October 9th, 2006
|03:25 pm - Previously, on Veronica Mars!|
Last week, Rob was all, "You know how you're always coming to me with great ideas for online content? And you know how sometimes I don't respond to an e-mail for ten days? Here, talk to these guys instead." "These guys" were the people responsible for VM online content like the MySpace pages and podcasts and Veoh videos. I'm not entirely sure whether they want their identities revealed, so we'll call them Drake and Josh. They were happy to talk to me, as they wanted my input on something they were planning on launching soon (which I will pimp in this very post).
Since their idea involves fans filming themselves, I mention that I started this site, helpmeveronica.com, that stemmed from a similar idea. I ask what they expect from their project.
And Drake, in the course of his response, says this:
I think our fans are extremely creative, as is demonstrated by the helpmeveronica site. We were wondering who was behind that...
I am totally floored that they had stumbled across it ALL ON THEIR OWN because come on, guys, it's not like anyone ever talked about us that your regular working joe would find.
Also, I was pleasantly surprised that you had already heard about helpmeveronica.com! How did you find it? I think it's funny that you all were wondering who was behind it, because several people over there like Rob and Rick Pickett knew!
Drake's response is not very informative but actually pretty fucking cool:
I guess we found the website where we find all of our information... the grapevine.
THE GRAPEVINE, folks. We actually made the grapevine. People were actually talking about us. It sure didn't feel like it, but THEY WERE. I know the thing about tracking virality is that you only see what people post on the Internet, but to discover that we somehow ended up on a grapevine that filtered down (or up!) to Drake and Josh was a small vindication.
Josh, however, delivers the best response ever, which I have recently deemed the epitome of hilarity:
That's so funny that all those people knew you were behind Help Me Veronica. We had producers on set there looking into it to see if they recognized anyone! Ha!
We confused people who worked on the show. Oh, God. I don't think I am ever allowed to feel like our efforts were a failure again. This was pretty hard evidence that my "No one cares" refrain was fairly inaccurate. We entertained those plucky hearst_helpers. And even if we didn't reach that many new viewers, it's clear that we were noticed. We were talked about. And the more chatter there is, the greater the likelihood that the site will hit people who've never seen the show and pull them in. We're totally taking credit for that thousandth of a ratings point. Modified rapture!
All of this leads up to the unveiling of the new Veronica Mars fandom challenge, which is described below:
Wanna show Veronica Mars some love? It's your time to shine. We're looking for you, the fans, to help keep the world up to date on what's going on. Here's the happs...
After each show we want you to create your own recap clips. They have to be under two minutes and they can't use any images/sounds from the show. Beyond that, Neptune is your oyster. How do I do that, you ask? Get creative! Write something, shoot something... you wanna act it out, wanna animate something, do a dramatic reading? It's up to you.
The submission with the most views/highest ratings will be featured on Veoh, MySpace, and the VM Video podcast the morning of the next show. So be sure to be active... watch and vote for your favorite videos. We'll also pick a staff favorite each week to be showcased. So start uploading, minions... Fame, fortune, and creme brulee await.
I honestly have no idea what kind of submissions they're going to get, but you guys are teh awesome, so I think you should represent the fandom well. Get cracking! And clothe yourselves properly!
If, however, you find that you REALLY NEED to use clips from the show in order to recap the episode, come over here, where we're working on designing Two-Minute Replays à la NBC. This was the idea I went to Rob with initially, the one that got me in contact with Drake and Josh. See? It all comes full circle.
Current Mood: hopeful
Current Music: Foo Fighters - Best of You
Maybe you can get him fired? Set a fire and blame him for it, or something.
|Date:||October 9th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)|| |
...Okay, where did I put my ancient copy of Flash? This is begging for a weekly VM cartoon.
I KNOW! That would be so damn fun! There really isn't enough Flash nonsense in this fandom.
Dear Sunil, you will be working for the show by this time next week, unless you already are.
Bravo, sir. Bravo!
THE GRAPEVINE, folks. We actually made the grapevine.
You are so awesome! I would have supposed that they'd have heard of the site because it's their job to look into Veronica-y things on the internets, but I am super impressed that the concept made the grapevine. The Temptations are also duly impressed.
I will probably hang back and see what kinds of videos are submitted before I try my hand at any of that. But I will certainly watch and vote! Neato!
I would have supposed that they'd have heard of the site because it's their job to look into Veronica-y things on the internets, but I am super impressed that the concept made the grapevine.
The fact that he didn't just tell me where he found the link suggests that people were just, like, ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT IT IN THE REAL WORLD. Which is so crazy bizarre to think about.
But I will certainly watch and vote! Neato!
Good! Please help spread the word if you can. These guys are doing their damndest to pick up the network's slack.
This entry is great because it looks awesome with all the blockquotes on my new layout.
I mean... congratulations!
OMG IT DOES! So preeeeeeetty!!!
Verrah int-ah-restin'. =)
Well, that's pretty much enough to make me stop feeling sorry I shaved my head. :D
By day he's meek and mild Sunil Patel, by night... Polter-Cow, with the power to bring producers' brain gerbils to their knees!
I so want to participate in this video recap thingie but I have zero creativity whatsoever. It sounds very fun though and I'll be counting on you to point me in the direction of the most entertaining submissions each week.
"Hi! This is the latest episode of Veronica Mars, as retold by an Orthodox Jew."
That's as far as I can go since I don't know enough about Judaism to make funny Jewish jokes.
Also, you can do your bubblegum thing. That's sure to be a hit.
|Date:||October 9th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)|| |
Ahh, someone needs to do flash cards like on Buffy. Or an Andrew-esque whiteboard presentation... bonus points for toga-field frolicking. This whole challenge is perfect for alliterator
Oh God, you're right! Ha. Dr. Von Wolfhausen explains every episode!
|Date:||October 10th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)|| |
I wish that I had the skill to write or act a recap a la The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged.
We do the episode...in one minute!
We do the episode...in thirty seconds!
We do the episode...in fifteen seconds!
We do the episode...in seven-and-a-half seconds!
Although I was slow on the uptake, I finally did get around to check out HMV. Tremendous kudos to you guys! Like really. IMO, it was blurring the lines between fandom efforts and real life VM world. Pretty creepy stuff.
I'm so glad that Josh and Drake (isn't that the right order?) got ahold of you and hopefully others also involved in the HMV endeavor. They need some serious brushing up and sharpening their creative tools to do to feed us hungry VM fans.
This is all awesome. Awesome all around!
IMO, it was blurring the lines between fandom efforts and real life VM world.
Well, that's the way of the ARG. It's all about letting people into the fictional world...but is it REALLY A FICTIONAL WORLD??
I'm so glad that Josh and Drake (isn't that the right order?)
Nope. It's Drake and Josh. Get it right!
They need some serious brushing up and sharpening their creative tools to do to feed us hungry VM fans.
Well, I think they've been doing good stuff so far with the podcasts and little videos. Those have been really cool. And since everyone loves MySpace, that was a good idea. The pages are pretty clever. And I'm really interested to see what people come up with for this new recap thing.
I didn't really understand the helpmeveronica game, but that's a pretty cool response. (Also, I love that you have a tag that says "myspace is a canker sore", hee.)
Oh, I missed this entry. But it's good to see.
|Date:||October 10th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)|| |
There needs to be, like, an all-kitten VM recap. With one of those little bald kittens for post-rape Parker. That would rule. I don't think the local pet store would let me just borrow a bunch of kittens, though.