Favourite LBD Moments : Episode 27 - Welcome to Netherfield
└  Caroline, oh my god

Oh, Caroline.



Rehearsals for Month 3.

Is he wearing the refrigerator haiku shirt?

Yes he is. Well spotted.


Reason #50: “No, it’s been six days. I have it in my calendar.”

This expression made me so happy it made me mad. That emotional progression doesn’t even make sense.


Reason #50: “No, it’s been six days. I have it in my calendar.”

This expression made me so happy it made me mad. That emotional progression doesn’t even make sense.

Small world: “99 Histories" costars Brendan Bradley and Julia Cho got some opening night support from Ashley Clements and Daniel Vincent Gordh at the Lounge Theater on Saturday. (I caught a preview of the play, and Julia’s amazing.)

There are more pics to rummage through on the Artists At Play Facebook page.

“In the book, it’s basically [Victor Frankenstein] goes to school and then there’s a two-year gap and suddenly he’s sort of this crazy scientist who thinks everyone’s against him… so our big thing was we wanted to sort of focus in on those two years. We looked at that as an opportunity to tell what we thought was the most interesting story: how the doctor becomes the mad scientist, essentially.”
— "Frankenstein M.D." co-creator and director Brett Register on adapting and gender-swapping Dr. Frankenstein; Backstage Magazine


Anonymous asked:

Now that EA has finished I was wondering what your thoughts were on the whole thing in general?



So a weird thing happened in the course of EA’s run - I started working on a web series of my own and I’ve discovered how HARD it is and how WONDERFUL it is at the same time. 

(Like I spent 4+ hours on a Google hangout last night talking about transmedia story, platform, and workflow. Monday night was another meeting about the next set of scripts and Saturday was a marketing meeting. We’ve got plans and I can’t wait for people to see them. Super excited, but also super exhausted.) 

So my caveat is that this is hard, and I know with our show we’re not going to be able to do everything perfectly. We’re going to make choices in service to the story and at the end of the day I have to own those decisions. 

My general thoughts on EA: 

  • Joanna & Brent carried the show. Joanna as Emma was a great casting decision. I didn’t always love Emma’s characterization (mostly in those first few months), but Joanna’s acting carried Emma when the writing didn’t. And then when the writing figured out the right tone for Emma Joanna continued to nail it over and over again. Brent also did a great job striking the balance between Knightley-as-always-right (which he’s not) and Knightley-as-counter-to-Emma. Playing the straight-man is hard and Brent did it admirably. Also, their faces smushed together very well. 


  • The conceit of the documentary was a stretch and could have worked if they hadn’t crossed the streams in transmedia. I get it. You want people to find your content. You don’t want to make it harder. But Emma tweeting links to videos that don’t exist in-world hurts the story. Either you have to commit to the videos not existing in-world and find other ways to get your content out there OR you change the conceit of the show. But assuming the audience won’t think critically about your transmedia underestimates your fan base and a easy misstep to avoid. At the end of the day it’s the story (and characters) that matter the most. Get that right and people will find your content. 

  • I liked Harriet Smith. In previous adaptations I found Harriet to be a punch line or fairly uninteresting. EA did a good job of giving Harriet a stronger arc and point of view. Her scenes in the last month as she was a good friend to Emma when everyone else left were especially good. And the music club - while not my cup of tea - was oddly effective. I didn’t think it would be, but I liked it. It was one of their stronger transmedia story arcs. 

  • Things I wish we’d gotten less of: blatant product placement, romantic subplots (in a modern era any number of these could have been updated), Emma being dense, and uninteresting blog posts. The last one especially - the potential was there for some cool transmedia storytelling, but the voice was all wrong. 

  • Things I wish we’d gotten more of: world building (backstory, Highbury, etc.), Emma & her sister, Emma & Annie, Knightley & Annie, Emma being right. 

  • The last thing in that list - Emma being right - is a tricky one because the whole story is about Emma learning that her perspective isn’t always right. BUT we missed Emma being good at things in the beginning. In the novel she is an effective, down-to-earth mistress of her father’s house. She understands and takes her role in the neighborhood very seriously. She obviously loves and cares for her father. She’s good at things while also being poor at other things. That was missing in the beginning of the show and it wasn’t until the last month that Emma really began to face reality. The pacing of her character development - I think - is the reason why people struggled with the show. The conceit of the videos/transmedia snaffu didn’t help, but at it’s core I think EA struggled with Emma Woodhouse as a character. Austen herself acknowledged that Emma Woodhouse is a character that it is easy to dislike. Real lifestyle bloggers/vloggers as a whole struggle  with how to relate to their audience. The premise of branding yourself a “lifestyle expert” means you see yourself as someone who is really good at life. It fits Emma’s personality, but it also brings the challenge of then translating that personality across a medium that is image conscious. The difference between Lizzie Bennet and Emma Woodhouse in Pemberley Digital’s adaptations is that Lizzie felt real and Emma felt like the person you’ll never live up to. It took too long for the story to pull back that facade and show us that Emma is very real. While in the end I think they accomplished it fairly well…it just took too long to get there. 

  • Overall impressions: Following LBD and its success is almost impossible and you can’t live up to everyone’s expectations. I recognize my own bias: I wanted to like this show SO MUCH. Maybe in doing so I didn’t give it a proper chance. I did like the show. I did enjoy it. Did I recruit people to watch it? No. The strongest element was the acting. The novel is a hard one to adapt, and I think they compromised story for accessibility. I’m sympathetic to that tension because I lie awake at night wondering if anyone is going to watch our show. The pragmatic fact is you need to make it easy for your audience to find content. But that choice coupled with the uneven character development for Emma held the show back - in my opinion. It was a financial success, which is always good for the general niche market. It was funny. It resolved in a satisfactory way. It also could have been a lot stronger. 
  • But was it good? That depends entirely on your definition of good. At the end of the day I wrote a bunch of fic and meta for it so I guess it made me feel something and that is my definition of good. So yeah, to me it was good. 

Some interesting thoughts from Kyrieanne. I have to say, I found her feedback extremely helpful in the last months of “Emma Approved” and was really glad we kept her engaged.


    the Bennet sisters • first and last appearances

(via jeepsong)


Frankenstein MD Operation: Because let’s be real - it’s only a matter of time before Victoria turns her lab work into a skill game.