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Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by D'Snowth, Dec 23, 2009.
Good luck Snowth. I hope I get to see your shows one day.
Don't worry, at this point in time (well not THIS point in time), the show also being broadcast on YouTube has become a bit of an obligation, mainly because that's where most of Steve's fanbase is.
My to-do list is growing a bit longer though, as there's going to be quite a number of limbo sets that will have to be constructed, some as simple as a typical blue background and brick wall in the foreground, and some as complicated as the interior of a log cabin. On top of that, there also has to be one-shot puppets to build as well, including a slicky guy named Jasper (a once "rejected" character of mine), and a gal called Easter Egg (yes, that's actually her name, and for that very reason).
At the moment, if all works well, Bethany may have her puppeteer, though nothing is set in stone, but I do hope this will work out smoothly.
I wish you good luck Snowth. This is so thrilling to see you coming to the fulfillment of your goals.
I hope everything works smoothly out.
People keep asking me about the show's progress, so here's another small update for everybody...
Presently, the show is still in the pre-production stage... it takes a surprisingly long time to get a show into production, actually; one reason why things are going so slowly is because of finances... even I ain't recession proof. Finances SHOULD get better by next month, hopefully.
Scripts are still being cranked out as well, as a matter of fact, in spite of the show's vignetted format, three half-hour storylines have been written: one is a satire, one is a dream-sequence spoof, and the other has been done to death (especially in children's shows) but seems like a fit for a character like Steve.
Lastly, I've been given names of puppet builders who do really fine work, that I'm looking into for enlisted aid in the construction process, especially since The Squirrely Squirrels have been redesigned since the original puppets had been built, but they'll definitely need to be handled by a pro. One of these builders has supposedly done work for Sid and Marty Krofft in the past.
Also, I'd like to remind everyone that I DO intend to upload the episodes and segments to YouTube, so you may want to subscribe to me so you won't miss a beat: http://www.youtube.com/GroverKent Also, if you want to be kept up-to-date on the show's progress, don't forget to check my blog periodically: http://blogs.myspace.com/j-scarbrough
That's very exciting Snowthers. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you.
You know something Marty, I just thought of an advantage of you being able to see the show on YouTube... you won't have to worry about watching the show in PAL format, thus everything being sped up 4% so that won't even have to happen, lol.
That sounds great Snowth. I promise I will check it out one day. At the moment though I'm on broadband, Youtube is behaving as slow as when it was on dial-up.
I'll sort it all out eventually. Best luck to you again.
Perfectly understandable... YouTube has really OVERLY advanced themselves so much these past few months, that at times, it's almost impossible to watch videos at a decent quality, even on broadband and other connections... I'm amazed that YouTube has a better performance on library computers as opposed to my home one, and usually, the library's internet used to be known for being relatively slow, due to so many people using it at the same time.
For those of you who have received a PM or an e-mail (or possibly both if that happened) from me regarding the new site/blog I switched to for posting updates and such, if you're visiting the link I provided and are getting "This blog does not exist"... it DOES exist, this is just a fluke that was brought on by, of all things, Google.
Apparently, Google has this uber-sensitive automated spam filter, and if it senses anything that's spam, even if it really is or not, then the entire blog will be deleted... this has happened to a lot of people, and unfortunately I got included in the mess.
I've forwarded all the necessary requests, appeals, confirmation codes, etc to Google via Blogger, and they say it may not be until Friday (if I'm lucky apparently) when they can look into the matter and restore the blog entirely.
So, yeah. There's my explanation in case those of you were wondering.
Gee, it's nice to see that either I'm a proud thread killer again, or people around here are still ostracizing me.
Either way, it seems as if I've been a good boy at YouTube, because as of today, they announced that selected members with accounts in good standing will be allowed to upload videos longer than the new 15 minute limit... and it appears I'm one of them!
SO, because of that, I'm considering that if this is the case, then I might just upload the half hour episodes of the show in its entirety, rather than the individual 9 minute and 2 minute segments and such. Which would (any of) you guys prefer? Would you rather see the entire half hour show episodes posted, or would you like to see them broken up and each segment from the episodes posted individually?
If you're able to upload the whole 30 minutes, I say go for it!
I post stuff over at blip.tv because they don't have that lame 10-minute time limit.
Sorry Snowth. I haven't been visiting MC regularly while I've been tied up with my grandmother in hospital, or I would have replied to you.
But if you can upload half-hour episodes I agree to go for it. I promise I'll comment upon them in this thread as I'm not a Youtube member.
Quite a few people have suggested Blip.tv as an alternative to YouTube, especially since it's less of a hassle for enable revenue sharing; while I HAVE heard good things about it, in this case, at the same time, I've also heard just as many bad reviews about it as well, so at the moment I'm skeptical. I know I said once before I'd post the episodes (or the installments) on MySpace TV... that ain't going to happen anymore. Uh-uh.
Well, it's Friday, but the new site/blog still hasn't been restored, so I'm going to contact Blogger/Google again later in the evening so they can take this matter "to the next step", if they have to. I have a sickening feeling, knowing Google, that it's NOT going to be restored, and if that happens, then I'll just have to recreate the entire blog again for a new account/URL... right after I scream, throw my computer out the window, kick over trashcans, punch the wall, beat the crap out of my pillows, and shout every obscenity I know of, of course.
How did I know?
So anyway, no response from Google, so the appeal has been "taken to the next level" to have it restored.
I would think it would be, as sometimes when I check, I can see in the loading process that the actual blog does try to load before being redirected to the "Blog was not found" message... but, if I know Google, and I do, they'll probably permanently remove it after reviewing for whatever stupid reason.
In the event that that happens, I AM currently making plans to restart from scratch AGAIN, even though it was enough of a hassle the first time.
Yay, for once Google came through, and the site/blog's been restored.
Wow, I hadn't realized it's been so long since I posted updates here.
Well, at any rate, all there really is to report at the moment is that puppeteers are being lined up, so right now, I have one of two steps that need to be tackled next: meeting with the TV people to talk about the show, or applying for a grant from the government to finance my end of production (puppet and set construction and whatnot)... I guess I should meet with the TV people first, because if they say no, there's all that money going to waste.
As of this post, I'm no longer going to share updates in this thread, since this thread seems to be just taking up space and such... so, you'll just have to read future updates on my site.
But at any rate, I know it may seem like I've been all talk and no do as far as the new show Steve D'Monster & Friends is concerned, but I tell you guys true, that is not the case, things have been bumpy and sticky as far as the show goes, mainly because people and text that claim to help you have been anything but: everybody and everything is basically telling me go back to school, and hire a production company to do the show for me... even though I AM the production company, and I AM the producer, therefore I shouldn't have to give my work away to someone else to do their way, because if it's not done my way, it's not done right.
On top of that, I'm a believer that talent should be put to work, not sent back to school, and even though I've never produced a television show before, I DO have some video, technology, and television experience under my belt thanks to two years of Video Production in middle school, and the interning I did down at the local PBS, doing odd jobs ranging from camerawork, to stage managing and such. I like learning on the job, and I learn by doing, that's the best way I learn, rather than sit for hours and "study" huge handbooks and such. If someone would just tell me how to produce a show, or show me what to do, I can do it.
But at any rate, here's what I'm getting at: I PROMISE you guys, and others who love Steve, and have been following my work and such, I PROMISE, I WILL have Steve D'Monster & Friends done before 2011 is over, no matter what it takes, nor what I have to do to get it done... and likewise, I promise to have my first all-puppet sitcom that I've been hinting about for the past few years on television no later than 2012... then by 2013, my SECOND all-puppet sitcom... then by 2014, my THIRD, in additional to maybe some kind of TV special for Steve since 2014 will be his tenth anniversary.
I'm a little miffed that half-hour shows are being shortened again from 21 minutes to 18 1/2 minutes; I have enough trouble trying to cram 21 minutes worth of content into a script and have it all flow smoothly and make sense, but 18 1/2 minutes is a near impossibility!
So, I've made a decision: I'm thinking I'll produce like two different prints of the same episodes, have one print be a 18 1/2 - 21 minute version for television broadcasts, and the other print be like an extended 26 minute (like in the old days) version for DVD releases and such.
This isn't an official announcement, so this is why I'm sharing this here, rather than on my official site/blog.
But anyshoe, since I'm still having such difficulties getting Steve D'Monster & Friends into production (I might just have to do it internet-exclusively rather than for local television with subsequent YouTube releases), a filler of sorts is being considered, and two of Muppet Central's greatest minds are teaming up again for a new project, similar to TGWTG's Radio Dramas; at the moment, nothing's set in stone, but it is being favorably considered. And, this could very well mark the debut of Steve's interaction with Bethany (or rather her "vocal understudy").
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