Wow 50 episodes in. Sorry this BTS is coming a little late but I was sick this past weekend. It was a busy week last week capped off with speaking on an awesome panel for social media week. Thanks to those you who watched it. If you care to see it, you can watch it here. Warning: It is about writers and using social media, and is NOT a panel focused on Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I will say that getting to be able to speak with my panelists was an absolute treat. Joel Wyman, who showruns Fringe, is someone I look up to and I felt I was learning from him just by sitting next to him.
Anyway, let’s get to the questions…. and GO! -
Q: After rewatching the Darcy game show I wondered, does Darcy hold men to the same standards as he does women?
A: Well I think when you’re attracted to one gender over the other it would probably skew the standards that you hold them to. Regardless, I’d like to think that Darcy holds the men in his life to a pretty high level of integrity and accomplishment.
Q: Hi, I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I look forward to the new videos every day that they come out. You’re doing a great job! Also, we better see Darcy soon!
A: Thanks for the praise and for watching the show! and that’s all I’ll say about that. ;)
Q: In the book, there were several months between Bingley and Co. leaving for London and Elizabeth’s trip to Hunsford. How do you justify shortening it to only a few week gap, given the mental place Darcy is supposed to be in? I realize that there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief required here, but how can Elizabeth take a trip to visit Charlotte LONG enough to encompass every plot point that happens at Hunsford when it’s almost October and every grad program in the US has started?
A: We are aware of it and we are addressing it. I will spoil nothing and just say “there will be enough time.”
Q: How come every LBD turn gives me feels (especially when Charlotte calls Lizzie, and then again when we see it from Char’s perspective on Maria’s channel), even though I already know the plot?
A: Thanks for that, but I think the beauty of how it’s working is that we continue to try to add depth to the characters and relationships whenever we can. Every character in our world has a purpose. - The Maria channel was especially unique because it was starting a channel for a character that has never appeared on the main show (unlike Lydia).
Also props to Margaret Dunlap who wrote the Maria arc and the four episodes of LBD that reconcile our besties.
I hope we continue to do more of these spinoff series. I’m not gonna guarantee anything, but we’ll keep trying.
Q: This might be more of an accusation rather than a question, but why don’t you update Darcy’s, Bing’s and Caroline’s twitter more often?? They should tweet more…
A: I think they tweet pretty regularly as is. There are people that tweet often, there are people who just sit and read what everyone else tweets, and there are people who don’t really use twitter. I think that the Darcy camp is pretty good about it considering the type of people they are. Now Collins on the other hand, that guy needs to say something!
Q: I remember Hank mentioning you needed 100,000 view to pay for LBD? When do you think the series will start self-funding?
A: When this is over I’m sure Hank and I (and everyone else) will be part of retelling the whole story of all the details that made this all possible. I’ll just say that right now, we are good. Here’s one major clue.
We never did/needed a Kickstarter/IndieGogo campaign. As a guy who’s been doing webseries/short film as long as I have, this is something that I am VERY, VERY proud of.
Q: Okay, so someone had asked (Hank) Green a question I had been somewhat pondering myself(question about who runs Jane’s pinterest, and he said Laura does). Is that the case with the twitters and tumblrs? Do the actors run those as well? If not, do they get to have any input/suggestion with how things are presented/portrayed? This has been something I’ve been wondering for awhile. :) Still LOVE the show!
A: This is a question that I keep dodging, but I’ll explain why I dodge it. If I told you that I was the one controlling Darcy’s twitter (I am not), from this point on when you see him tweet instead of thinking “oh that’s Darcy tweeting,” you’ll think “oh that’s Bernie tweeting for Darcy”. If I answer the question it breaks the immersive experience for everyone that knows the answers. Who tweets for Darcy? Darcy tweets for Darcy. :)
I’ll say that each character’s personification is a combination of every single person who works on the show, from the actors to the writers to the production team. This goes from who the characters are on the video blogs to who they are across social media.
Q: Why is George Wickham such a jerk? He’s not someone I would want to get to know (unlike the book where he’s the type of person everyone likes). He’s simple, openly vain, and he doesn’t seem like a guy who would attract Lizzie.
A: Good riddance am I right?! - Anyway, I’ll say that this is all perception. We as the audience being the third person are getting a different perspective here. Would Lizzie under “normal” circumstances see through Wickham’s personality?… eh maybe. I know a lot of the fans would say “she absolutely should” but let me present to you what Lizzie has gone through.
1. We know that in Ep 18, she met George at a bar. As far we know, he was really polite and kind to her, and he’s smoking hot.
2. During the next 11 weeks, Lizzie goes under a barrage of stress. (Forced to move to Netherfield, comes back and immediately has to deal with Collins, and then finally BOOM the fall of her lifelong friendship literally overnight!)
3. Wickham comes back into her life and shows immediate interest. - A guy that good looking, showing interest to a girl like Lizzie who’s gone under all that stress, he just might look like a literal ab-tastic angel to Lizzie.
Finally I’ll say there are two different types of attractions that we all have. For Lizzie, there is Mr. Right, and Mr. Right Now. Is Lizzie looking for Mr. Right? Yes. Is Wickham more of a Mr. Right Now? Yes. Could Lizzie tell the difference during those two weeks while trying to recover from all that duress? No.
Q: The cast for this series couldn’t be more perfect; my particular favorites are Lydia, Jane, and Mary. Can you tell us more about casting them? What was the moment when you knew each person was the right person for the part? Or, what set them apart from other people auditioning? Is there any footage??
A: Casting is a long process. You have literally hundreds of people submitting and then you pick out about 20-100 to come in and audition and then you look for the best.
The process of finding the core four was very different than the rest, with them we were trying to find this mix of talent, look, personality, and chemistry. From that point on it evolved more into seeing if the candidate was right with the actor they’d share scenes with.
Bings read with Lizzie and Jane.
Marys read with Lydia.
Wickhams read with Lizzie and Lydia.
Marias read with Charlotte.
Q: Change too little and your story won’t be believable in a modern setting; too much and you risk annoying fans of the original. I’m looking forward to seeing how you update the climax of the story. I know you can’t (and shouldn’t) give it away, but can you share how far along you are in that process? Is the plot basically set in stone at this point? Or are you still adapting and evolving? Does the growing fan affection for _this_ adaptation give you the freedom to go farther in making changes?
A: Good question. I think when you tackle something as big as this, and then seeing how big as it’s grown, and then factoring that we’re not too far ahead to remain reactable there certainly are big choices to be made.
Basically, we have our ideas for every major plot point and every major character development. Are they set in stone? No. Can we adapt and evolve? You bet we can and we will. - As the fan affection has kept us to a high level of execution I think at the same time it challenges us to make big bold choices, so we’ll keep doing that.
So that’s it for now. Finally, I’d like to list everyone who has directly worked on the first 50 episodes of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and here they are (minus Hank and I)
Producer - Jenni Powell
Assistant Director - Stuart Davis
Make-Up - Heather Begley
Stylist - Kristy Benjamin
Production Designer - Katie Moest
Cinematography - Jason Raswant, Joe Nation, Kathryn Begle
Assistant Camera - Tahlena Chikami, Zelda Hallman
Production Assistant - Jeff Jarvis, Laura Chernikoff
Editor - Michael Aranda
Transmedia Producer - Jay Bushman
Transmedia Editor - Alexandra Edwards
The awesome writers.
Margaret Dunlap, Rachel Kiley, Anne Toole, Kate Rorick , and Daryn Strauss
And the amazing cast,
Ashley Clements, Julia Cho, Laura Spencer, Mary Kate Wiles, Maxwell Glick, Jessica Jade Andres, Christopher Sean, Wes Aderhold, Briana Cuoco, and Janice Lee.