This new actress looks a lot like Bree, played by Jessica Rose, the 1st lonelygirl.
News: She started on YouTube sweet and innocent. She ended, after only 1 season, on MySpace dead — drained of blood for a leader of a cult called The Order. Sound preposterous? Maybe it was good for the actress Jessica Rose to get out now. Here’s the video she meets her fate. (More)
Analysis: I can’t think of another show that did well after killing off its main star in the first season.
News: Today is the season finale for the hit Internet show “Lonelygirl15.” It started out on YouTube, by MySpaceTV scored a big coup in getting exclusive rights to air the season finale today. The “lonelygirl15” creators are running 12 minisodes today, one per hour starting now. The first video is up on MySpaceTV already.
You can see the rest of the finale as they are posted here.
Analysis: Score a victory for MySpaceTV. Rupert Murdoch’s folks must have given the lonelygirl15 crew a sweet deal. I’m getting more impressed with MySpaceTV, a serious competitor to YouTube. The lonelygirl crew usually post their videos on several sites, so I will be interested to see if these videos eventually go on YouTube. If not, a huge loss for YouTube.
Analysis: Fantastic. The film editing is getting pretty slick. And I finally understand what’s going on. This series is better than the karaoke crap playing now on TV.
If anyone knows the plot to Lonelygirl15, can you please post a comment. I’ve watched the recap videos, but they only go up to Episode 83 (of the 140). I wish I understood what is going on with lonelygirl. To get a sense of how convoluted the plot is, just listen to this next video:
Hello, YouTube. Here’s my latest video. One thing about the title: the video was 3 minutes and 20 seconds, but I added credits at the end, which made it longer.
The original song at the end is “Song for Paige” by Lee Wadlinger, one of my former students. He’s great. Go here for more about his music: http://www.myspace.com/leewadlinger and http://nextbestrecords.com/
I hope to make a few more YouTube videos this month, so stay tuned.
News: The ceremony for the Webby Awards (the so-called Oscars of the Internet) was held in New York. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steven Chen won the Person of the Year Award. Jessica Rose, who plays “lonelygirl15,” won for Best Actress. The Best Actor Award went to “Ask a Ninja” guys Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine. Obviously, YouTube did well this year! (More)
David Bowie also won a lifetime achievement award for his web visual art work on Bowieart.
The best part of the evening: all acceptance speeches must be 5 words or less! Chad and Steve said, “YouTubers, this is for you.” Jessica said, “Being traditional and saying thanks.” Ask a Ninja guys said, “Thanks mom. Thanks Internet fans.” David Bowie got to say more because he’s David Bowie and just won a lifetime achievement award: “I only get five words? Sh*t, that was five. Four more there. That’s three. Two.” (more)
News: Miles Beckett, co-creator of the “lonelygirl15” series, has announced a spin-off show based in the UK. The show will be about a girl named Kate Modern. The show will have product-placement advertising. The show will start in July on Bebo, and then migrate later to YouTube and other sites. (more)
News: NYT writer Virginia Heffernan has an in-depth review of the (once?) YouTube sensation “lonelygirl15” aka “Bree,” played by aspiring actress (Jessica Lee Rose). Heffernan is quite effusive in praising the actress:
As a serial drama too, “Lonelygirl15” has kept its first unbeatable asset, the one that has nothing to do with new technology. It’s the girl: Jessica Lee Rose. As the series goes on, Ms. Rose continues to mix moodiness, charm and precociousness, and her witchcraft casts a serious spell. For every fan who’s mad at her for jerking Daniel around, there are 10 who are newly in love. And the fact that she’s now out of her parents’ clutches and in the wide world—à la Lolita, in motels and guest houses—makes her suddenly more available.
Analysis: It’s a little surprising to find how many people are still watching the “lonelygirl15” web series. I’m even more surprised by how glowing Virginia Heffernan’s praise is for the show. The latest video (below) already has close to 150,000 views on the first day — which is quite respectable by YouTube standards. Although I did find “lonelygirl15” interesting enough to base my copyright exam loosely on her story (more specifically, a Law and Order episode “borrowing” her story for its show), I must confess that I don’t get “lonelygirl15.” Never really watched an entire video of “lonelygirl15.” Once the “lonelygirl15” was outed as a work of fiction (instead of fact that it was suggested to be), that seemed to deflate much of the mystique or drama surrounding “lonelygirl15.” To revive interest, the show’s directors have brought in American Idol runner up Katharine McPhee for a cameo appearance and have made the plot more fantastic (Bree’s father is murdered, there’s suggestion that the characters were involved in a cult). If any of that catches your fancy, watch the video. I respect Heffernan’s view, so I may have to give this another shot.
Let’s see: Jennifer Hudson placed 7th on American Idol several years ago, but just won a Golden Globe award for her debut acting performance in the major motion picture Dream Girls. Last season, Katharine McPhee placed 2nd on American Idol, but she has made a cameo appearance on the YouTube video series “lonelygirl15.” Smart move?