I’m really excited about this series of interviews with the creator and stars of a new favorite web series, Squaresville. You’ll want to watch the series after these interviews. It’s up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.
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Director’s Blog: Let’s Hang Out In the Tree House
I could’ve sworn I wrote this one before, but I couldn’t find it, and I needed a writing warm up, so here goes.
You guys have probably heard in one of the million Q and A’s (or hey’s) about how this episode was shot on the fly our second ever day of shooting. I realized we were ahead of schedule, and rather than actually let anyone rest for a minute, I woke up extra, extra early and wrote a new episode for everyone to memorize, rehearse, plan, and shoot in the time that would have been our extended lunch break. It’s a solid representation of my mentality as a producer. I also saved cash on all the tortilla chips we would’ve eaten during our siesta.
I realized that I wanted more time with the girls just being friends with each other, which happens surprisingly rarely in the show. If you’re mainly writing two characters, it’s hard to create conflicts that exist outside that world that also keep Esther and Zelda amicable. As it happens, I was lucky enough to realize that early in our shoot, and had bits and pieces I could make into an episode already. It’s the absolute best part of being the writer/director/producer (just ask any vlogger).
The tree house was just something that we came across in shooting. The house we were in front of (a friend of our Producer Jasmine’s) happened to have it. Only a maniac would decide to put his crew, stars, and gear up in a tree on weathered, creaky, rotten boards for an afternoon cause he thought it would look pretty. For the record, all web producers are maniacs.
That thing about being “spit sisters” came from an episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Milhouse become spit brothers in Bart’s treehouse. It must have been from the second or third season, so I was still in elementary school. My parents half explained it to me later, but I think they were hesitant to elaborate on the idea of being “blood brothers” for obvious, mid-90’s blood-hysteria-related reasons. But it’s so weird that it stuck with me all these years. I’ve made references to “spit brothers” my whole life, to the point of it being just a part of my regular vernacular.
(Bart and Milhouse say goodbye, as Bart is headed off to Capital City.)
Milhouse: I don’t know, Bart. I mean, I’m gonna miss you and all, but—
Bart: Come on, Milhouse. This way we’ll be friends forever.
(Bart and Milhouse spit on each other’s hands and shake.)
Bart and Milhouse: (In unison) Eeeew!
Bart: I’m gonna miss you, spit brother.
Milhouse: I’m gonna miss you, spit brother.
It’s nice to run into another person who knows the episode I’m referencing, like we too are pop-culture spit brothers.
I made a Self Image 2013 video, but I put my own take on it! I am particularly proud of this video (which is pretty unusual for me), so feel free to check it out!
My raw unedited VLOG…Watch at your own risk.
Snap, forgot to reblog this one.
Spoiler alert: She’s in the bathroom.
Hey, have you heard about Squaresville?
A very thoughtful write-up of Squaresville!
What are the Shorty Awards? Well, according to their website:
The Shorty Awards honor the best in social media; recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web.
What is the short award for best web show?
Its ratings might not be powered by Nielsen, but whenever they post a new episode, many thousands watch. Furthermore, these shows are constantly talking to their fans on Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo comments, Facebook posts and even on their shows.These web shows truly show that they would be nothing without their fans.
Squaresville meets all of these qualifications by leaps and bounds.
We all know Squaresville is not just a show, it is a community. We get episodes, but we also get behind the scenes, and we get q&heys! We get to be on the videos either through the answering machine, or through video or twitter and tumblr asks. We get extra secret videos, we get contests for stickers and signed cards. We have livestream hangouts for extra fun times. Mary Kate and Kylie especially interact with the fans constantly on social media, and they always make sure we feel like a community, not (just) a fandom.
All of these people would qualify for an individual shorty award for their excellent use of social media to engage, but I believe Squaresville also qualifies, and is a unifying single vote we can all push for to represent every member of Sqauresville as a whole.
So join me, and vote for Squaresville!