I’ve always wanted to make one of these melty crayon rain things…AND NOW I HAVE A VAILD REASON TO. *does crafty dance* This is Lily and James from shipwreckedcomedy’s Kissing in the Rain. GO WATCH IT - IT’S MY NEW FAVORITE THING.
Some of my Tumblr friends might be familiar with a directing series on my personal channel, I Didn’t Write This, in which I take short excerpts of poetry and literature written by other people and adapt them as a directing/filmmaking exercise. We did an episode in which I adapted a short excerpt from John Green's Looking for Alaska, since we had already recorded the audio for the Kissing in the Rain trailer.
A few weeks ago, I decided to finally check out Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. I’d known about the book for a while and had been putting off reading it because I knew it would hit far, far too close to home (I’m a filmmaker whose creative origin story is tied pretty heavily to writing Harry Potter fanfic.) Reading Fangirl was like finding a long lost diary I’d forgotten I’d kept. I read it in two nights and fell completely and totally in love with these characters and the worlds they lived in, both in fictional fandom and IRL. Since I Didn’t Write This is my way of playing with source material I love, I knew I absolutely had to do a Fangirl episode of IDWT. I want to direct this feature so badly it hurts YOU GUYS ASDLKFJLSDK FLERMMMMMMMM.
I reached out to a few fanartists in the Tumblr tag because I thought it might be fun to use actual Fangirl fanart in my fangirl-directed fan-adaptation, so thanks goes to toerning for the sketches on Cath’s desk and doctorhooper for the fabulous poster design on the wall! We shot one scene adaptation and a few would-be promo stills as well. Much love to the always wonderful Mary Kate Wiles and the awesomely talented Denver Milord for being my Cath and Levi.
This episode of IDWT might take another week or so to come out while I work on Kissing in the Rain (which everyone should go watch Mary Kate being awesome in), so keep a look out and subscribe to my personal channel, maybe? If you like literary adaptations and shippy short films, it might be your kind of thing.
Reading Fangirl was like finding a long lost diary I had forgotten I’d kept. Thank you so much to rainbowrowell for bringing this story and these characters to life - I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that felt so much like it was written specifically for me, and there are so many of us who feel that way. That’s a pretty spectacular thing, for one author to connect directly with so many readers in one book, so infinite props to Rainbow for being her special kind of awesome.
I picked this scene because I thought it’d be the most fun to tackle for both me and my cast, as it’s one of my favorite scenes from the novel and a major turning point for Cath and Levi. I unfortunately didn’t have the time or the resources to shoot all of my favorite scenes (let’s be real here, given infinite time and money I would just shoot a Fangirl fan-feature and adapt all the fanfic parts as full-scale productions a la Sherlock’s fan-theory sequences in the season three opener), but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to also direct The Outsiders scene as long as we had the set and our Cath & Levi! So check out our bonus photo montage scene adaptation over here.
My first fanart for KitR series TWO. YAY. I decided that since I’ve built OUT of a book previously, it was time to carve INTO a book. Fyi, I’d like to pretend this is a copy of Persuasion, but it’s not, so you don’t need to burn me at the stake or anything. Don’t worry.
I really loved the image of these two dancing in the rain, soooooo I did some magazine art. Because obviously. And I love you, KiTR font, but you SUCK to cut out. Stop that. (Also I’m super behind on my KiTR fanart spree, whooops.)
AND HEY, if you want to see a tutorial of how I made this, click here: (X)
More importantly, the author of this piece is obviously in the webseries fandom since it mentions ship names from:
LBD: Dizzie, Jing
NMTD/LoLiLo: Pedrazar, Beadick
KiTR: Jily (though admittedly not clear if referring to KiTR or HP. But I never heard Jily in the HP fandom so…)
March Family Letters
Check, Please (webcomic – which, side note, I’m super chuffed that the corner of tumblr dashboard that is webseries fans found that webcomic. I’ve loved it forever and about 4-6 months ago someone in the webseries community found it and now it’s all over my dash all the time and I love it.)
For once I just want to see a web series continue to make videos after all the drama has ended. Like, give me Lily and James on a casual date and kissing in the rain. Give me another awkward dance for Lizzie and Darcy. Give me Ben and Bea traveling abroad on their gap year and feeding birds at the zoo.
Kissing in the Rain A new historical comedy micro-webseries from Shipwrecked, set entirely in the rain. Two sets of actors re-enact the most romantic kisses in history from the 1600s through the 1960s, all while grappling with their off-camera feelings between takes. Coming this February.
KitR Tumblr Transmedia Experiment - creating a curated, community-written canonical companion piece to Kissing in the Rain. More developments forthcoming, one of which is hopefully a less wordy and alliterative explanation. Reblog with your suggestions, please and thank you.
Sharing a blog post I wrote on my professional site. If you follow the link, you can read a very interesting comment that someone left in response:
Transmedia—telling stories across multiple platforms and formats like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media—is very trendy right now. You’ve got the success of shows like The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and East Los High, in which fans got to interact with characters in “real time,” making them not only consumers of the content but story tellers as well.
As a relative newbie to transmedia, I’ve been feeling psyched about the possibilities, particularly when it comes to storytelling for non-profits. Think of the possibilities for engaging donors and volunteers, bringing organizations’ missions to life in a visceral way.
But when a friend of mine shared my obsession with her 17-year-old daughter, this was her response:
“Transmedia is a word for old people.”
What?? Aside from making me feel about 100 years old, what did my friend’s daughter mean by that?
My friend’s daughter explained that young people don’t need a word to describe transmedia because this is how they live every day. The narrative of their own lives unfolds across different social media platforms and they consciously create identities for themselves depending on where, what, how and with whom they share information.
So a younger person may have one persona on Tumblr, another for Facebook (where their parents and grandparents hang out), yet another for Instagram, and so forth. And they take in information in the same way: watching a series on Hulu while IM’ing a friend or scrolling through animated gifs on Tumblr or watching reaction videos on YouTube. The idea that there is just one way to consume content is just flat-out incomprehensible to them.
So that’s why transmedia is a word for old people—if you’re older than age 30 or so, you grew up in a broadcast world where you watched whatever the networks or cable channels chose to beam at you with no easy way to beam back at them or communicate with like-minded folks consuming the same content (though some folks tried their best—I’m looking at you, old-school Star Trek fans).
Of course, nowadays nearly everyone consumes content the way younger people do. For example, the NY Times recently redesigned their news pagers so that comments appear to the right of the original article, giving both equal visual weight on the page. But while older consumers are “doing” transmedia, they don’t live it the way younger folks do.
You can see this playing out in organizations because the primary decision makers—senior executives and CEOs—generally Don’t Get It. They still think of marketing and communications as a one way street. They treat social media channels as PR tickers. Most importantly, they still think of people as audiences rather than as co-collaborators in creating a shared experience—which is how younger folks see themselves.
In order for companies and non-profits to succeed, they need to reevaluate where and how they tell their organizational stories. It’s not just from a narrative perspective. For example, something that drives me crazy is how brands promote themselves on Tumblr. Some companies like General Electric and IBM are producing cool gifs and graphics, but they never share anyone else’s content. The whole ethos of Tumblr revolves around endless sharing, so why aren’t companies participating in that? It isn’t just about what you put out there, it’s about what you pass along.
As content creators, we need to make the case for true multichannel, multidirectional storytelling that is collaborative and gives folks a chance to share their own stories in turn. This isn’t a nice-to-have opportunity, it’s an absolute must-be-done to survive. Remember my friend’s daughter. She’s not waiting around for us to “get it.”