Producer, Director, Self Shooter
The Blue List was a format designed to emulate user-generated content, which would then encourage viewers to contribute their own videos using the same format and graphics. I was hired by Lonely Planet TV in Melbourne to make 26 five minute videos, commissioned by Current TV in San Francisco. The station was founded by Al Gore to provide an alternative to mainstream media in the United States, and to offer a wider range of narratives.
In this ep, or ‘pod’ as we called them, we made great use of archive from the popular TV series Lonely Planet Six Degrees which Toby Amies presented. His photos are brilliant, and he also shot his own pieces to camera in Brighton and recorded the script there, and we put it all together in Melbourne. After the series, I made another six video pods for the Lonely Planet TV site.
Neither Current TV nor Lonely Planet TV are around in the same way, but it's interesting to watch how this kind of approach is being applied again to new platforms. Perhaps it was too early?
Writer: Rachel Antony
Executive Producers for Lonely Planet: Laurence Billiet, David Collins
Executive Producer for Current TV: Mark Rinehart