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Teaching Media Literacy – Technical Problems 

One of the biggest obstacles in teaching with technology can be the technology itself. In the two vignettes in this video, Gus recounts some struggles she and the students had with technology on one of the five days she and Skye spent testing out The Media Show with a Brooklyn high school class. (more…)

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Making the Spider 

We came up with the idea for the Where Spam Comes From episode in late 2008 or early 2009, and building the spider marionette took at least a year! Mostly because other episodes kept getting in the way, and we had to put it off. Fortunately, the topic is pretty timeless, as far as the …

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Production meetings at the Gottesman Video Collective 

Production meetings are central to our video-making process at GVC. Without them, many of us we wouldn't know half as much about video production as we do! These Monday morning meetings are a time to talk about the videos published the previous week, discuss what worked and what didn't, share tips on how to do …

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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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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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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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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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Production: Faking a webcam  ☆

One of the original ideas for the show was that Weena and Erna would be filming it on their webcam, at least part of the time. In a bunch of early episodes -- the pilot, early responses, Yell and Sell, Hot Gossip, and the first version of the Snopes video -- there are sections with …

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