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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Script – Hot Gossip 

Even after we had shot a lot of footage for the Hot Gossip episode, the script changed quite a bit. This was an unusual shoot in that we took advantage of the opportunity that presented itself (Gossip Girl filming at Columbia), going in with a few ideas that changed a lot as we went along. …

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Script – Cootie Catcher 

The Cootie Catcher script went through a number of revisions before shooting. Here's the before and after: BEFORE: WAL MART MEETS ACDC Weena: Hey Erna, wanna see what advertising executives get excited about? Erna: Not really. I imagine they get excited about things like the next American Idol and the new iPhone, just like everyone …

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