So, as you may know, Keep Refrigerated Comedy is comprised of four seniors, which means we are graduating very soon. In the beginning of In Fine Print, we had lofty goals. Goals made before we figured out how much effort goes into making videos. But pretty soon, we changed to doing what felt good to us at the time. We recently made the decision that we are going to make 3 MORE EPISODES and stop at 10. It’s a good, round number and I think it pretty well finishes what could possibly be called a “season”. There’s not much to say about the last three outings except that there will be more character development, situations are a little more grounded (For example, we have college decisions being factored into the plot in episode 8, coming TOMORROW), and everyone’s storylines are going to get wrapped up. If we finish these last three and still have time left in the year, we will continue to make videos, but they will be unrelated, one-off shorts. Thank you all for taking this journey with us and thank you to especially those who are as emotionally invested and interested in our characters as we are (You know who you are). It’s been a very fun ride and I hope we can all give our friends and families more material to see next year, even after the troupe has disbanded. Oh, and thanks, Dillon, Karstin, Nathan, and Mr. Freisen. Let’s make these last three good!
- Jacob Godbey
I finally invested in Final Cut Pro. And with a new MacBook Pro, Karstin and I found editing easier than ever. After the length of the second episode, I knew that I really wanted to make this one shorter. We also didn’t really have any idea of what we wanted to do with the third episode. So, we did some writing meetings, found out that Simon, who plays the character Elerin, (And actually is a Swedish Foreign Exchange Student) wants to be a director/actor, and enlisted him to help us out a little bit.
After pouring through quite a few ideas, we finally decided on a poetry competition, mostly meant to develop the character of Joe and his relationship with Paul and Walt a little bit. We also wanted to feature Spalding, and give him something to do as well.
The shots with just the four main cast members were finished pretty early on, and then we had to wait about three days until an English teacher let us take over her class. I’d like to just personally thank Ms. Smith and her seventh period English class. We took the full fifty-minute period to film all of the classroom scenes, and not once did we stop to breathe. The class went above and beyond my expectations, so thank you all.
Also, thank you Karstin, for letting my balls (behind jeans) hit the back of your head for the sake of a joke. That takes a true friend.
Following this episode, we’ve got some special things that we’re going to do. To better cater to the internet audience, we’re going to shorten the length of each episode considerably. That doesn’t mean less material, that means more material, more often. I’m excited. We’ve also got a blooper reel coming out in the next week or two, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Anywho, thank you to everybody who watches these and likes them! There’s more on the way; we’re always scheming something.
See you soon,
Before In Fine Print was put into production, I read a lot of things about showrunning and how to create a sitcom. One of the tips I read in just about every article was: “Do NOT date your co-workers!” Did I heed that warning? No. However, because I didn’t, my personal favorite episode thus far (Out of 2!) was written and filmed.
See, we had lined up a girl to play Sadie, and all was well. Except that about a week into the filming of the Pilot, she quit on us. We had already re-shot the part where I ask her character to ice cream twice, due to technical issues, so we decided we really did not want to re-shoot that scene again. We left in and decided to write the character of Sadie out in the most fun way we could think of. So, we made her a drug dealer.
I just really love why we wrote the second episode. It had a clear goal, it had a clear purpose. It didn’t matter where it ended, as long as the character of Sadie was no longer a factor in Paul, Walt, and Joe’s lives. I feel we accomplished that. And it was just a lot of fun to film! I loved filming this episode! We incorporated improvisation into the mix too, which ended up really well. The acting, the filming, the sound, the writing, just everything is tighter about this episode. That makes sense to me. I’m not saying we tried harder, but we knew more of what we were doing.
Another thing I loved was the collaborative process of writing the 2nd episode. All of us just piled into a room and talked out the plot for three days. We wrote the entire backstory of Paul in the field and Walt falling asleep before we even wrote the dialogue of them describing it. You may see that story in some other medium some day. Maybe a short story. I can’t promise anything, but we’ve been kicking the idea around.
Thus far, In Fine Print has been a blast to make, and all I can say is that we’ll keep it going throughout the year, in addition to making other unrelated videos. This next episode is going a little bigger. But not too much, it’s not like we have a budget or anything!
See you soon,
(P.S. Blooper Reel Coming Soon!)