh taking a break from filming to work on "the script" and the LG15 Creators emphasized, "Mesh isn't going anywhere - We are going to Jonas him into a chair." Nice. (This refers to recent events in the cabin, where Bree and Daniel tied Jonas into a chair.)

Someone in chat asked Is this the "purest" version of Bree? The Creators answered: "Absolutely, this is a composite of the creative work of the writers, producers, and the actress Jessica Rose - earlier Bree precursors are stepping stones, but this is the real Bree."

A "big reveal" during a call in from Mesh's Dad: What did "Lazy-eye" come from? It came from "Rebalancing the World" (which had another title as well - look in your library for it). The answer on first or second page of the book.

QtheC asked in chat: "any thought of doing tricks like flash-backs or dream sequences?" The Creators answered that Lonelygirl15 is real, and has the constraint that all the videos are shot by characters in real time, but there are creative ways we might do things, like found footage someone leaves behind, etc. ... someone in Chat suggested flash-backs = home movies, and the Creators picked up on this and agreed that might be possible. Now that's fan interaction!

Mile's Dad Frank (also known as Deacon ZZTop from the elevator scene) called in, but for some reason, I stopped taking notes for awhile. I must have been clicking on things. Miles mentioned that the finanicial support of his parents Frank and Annette literally made Lonelygirl15 possible. And Frank was proud that Miles was decisive enough to walk away from his M.D. to do what he really wanted to do in pursuing a career in Hollywood.

The first ever unplanned (fan) caller to the show was Nicole. She asked, "Do you make deliberate references in your videos to your fans? For example, the watchers channel, the chat room?" The Creators answered yes giving some examples: The Bear character "Thor" was named by fans. Orange Slurpees on the comment board - Yousef wanted to work in a slurpee reference so they had Daniel say he wanted to get a slurpee at the bowling alley. The recent Nancy Drew Clue was cracked by fans - and Daniel gave a shout-out to specific fans to thank them for helping him in the next video. When they first showed the Aleister Crowley photo, the Creators wondered, "will anyone notice it or care?" Fans picked up on it within half an hour and it became a huge topic of conversation on the internet. After some more chatting, the Creators asked whether Nicole had a favorite character. Nicole likes Daniel the best.

Iris called in second, and they started to ask him where he got his name, and he asked something else which I did not note down, but unfortunately, the call was dropped. The Creators encouraged Iris to call again.

Rosieiswatching was the next caller, and has a cute, possibly hispanic, accent. She said she is intrigued by the Deacons posts, and wondered about whether they were being put up by the Creators. The Creators said the Deacons are fanfic, created by someone out there, and that's great. They know fans put a little more weight on the story they provide, but hope fans will get just as involved in each other's creations around the LG15 story. (There was more on this later by Miles about enhancing the website for fan stories).

There was some discussion of a misunderstanding awhile back with some internet rumors about Yousef possibly leaving the show. The Creators said, "Yousef possibly being removed was a misunderstanding... it was based on some tension over funding and possible delays as a result," and "The fan response in support of keepind Daniel on the show was good for Yousef's confidence."

There was another female caller after Rosieiswatching, but before Linc, but I am sorry to say I missed this caller's name, and my notes are not real clear at this point as to who discussed what. Somehow, the topic of Bree's evolving character came up... The Creators (Greg?) said, "Bree has gone through a lot, and I we knew she cannot be the sweet innocent 'Proving Science Wrong' Bree anymore... but we know that was a part of the show people enjoyed and are often thinking of ways to get back to that" ... "I agree that relationships (between the main characters) are at the core of the show." (There was more to this, but that's what I noted).

Linc called in, and Miles expressed appreciation for his dehteraew videos, saying the "Website is being redesigned to allow fan storytelling, so you can gather your videos in one place" and "the most popular works will float to the top." The Creators liked Linc's video where the camera was on the ground of a parking garage, and could relate to him saying they had to "pretend they were not filming as random people passed by." The Creators said "Keep those videos coming! We love to see them."

Greg responded to a question in chat: "We know the story, but we are writing as we go with fan interaction."

Lisa Goodfried, Greg's sister called in and told a little about the feedback she received during the lead up to the reveal of Bree being a creation and not "real." There were rumors that Lisa was Bree and she had to lock down her myspace page.

Future shows will feature the LG15 actors and the Creator's Moms since the Dads got most of the airtime during this show.

The Creators ended the show with a MEEP!

As long as this is, there was certainly more. For those that missed the show, I think the audio portions may be available as a "rebroadcast" on the Mixed Media website - follow the link modelmotion has posted to the right and in the post below on this page.

~ QtheC

7 comments:

  1. wow that's awesome. Thanks QtheC for the transcript. I hope I won't have to miss the next one!

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  2. great note.........thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. The audio is still available as a "rebroadcast" online - just follow the link provided by modelmotion!

    I don't know if this week's Mixed Media show stays available once the next one airs, but it is there now... you can also see the pictures people posted during the show, but the live chat is not available.

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  4. I listened to the beginning of the show - it was mainly some introductions and some encouragement to fans to create and post videos with website improvements in the works.

    One things I had wrong was that Mesh did not call in, he was the first "live guest" with Miles and Greg there in the studio. And Mesh is working on a screenplay in addition to his LG15 work.

    They also mentioned they will be flying to Texas for SXSW film festival next week.

    During some discussion of money and how much work lonelygirl15 is to put together, they mentioned at some point having a chance to talk to the creators of Lost (J.J. Abrams, I think) and the dramatic difference in bugets, but similar feeling of seeing the distance between what you imagine and what ends up on the screen.

    I'm sure I made many other mistakes in my posted notes, but I'm not going to go back and try to perfect or rewrite them - that wouldn't be very blogish of me in any case. It's the internet, salt generously.

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  5. And now, I cannot even fix my typos and mispellings in these comments. budgets. There. I feel a little better.

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  6. Thanks for this great summary of the show. I missed it but feel like you gave a very thorough and interesting overview of it.

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