Bob’s Burgers Table Read

I constantly make the argument (mostly loudly, to myself, in food courts) that if a movie/television show/whatever is well written and well cast, it is virtually impossible to screw up based on any of the other elements. And if the other elements are strong, well then that’s just gravy – like progressive enhancement for the screen.

The following video proves this logic (like most of my logic) infallibly! I’d watch Bob’s Burgers even if it was just a bunch of people reading scripts at a table every week.

We’re planning a redesign!

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Please forgive the appearance of our website. Both Jeff and I are currently spending too much time in the real world working on other projects and not enough time in the INTERNETS, so things around here are really falling apart. The theme is falling out of date and we have like 800 spam comments in Japanese(my sincerest apologies if we’re misreading something and have finally become huge in Japan).

We’re strategizing how to create more content after Christmas, but until then we’re going to get pretty lean by doing even less posting, using this theme, and shutting off the comments. Until we meet again, here are our friendly end of year tips:

1) Graceful by Seth Godin

This is a really powerful little ebook I got from Kobo Books for like 3 bucks, and it’s an inspiring and magical read. My favorite quote:

Believe in what you do because you may have to do it for a long time before it catches on.

2) The Writer’s Room on IFC

I randomly discovered this show, but it’s so great. Jim Rash talks to members of the writing staff from a bunch of critically acclaimed shows: Breaking Bad, Parks & Rec, New Girl, Game of Thrones and more. They talk at length about how their writers’ rooms operate, how they break stories, and more.

3) Justin Halpern’s tumblr

Justin Halpern is the hilarious authour of Shit my Dad Says, I Suck at Girls, and also what is quite possibly the funniest tweet of all time. He’s working on a new show based on I Suck at Girls and is pulling the curtain way back on the process of putting it together. He writes hilarious and highly educational posts about TV writing, producing and more.

-Amy Tan

Imagination is the closest thing to feeling compassion.

Vimeo Video School

Yeah, this one was probably a no-brainer for you Vimeo hipsters, but I roll old school YouTube, and was very pleasantly surprised by the stuff was I’ve been able to pick up from Vimeo’s extremely well-produced Vimeo’s Video School series. My personal favorite was the above video on understanding and achieving depth of field (Samsonite and I are thinking about trying some DSLR shooting) – but whatever your poison, there’s a ton of stuff within these 66 videos, useful whether you’re shooting DSLR, standard HD or even just on your cell phone (which reminds me, we just got an Olloclip, so look for a post about that soon).

Probably an urban legend, but…

Media HintYou did not hear this from us, but rumour has it there MAY be a browser extension somewhere in the internet that magically hides what country you’re in without having to use a VPN, and therefore allows you to access American content sites like NBC, Hulu and more.  If this is true, it’s of great value to any content creator who wants to do some research viewing of hard-to-find shows or classics series TV.

If it’s even true, you guys.

Startups

The Startups table read in June 2012. Lots of fun, lots of tea.

We’ve just posted the pilot episode of Startups, which is the first episode of a web series (or webcom*) we began working on last year. Watch it and let us know if you’d be interested in seeing more content like this.

We started writing almost a year ago, and were thinking of shooting all 4 episodes before we decided we still didn’t know enough to pull off a whole series. So, we scaled things back to just the pilot.

Scaling back may mean we don’t ever get to see who wins $10,000 from the investors (spoiler: the scripts are all posted under the “Why Did You Make It” tab on the Startups page) but it allowed us to focus on the writing, acting, production, and editing in more detail. Our goal is to keep learning as we make things, so we can get to a place where we can rip off a whole web series in one shot, or something even bigger, and not worry about everything being out of focus.

Lessons we learned and even more fun after the jump!  Continue reading

Startups: Twitter list

We had an absolute blast shooting Startups over a weekend in January. And we were lucky to land a veritable who’s who of Edmonton to trap in an elevator as our investors. Working on Startups was a breeze with all of these great people involved. They were professional, passionate, and hilarious.

Give them a follow on Twitter so you too can be exposed to their wit, humour, good ideas, and photos of food.  Continue reading

iTunes me? iTunes U!

i tunes adMany, many years ago, when I was young and relevant, I attended a real, actual film school, where I did real actual things like shoot on film, edit on the professional equivalent of two VCRs daisy-chained together, and use this to generate credits. The year was 1997, Third Eye Blind was on the radio, and I wanted desperately to be a filmmaker, so I did the obvious thing and went to film school.  The world was different then – it made sense to follow the appropriate career path – go to school, work as a PA, get into a union, pick your department of choice, get promoted, etc. Continue reading