Hi guys, Annie here! I met up with Steve and Zadi for lunch the other day, and it really made me miss our fun summer together with the entire gang. So, I dug up some footage from our t-shirt promo shoot... yes, the t-shirt promo that just won't die. Enjoy!
Nokia sent me an N96 to play around with! I decided to shoot a little bit of my life for a week. It turned out to be one of my more interesting weeks. (They usually aren't interesting at all.) I worked on a French Maid TV episode as well as came back to EPIC FU for a little guest hosting. Please, pardon my camera work. I'm usually in front of it, not operating it. :)
Zadi is delivering daily videoblog updates from Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dublin, Ireland. She's over there as part of her participation in the Transatlantic Network 2020 program. She's been learning about the conflict between Catholics and Protestants and is working directly with people form the communities there. She posted a ton of photos to her Flickr account, as well.
Two more video updates embedded after the jump!
And so it begins -- my foray into the land of the plastic-free. I have to admit that I really have no idea what to expect other than to expect to encounter plastic everywhere. For instance just this morning I thought, what happens if I cut myself? I can't use a band-aid? That's insane! What am I thinking?
But that's really not the point of this project. There is good plastic -- like bike helmets and band-aids, and there's bad plastic, the disposable kind -- like cups, utensils, and containers.
True story: Micro once stole a muffin from under our editor Daniel's nose.
In case you didn't know, Micro is one of two resident cats at EPIC FU HQ. He's usually freakishly skittish EXCEPT when there is food in the vicinity.
Rick decided to spin up a little "Guess the 80's movie and artist" game for us to play last week. Final scoreboard after the jump.
Ask and ye shall receive! On one of my last behind-the-scenes videos, Kurt Snieckus asked "Can you do a behind the scenes where the computer systems are explained? I see two dells under Steve's desk and am itching to know what they are doing." Penguinator wondered the same thing: "I saw a lot of computers too under there. I wonder what they are for."
Thanks for asking! :)
Alright, some nitty gritty technical behind-the-scenes stuff! Here's a little bit about the lighting. We use a couple of Lowel Pro-lights with different colored gels on the show. Check the video for Steve's thoughts, and there is one more photo after the jump.
For every episode of EPIC FU that goes up, a master text document is created with all the show descriptions, keywords, and most importantly, links. Since we distribute the show to several different websites, this file comes in handy when it comes to uploading the actual episode: the accompanying information can be quickly copied and pasted from the master text document. We do this because we feel that it's important to give people a place to find the videos and artists we feature on the show- giving credit where credit is due!
Please watch this video. It's been around the 'net for a while. It's the story of a man named Daniel Tammet, who can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head. He has been diagnosed with a form of autism, but one with a relatively mild affect on the way he handles social interaction. Typically autistics have trouble relating to other people and things in their environment, but can demonstrate an ability to focus on single tasks. This rarely manifests itself as true savant-like abilities, but for a while now I have started to wonder whether the escalation in autism diagnoses over the past 30 years is a result of environmental effects on children, or whether this is nature experimenting with us to take us to the next stage of evolution.
Last week, we were doing a bit of brainstorming when everything kind of just came to a grinding halt.
I'm so excited...and I just can't hide it! My life just became Epic. I am now a part of this kick-ass team. I am going to help Steve, Zadi & Rick make this show happen and keep up the behind the scenes vids, pix & general funness. Please friend me on MIX and/or follow me on Twitter and lets become BFF.
This is what springing a camera on unsuspecting FU-ers looks like.
If you didn't already know it's going to be an epic summer here at FU HQ. Expect to see more behind-the-scenes videos and photos on the blog soon. Lots of cool stuff in general coming down the pipeline! Send me questions!
I don't remember what this was about, but I'm glad we were rolling video on it!
As we get this week's show ready to upload, we didn't really have a place to leave in this blooper. But we can't help but keep giggling at it, so we figured we'd share it.
When things are going well with a shoot, Zadi can't keep a straight face. :) So I told her to make a serious face and she got into this whole evil-eye baby meme thing (embedded underneath) that was really funny. Here it is:
And here's the original:
Today's Q & A comes from numerous sources and is the most common inquiry we get. We always love to hear about cool projects, and in this two minute video I talk about the kind of things we look for and the best way to get your coolness in front of us.
Hey it's my first video post on the blog! Just wanted to say hi and talk about what's going on with the show. Hit me up in the comments or email me if you have any questions!
We get lots of mail about how to become an EPIC-FU correspondent. Here's a quick 50 second video with some answers, and there's more info here, too.
First videoblog post to the new EPIC-FU blog! I'm a little low energy because we've been up all night finishing up everything for the new blog. More to come! Post comments!