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I’ve not really updated my blog for a while due to being a busy little bee (and also a pinch of lazy blogger syndrome). I thought it would be a good thing to shamelessly plug what I have been up to, which is producing a Multiplatform/TV Comedy Drama pilot called ‘Mouth To Mouth’ for BBC3 here in the UK.

Here’s the blurb:

Wannabe pop star Meeshell Reeves wants nothing more from life than to be famous.  When her girl group, Cats Eyes, is accepted on TV talent show Fame Search, she feels her destiny is about to be fulfilled.  Alongside lifelong friend Devine and new member, Chloe the girls prepare for their big moment.  But with a tragedy marring her past and her mother pushing her onward, the pressure on Meeshell begins to grow.  When opportunity knocks, she grabs her chance at fame, but at what cost to herself and her friends?  Delivered straight to camera, this funny, wry and moving comedy-drama explores the perils and pitfalls of the modern day phenomenon that is disposable celebrity.

Chloe, Meeshell, Devine

Chloe, Meeshell, Devine

I had the great pleasure to work with a young and exciting cast (Anna Nightingale, Ayesha Antoine & Pippa Duffy) and an equally brilliant creative team (Director – Craig Young, Writer – Karl Minns, DOP – Tim Sutton, Art Dep – Sam Clark Hall, Website – Graphic Monkey, Web Guru – Tristan Cotterill) on this pilot. Our aspirations with the project should it go to series are to really build the stories (of which in the series there will be many different ones crossing over with online based characters) creating a conversation online with our audience.

We have launched on two platforms as being a pilot we just want to reach as many people as possible.

We have a BBC website here. Which has the pilot broken down into chapters and via a scrapbook we have created enhanced content (photo’s, written material etc) that help expand the story beyond what would be possible within the video content. We have also filmed exclusive videos that are shot by the shows characters in character. Again, everything is aiming to enhance the story. All material was made by the same team that made the pilot. There is even a music track that we recorded with the girls.

And a Bebo website here. The Bebo site offers up community features that we didn’t implement in the BBC website. There is the ability to gain an insight from the audience into what they think of the pilot and create a dialogue with us the programme makers. The BBC site maintains the fiction of the world the girls live in, whereas the Bebo site is more of a transparent place where we are open about the fact that this is a pilot and we want to get feedback on the show. Hence why we have included a behind the scenes gallery. The cast will be on hand to respond to any comments on the site and we hope to be updating the Bebo page as we do any PR activities with new photos etc.

We are also being broadcast on BBC 3 on November 7th at 9:30pm.

Let me know what you think. Here’s Chapter 1, the rest can be found at any of the above websites.


Firstly let me give you a definition of what a Swede is. Actually hold that thought, I’m going to let this one explain itself through the below Youtube videos.

I love how the movie ‘Be Kind Rewind’ which launched this onslaught of sweded movies, has achieved a great level of multiplatform involvement of online users.

So that is the movie that kicked this whole trail of Swede films on Youtube. They even Swede their own movie trailer.

Here is a lesson in How To Swede

And here are some of the best Sweded movies I have found.

Or for the ultimate TRON Swede click here.

*UPDATE* It seems I’m not the only one questioning Fred & Shazza. The Museum Of Hoaxes have written about it too: linky

Hello all, sorry for my disgusting lack of updates on this blog. I once again realise that this seems to be somewhat of a trend of mine, in fact I think I will always start my blog posts with an apology of some kind… You know… Just to be on the safe side.

I’m really interested in a collection of Youtube videos by a user called ‘FredSpencerpu’. Now somebody linked me to one of their videos, which then turned out to be on the top ten video viral chart. It’s doing huge numbers and immediately sparked my interest.

At this point it’s worth me saying that I haven’t gotten to the bottom of whether this is a clever, clever piece of comedy Youtube material, or for real. Either way, for me, this is some brilliant online content that I am enjoying by the bucket load.

Somehow I can imagine a comedy drama series coming off of the back of this, but I’m pretty sure I’m wrong.

What do you guys think? Anybody know anymore?

I’ve followed this story for a while now and for once in a LONG time I have found something American genuinely funny 😉

These two Youtube videos have come from Jimmy Kimmels US TV Talk show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ on the ABC network.

A quick bit of background is that Sarah Silverman in the first video is Jimmy’s girlfriend and also a pretty funny stand up comedian.

This is a pretty big viral success with the second video only being online for a couple of days and already having hit 1 Million hits (on just one of the versions on Youtube). Jimmy Kimmel is a bit of an unknown over here so it will be interesting to see what this does for his profile in the UK & the rest of the world.

So let me introduce to you: I’m Fu**ing Matt Damon & I’m Fu**ing Ben Affleck… Enjoy.

*UPDATE* Looks like Kevin Smith, Seth Rogan and the cast of Zack and Miri Make a Porno wanted to get in on the action. Enjoy.

How great is this?! I’ve always been intrigued to see how music can be expressed in all shapes and forms. Multiplatform music collaboration is something I have kept a keen eye on over the years and as a musician myself I love the idea that via the internet I could one day jam with my brother over 100 miles away without any real latency issues.

That dream is of course pretty much here. Below are a few links that show that the issues that have held collaboration back are being resolved at a rapid pace.

What I really want to know is, how long before I could potentially win the chance to perform with a musical legend from the comfort of my living room, whilst simultaneously broadcast live on TV?! I want to be able to perform live with musicians all over the world for Live Aid 2009!

eJamming – This is collaborative software that lets you jam and record a song with somebody anywhere in the world at the same time. Here is a blurb from Techcrunch:

“…allows musicians located anywhere to get together for jam sessions. Your drummer’s in New York, lead guitar is in India, your bass player is somewhere else, and you’re on keyboard. No problem. eJamming lets you jam anyway. And you can talk to the other musicians via a VOIP feature.”

Riffworks – This a audio recording tool with some great collaboration abilities.

“RiffLink Online Jamming
Record and collaborate with musicians from all over the world using the RiffLink interface integrated into RiffWorks. Any musician can join your session and work with you at the same time on the same song. There’s even a built-in chat client.

Thanks to loop recording, RiffWorks has no latency or distance problems like some other online music collaboration programs. Each RiffWorks layer is instantly streamed to other current users as well as saved on the server for users who wish to contribute later. There’s nothing like it!”

Ninjam – It’s probably best to read this post in regards to what Ninjam is. In a nutshell it is an online real time collaborative music software that has a unique way of dealing with the latency issue.

“Ninjam has come up with a unique solution to circumvent this issue.
Ninjam leverages the problem itself to turn it to its own favor.
By making latency much longer than it really is, NINJAM creates the opportunity to create something that would have appeared otherwise impossible.

The latency in Ninjam is measured in measures, and the Ninjam client records and streams synchronized intervals of music between participants.
Just as the interval finishes recording, it begins playing on everyone else’s client. So when you play through an interval, you’re playing along with the previous interval of everybody else, and they’re playing along with your previous interval.

If this sounds pretty bizarre, it sort of is, until you get used to it, then it becomes pretty natural.” – A collaborative community for making, collaborating and sharing music. This isn’t a realtime jamming platform, but a place to create and collaborate on a track by track basis.

Kompoz – Here is another community where you can upload, share and then collaborate on music you have created.