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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Shades Of Bad spin off in the snow

sends DORIS to visit COURCHEVEL

We have stressed before that our experience on the major Broadcast Soaps shows the importance of compilations and spin offs to build the characters. Although web series and soaps are still considered the smaller brother, the future is nearer by the day and a wealth of product is important to have ready. Doris Shades still builds as our main character and last week we took her to the snow.

To be honest our ambition exceeds time and it looks like the February Dubai trip is now cancelled as our drama series schedule has again had to change. Working with am in demand star like Derek Redmond means he is pulled everywhere and his diary is full and fills more. We still have six episodes to shoot with him and they will fall into February now.
So...... the SKI film will introduce a new market to Shades OF Bad, we hope. If not, we had a dam good time for nothing. Our next trip is another Caribbean Cruise in March, that is unlikely to change, then a Denmark and Russia cruise in June.

Skiing, wine tasting, eating out and .....

In the winter Courchevel is a ski resort, and in order to ski it has to snow. Whilst we would all like to ski in blazing sun, soft fluffy snow underfoot, and that does often happen, this was not the week. So, in the words of many a song we were often chasing the sun and breaks in cloud, moving from above the cloud to below the cloud. With a number of valleys that is easily possible if the lifts stay open. Courchevel is sold as part of the Three Valleys but there is a fourth Valley and more than four levels and villages all with their own style.

Once again the alps had had sparse snow up to and over Christmas and when we headed out (party of 29) it was week two of 2016. Whilst real skiers will watch snow reports and flock when the snow has dumped, we are amongst actors and we go when the business is still in shut down.

Our week was just one week earlier than we skied St. Anton in Austria last year, then gifted blazing sun and good snow. Yes this was the week it had to snow, which meant skiing in cloud and snow. Flat light means not seeing the undulations and it is harder work.

1850 is the main Courchevel area with every designer you can think of, but few bars. The main miss for me on the whole resort is that the lifts are still a little old compared to Austria where there are covers you can pull over when windy, cold and snowy, and they do not have heated seats. The skiing is easy and not as extreme as Austria or the drop down to the sister valley Meribel.

1650 has less shops, more bars and is where we hired our skis.

1550 is just below 1650 on the bus with the new multi million euro complex AquaMotion where there are seven pools. Our filming there was limited because the lens kept fogging. Their own advert is all graphics, but the web site is here. I am sure it is full during the summer with more varied family holidays but this was not a school holiday period and we counted three people in the 7 swimming pool and slide complex. If you feel like some R and R they have a spa and treatment rooms. Also a hairdressers to sort out helmet hair.

Despite tough weather my Ski Tracks app showed 30km two of my 6 days and 0ver 18km other days so it was not all bad. But whilst mentioning apps, Courchevel ski map is an active app showing where you are on the mountain which is very useful. The other thing about Courchevel is that there are signs generally pointing the way to head to get to certain areas rather than lift maps at the tops of lifts which you may be used to.

Wine tasting ....
This was not an evening to drink a lot, nor was it an evening to sell you wine. I guess they know most have full baggage allowance and free wine with meals in the chalets. It was a basic class on how to taste wine. First we tasted salt water, sugar water and water with lemon before smelling various numbered bottles that were as wild and difficult as burnt smell, green pepper as well as more understandable smells. The idea was to understand your receptors and where they are and which ones react to what. Then we learnt to smell the wine, taste and then why they spit; to send the smell and effect in the reverse directions and hitting different receptors first. Apparently we have 252 receptors in our nose. Three whites were tasted, three reds, then we finished with a glass of pink champagne. The two hour course ended up being three hours and dinner was delayed.....

Eating out. As we were in two separate chalets we were fed very well in the evening by Megan, a seasonaire on her gap year having got all A's and A stars at A level. But all seasonaires get a night off and we booked a restaurant in La Praz which is a low village in the group just ten minutes away but with the hugely expensive taxis in Courchevel is was a 40 euro trip each way.
However recommended in the Daily Telegraph Ski Magazine as one of the 40 best restaurants in the alps we were intrigued. LE BISTROT is run by Antoine Bouchard in the Rue de La chapelle which you can ski down to and is not far from the tele siege de la forêt.
The design and the service are both quite special and worth the visit and for meat eaters it is a treat. Two of our party shared a beef dish which they finished despite its size, washed down by a very nice red wine. Another had the duck and one the pasta sprinkled with truffles which was voted special.
However, as with so much of France they do not understand a vegetarian and we had had 3 semi flexible non red meat eaters but the menu was still restricted to trout which was nice, but sweet or pasta. The sweet potato soup was a little like cream and butter soup with sweet potato so it is not a place for vegans.

Courchevel 1850 has few bars but some interesting coffee shops with great cakes and some nice hotels. 1650 has many quick and reasonably priced restaurants and many bars that serve food. Some
if which have comedy nights and live music nights. The village of 1550 is smaller but not without some interesting places to explore. But, with the evening meal in the chalet deal most restaurants you will test will be on the mountain. The Casserole just up from 1650 is a very pleasant restaurant where as the Bel Air is slightly less formal.

On the way down to Meribel, from the people mover at the top is la Folie Douce which has both a very well serviced table restaurant as well as an attractive bar with a very well stocked adjacent self service. Here is where the après ski starts, and they either have a DJ or a singer or two backed by a guitarist. The music is a little younger than the places with live bands and punching the air is encouraged by a number of choreographed dancers in matching interestingly styled jackets that help keep the cold at bay.
A ten minute ski down gets you to le Rond Point where they do have veggie food, simple chicken or red meat burgers as well as the live band to take the après ski through to 1900. The band when we visited were great and many people ended up dancing on the tables. A real fun atmosphere.

The travel blogs are all listed on dorisvisits.blogspot.com

Friday, January 22, 2016

SEX ED w/ The Merrell Twins

Emma Blackery: ASK DEMMA 4 | Emma Blackery & NerdCubed


Claudia Sulewski: OFFICIAL ROOM TOUR!! 2016

hollishillis: Holly Drunk Reviews a Shitty Book

I made a HUGE mistake! | Ep 1 | WitchCraft

5 dead, 2 critically injured in northern Saskatchewan school shooting

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Taryn Southern: Death By Hot Pepper Challenge w/ Nancy Roder

Out With Dad: Claire is Returning!

Awesomeness TV: Chloë Grace Moretz Plays Would You Rather

Newsroom One - Episode 7


Elle Meadows: Bad Interpretations of Good Advice


Anna Akana: Am I White Washed?

CHAMBER OF BUTTS | Emma Blackery

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NEW ADVENTURES (& Hobbiton!!) - Naked Truth

Taryn Southern: Crazy Foods Cocktail Challenge w WATSKY! | Party Fun Times Ep. 7

Life Noggin: Do You Have Free Will?




Breaking Trail: ANT ATTACK!

Arden Rose: New Zealand with Will and Arden


Anna Akana: You Wouldn't Understand

FameBit: ReadySetGlamour Talks Tips, Tricks and Advice for Starting a YouTube Channel

Feminist Frequency: Strategic Butt Coverings - Tropes vs Women in Video Games

This episode examines the ways in which designers often employ camera angles and clothing choices as tools to deliberately sexualize and objectify female protagonists of third-person games. To illustrate that this is no accident, we contrast the ways in which women’s butts are frequently emphasized with the great lengths often taken to avoid calling attention to the butts of male characters. We then present some examples of female-led third-person games that humanize rather than objectify their protagonists.

Yukata Cowboy Season 2 Ep 1!

Don't Shoot Me, Sheriff?! My Life Matters Too...!? Backstage, off stage - everywhere I go, I get mistaken for someone else, even when I'm not acting?!

Why being single is great - Luke's Reasons Why


Madison Beer - My First Time Tag!

New Choreography For The Boys | DANCERS: BRAHMA BEAT EP 2

On My Mind - Ellie Goulding COVER by Josh Levi

STARING AT BIEBER w/ Lohanthony and Rickey Thompson! - Maddness


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Shades Of Bad; spin offs, compilations, stars . all part of the product.

As we speed into 2016, Doris Shades now has two spin off series to Shades Of Bad, each have their TV Channel SHADES OF BAD TV, which is now on 5 platforms and with over 11,000 views in just 6 months on YouTube alone; ASK DORIS and DORIS VISITS. Having spent 26 years as a creative head of department on Emmerdale I realise how long it takes to build such a platform and fill it with product.
own playlists on the

The veiwing numbers are a study in themselves, and sure if we made an abusive Christmas record we
would get a larger viral response, but social media is changing as fast as methods and habits of viewing, so we are building a product base in a style for a third phase of social media use and future watching habits. The plan maybe risky but it is aimed at longevity. Shades Of Bad is designed to be edited into broadcast lengths and the first will be tested on YouTube soon.

We love it when we get great reviews so please tell us when you see something in print. Here is the Comedy Cake review.  We also enjoy being on the radio, here is a link to the James Whale Radio Show which has a very informative interview.  Here is a link to the USA We Love Soaps review.

As well as the spin off series and diversions to the main web soap Shades Of Bad, there is a great love for compilations, but one can only have a compilation if you have a wealth of product. Shades Of Bad has 35 episodes up (Jan 2016) and has not missed a week. Some of our episodes are fantastic works while one or two fall short and that is something else a series has to learn from. With a tiny crew of people who all have other lives and other filming and personality commitments the scheduling and the shot reservoir is something that has to be manned and watched. Now dealing with our biggest star yet, though we say
that every time we move up a notch, just finding the time when we can all meet to shoot is hard.

 Derek Redmond is a world star, athlete and olympian, so him joining the series for episodes just prior to the Rio Olympics is one of the many planning goals we try and achieve. Future planning is way in front of that and the day Shades Of Bad cannot improve is probably the day is takes a rest from filming.

The spin off series are there to build on, they are there to be added to in this timeless medium of download media and changing viewing habits. As we return from Courchevel where we shot the latest travel show, the ski lift map was an app and your position was tracked on your phone. The world is changing fast and we can only build ready for it.

The first is a PLAYLIST where Doris Shades fixes stuff. ASK DORIS. The first three very
different films made in 2015 to start the Ask Doris playlist is of fixing stuff. It is an experiment in itself and one we will continue and have plans for these films take time, they are by design and nature all very different and deliberately not obvious but are there to help people with problems, but are also amusing and short enough to be watchable media.
ASK DORIS, she can do anything, and does, is a good line. Obviously not true but the idea is to encourage, to look for answers and save money before being ripped off. That, as a message is in line with much of the underlining political message in Shades Of Bad.

It started when Doris mends her Health Rider exorciser. Then the second was by design when the Vacuum broke. The third, closer to home is how to hide a body microphone which the actors had problems with until they discovered this method from experimentation. Now getting good sound means post dubbing and they hated that.

The second spin off PLAYLIST is a travel site, simple and informal. It has t's own style and DORIS VISITS. The travel show should have been started years ago, we have talked about it at length as we genuinely travel. 2014 we were in Hungary, Slovenia and Austria working for HBO on the major show Strike Back, and if only we had shot some travel footage. 2015 we were on a world tour as celebrity guests for a cruise operator and travelled China,
Vietnam and Cambodia across to the Mediterranean up to Venice.  It was a cruise to Norway that we shot the first drama episodes of Shades Of Bad abroad. The Behind The Scenes Video shows glimpses of the filming and Norway and Barcelona. Now the playlist sits for itself as a list of travel films with many more planned this year. However the best laid plans are often changed and who knows where our stars and crew will be taken.

We also have other playlists on the Shades Of Bad TV channel which take you off to our previous films. The Bula Quo playlist is an example. We do have material to pull a new series together on that adventure in FIJI but again, time is our enemy.

We think we have nailed a format that the audience understands is our style. Shades Of Bad TV is beginning to have a style. In 2016 we should tackle the subscription to the channel. It is a misleading word as it implies details and fees, but all we ask is a subscription on YouTube which is no more than a follow. Then you get an email overtime we post a new video. Please subscribe to the channel and watch us grow.

We hope you find something in our blogs which is of interest.

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