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    Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Lonelygirl15 videos not a front
    Wed Sep 13, 2006
    By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer

    LOS ANGELES - The creators behind the Internet video mystery teen Lonelygirl15 want their fans to know they are not a front for a big Hollywood studio marketing some upcoming film.

    Instead, the three friends began the adventures of the doe-eyed, 16-year-old home-schooled Bree as an experiment in storytelling that they intend to continue on their own Web site that was launched Tuesday.

    Bree's inventors went public after fans of the two- to three-minute videos began questioning her existence and expressing disappointment that the seemingly genuine video diaries were a hoax.

    The creators identified themselves to The Associated Press as Miles Beckett, 28, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Mesh Flinders, 26, of Petaluma, Calif., and Greg Goodfried, 27, of Los Angeles.

    Beckett, a self-styled Internet geek, said he came up with the idea of using short videos as a storytelling technique while a surgical resident. Earlier this year, he met Flinders, a fledgling filmmaker, at a party.

    "I saw YouTube coming about and podcasting and wanted to be a part of it," Beckett said.

    Flinders said he had been developing the character of a teenage girl who was more at home relating to adults than with her peers. The character never quite fit into any of his screenplays, but seemed a perfect fit for Beckett's idea of telling stories using video blogging.

    The two joined with Goodfried, a lawyer, recruited the actors to play Bree and her dorky boyfriend, Daniel, and began writing the broad outlines of an open-ended plot filled with the kind of mysteries and clues TV watchers know from the hit ABC show "Lost."

    The short videos began appearing on the Web sites YouTube and MySpace in June. The creators said Tuesday that they never intended to stage a hoax or trick people into believing their characters were real.

    "We never wanted to lie to people," Beckett said.

    "Our job from the beginning was not to trick people. It was to create a character that was believable," Flinders said.

    The trio began posting individually scripted and filmed episodes online and began incorporating changes based on reactions and suggestions from fans.

    The result is part video game, where viewers exercise some measure of control over the characters, and part mystery novel, complete with hidden clues and cliffhanger chapters that left viewers wanting more.

    Flinders writes scripts for each "episode" and the actress playing Bree delivers her lines with a persuasive power that still has some online viewers believing she is genuine, even after "The Creators" posted their online confession several days ago.

    The three creators declined to identify the name of the actress Tuesday. But amateur Internet sleuths discovered she is Jessica Rose, a 19-year-old actress from New Zealand who recently moved to Los Angeles.

    Despite suspicions that the videos were slickly produced, the creators say they use the same tools and resources available to others who regularly post videos on the Web.

    The episodes are shot with a $130 Web camera and the lighting is provided by two desk lamps and a window. The sound comes from the Webcam's internal microphone.

    "We're fans of this medium," Goodfried said. "It represents a shift from the content being in control of the big corporations to power being in the hands of the little guy who has a Webcam."

    "We are the little guys," Beckett said.

    The revelation that Bree was fake initially angered fans on YouTube, who suspected Lonelygirl15 was a slick Hollywood attempt to advertise some upcoming movie or TV show.

    But since the creators revealed its fictitious nature last week, the number of people subscribing to the Lonelygirl15 channel on YouTube has skyrocketed.

    "Just because I know a movie isn't real isn't going to stop me from watching it," Alexandra Inman, a 17-year-old fan from St. Louis, said Tuesday. "I'm there for the entertainment."

    Bree's adventures will continue on a new Web site created in conjunction with the online syndication network Revver.

    The company helps videomakers profit from their efforts by attaching ads to each video, then burying a "tag" in the computer code that tracks where the video is posted. Revver then shares the ad revenue with the authors.

    "The fact that creators are getting paid to make more stuff is a good thing," said Revver co-founder Steven Starr, a former Hollywood agent.

    As far as what happens to Bree next or just how long "Season One" will last, the creators themselves are unsure.

    The three are represented by Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency, but say they have no immediate plans to make a Lonelygirl15 movie or TV show.

    "We're moving forward and we want to keep doing what we've been doing," Beckett said.

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    http://www.lonelygirl15.com

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Hi everyone,
    This personally is degrading to young women. It is not something to promote are teach self respect, self image, self esteem. Even empowering our youth to stand up for the right things in society.
    I would like to know what parents would let they teen be exploited this way. I personally find it disgusting.

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front



    How is it degrading to anyone?

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Hi everyone,
    In my opinion the degrading is of young woman (lonelygirl15) it is not a positive educational video, it is poking fun at young women. Not all young woman age 15 are lonely. It is like saying many young girls are lonely at this age.

    We do not recognize our youth who do volunteer work, work at a job, in this new era we hardly ever give a positive influence to our youth.

    "The trio began posting individually scripted and filmed episodes online and began incorporating changes based on reactions and suggestions from fans."

    "The result is part video game, where viewers exercise some measure of control over the characters, and part mystery novel, complete with hidden clues and cliffhanger chapters that left viewers wanting more."

    Control over the characters is a way to control the viewers, who could be anyone who access the Internet. Personally, it becomes a way to directly control viewers by using the Internet.

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Holly, I really don't know where you're coming from on this one. I don't see this as any different from dozens of TV shows and movies, and I especially don't know of anything in this story that suggests there was any degradation involved.

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Hi everyone,
    Three men ages 26,27,28, using a webcam with a young girl to get the media to really believe there are story telling, is a red flag for me.
    Even one of the post is called house arrest.
    "The creators identified themselves to The Associated Press as Miles Beckett, 28, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Mesh Flinders, 26, of Petaluma, Calif., and Greg Goodfried, 27, of Los Angeles."
    Welcome to the website I made for my very favorite video blogger... Lonelygirl15 (and her pal Danielbeast). I think her videos are clever, funny, interesting and inspirational. You never know what she's gonna do next. I hope you enjoy her videos as much as I do!

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    I think you are reading way too much into this, Holly. Have you been to the website?

    That sounds like the summary of many cartoon shows and TV series popular with kids these days.

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Hi Holly ..
    It is like saying many young girls are lonely at this age.
    Many young girls ARE lonely Holly... I know this from talking to a few of them here in my own neighbourhood. I'm not advocating this site as I know nothing of it. just wanted to comment cause these lines caught my attention.

    it becomes a way to directly control viewers by using the Internet.
    I believe anyone who plays agame.. whatever it may be.. has a choice.. Play or don't. ppl can switch to another site, just like I can switch t.v channels if i do not like the programme that's on. where's the diff?.

    Again i'm not advocating any particular site here.. okay..
    and i would be one of the first to condemn any site that uses children as objects in any illicit shape or form.

    nsa

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    The girl in question is not 15. She is a 19 year old actress originally from New Zealand and now living and working in Los Angeles. And she is not being exploited - this was a paid acting gig for her.

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    Re: Lonelygirl15 videos not a Hollywood front

    Hi David.
    She is a 19 year old
    another comment if i may..
    all my children continue to be children in my eyes till they reach 21yrs.. then they are "adults".. chronologically anyway.

    oops I had a point and now i seem to have lost it.. sorry.. it will come to me in a few mins i'm sure..

    nsa

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