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Syntax Terror – The Media Show  ☆

Email goes horribly astray when the new intern tries to help Weena with her... hamster problem. Lesson learned: You never know whose hands your message will fall into if you spell that address wrong. Even spell check can't save you.

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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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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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Lesson Resources – Red Shirt Revue 

A few of the tropes we responded to in this episode were more abstract, and address how tropes are and should be used -- Tropes Are Tools and Lampshade Hanging. (more…)

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Script – Pilot 

Here are two drafts of the script for the pilot. Compare them to what actually gets said in the episode. How is it different? Why do you think changes were made? How do the changes make the characters sound different? Notice that one of the changes was adding a part where the puppets address a …

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Script – Yell and Sell 

Here is an early draft of the script for the Yell and Sell episode. Compare it to what actually gets said in the episode. How is it different? Why do you think changes were made? SCRIPT 4: YELL AND SELL Weena: O hai, Internets! Erna: O hai! Weena: We're playing with ads. Erna: Yeah. Weena: …

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Script – Red Shirt Revue  ☆

Here's two drafts from the Red Shirt Revue script. The first one has notes from Erin, the managing editor of the AfterEd channel. The second one is closer to what we actually said. Notice we didn't make too many changes. Why do you think we made the changes we did, and not the ones Erin …

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Viral video: Titles and keywords 

Right now, keywords are the meat and potatoes of finding videos online. Search engines right now only keep track of written words online -- they cannot see patterns (like moving people, words, light and shadow, etc) in videos, like people can, and they're mostly not searching for patterns in sounds or pictures, either. Because search …

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Production: Adding more characters 

In the second-to-last season of the show, we added a handful more regular characters. The Intern showed up more often; we introduced the Monster of Next Week, and we re-introduced Bryan, the show's only regular human character. Selling You and Secondary Sexual Characteristics feature Bryan, who originally talked about his job at a TV ratings …

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Before and After: Snopes  ☆

There were a few videos we shot more than once. For instance, we made two versions of the Snopes Before You Send episode. We improvised the first version, without a script. It turned out ok, but we thought it was an important enough message that we decided to do it again, with a better script …

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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 …

Posted 93 months ago by

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