Way back in the interweb dark ages, around the turn of the 21st Century, “Siggy” Olafsdottir was one of my first online writing students, and even though English was as far from being her native language as Icelandic is from mine, she proved herself to be one My-T-Fine-Writer.
In the years that have passed since, Ms. Olafsdottie has relocated to London, where she now is as a modern fairy tale might express it, “Sigrun Bjork Olafsdottir, one of the most highly regarded fashion designers in the land.”
Recently Sigrun has partnered with her sister, Icelandic pop star Alda Bjork Olafsdottir, in the production of videos intended to:
Teach ignoramuses like myself about Viking Culture
Promote the brand of the Viking Sisters
Have a hell of a lot of fun
Not necessarily in the above order.
What am I really talking about here?
The Viking Sisters go to Iceland with some cool Viking Dudes, Benji and Steven Anthony, to do a photo shoot in one of Reykjavik´s most popular haunts, the Viking stuga Skålhalla, located in the basement of Frederiksen Ale House in the centre of Reykjavik.
Iceland´s finest landscape photographer Gaui as well as supersonic mistress of the darkness photographer Mariana are on-board with their cameras and the collaborate gang have their creative juices in full flow.
The ancient Vikings sit at the dinner table with the Vikings of the modern world.
Love ya forever, Viking Sisters!
SigRun Viking Art & Design is HERE
SigRun Publishing is HERE
Follow Sigrun on Instagram @sigrun_vikingart
NOTE FROM LB: I’ve never in my life seen a film starring Shia LaBeouf, but I will now because this oldish- first posted to YouTube five years ago? OMG! – video is funny as hell and I’m looking forward to discovering who it is I’ve been laughing at.
FEATURING: The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles — Dr. Joseph Nadeau, Artistic Director
The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir — Barbara Klaskin Silburg
Artistic Director The Argus Quartet
Directed by Scott Uhlfelder
Produced by Erica Harrell
Arranged by Greg Nicolett
Mixed by Gregtronic
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey
Asst Choreographer: Bruce Weber
Director of Photography: Scott Uhlfelder
Editor: Randall Maxwell
First Asst Director: Tyler Reynolds
Second Asst Director: Chandra Anna Marie
Second Second Assistant Director: Daniel Erikson
Camera Operators: Marco Cordero, Jonpaul Douglas & Andy Melo
Asst Camera: Seth Smigelski
Data Management: Ben Piety
Gaffer: Brian Sorbo
Electric: Lucas Pitassi
Production Designer: Sara Kugelmass
Rigger: Bobby C. King
Art Assts: Tamara Gurevich & Shannon Malone
Costume Designer: Alison Uhlfelder
Asst Costumers: Nicole Gemma & Mary Russell
Makeup Artist: Jenn Rose
Asst Makeup: Samantha Ward, Sheila Curtis
Technical Effects Supervisor: Jeff Barber
Asst Effects: Amanda Barber
EDITOR’S NOTE: If there’s one showbiz group the minions at TVWriter™ are familiar with, it’s reality show producers. No, we aren’t sure why, but it may have to do with there are so many of them…and they seem to be much more amenable to taking meetings with unknowns than, um, “unreality show” producers, if you catch our drift.
Almost to a man or a woman, every reality producer we talk to has told us that the most commonly pitched reality show idea is “Let’s show the reality of a writer’s life!” As it turns out, that’s also the most commonly rejected idea, which we know because, well, it’s certainly been rejected every time we’ve brought it up.
We have to admit, however, that the following could well be the best pitch evah on the subject. Take it away, Wilnona and Jade!
by Wilnona and Jade
Growing up I had a love for books and movies. When Stranger Than Fiction came out I fell in love with the writing. But more importantly, I fell in love with the value of two forms of entertainment rolled into the ticket price of one movie. It was value I enjoyed so much, that I wanted to be more than an author; I wanted my books to be optioned for movies.
When the first real literary success came across my life path I went headlong into daydreams of the silver screen. These flights of fantasies included the most famous of actors playing the lead in the movie adaptation of my book. I am not alone in these dreams. Many authors wish to see their books acted out in a movie.
Options for self-published authors are limited, that I knew going into my research. But when I came across various blogs explaining the reality of my chances, it was a dark hour for my adolescent dream.
The cold facts were that I was facing an uphill battle at full speed, on full tilt. According to Jane Friedman’s July 27th 2015 blog post, there were two ways for my fairy tale to have a rosy ending:
(1) Write the script myself and send it out cold to studios and agents.
(2) Get my book to the top 1% on Amazon.
One of these two option would give me my happily ever riding toward me on a white horse.
Yet my rose colored glasses weren’t so rose colored that I believed I could make that 1% percent on Amazon or get my script out to studios and agents. It seemed both of these options weren’t going to fit my situation.
The Producer Point of View
A change in perspective created a new query in my mind. Where were the real-life stories and reality shows about writers? If I couldn’t have my book on the big screen, why couldn’t I be on the screen instead, living my writer life out loud? This kicked off on a new bout of research for me where I dug into shows about writers, or the lack there of.
During my research I came across a Pacific Standard article that laid out issues and concerns around television shows about writers. Quoted in the article is Peter Hankoff who simply said, “Literally seeing the process of writing would be torture. No one wants to watch the process of writing. There would be a person hunched over the computer typing away.”
I had to agree with his opinion. There are so many other fascinating programs to watch on TV.
This was further confirmed during the first Inspirational Women in Literature, Media, and Journalism conference where an author/new producer friend of ours asked a more seasoned producer thoughts on her idea of a reality show that dug into the life of a writer in the literary world.
The experienced producer answered, and with baited breath I waited to hear what I already knew: Watching writers write is boring. And the only people interested in this type of show would be a niche market not worth pursuing.
That was four years ago and she is no closer to her reality TV show about writers….
In her home town of Hong Kong, Shiela Cancino is a special sort of “rock star.” Businesswoman, activist, toastmaster, author, poet, lyricist, you name it, and if it has to do with moving words and positive values, Shiela does it, and does it very well.
I feel a special closeness to Shiela because she’s also a former student of TVWriter University (in a super cool Special Master Class and was co-director of a Hong Kong spinoff of Cloud Creek Institute for the Arts. (Some of you may remember that name, yeah?)
I met Shiela when I was a judge at a Hong Kong song writing competition, which she won. Recently, she sent me a copy of her latest song, which I’m proud to share here.
WE ARE ALL WRITERS
Lyrics by Shiela Cancino Music by Franniel Music Performed by Franniel Music
Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and we here at TVWriter™ are very grateful to ScriptMag.Com for posting very handy guide to web series creation.
Don’t Know How to Start a Web Series? Award-winning web series creator, Rebecca Norris, gives her expert advice in our FREE download! Download Your Free Copy of Creating a Web Series 101 Now!
1. Get your TV pilot idea off the ground.
If you have a TV show idea and can’t get noticed by a network, take your TV pilot and break it into mini episodes of two-minute, bite-sized bits. Season one of your web series is your entire pilot episode! Send the series link out with your one sheet when pitching networks to prove your idea has value.
2. The price is right.
Creating a web series is extremely low cost compared to creating a TV series. Crowdfunding is the most popular way to get the funds to produce your web series. Your backers then become your audience and will help spread the word when your webseries launches! Plus creating the campaign pitch video gives people a taste for what your webseries will look like.
3. Build your audience and brand.
Making a web series is a great way to be able to supply a constant stream of storytelling to a huge online audience. In less time than making a pilot, you can create and launch new material that keeps your audience coming back and wanting more. Your fans will keep coming back to support your work, and in turn will look forward to any bigger projects you create, like feature films. Learning how to make a web series is part of establishing your brand as a filmmaker and storyteller.
4. Break the rules.
You are your own boss. No network limitations. Just don’t break the video sharing website’s terms of agreements and you’re set….