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03 February 2011 @ 03:50 pm
O hai, Internets!

Thanks to everyone who came to our live video chat on January 30th! Especially Cheesebeagle, for showing up in a fursuit.

If you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed:
  • the return of the original Red Shirt Intern
  • her description of how her early Stanislavsky acting training helped her portray “being eaten by a monster”
  • debates about the size of our wig budget
  • generally way more wigs than anyone could handle.
Gus (Weena), Abby (Erna), and Nicola (Original Intern) frakking about after the chat.
Gus (Weena), Abby (Erna), and Nicola (Original Intern) frakking about after the chat. Photo by Rob Vincent (Monster of the Week).

Sadly, we didn’t record any of it -- you had to be there! But there’s a few things we thought we’d write up, to share them with you.


Here’s some questions that came up.  We’d still like to hear answers from those of you who couldn’t make it!

(The fans asked us) Is it true you're made from old bras?
Bras, yes, but old bras, no -- Erna and Weena are made partly out of new, unrecycled, manmade bra materials. We figured that bra foam would be roughly the right shape for puppet heads, more flexible than most foam (and thus more expressive), lightweight, and less hot. The Monster of the Week’s internal construction has a lot to do with a baseball cap and some polyester stuffing. The Intern is a sock.

At this point it’s not totally clear whether it was worth it in the long run -- the bras are deforming pretty quick and are harder to manipulate than the big-chunk-of-foam constructions you see in most puppets being built in YouTube videos. Stay tuned for further updates on our puppets’ evolution, and Gus’s forthcoming tutorial, “Twelve Radical Things You Can Do With Bras.” (No kidding.)



(We asked the fans) How did you first find the show? Have you shared the show with anyone? How? What was their response?
Zack, who works for a nonprofit, says he talks to people about what he learned from the spam episode. Casey, Media Show Fan #1, says she refers people to the Yell and Sell episode as an example of “media awareness.”


(The fans asked us) What are you?
You could have phrased that more politely :P Erna and Weena are mixed-species. Their mother is a tawny frogmouth, a kind of Australian bird. Weena’s dad was an eel. Erna, her sister-from-another-mister, was probably fathered by a Yorkshire terrier, though there’s some debate about that -- it could have been an owl, a deer, or a teddy bear. (We do NOT tolerate comments that this reflects poorly on their mother’s moral character. She’s a free spirit, dammit.)

Both of them go by their mother’s last name, which is Jimenez due to historical reasons re: family fleeing Australia for Puerto Rico during World War Two, rra rra bla blah etc and so forth. As they say on Internets, It’s Complicated.



(We asked the fans) Is there anything in the media we should cover? Anything that makes you go "huh"?
A couple of people thought “social media” are important to cover, and thought maybe flash puppet mobs were a good idea. People seemed to like the episodes where we go out and talk to people as a way to “change it up.”


(The fans asked us) If the intern gets a tan, does she become a khaki colored sock?
Ooh, good question. We’ll have to experiment and get back to you on that one (evil leer).



(We asked the fans) Merch! If we were to offer Media Show swag, what should we sell? What would you buy?
Everyone likes the idea of having stickers, and one person mentioned using the flamingo for our logo. Other people mentioned aprons, tote bags, or banners. Chobbaranks said “i want interns redshirt.” Cheesebeagle suggested something people could take their pictures with and send in to us, which we think is intriguing. What should that object be? And what other Media Show goodies should we sell?


(The fans asked us) Out of curiosity, why puppets?
Puppets can do things people can’t, both physically and humor-wise. And they’re less labor-intensive than animation; plus they can still interact with actual people more believably.

While building them, we were thinking of what we learned about Sesame Street scriptwriters, who often went for physical humor: Prairie Dawn is tiny and prissy, so it’s fun to have her blown away in a strong wind, eaten or thrown around by a huge monster, etc. So Abby and Gus thought, what’s funny about our girls? “One of them is furry” was one of the first things to pop into our minds.



(We asked the fans) Where should we be publishing/advertising to help more people find the show?
Cheesebeagle suggested FurAffinity and SoFurry. Zalance suggested DeviantArt. There was some consensus that we should try for a Super Bowl spot, but cmon guys, that is way out of our budget range. Doing a spoof of a Super Bowl ad seemed like a reasonable compromise. Where else should we be letting people know about the show?



(The fans asked us) Is there like an intern pit for failed interns?
Stay tuned -- an upcoming episode explains where Interns come from.
It will be Safe For Work, except possibly for periodic cussing.


(The fans asked us) How do magnet work?
Lobster stick to magnet. Duh.


(The fans asked us) Is the room actually stretching, or is it just your imagination?
Yes. What?



(We asked the fans) Should we do more live chats?
Everyone, both audience and puppeteers, agreed that yes, we should!
DM us with the best way to contact you if you'd like to be there for the next one!
 
 
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27 January 2011 @ 12:52 pm
O HAI! Sorry we've been quiet for so long -- hopefully you've been following along on our YouTube channel.

We wanted to let you know that live puppet chat action is ON this Sunday, January 30 2011! At 8:00 Eastern Standard Time (adjust to your local time zone accordingly) we will be at tinychat.com/themediashow, responding to your questions about the show. We want to get to know you better! Let us know if you're going to make it -- either comment here or on the Facebook event (icanhaz.com/huddle)

Here's a little video announcement we made this morning for youze :D Hope to see you there!

 
 
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13 January 2010 @ 11:48 am
Hey everyone! Voting for the STREAMYS is open, and gee we just discovered it and learned the voting period is ALMOST OVER! Yikes!

The Streamys are awards recognizing the best online TV. Getting ranked would get The Media Show more attention -- yeah we're attention whores :D

We recommend voting for us in the following categories:
Best New Series,
Best Experimental Series, and heck, because we're all about culture jamming, why not go for the
BEST BRANDED SERIES heh heh heh.

We're not going for Best Comedy, because we figure the competition will be too fierce. Man, I wish they had a Best Educational/How To category :\

If you're reading this, VOTE NOW -- we only have two days to get in the ranking! Thanks everyone!
 
 
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17 December 2009 @ 11:19 am

New episode!

A viewer asks a question about ads she's only seen in New York City. What are they all about? Why don't we see them anywhere else?
 
 
17 December 2009 @ 11:15 am

Recent episode! Intern is catching up on video posting...

Have the feeling you've seen this movie before? We explore tvtropes.org, a website about the plotlines that TV, movies, manga, anime, cartoons, and literature use over and over and OVER.
 
 
 
08 December 2009 @ 11:44 am
Intern was watching TV at the gym this morning, specifically news on NBC. All of a sudden there was "breaking news"...about Tiger Woods' affairs. Cut to footage of a blond woman being wheeled on a gurney into a hospital (a woman brought to the hospital from Tiger Woods' home!). Then cut to a montage recap of the entire Tiger Woods scandal.

Excuse Intern for being presumptuous, but why is this "breaking news" on NBC? Why is this even news at all? Intern could see this being a big story on E! or TMZ or some other pure entertainment venue, but on NBC's morning news? There's a huge (and at least a little inappropriate) preoccupation with celebrity love lives in this country, but this doesn't need to taint journalism. Intern knows NBC is hurting for ratings, but this is ridiculous. The man may have had an affair, or several. So what?! People do it all the time, it's nothing new. And it's certainly not newsworthy.

End Intern rant.
 
 
01 December 2009 @ 01:58 pm
So, this is a little bit dated, but Intern still thinks it's worth mentioning. A little while ago Stephen Colbert did a hilarious spoof of a Miracle Whip ad:

Original Ad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_70xGUxznYY

Colbert's spoof:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/252726/october-15-2009/the-mayo-lution-will-not-be-televised

This was pretty funny all on it's own, especially for Intern. Intern used to work at the advertising agency that made the original commercial, and Intern remembers how proud the company was of this overdone and out of touch campaign. However, what was even better was that the advertising agency released an open letter responding to Colbert's spoof, and threatening to buy out all commercials on "The Colbert Report" to defend their commercial.



The text of the letter reads:
Dear Mr. Colbert,

Recently on your show, you tapped into a sore spot in our nation’s psyche: the eternal struggle between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. And surprisingly, for a man of your impeccable intellect, you’ve chosen the wrong side. A side doomed to a painful, drawn-out, utter and complete defeat. Like the Plantagenets in the Hundred Years’ War. Or whichever on was the cat in “Tom and Jerry.”

Mr. Colbert, we found your attacks a little harsh, occasionally funny, and at times, wholly inaccurate (for the record, our target is 18-35, not 34). But unlike most advertisers who are so mayo, who would back down at the slightest whiff of controversy, and pull their advertising from not just your show but from your entire network and all its sister entities – we intend to do the opposite.

On Thursday, November 12, we will dominate the airspace on your show. With every commercial break, your viewers will be exposed to hardcore Miracle Whip attitude and revelry. You will see our legion of (as you call them) “mayonay-sayers” snarfing sandwiches topped with our one-of-a-kind flavor in a very cool and totally hip way. They will be in your face and massively dope. It goes without saying, they WILL NOT TONE IT DOWN. And you will begin to see the soft, bland white walls of the mayo empire begin to collapse under the weight of its own whipped-egg pretentiousness.

Think about it, Mr. Colbert. In a sense, we will own you.

We’re on a mission. We’re taking no prisoners.

We’re raising Hell, man.

THE BOLD MARKETING TEAM AT MIRACLE WHIP

The letter is pretty great, not because it defends the advertisers (it's as brimming with overdone attitude as the commercial), but because it creates a dialogue between media, advertisers, and viewers. As silly as their whole concept is, it's still interesting to see this happen. That wall between content, advertisers, and consumers is breaking down a bit. Granted, this open letter is intended to be self-serving to the advertising agency, but not too long ago they would never have felt the need to do such a thing. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that advertisers have to up their game to keep people's attention. Intern finds it funny watching advertisers struggling to keep up with smarter consumers and more advanced communication technologies. Ha ha!
 
 
What already looks like a stupid movie just got worse. There was a version of the movie poster that removed the one black couple from the shot. The studio claims that it was just to limit the poster to actors/actresses that are more internationally known, but that seems a little fishy to Intern. Intern has no idea who Malin Akerman or Jean Reno are, but they were included on the UK poster. Obviously the UK has a different culture than the US, but this bad marketing decision is doing the UK a disservice by making it seem like they can't handle a black couple in a romantic comedy.
 
 
11 November 2009 @ 01:14 pm


Intern loves when other puppets critique the media...
 
 
10 November 2009 @ 10:06 am
Hey everybodies! We've posted our first episode since beginning this LJ. It's the discerning person's guide to deciphering bogus "green" ad claims. And if you watch closely, you will see a bebbeh moose, which is... legulous.



Enjoy!
 
 
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