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Saturday, November 14, 2009

RadNerd in Review

Debuting early this week, RadNerd is the latest streaming series from theStream.tv. The series, which is clearly cast from the same mold as G4’s Attack of the Show is hosted by the energetic and highly animated, Beau Ryan and his more subdued sidekick, Leo Camacho, who looks like he was culled from a Kevin Rose casting session.

Sara Fletcher appeared as the series’ first guest and, honestly, she was the only reason I tuned into the show. Unfortunately, they spent very little time actually talking to her, and based on the way they filmed the show, she could have been coming live from the Moon, rather than being in studio and 3 feet from the show’s hosts. There are two contradictory theories about a guest’s role on a show. Put simply, either the guest is there to make the host look good, or the host is there to make the guest look good. The dichotomy is often illustrated by contrasting the styles of Jay Leno and David Letterman. On Letterman, the guests are there to play along with Dave’s antics, whereas on Leno, Leno serves as a foil for the guest, letting them have the spotlight. RadNerd seems to have adopted the Letterman model. In the long run, this may be the best tactic for them, if they can’t rely on getting compelling high-profile guests, then the show’s hosts will have to be the main attraction; however, for those tuning in primarily to see that week’s guest, those viewers will be disappointed. Better integration of the weekly guests, plus a longer segment devoted exclusively to them would better balance the show and mitigate any disappointment. Also, greater emphasis on the guests and the project they are there to plug, might encourage future guests to appear on the show.

Secondly, as mentioned previously, the way they shoot the show, isolates the talent. The show is shot vlog style, a single, tight midshot, with each person having his own camera. The problem is that this separates the on-air personalities and all but eliminates any interaction between them. In contrast, the pre-show was a two shot, which allowed its hosts to interact with one another. Furthermore, such a tight shot places Beau Ryan and his frenetic gestures and exaggerated facial expressions right in the viewer’s face. Unlike television, where the typical audience is sitting 5 to 6 feet away, an Internet series has its viewers less than a foot away. Using a two shot of Ryan and Camacho would allow the two of them to better interact with each other. Also, it would require pulling the camera back, blunting Ryan’s frenzied mannerisms, and balancing his approach with Camacho’s more laid back style. Single shots could still be incorporated into the show, for emphasis or variety, giving the director more variety in visual presentation.

If there was one element of the show that worked well, it was the segment on comic book news hosted by Damian Beurer, especially when contrasted with the show’s other segment, Tuesdays is a B*ch. Beurer’s segment was both informative and entertaining whereas the other segment, about new DVD and video game releases, seemed to exist solely as another excuse for Ryan to mug to the camera.

There are of course other things I disliked about the series; however, they are largely subjective. For instance, I am not a big video gamer so the extended trivia segments for me held little interest. Also, if not already apparent, I found Ryan’s adopted persona, rather grating. However, as I said, this is just my opinion. Ryan is undoubtedly a wonderful person who loves kittens and rainbows; I simply am not a fan of over-the-top buffoonish characters, especially at 1 in the morning. The show is archived on theStream.tv, I encourage everyone to check it out and form his own opinion.


Author’s note: Interested in a different opinion? Check out the article authored by the lovely and talented Jenni Powell over at that other site. For those unaware, Ms. Powell is a Internet pro, who knows more about this stuff than I do.

MEEP banned

Based on an e-mail from Joe:

I had to make sure this wasn't a fake story.

MEEPERS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mass. principal bans students from saying 'Meep!'

Who knew "Meep!" was a four-letter word?

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jE_jGmk8NKFD7AB1b20ncitdtxAQD9BU8GVG1
Principal bans four-letter word — ‘meep!’

Principal Thomas Murray says the word was part of a disruption planned using Facebook.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33895926/ns/us_news-weird_news/
Mass. principal bans students from saying 'Meep!'

Murray says the warning was needed because students didn't heed his"reasonable request" to stop the meeping.

http://www.accessatlanta.com/celebrities-tv/mass-principal-bans-students-195460.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm

Simply Simon - Behind the Scenes #6 - Nathan


Simply Simon - Behind the Scenes #6 - Nathan

Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/simplysimonshow/

Melanie Merkosky: "Planet Sun: The 'Tan-Fastic' Adventures of Shay & Stay"


Excited about my short film "Planet Sun: The 'Tan-Fastic' Adventures of Shay & Stay" premiering today!
www.belairfilmfestival.com

http://twitter.com/MelanieMerkosky/statuses/5712869590

Friday, November 13, 2009

ReservoirHill Blog 5 - BethRHill




Reservoir Hill
Episode 5, 9 Nov 2009 (0:08:15)
Beth decides to go to Petra's party, where she confronts Matt and finds out what's keeping Lilli in hospital.

Media, Money and Sun Myung Moon

At the time, few Americans paid much attention to Reverend Moon – and those that did had bizarre recollections of him and the “Moonies,” as his followers once called themselves: mass weddings of complete strangers, flower-peddling in the street, and repeated allegations of mind control and brainwashing.

http://www.roryoconnor.org/blog/2009/11/12/media-money-and-sun-myung-moon/

What I was meant to show the other day... XD - Gwenavere14


This is something that Andrew and Dom gave us as a thank you for participating in The Last. I absolutely LOVE it :)

Could Warner Music Group Find The Money In Video?


"They have the potential to create a whole new model on how music videos are monetized online," he says.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=117386


http://www.freewheel.tv/

Bathtub Hangover - mitchcontrol


I was hesitant to post this...

Miles Beckett at Media and Money Conference



http://www.mediaandmoneyconference.com/

media and money conf: Eqal's Beckett says co see adding a pay wall for premium content

http://twitter.com/jeaninehughes/statuses/5669536141

theStream.tv Studio Visit: ‘RadNerd’ Proves Its Radness



by Jenni Powell

It’s a flurry of activity in the studio as guests from the Live! From the Future With Stuart Papp show linger and the crew of the RadNerd Show rush about, trying to organize media with the operations manager, preparing for sound check, going over their outline of segments with their special guest Sara Fletcher from My Secret Girlfriend.

http://news.tubefilter.tv/2009/11/13/thestream-tv-studio-visit-radnerd-proves-its-radness/

Online Pitch Competition - Web Series contest




http://www.storygas.com/2009/11/online-pitch-competition-web-series.html

Joss Whedon Makes Bid For 'Terminator'


Rights To 'Terminator' Franchise For Sale

All the big studios, with Sony leading the way, as well as Summit Entertainment and Media Rights Capital, are interested in bidding when the Terminator franchise is auctioned off this month.

http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/rights-to-terminator-franchise-for-sale/

Joss Whedon Makes Bid For 'Terminator'

And before you Terminator-Owners (I have trouble remembering names) rush to cash that sweet cheque, let me give you a taste of what I could do with that franchise:

http://whedonesque.com/comments/22240

SPEED (11-3-09) - femaleprodigy1978

Is this PR? - Levi's Go Forth campaign


To answer some of the questions he poses, yes I do think this can "reset the brand" for today's generation

http://laurasprblog13.blogspot.com/2009/11/is-this-pr-levis-go-forth-campaign.html

http://goforth.levi.com/fortune

More about Levi's GO IV .

Mobile Web Series: The Network In Our Pockets

by Gennefer Snowfield

No matter how you slice it, it’s a tall order, and in a media saturated space, it’s more critical than ever to engage users at the point of consumption, which is why many content creators are exploring mobile as either a complementary experience, or an entirely made-for-mobile series.

http://news.tubefilter.tv/2009/11/12/mobile-web-series-the-network-in-our-pockets/

YouTube to support 1080p high-definition videos

he online video unit of Google Inc. said Thursday it will support video playback in the full high-definition format known as 1080p, upgrading from the current 720p.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_16034/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=5FLALpIC

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Web.Files #19 - 15 Gigs

This week's episode of The Web.Files finds host Kristyn Burtt interviewing Gabriel Marano, Vice President of Programming, and Ilsa Berg, Director of Programming at Fox Television Studios. 15 Gigs, the digital entertainment arm of Fox Television Studios.

Fox Studios, quietly rolled out 15 Gigs last year at a time when many similar digital studios were either closing down or shifting focus. The studio has produced six web series to date including, Tease and When Ninjas Attack.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Q & A with Sara Fletcher of "Secret Girlfriend"

Q & A with Sara Fletcher

Do you have a favorite "Bond girl". If so why? And, if you were to land the role of a "Bond girl" who do you think would make the perfect James Bond?

Ohhh a favorite? I think Pussy Galore is pretty amazingI mean she does fly a plane. But at the end of the day they are all amazingly sexy, devilish and intelligent. However, a perfect James Bond would be Christopher Eccleston (he's the 9th Doctor from the Dr. Who series)he's savvy and handsome- and we know he can do action with a big of cheese!

Follow question: What would be your Bond Girl Name?

Fanny Finebottom.

Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Mmmprobably Team Edward if I had to pick. Team Jacob is a little hairy for my taste.

Or Team Harold? ;)

Is Team Harold a gnome? Or Zombie? Because if Team Harold is a ZombieI'm so on Team H!

The Goonies is on right now. Should I stay up late to watch it or go to sleep and show up to work on time and well rested?

Goonies never say die. Watch it!

What's it like working with Glenn Rubenstein?

Glenn is very talented and creative. Working with him was a pleasure- he was always evolving his scripts to keep the plots exciting and intriguing for the audience.

What's been your favorite project that you've worked on thus far?

I don't know if I have a favorite thus far. Every project I get to work on is something new and exciting. I love meeting new people and having new material to work on!

Which celebrity's "biggest fan" are you?

I think Steven Colbert is the Bee's Knees! He's hilarious and his delivery is amazing. I could only hope to be as dry and humorous as he is!

What's your favorite food?

Pizza, no question.

If you weren't an actress, what career would you like to have and why?

I would probably to back to being a sign language interpreter. I went to school for interpreting and worked in the Deaf community for about a year or so, but had to quit when acting took over. I have always loved American Sign Language and miss signing.

Do you ever feel like the series is exploiting you by focusing so much attention not to mention the camera on your physical attributes?

Comedic entertainment often starts with an exaggeration of stereotypes. Secret Girlfriend's characters are clearly over the top and extreme. The women of SG are confident in their sexuality and recognize the boyish antics of the male characters. If you know you are being exploiting and use it to your advantage, are you truly being exploited?

http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/secret_girlfriend/index.jhtml

More about Sara Fletcher and Secret Girlfriend: http://lg15today.blogspot.com/search/label/Sara%20Fletcher

If you have any more questions for Sara, leave a comment below and we will post the answers!!!!

What did you think about the finale and the show in general?

Bebo axes staff, ceases original web shows

Bebo – once home to Lonelygirl15 spin-off KateModern and a new breed of web series – is cutting almost all its staff in the UK, including head of original production Kelly Sweeney.....

http://www.newstin.co.uk/tag/uk/156302579

The full article is subscription only: http://www.c21media.net/resources/alt_index.asp?article=17897&area=89

Kelly Brett was the line producer for the webseries KateModern. She became involved in KateModern after hearing about it from Pete Gibbons, the series producer, with whom she had worked in 2006 on a "crazy Football World Cup" program.

http://www.lg15.com/lgpedia/index.php?title=Kelly_Brett

New web series: CHICK!

::::: EXPLICIT WARNING :::::


Lisa (Kai Soremekun) is disillusioned with her life. When she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she is pushed to the edge.

http://www.whoischick.com

Dead & Lonely

Yes, there are lots and lots of vampire shows out there. But put aside your vampire fatigue, because Dead & Lonely is worth sinking your fangs into.

http://theweband1.blogspot.com/2009/11/dead-lonely.html

Sara Fletcher at last nights RadNerd show


DSC09338
Originally uploaded by RadNerd
More pixs on Flickr

Thanks to Jenni Powell for the link.

Talking Dirty in Bed - mitchcontrol


This vid is a response to Sam's second tagged video. Also I am very sick:( -Mitch

The Ali-P Show Episode 1

This is a web series I did with Matthew Gregory, who played Osiris in the pilot for The Rising. Ideally more episodes are coming with higher quality, the big issues with this episode are the audio and a green screen goof.



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Guild - Episode 10 - The Return!

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&from=sp&vid=4995fdbf-3463-4810-a2f4-b8853c006fb1" target="_new" title="Season 3 - Episode 10: The Return!">Video: Season 3 - Episode 10: The Return!</a>

The Decade in 7 Minutes - NewsweekVideo


NEWSWEEK rewinds the first 10 years of the new century, reminding you of the best, worst, and unforgettable moments.

The Scare Game (episode 1)

In TSG, a group of horror movie fans are roused from watching a slasher flick when the power goes out.

http://theweband1.blogspot.com/2009/11/scare-game-episode-1.html

The Scare Game Episode 1: The Scare Game (A New Horror Webseries

The first installment of the new horror/ comedy web series that chronicles the adventures of a group of horror enthusiasts. Their lives change drastically when they are thrust into a real horror event.

If you would like to see the full unedited version of this episode please visit:
www.thescaregame.com

Please do not try to do any of these things in the episode at home. They are both dangerous and stupid.

The Crusader

A mockumentary that's badly plotted, illogical, mean-spirited and unfunny. But, hey, other than that ...

http://theweband1.blogspot.com/2009/11/crusader.html

Tempest Pictures To Produce 'LG15: Outbreak'


The large majority of the show's lineup has been cast, but we'll put up a casting call if necessary.

http://www.tempest-pictures.com/2009/11/tempest-pictures-to-produce-lg15.html

http://www.twitter.com/tempestpictures

Walking ze Dog - TheColourfulSwirl


Here! Free videos for all! Have another one! ;)

Filmed a week ago (the dog bit)

Actually not that interesting.

I wouldn't be surprised if you ignored me talking and just watched me being silly :P

...Far more entertaining, isn't it?

Well
That's all for today
Cheerio....mmm cheerios ;) :P

Tagged AGAIN! - Gwenavere14


Gee... THANKS FP!!!!

1.) What is your name?
2.) Do you have any tattoos and/or piercings?
3.) Problem with people knowing where you live?
4.) Problem with saying something to people that just dont care?
5.) Dislikes with your hair?
6.) Do folks know you youtube?
7.) Do folks like that you youtube?
8.) Scared something might come up?
9.) Do you carry your camera everywhere?
10.) Do you wish you taped something but didnt?

Sara Fletcher of Secret Girlfriend on RadNerd Tonight





http://www.radnerd.com



http://www.thestream.tv/

10pm PST, 1am EST

http://twitter.com/SaraFletcher

Ditch The Tech (Dollhouse)



http://www.ditchthetech.com/



http://whedonesque.com/comments/22313

November 09 2009

Rossum Corporation has new website. In a clever way to promote Dollhouse's return in December, the Rossum Corporation has set up its own website explaining its mission. It includes the locations of some of the regional offices that could also be doubling as "Dollhouses". There's even a response to Senator Daniel Perrin's investigation which will be part of the show next month.

The response can be found here.
ETA: Also, note that one of the regional offices is Cleveland. Isn't that where a Hellmouth is supposed to be?

http://whedonesque.com/comments/22309


http://www.rossumcorporation.com/index.html
immo said...

Quick summary from the way I understand it went down. Rossum Corp site discovered with phone# and email. Someone called the number and got a call back with a message saying "ditch the tech." Ditch the Tech site discovered with message. Seems to be some stuff in the source code as well.


Ditch the Tech: Potential Dollhouse ARG for the Hiatus

The website includes a video alongside a message from the future world of 2019 depicted in the episode Epitaph One.

http://www.argn.com/2009/11/ditch_the_tech_potential_dollhouse_arg_for_the_hiatus/

http://www.wipethefuture.com/

The Crew - Baby On Board - Season 2, Episode 5


Tim and Jenni discuss their relationship and Andrea returns.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Venus 4X4 Trailer!!!



The Season Finale of Venus Spa will be 4 videos in 4 days between November 19th-22nd.

Nancy takes on Andrea in a no holds barred aerobic battle! Will Andrea shock the world and prove herself to the girls? Like you'll totally have to watch the 4X4 and find out fer sher!!!

Music: Out of Control by The Pumps
http://www.thepumps.net

Good News | Bad News


Principal Photography will commence in late December/early January, and we'll be filming around Missouri and a few other places.

http://www.austinmcconnell.com/2009/11/good-news-bad-news.html

Vancouver Web series Riese goes viral


I got a call from YouTube, I think about five hours after we launched, saying that they wanted to make us one of their official shows so that was pretty exciting,” show creator and executive producer Ryan Copple told the Straight by phone.

http://www.straight.com/article-269618/vancouver-web-series-riese-goes-viral

Will Anthony Zuiker team up with The Company P?



Speculation erupted today on what might emerge from a meeting between Anthony Zuiker and Christopher Sandberg, CEO of The Company P?. Will they team up? What will this mean for Eqal, Inc? Was it regarding Level 26, or some future project?

The Company P created Dollplay, a participation drama centered on Dollhouse, that involved interactive webisodes and a discussion board.

http://twitter.com/thecompanyp/status/5566875305

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_company_P

The company P is a Swedish production company that creates participant based pervasive entertainment. The company P is known for its Emmy Award winning production The Truth About Marika. Marika is known as the first fully immersive TV tie-in.




http://twitter.com/thecompanyp/statuses/5574589155

From Twitter to TV: Sh*t My Dad Says Gets CBS Deal

The creators of Will & Grace, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, are already on board to executive produce the show, planned as a family comedy. Halpern will co-write the script with Patrick Schumacker.

http://mashable.com/2009/11/09/from-twitter-to-tv/

Thanks to Anonymous for posting the lead for this article in comment for the post above!

Interview: Justin From Twitter's ShitMyDadSays

http://www.maxim.com/humor/stupid-fun/83977/interview-justin-from-twitters-shitmydadsays.html

When moving in with your parents can land you a book deal

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/09/mydadsays-twitter.html

Yahoo’s Latest, ‘What’s So Funny’ Snags Shira Lazar, ConAgra Foods

In the debut episode (above), Lazar backed an ‘underrated’ Taylor Swift clip from her SNL appearance which Bachman went with Larry David’s lemonade stand melee from the latest Curb Your Enthusiasm.

http://news.tubefilter.tv/2009/11/09/yahoos-latest-whats-so-funny-snags-shira-lazar-conagra-foods/

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Chershaytoute! - ApotheosisAZ


Wishing Diane the happiest of birthdays!

http://www.corgiaid.org/

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Comment on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VvwlR8Wq6U

Re: RIHANNA IS A TOUGH ASS BITCH - femaleprodigy1978


Shane, I totally agree!

LG15 THE RISING PLOT SUMMARY

This is the series summary for how The Rising would of gone, ideally. Since I've lost Season 2 I figured I'd post it since if there's a Season 3 and I enter the set-up, while it might contain some of the same people and such, will be different. Seriously, I'm thinking going for something a bit less grounded.

I should note that each week, plus the finale would of been labeled based on special Tarot cards. This was because the character of Josh was into that kind of thing.

::::: SPOILER ALERT :::::
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
PART 5

Sending the Christmas card to Noah !! :-)





Origins: Noah Biorkman is a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in February 2007. Although he went into remission in August 2007, his family says, in September 2008 Noah "relapsed with lesions in his right arm and right leg," and "after going through six different trials, the cancer continues to spread."

As radio station WKSR in Pulaski, Tennessee, notes on its web site, one of its on-air personalities is an acquaintance of Noah Biorkman's mother and verified the above-quoted appeal for Christmas cards for her son:
Christmas will come early for a five year old Michigan boy this year. Noah Biorkman is battling cancer and is not expected to live much longer.

Noah's mother and WKSR morning personality Ed Carter went to school together years ago. They keep in touch by email. She mentioned the early Christmas for her son in an email to Ed.

Mrs. Biorkman is asking for Christmas cards for her son. If you would like to take time to send a card or letter, send it to:

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon Michigan, 48178.

The family has since supplied an alternate address for sending cards to Noah:
Noah Biorkman
c/o Scott Biorkman
3480 Petoskey Way
Milford, MI 48380

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/biorkman.asp


See the video: http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/21525126/index.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/11/thousands_send_early_christmas.html

Sky News - Interview with Rupert Murdoch


Sky News political editor David Speers talks to News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch about paywalls, politics, and more.

Rupert Murdoch vows to take all of Newscorp's websites out of Google, abolish fair use, tear heads off of adorable baby animals

Murdoch also claims that News Corp believes that the doctrine of Fair Use can be challenged in court and "barred altogether."

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/08/rupert-murdoch-vows.html

Google Wave: Better than Twitter for Conference Chatter?

In fact, Google Wave can do a better job, as proven by the recent Ecomm conference, at which delegates were all given Wave accounts and collaborated on Waves relating to each presentation.

http://mashable.com/2009/11/08/google-wave-better-than-twitter-conference/




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