sheshallnotbenameless asked: Perhaps this has been asked before, but would you guys ever consider making DVDs of AOJE? I would absolutely love to watch it on a large screen.
I’d LOVE to be able to do that but I think DVD are just a bit complicated for us to attempt at the moment.
I have been wondering if there’s a way to make the episodes available for download though- just because it tends to be the practical aspects of producing and shipping DVDs that tends to get in the way.
I’m always open to suggestions :)
itwouldbeajoytobringyoutea asked: Hi there! First of all, I just want to say that I *love* AOJE. It's basically my life. JE is one of my favorite books so I'm super happy that you're doing such an awesome job with it. I was wondering if you know how many total episodes the show is going to end up with. I've been trying to estimate, to plan for when I'll need extra tissues and chocolate. Sorry if you've already answered this. Thanks! Hope your day is awesome :)
Oh my friend you ask a difficult question. I technically have an answer… but I also might technically can’t promise that number at the moment. So I’m going to keep it under wraps until we’re done filming.
Aly always says less than 200 and more than 50. Maybe I can release a more specific number in a few days.
magicallyturningbacktime asked: Could I possibly ask - oh gosh this sounds super intrusive, you don't have to answer - what ethnicity you are? It's just that I'm Indian but live in England and it's so rare to see someone working in webseries or just generally online with a similar skin colour to me.
Hi! Sorry this question got buried ages ago in my inbox. Not intrusive at all- always better to ask than assume!
My parents are from Iran but I was born and raised in Vancouver :)
I’m kind of sorry to hear you say that. I’d agree that on screen, we have to fight to get even a fair bit of diversity- especially in mainstream media. But what we see on screen isn’t really representative of who works behind the scenes! I work on a TLC show now and so even on a professional level I see people from pretty much everywhere :)
I do agree however, that we tend see the focus from the media on a certain type of creator- because yes, Hollywood definitely favours white, male creators/directors. Which isn’t to say that their work is any less valid or amazing because of who they are, but rather that the mainstream media and the industry itself focus on and celebrates their work more frequently than minority film makers- which often leaves them in the “Indie” category. Which again, is great in it’s own right. But diversity in the mainstream is definitely important.
Which is why I absolutely love creators like Mindy Kaling. Not only is her work is hilarious and her show is one of my favourite things on TV right now- but I know that as a kid, I would have doubted myself and my chances in this industry a lot less if she had been on my TV screen.
But as far as Youtube- those same barriers exist on a different level/way but it does have the potential to become a more diverse platform in terms of representation as it’s less controlled by money. But that’s an issue that’ll requires a whole separate mini rant haha.
thelorelaisquared asked: Isn't there another bloopers reel in our future where you could showcase some of Elina's other dance moves? ;)
definitely. I wouldn’t deprive you of that.
jammerzze asked: Question for a later date: Just how closely do you guys follow the tag? Do you read our ridiculous conspiracies? Or do you use it just to gauge our reactions? I can imagine you guys sipping tea, laughing in a darkened room at just how WRONG we have been about SO MANY things.
Well I’m definitely sipping tea- but I only cackle occasionally. I can only really answer for myself- but I like to skim through to make sure there is nothing urgent - and to enjoy your theories and reactions. It’s interesting to see where people go with what we give them :)
raegraced asked: First of all, I'd just like to say: You and your team are AWESOME! A special kind of dedicated, intelligent, Canadian awesome that you just don't see enough of. What you've managed to do with this story has 'hit me right where I live', as they say. It's been a truly transformative experience. Thank you for your sharing your talent, creativity and passion. So what I'd like to ask is: are there any stories from BTS that you've wanted to share in the past, but couldn't because of story spoilers?
Thank you! YOU are awesome :)
And oh boy. So many stories. Ummmm
- ”Binge” was pretty fun to film as Emily hadn’t actually seen those episodes. We were pressed for time so we did a bit of guide improv with Emily watching the videos first and then using her best reactions for the actual take. So some of my favourite lines, including “You like weird socks guy don’t you?!” was not even in the original script.
- Just generally filming with Emily, Elina, Alysson and Lucas. Sometimes we have too much fun.
- I love it when something small in a script can expand or give depth to a character. The original problem we had with Rose was that her character was just too nice… and not much else. And we only had so much time to develop her as well as her relationship with Simon and Jane. But Ryan Bright wrote a line in her first episode referencing a Schwarzenegger film - and it just opened up the character. I love the idea of this super refined, lovely woman who is so into classic Arnold films. So when we ended up rewriting the last line of of Q&A#6 on the day of filming- we knew where to go.
Also- funnily enough Ranae Miller was the only one in the group who had actually seen Kindergarten Cop. She was very disappointed in us.
- As we do with a lot of the high drama, on location episodes we end up alarming someone with our high caliber acting. For the mugging episode, which we shot near anapartment building, and because Aly was screaming quite convincingly we noticed one of the tenants of the apartment building we poking his head out his window with a look of concern. So Erika and Krysta (our 2nd AD) went up to his door to make sure he didn’t think it was real and call the cops. Despite the fact that we were doing the same sequence over and over again.
The image of two dainty girls coming to your door at 10pm in the evening to assure you that they are not in fact mugging someone repeatedly still amuses me.
- Obviously the actors love it when we have edible props. So Gifts and Catch Up were pretty enjoyable to film. I gave them cupcakes because I had no design person on set those days so I was entirely responsible for props/costumes and didn’t want to deal with a new cake for each take. So the cupcakes inevitably lead to the actors trying to figure out at which angle they could eat them without not ruining continuity haha.
- Alysson and Lucas regularly do their rehearsal takes in different accents. And not even the same accent - like one of them is doing a Scottish accent and the other one is doing a Valley Girl accent.
- We were on set the night of the HIMYM finale and both Sinead and Lucas went online and read spoilers leaving Aly and I to spent the rest of the night alternating between talking about our theories and trying not to look at them in the face because of what they might give away.
I feel like I’m forgetting a lot of good stuff- maybe the cast and crew on tumblr can add to the list?
clavisa asked: Belated question: How much does the setting influence the plot points/your adaptation choices? There's obviously the Granville Island episode, but are there other more subtle things?
Mostly we just try to pick something that is plausible. Can we film there? Will there be any major sound/visual issues that would be detrimental to the final product that can’t exist as part of the in world environment?
Is it a high traffic area for the general public?
Or- we find a way to fake a set when we can’t film in the real thing can’t be used :)
clavisa asked: Can you talk about how you decided to time/space the episodes, especially moving from one episode a week to two? How do you figure out how much plot per episode and overlap with seasonal events like Christmas?
Well it depends.
The shift from one episode a week was partially practical for us but also indicative of how much Jane needed the camera, needed to talk things out.
But for example, we realize earlier on that “The Truth” episode would land on Christmas Day. And we regardless of what you’re celebrating that time of year- we’re not cruel enough to ruin your holiday season. At least not immediately :) So we had to stretch it out a bit and ended up developing the episodes that filled that space.
But other than that it’s all about just sorting the real time aspect of the story. What is happening at that point in world? What needs to be explained? What can be implied? What’s the purpose of that episode? What do we need to convey? It’s just about figuring out the pacing- which though we’ve had to adjust on occasion, a lot of which we had also done in the initial episode breakdown, before we even began shooting :)
I remember listening to an interview with Jay Bushman, the head of Social Media for the LBD (I actually think it might have been the Nerdist Panel - and he mentioned that when you do a story like this with transmedia as an integral element, you don’t work hours, you’re just constantly on. You’re always thinking about the characters. They sort of move in with you, like weird, mentally situated roommates (I’m paraphrasing, he was obviously far more eloquently).
So I think that helps us decide when/if we need to add something that lines up with the world/calendar etc. Like for example, Jane and Mary watching the premiere of Game of Thrones last week.