LBD - The journey and not being afraid to try.

So this is the first week in a year where The Lizzie Bennet Diaries doesn’t produce a single video. No, I’m not counting this. I know several of the team members have posted reflections on the journey  and I wanted to do something to the same effect but I really don’t know how to really wrap my head around it all right now. Even though the show is over, there is a lot to do for the property and we have the DVD, Welcome to Sanditon,  and the follow up adaptation. 

There’s a lot of business stuff to take care of and for better or worse, I haven’t had the time to really absorb it all. The morning of Ep 100, when so many of you were watching the last episode, I didn’t get to really process it. I was working on something with Ashley, Laura, Julia, and Mary Kate at one point later that day and as I looked at the four of them together the entire past year just flashed before my eyes. All the work, meetings, late nights, editing, tweeting, world building, story telling, character designing, the praise, the criticisms, the fan art, the hangouts, the ups, the downs, all of that was personified by the four extremely talented and lovely ladies that stood in front of me.  It was… a lot… of feelings.

By chance, I ran into Daniel at a coffee shop yesterday and we reflected on more things. Even though the last episode was released and even if the actors or writers never appear in anything in universe again, there are things to come that we won’t know until they happen. We looked back at the show and its potential legacy. This show will be analyzed and studied for years. It will be honored for what it did well and criticized for what it didn’t do well (perfectly fine to me). I am still under no delusions that what we did was perfect because nothing is. 

The idea that people will study what we’ve done and learn from it is an amazing feeling. Knowing that thousands of people will or have picked up and read Pride and Prejudice because they saw The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is just incredible. The promotion and the appreciation of the classics is just awesome.

I’ve been asked several times if there will be “copycats” in the format and as I am sure there will be, I have no problem with it. I just hope the other adaptations/story in vlog form/whatever style they are copying is done well. I genuinely want everything to be good so I hope they go for it.

In LBD, I’m really happy that we as a team always just went for it. Even the stuff we didn’t end up doing (or do well) we genuinely tried our best to make happen given our resource constraints. Running out of time was an excuse. Running out of money was an excuse. Being lazy? Never an excuse. 

I remember over a year ago sitting in a coffee shop talking to Ashley for the first time and discussing how if this goes well this would be a year+ long journey. I didn’t know how big we’d get and I didn’t know whether anyone would like it, but we were going to try.

I’m sure I’ve pointed it out before, but of all the vlogbrothers videos in history (I haven’t seen them all), THIS ONE was the most important to me and this project.  This single video informs so much about the LBD and I’m pretty sure Hank didn’t make it to specifically influence the show but it has in so many ways.

Aside from the obvious “this is how to vlog” subject matter, the most important thing in the video he says is at the 2:23 point

"Do not be afraid to try."

Thank you everyone for watching the show. The team gave it everything and we left it all on the field. Though our adaptation of Pride and Prejudice has come to an end, the universe we built as an experiment continues to Sanditon and beyond.

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thelbdofficial:

We are aware that you have eagerly awaited the announcement of a new  Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD cover, thus we are most excited to present to you internet connected brethren a brand new cover of our most impressive DVD set.

As you are certainly as pleased as we are with this new design, we advise that you retreat immediately to this stimulation originator page and reserve your version with haste.

LBD - Random quick thoughts (DVD business NOT dead?)

Hey Everyone,

So I know I’ve been behind with a lot of the inbox questions. It’s been a little hectic the last few weeks but I just wanted to point out some things that you might find interesting.

About the Kickstarter and DVDs

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If you have questions about the KS and DVD, we’ve been answering them in the FAQ section of the page.

So if the campaign ended today we’d be the Number 1 “Webseries" in the history of KS, beating VGHS season 1. Of course this comes with a big *Asterisk* because VGHS season 2 and Cyanide and Happiness are both “Webseries” to me but weren’t classified as such. It is also crazy to think that we’re in the top 15 in Film and Video today even after counting Veronica Mars

DVDs -  If you’ve been following my tumblr over the year, you could probably tell that I’m not the biggest fan of DVD’s. Watching as the DVD business in entertainment has basically “fallen off a cliff” the past 5 years made me think that putting the resources towards a DVD was not a good use of them. WELL CLEARLY I AM WRONG.

As of this writing, we have essentially pre-sold 3,500 DVDS in three days! If you would have told me a year ago that a webseries in 2013 would presell 3,500 DVDs, I would have said that you were “full of it” crazy. It’s pretty incredible and I am still trying to process it. 

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About “Welcome to Sanditon”

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We’re sending Gigi into an unfinished Jane Austen manuscript. I’d like to clarify that though I will be directing the episodes, I will not be the head writer on this project. The co-showrunners will be Margaret Dunlap and Jay Bushman which is very exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with this story.

I’ve seen some questions floating around about how this series will be presented and well the simplest answer I can give you is that it’ll be recognizable to what you’ve seen yet different enough to give it a fresh feel. The interactive components planned for this is beyond fascinating to me and continues our experimental style. Jay was answering some questions on his tumblr earlier for those of you who are curious.

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So that’s it for now. It’s been an amazing experience and thank you all for supporting us. We really do have the best fans. I mean wow, just wow.

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The LBD - Kickstarter Update

thelbdofficial:

Hank made an update video here to say thanks and answer some questions.

Here are the highlights. 

  1. DVD will be region free, playable anywhere
  2. DVD and book are not exclusive to the Kickstarter and will be available post campaign. You can get some of the merch faster at DFTBA.com
  3. We are not taking Lizzie Bennet Diaries off YouTube. It’s staying there. The DVD is supplemental.
  4. What happens with the extra money. Better DVD (closed captioning/more features), better Sanditon series, but primarily most of it will go to the cast and crew that worked so hard over the past year for very little pay to bring you The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. 

Also remember that many questions are answered in the FAQ section of the Kickstarter.

So we just crossed $250k. Wow. Be sure to watch the video if you have any questions. Also the FAQ section of the kickstarter.

Re: Transmedia. There are a lot of UI issues with a DVD, a low res screen, and clunky remote controls/navigation. Not ruling it out, but we can’t guarantee it.

LBD - Educational Study

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for interviews for educational projects (thesis/papers/etc) in regards to storytelling and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Since I can’t do dozens of individual interviews, I’d like to do one or two “hangouts/conference calls” to discuss as a group. If you want to participate, please email thesis (at) lizziebennet dot com so that we can coordinate. 

Include your name, school, and basic project details (one sentence) in your email. 

Please respect that this is not a fan event. This is for those of you who would like some more in depth knowledge for your educational endeavors. Space will be limited. 

Thanks, 

Bernie