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REAL GIRLS on ALHLive November 10th! November 3, 2010

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Next Wednesday (11/10) A. Lawrence Haskins from ALHLive will be interviewing Charles Malik Whitefield (The Guardian, The Temptations), Michael Ralph (Bernie Mac, Blow), our friend Don Wallace (Blue, Resurrection Blvd) and, of course…US!

Check out the trailer for the event:

We’ll be live at 10 am PST.  Live Q&A with viewers following the interview. See ALHLive.com for details.

xo-Carmen

The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click HERE to contribute to Season 2!

An Update on Real Girls Season 2… November 2, 2010

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The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click HERE to contribute to Season 2!

You make Real Girls a reality. xo-The Real Girls


Real Girls Season 2 brought to you…BY YOU! October 20, 2010

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Give us a TEN! September 23, 2010

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So, at last we’re gearing up for Season 2! We have a kickass script, a rockin crew and our irrepressible gang of Real Girls is all booted up and ready to go…

There’s only one thing that we’re missing: THE CASH!

So if you love Real Girls and want MORE irreverent, girl-powered comedy that will take us BEYOND the familiar realm of shoe-shopping and boy-stalking, please consider making your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation today!

TEN BUCKS. That’s all we’re asking for (although more is always appreciated, and encouraged=)). That’s less than $1 per episode for the show hailed by critics from NPR to BITCH Magazine as the smarter, sassier more REAL alternative to the wealthy white world of the primetime fashionista.

We have until November 4th to reach our goal! And we are going to do it – but only with your help!

And to those of you who have already contributed – a HUGE thanks!

To make your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation on-line please go to:

or Mail a check made out to FRACTURE ATLAS (our fiscal sponsor) to Off-Chance Productions . P.O. Box 1582 . Los Angeles , CA 90078-1582

You make Real Girl’s a reality.
xo-The Real Girls

The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of The Real Girls Guide to Everything Else – Season 2 are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Web Series Crush-o-the-Week: Twins – It’s Like Looking in a Dirty Mirror September 10, 2010

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This week I decided to interview the director of Real Girl’s herself, the fabulous Heather de Michele about her OTHER (that slut!) web series, Twins: It’s Like Looking in a Dirty Mirror.

We snatched Heather up to direct Real Girl’s, the minute she moved back to LA after 10 years in New York, and haven’t let go of her since. In the past year, Heather’s directed several of our projects including our critically acclaimed stage play Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto, written by and starring Anna Khaja (“Aliyah” from Episode 5 of Real Girl’s), and our snarky-fun video The Crimson Tide (co-directed with Real Girl Reena Dutt) which parodies the utterly inane but eminently mock-able National Organization for Marriage ad The Gathering Storm.

Twins: It’s Like Looking in a Dirty Mirror follows a couple of 13-year-old twin sisters PBS science-show style “as they journey through life’s sibling-related obstacles during those awkward teen years.” The Twins, Sigourney and Sandy Snamf, are played by Anna Fitzwater (“Sexy Barista” from Real Girl’s episode 2) Emily Burton respectively.

The thing I find so intriguing about the series (besides the fact that Heather directed, shot it, and edited it herself…on the sly, in between Real Girls takes)…is that it’s entirely improved based, was shot on a zero budget, with only one or two locations…and is still funny and creative as hell. Jealous. But then I remember…she’s MINE, all mine. Well sorta. I mean, she does own an American-Girl Doll version of herself that I have easy access to. Picture below (when you’re done reading, as a treat).

RG: Where did the idea of Twins come from?

HDM: Two of the funniest women I know like to pretend they are headstrong teenagers from time to time.  I was inspired.

RG: Can you tell us a little bit about your process?

HDM: The entire series is improv based.  Lines were never scripted, though ideas on how the story would evolve were discussed before shooting… sometimes.

RG: How long does it take to shoot, edit and post an episode?

HDM: Each episode was shot in 3-4 hours time.  The editing process would take a full day or two and then the posting would happen the following day.  Our typical flow was Monday shoot, Friday air.

RG: Why did you choose to do this as a web-series?

HDM: Because we had absolutely no budget and the freedom to be as experimental and wild was we wanted was very appealing.  Web work is a very low-stakes medium and I think that lack of pressure breeds some of the best comedy!

RG: What’s the background of your team?

HDM: We all have theatre backgrounds sprinkled with some screen work here and there.  The three of us made up half of the NYC based sketch comedy group, Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama! Emily and Anna played some of the most vibrant, ridiculous and kooky characters in that illustrious body of work and I knew they would be perfect for a character driven web-series.  Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama!  ran steadily for four years, prior to that I had directed each of them in several plays.

RG: Any wacky on-set anecdotes?

HDM: Oh, wow, there were so many.  The wackiness often came from Anna and Emily taking their comedy to a vulgar and inappropriate place – I’d have to reign them in and remind the gals that TWINS is PG… sometimes PG-13.

RG: What is the most challenging part of the process?

HDM: Editing.  There was always an abundance of material to distill down to a short web episode.  Episode one could have been a feature film.

RG: Any advice you have for other female web creators?

HDM: Get a camera.  Honestly, though mine is already a bit out dated, having the ability to pick it up and shoot is very empowering.  Teaching myself to edit also gave me a great deal of control over my projects.  Not that I don’t love collaborating with large production teams, but when money is tight and ideas are flowing, it’s great to know you can just do it yourself.  Like Rosie the Riveter.

RG: What’s next for Twins? DATING?!

HDM: Season 2: episode 1 is in post – stay tuned for more from Sandy and Sigourney Snamf!!

RG: Any other projects you’re working on that we should know about?

HDM:  Yes!  I have the great fortune of directing Season 2 of The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else – coming soon to a computer near you!

To find out how YOU can help the support the cause of creating more awesome girl-powered comedy, please check out our Real Girl’s Season 2 Fundraising site (All donations are tax deductible!)

Carmen (with accomplice Jen) abucts Heather American Girl Mini-Me during the shoot.

The non-doll version of Heather on-set, with Robin Daléa.

Bitchin’ review in BITCH! September 3, 2010

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So today was a BIG day for the Girls! We found out that not only is our NPR interview “Move Over Sex and the City, Hello Real Girls” going to be re-broadcast on Labor Day, but that one of our favorite print magazines, BITCH, had published an awesome review of Real Girl’s in their latest issue.

If you don’t know BITCH, get thee to an independent magazine stand now (yes, they still have them…)! Launched in 1996 by a couple of former Sassy Magazine interns, who “decided that if they wanted to see some smart analysis of feminist pop culture, they could start by writing it themselves,” BITCH has, twelve years later, become something of a phenomenon, with a substantial subscriber base and regular interviews with some of the leading feminist scholars (it’s also EXTREMELY well written, fun, irreverent, delightfully obnoxious and awesome…and I love them and want to be them when I grow up, sigh.)

Here’s Sara Kantner’s review of Real Girl’s (click 2x to make BIG=))

xo-Carmen

To find out how YOU can help the support the cause of creating more awesome girl-powered comedy, please check out our Real Girl’s Season 2 Fundraising site (All donations are tax deductable!)

Crashing the Carpet: Real Girls at Hollyshorts August 24, 2010

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So, the HollyShorts Film Festival was a blast! In addition to Real Girl’s winning an Audience Choice Award (YAY!!), the place was practically crawling with celebrities (David Arquette, James Caan, name drop, name drop, name drop), none of whom we actually spoke to, in part because we’re THAT cool and in part because we thought it might interfere with our plans to pass ourselves off as celebrities ourselves.

Real Girls… Jen Weaver, Carmen Elena Mitchell, Nikki Brown and Reena Dutt looking suspiciously fashionable and celebraic…

Heather de Michele, Reena Dutt (again!) and Robin Daléa

Actually, we were not totally positive we were supposed to be ON the Red Carpet…(an email had gone out earlier that week that this was a privilege reserved for “celebrities only”), but as you can see rules meant to be broken and carpets… are meant to be muddied (or as Heather said… “munched”). Either that or we actually ARE celebrities but just haven’t received our official gold-plated membership cards yet (or our first paycheck for opening a theme park).

The day of the screening I ran into two friends that I’d met at OTHER festivals.

I met Robert Factor at the Vine Shorts Festival three years ago when I premiered my short, Evidence. Robert Factor is an awesome filmmaker whose award winning shorts Pleasures and Stuck will be screening at the upcoming San Gabriel International Film Festival.

Kevin Deen and I met at Screamfest last year after a screening of the short film Rations (directed by Real Girl’s intro DP Craig Ouelette and… starring me!). Kevin is an actor and a regular at HollyShorts. He’s a super cool, supportive dude and he even shared his chocolate pudding with me (no, that is not a metaphor for anything, grow up, Reena!).

And here’s some amazing ladies I met at our screening block: Cindy Baer star of the short Scream Queen (written/directed by Elisabeth Fies) and Tracey Birdsall-Smith writer/producer and star of “Tick Tock”.

Finally, here’s a random picture David Arquette (he had a 3-D short which premiered on opening night).

I did not take this picture. I grabbed it off the HollyShorts website in hopes that you would come looking for someone slightly more famous and find Real Girl’s instead.  Tricked ya!

Okay, gotta run. Have a theme park to open up.

xo-Carmen

People We Love: Real Boy of the Week! August 10, 2010

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So, as part of the grass roots endeavor that IS funding a web series…I’m going to start doing regular shout-outs to our awesome contributors as we head towards our fundraising goal.

This week I’d like to give a special mention to Arthur Jolly.

In addition to being totally adorable (and having this darling British accent which he does NOT take advantage of nearly enough), Arthur is also an award winning screenwriter and playwright. You can check out his many accomplishments at:

http://www.arthurjolly.com/

He’s also totally modest and specifically told me that I needn’t mention any of his upcoming performances…like his play The Four Senses of Love that will be at the Edinburgh Festival August 5-29…but doesn’t that just make you like him and want to promote him MORE? So clever, those Brits.

To find out how YOU can help the support the cause of creating more awesome girl-powered comedy, please check out our Real Girl’s Season 2 Fundraising site (All donations are tax deductable!)

Also, if you are a Los Angeles area actor we have a special fundraising event coming up on  8/15 that’s just for you! Details here!

Hope you’re having a great week!

xo-Carmen

Why We Wuv Da WEB! July 27, 2010

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We love it for SO many reasons. We love it because it’s helped get REAL GIRL’S out to viewers all over the world. We love it because it’s connected us to so many incredible artists, writers, filmmakers, activists and collaborators. We love it because it’s one of the best (and cheapest) ways to encourage conversation and community building with folks across the geographic, political and economic spectrum. But this week we love it particularly because it’s connected us to a group of talented Canadian filmmakers whom we’ve never met, but who, like us, are exploring ways to take their creative work and make it self-sustaining.

Last Wednesday Marc Whitehead and Brett Heard of Fresh Baked Branded Entertainment interviewed me for their weekly podcast. We talked about everything from how Real Girls got off the ground to creative ways of fund-raising and financing that are unique to the web.

CLICK HERE to listen in!

Also, while you’re at it… check out their interview with Rich Mbariket, creator of the site www.WebSeriesNetwork.com, a social networking site for web series creators and fans.

These podcasts are full of great information both for first time web producers as well as folks who’ve already been at it for a while. Most of this is uncharted territory and it’s thrilling to have the opportunity to learn from each other.

xo-Carmen

Want to help create MORE Real Girl’s? CLICK HERE to find out how you can get involved in making Real Girl’s Season 2 come to life!

Help your career (and The Real Girls!) Q&A with a Primetime Casting Associate July 23, 2010

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Calling all actors…

Please join us on August 15th for a panel discussion about casting. Christine Szaras, a casting associate who works on a primetime network forensic dramedy that’s in its 6th season will be our guest. She has been casting since 2003 and some past shows include Arrested Development, Shark, Kitchen Confidential, and Still Standing all on major networks!

Here’s all the deets –

Date: Sunday August 15, 2010

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location:

Art/Works Theatre /6569 Santa Monica Blvd./ Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tickets: Click Here!

(all proceeds go to help fund a SECOND SEASON of  REAL GIRL’S!!)

Early sign-up gets you a discount!

Be sure to bring two headshots and resumes for Off-Chance’s files.

Questions? Email us at offchanceprod@gmail.com

Please note: this is a candid discussion only.