behind-the-scenes

May 14, 2019

Uncle Sez: Consider your audience

How we get all this vlogging done

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In this week’s episode of our podcast, we discuss the impact of audience expectation on our creative processes. We don’t never want to pander, but neither do we want to alienate potential watchers. So how do you find that middle ground? Also, what if we’re just weird, and our “normal” never appeals?

May 6, 2019

Doing the best with what you've got

How we get all this vlogging done

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We make our China vlog, Hello Foreigner, on a fairly low budget, so the equipment we use is a mish-mash of old phones and crappy lights. To be honest, the phones to a great job, but we should have spent more on the lights. And their stands — lessons learned!

Watch the video above for our discussion of equipment and no-budget filmmaking. Or, download our podcast at any of the links in the caption.

Apr 17, 2019

The right lights

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What makes expensive lighting better than cheap lighting? The speed of light is the same no matter what. But we discuss our experience with bad lights, and how this is an equipment area where we could have stood to spend a little more.

Also, we talk about the making of seven different videos. It’s a behind-the-scenes feast!

Mar 24, 2019

On location filming

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This week’s podcast topic is on location filming. We talk about our different location strategies, as well as what goes into a location shoot that is different (and often more challenging) than an in-studio shoot.

Feb 26, 2019

Podcast: YouTube is not TV

How video structure affects our views

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This week’s podcast addresses the structural differences between a TV show and a YouTube video — the big ones being that theme songs and end credits get the boot. We also talk about how Peter and I try to push our artistic boundaries, and how we celebrate Chinese New Year. Also, watch “Corporate.” That show is funny.

Oct 19, 2018

Under the Jade Dragon Mountain: No murders today

Uncle’s Shorts #34

We’re upping our game this week; For the past month, we’ve been working behind-the-scenes on some new features for the Uncle’s Shorts. This week, we’re super excited to be rolling out some of those new bits: interviews and city shots … with much more to come in the future! It’s a way to move my face out of the spotlight, and put the focus more on Luzhou, and the cool and interesting people we know here. Both personally and creatively, it’s already been very fulfilling. We hope you like it, too.

But we don’t really mind if you don’t.

As for this episode: A massage and a supermarket cause and relieve anxiety for Emily this week, but not in that order. And, we talk to our old friend Jessi about her life.

The Kung Fu Boys were filmed in Black Dragon River Park, Lijiang in 2015. They wrote this movie for our English class. Filming was never completed due to attendance issues.