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Stock Photos! – The Media Show 

Stocking is the new planking... like the Tumblr says. Erna and Weena re-create their favorite stock photos (or their favorite ones to hate). Join us in mocking the way advertisers stereotype people to sell products. Won't you? Music: Force of Spark!! by surasshu

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Hollister Is A Cowtown – The Media Show 

Have you seen anyone walking around with a shirt that says "Hollister, CA" on it, or maybe a bag with a bunch of hunky shirtless dudes on it? Where do you think they come from? Must be someplace exciting if everyone's wearing it... Weena finds out where Hollister California really is, and gets really …

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Teaching Media Literacy – Viewing the final product 

Here's a slightly more in-depth video of the final day of our high school class than the overview video we produced as a report on the project. Just to give you a (less-edited!) sense of how running a class like this might go. This segment shows students viewing and reviewing the Coach Poppy ad. (more…)

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Teaching Media Literacy – Staying focused on lesson goals 

In these video clips, Gus works with the class to develop a list of attributes of two types of videos (Yell and Sell and branded), then keeps them focused on those attributes in a storyboarding excercise a week later. At the end, she assesses how the lesson went. (more…)

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Learning Video Production – Introduction 

Few people would disagree that learning video production requires a great deal of hands-on experience and time spent learning the craft from more experienced producers. It may not be the only thing a person needs to know to make video, but there's a reason why internships and PA work have long been a part of …

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Teaching Media Literacy – Introduction 

In the spring of 2010, Gus and co-worker Skye MacLeod from the Gottesman Video Collective set out to a high school in Brooklyn to test out using the Yell and Sell episode as a tool for teaching media literacy and media production. Over the course of five weeks, meeting with the class one day a …

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Storyboard – Where Spam Comes From  ☆

This is the half-finished storyboard from the Where Spam Comes From episode. Once again, an episode that was going to rely heavily on specific camera angles for a good effect. (more…)

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Rough cut – My First Fursuit Video 

This is a rough cut of the episode where Weena tries on the fursuit she's made for the first time. What differences can you find between this cut and the final version? How does the meaning of the episode seem to change between the two edits of this episode? Why do you think we made …

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Lost Episode – For Teh Lulz, Take 1 

We shot For Teh Lulz three times before we had a version we thought was worth airing. Even though it was short, it was incredibly difficult to shoot. Weena's long monologue had to be captured in a single take. That was hard not only because it's hard to hold up a puppet for a long …

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Teaching The Media Show: Vlog Day 4 

On the final day of the class, we screened the videos we had produced from students' storyboards and gave them a special surprise -- a video review from producers at the Gottesman Video Collective. This video shows that process, including students' reactions to our edits (they laughed hysterically about the JibJab-like introductions we animated using …

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Script – House Party 

There are times when we use storyboards to plan an episode, but there are times when we don't need to plan every shot quite so carefully, or we can't plan. At those other times, we've taken to to writing up a three-column page which indicates what we'll see on screen (sometimes including screen shots or …

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Resources – Viewer Mailbag! Photoshop, Stickers, Poster Boy 

Some resources we post here are more for educators' edification. Sometimes these are pop- or Internet-culture things we expect students may know about, but educators might not; sometimes these are to help guide you on more sensitive subjects which you might be concerned about presenting in the classroom. Obviously, these are resources you might share …

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Puppet design: Giving Weena and Erna makeovers 

You may have noticed that Weena and Erna look different between the House Party episode and the Greenwashing episode -- between the summer and fall 2009 seasons. We gave them makeovers! This wasn't just to make them prettier, though; there were some practical reasons why we did it. (more…)

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Near and Far – The Media Show 

We are NOT flat! Have you not seen our MySpace photos? Oh. Well, maybe when it comes to depth of field... SUBSCRIBE to support the show! Or follow us where you usually hang out. Look for our back episodes as a weekly iTunes video podcast! Or as a standard RSS feed weekly video podcast! …

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Storyboards – Red Shirt Revue 

This episode was really complicated, with lots of props, settings, and special greenscreen tricks. And when it came to the alien chest pop, we were only going to be able to do it once. So I wanted to ensure we knew exactly what each shot would look like. This time I used color, because in …

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Whoops! – What’s In A Flame?  ☆

Sometimes when you're out on a shoot, things are chaotic and you mess something up in a way that's not easy to fix. Check out the outdoor and locker room scenes in the What's In A Flame? episode. They look kinda weird, right? But in a way that makes some sense: it maybe looks like …

Posted 89 months ago by

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Set Changes 

"Set Up! Our New Set, In Production" shows Gus, set intern Lindsay Shields, and others changing the set for the new season. The main aim for the set change was making it so puppeteers Abby, Gus, and others could perform standing up or on higher stools. When we were sitting on low stools, our arms …

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Storyboards – Secondary Sexual Characteristics 

I thought visuals would be key to making it clear what we were talking about in this episode. So I had a very clear picture for how I wanted it to look. I sketched out storyboards to more clearly communicate to Nick, who was doing the cinematography. My drawing isn't great -- if it had …

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