Archive for September, 2011

Sizzle Reel

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 28, 2011 by PoPS blog

About 4,200 subscribers have shown up in the last couple weeks. That’s a pretty nice little spike. And even though we didn’t win the On The Rise competition, I’m really impressed that we were able to garner more than 21,000 votes in a week. I wish that I had an exact number of votes but I put mustard on mine like an idiot…I mean, I was too distracted when we lost to get a screencap of our vote total or write it down in any manner.

Also last week, I put together a sizzle reel for PoPS. Tim and Ryan—two of the producers—wanted one to use to try and drum up some corporate sponsorship interest in the show and it’ll also work nicely for our fund raising attempt coming up. It’s 52 seconds long and ends in a 15-second, selectable episode menu, DVD stylie. I think that did quite a bit to add to our subscribership as well. I’ve been using it as the main channel video on our YouTube page and I think it presents a nice case for the show. I’ve included it here for your convenience.

Chris says he’s almost done with a draft of episode 7 and I can’t wait to see it so we can hopefully get this show on the road. I’ve been having a little trouble making myself work outside of my day job lately. I sat down to shot list episode 6 and ended up watching Buried. Tonight we’re doing a Back to the Future marathon; 1, 2, and 3 all in a row. Then I’m sure we’ll all be getting back to work. It’s just nice to watch stuff sometimes. Hey! Speaking of awesome movies; I read this on Ain’t It Cool News recently, and I quote:

“…on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Doug Slocombe (Director of Photography) never used a light meter, a cinematographer’s key piece of equipment. It’s how they tell how an image will read on film. Ford held up his hand like he was about to do a karate chop and had his thumb cocked out in front of his palm to demonstrate how Slocombe took readers… Instead of using a light meter he gauged the density of the shadow of his thumb against the palm of his hand. How gangster is that shit?!?” – Eric Vespe “Quint” on Ain’t It Cool News

Thanks for reading, guys.

Jarvi out.

PoPS video update 81-Reintroduction

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 25, 2011 by PoPS blog

Wild Week

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 21, 2011 by PoPS blog

So, last Thursday it was announced that we were one of the 4 channels in YouTube’s On The Rise competition for September. The chance to appear on the front page of YouTube is a huge opportunity to get some eyes on us, so I’ve been campaigning pretty hard. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, the NexTV blog, and our famous cast-member, Craig, has been mentioning us and the competition in his vlog as well. As I write this on Wednesday, the 21st of September, The full court press has gotten us 14,468 votes, but we’re still unable to close a 1200 vote gap on the music review vlogger called theneedledrop who’s in the lead. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but it’s pretty extraordinary. Some of his audience started saying some horrible things to me and a couple of my audience members started leaving mean comments on his stuff which prompted us to start talking. He was all, “I’m sorry about what people have been saying, I don’t want you to think that I condone it.” And I was like, “Dude, I never thought any of that was coming from you, I know how an internet audience gets when it’s worked up. An audience is like a Frankenstein’s monster, dude. You’re amazed that you were able to do it, you take more than a little pride in its existence, and you’re kind of terrified of it. Anything they do can reflect on you and it can turn on you in a heartbeat. Nothing for it but to take the ride.”

The outpouring of support this week has been amazing. Reading the comments from our audience on the voting page, the amount of people the tweeted and Facebooked on our behalf, even what Craig said about PoPS in his last vlog-mention was amazing. I really experienced a lot of warmth toward us, our concept, and our characters this week and no matter how the vote turns out this was an absolute win. Plus we’ve jumped 3,000 subscribers in the last 6 days and we’re the 36th most subscribed Director’s channel in the United Kingdom for this month.

Also a new experience this week: Writing up an outline of plot points for episode 7 and then shipping it off for someone else to write was weird. One of the commenters on that last update said—“Man, whoever that is writing the episode has balls. There are a lot of us waiting to judge it.” Or something to that effect. Given that, I’m surprised Chris was willing to give it a shot. I’ve never directed something that someone else has written, so it’ll be a good exercise for all of us. And I made him promise that if we had to pitch his draft out that he wouldn’t stop being friends with me.

Thanks for reading, guys.

Jarvi out.

PoPS video update 80-Adventures in Letting Go

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 18, 2011 by PoPS blog

YouTube’s On the Rise!!!

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 15, 2011 by PoPS blog

Hey, guys. We’re in YouTube’s monthly On the Rise competition. If we get the most votes, we’re featured on the main page of YouTube. The MAIN page. Please follow the link below and vote for pineappleboyfilms


Once you get there it’s n the upper right hand corner. People have one week to vote, please do so right away!


Wasting a Week

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 14, 2011 by PoPS blog

I’ve written one page of episode 7 so far. Last Friday I shot a favor video for a very awesome program that turns the local library into an activity-laden field trip for kids in a low-income school district that can’t afford to send them on field trips, so I can’t work on PoPS until I’ve cut that together. It’s a really outstanding program that needs some more attention, so I couldn’t say no to it, but I’ll be glad when I can get back to good-ole’ fiction. Also, gigs like that are essentially videography, which is something I have less than no interest in. Hopefully, I can knock this thing out quickly, cut the two and a half hours of footage into an entertaining and poignant 5 to 10 minutes, and get back to the medium I love… our evolving-storyline sci-fi superpowers serial sitcoma (situation-comedy drama).

So, no real progress to report this week. I almost handed off writing duties to a friend of mine, but at the last second I chickened out, because, at the end of it all, I’d kind of like to look back on having written all 10 episodes myself.

And now look at this weird thing:

Some fan of the Jonas/Virginia relationship drama on PoPS made a collage of me and my wife making out. Eliza found this on tumbler one night while we were watching Running Wilde (awesome show!) and she was all: AHHH! It’s pretty hilarious when you find stuff like that online.

Thanks for reading, guys.

Jarvi out.

PoPS video update 79-Cubing Donald

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 11, 2011 by PoPS blog

One Year of NexTV Blogging

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 7, 2011 by PoPS blog

It’s been a year since I started writing weekly blogs for the NexTV site (which I put up here on the PoPS blog every Wednesday); 52 weeks with an entry every week—I took one week off from it but NexTV’s Randy Becker swept in and put up a “Building a Successful Web Series-Jake Jarvi Speaks” that week. So one full year is behind us. I’m really grateful for the opportunity that Randy gave me by asking me to do a weekly entry. I absolutely wouldn’t have set aside the time to write these without someone waiting for them and giving me a platform, but it’s given me a consistent reason to reflect on no-budget storytelling and the things that fascinate me about the industry. It’s also given me a wonderful record of the experience of making our web serial and that’s something that I’m going to want for forever. NexTV was the impetus for every entry, and I can’t thank them enough for that. Over the last year I’ve watched Randy and the NexTV gang do everything in their power to help talented, passionate content creators break through into the industry that they love and turn their obsession into their profession. It’s amazing what they’ve been able to accomplish and their constant dedication and belief in the storyteller as an artist and entertainer is kind of breathtaking. I’m honored to have my little no-budget, day job cowboy, new media corner of their platform. Thanks, guys.

This past week I finished a first draft of the episode 6 script. It’s 57 pages long without any act breaks, so that will probably stretch to 60 when I add those page breaks. Eliza is taking the first pass on it in her Story Editor capacity as I type this, seeing if there’s any fat to trim or if I crossed any lines. When I started this series I wanted to try to keep every episode under 25 minutes long. I obviously let go of that, stretching it to a half hour. With every episode our audience keeps crying “Longer” so I just wrote everything that I wanted this time without trying to trim anything. If we don’t lose anything before draft 2 (usually the shooting script), I’m sure some of the dialogue scenes will still end up on the cutting room floor. There’s a lot of character banter in this one, and I love it, not to mention the most insane action scene I’ve ever allowed myself to write. I would have started writing episode 7 last night, except…

Community season 2 came out on DVD yesterday. Not too many things keep me from maintaining my after-work work schedule, but new Community episodes will do the trick. We watched two of the four discs last night, I figure we can tear through the other two discs tonight and then it’s back to work. What a great show. I think they suffered a little bit from having the whole hiatus to think about really outlandish, envelope-pushing storylines, but I’m just so happy to be spending time with those characters again.

Thanks for reading, guys. Always.

Jarvi out.

PoPS video update 78-Signatures

Posted in Hypothesis the 6th on September 4, 2011 by PoPS blog