Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year from The Bad Guy

And what a year 2005 has been.
We really did set the world aflame 2 years after 2003.
Bostonist.com has just rated The BC as the best Webcast of 2005, with "superior entertainment, production value, and Boston content. If you download anything from the web this year this has to be it."
Way to go.

Woody just told me that he's banging his head against the wall with episode 4. I don't think we should start worrying about his head or the script yet. We will of course be back in 2006 with new episodes, new characters, more Wednesday weekly fixes, more creative insanity from Joe and Woody, more celebrity appearances and of course, more puns.

Father Don was very busy with puns over the last week as he and members of the BC Screaming Eagles Marching Band went to Boise to see the MPC Computers Bowl. (As one of the lucky Sousaphone players, I was also there.)
Boise was certainly an interesting experience, the people were very friendly, even if the weather wasn't, and I left news of our website with several members of Boise State's Marching band.

Father Don was invited back to a festival in honor of St. Ignatius that Boise has every year. Boise was settled by Basque shepherds (Ignatius was Basque) in...anyone want to guess when?
1863.
I saw this on a hat in the airport and immediately showed Fr. Don. He began singing, "1863, a bunch of Basque shepherds," then gave up, and said, "I wonder if Joe would run with it."
He probably would, Padre. He probably would.

Anyway, a very happy New Year to all our readers and viewers, may 2006 be as good for you as 2005 was for us.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

Just a greeting from Fr. Don of THE BC by Fr.Don of BC: Merry Christmas to all and a healthy New Year. Winter break is upon us but, contrary to popular belief, we don't go into hibernation. Some may even be relaxing in O.C. ???!!! Hmm? There's a thought.

The campus is empty but the great minds are working wherever they are. Here's praying for peace in the world now and forevermore.

Episode 4 will emerge from the snowy plains of winter shortly.

Peace,

Fr. Don MacMillan, SJ

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I just heart about this new thing called "sleep"...

Hey, turns out people DO read this blog! Mr Dunn, this one goes out to you.

The premiere was NUTS. The 10 o'clock show was standing room only, and big ups to Scott McGoohan for emceeing the event. It was a good thing Scott wanted to help out, because final work on Episode three was completed at 9:15pm. To say that we were tired would be an understatement. Strom Thurmond was in better shape than we were...and yes, I do know Strom Thurmond is dead.

It's simply incredible to see hundreds of people, people who you don't know, come and sit quietly for 48 minutes to watch you. Seriously, it's extremely humbling. To all the kids who came out, I am very, very grateful. Thanks so much for making this such a great ride. I feel like Andy at the end of "Shawshank" when he finally breaks out of jail.

Now, on to the bits of the Episode Three that you wouldn't know or see unless we told you. It's The BC: Behind the Episode. "You think you know...and you probably do."

-The song played for the "previously..." is by Kevin Brady, called "Let's Be", off the album Restless Perfection. You will soon be able to check out featured artists and download their stuff off the site. Funny story about the "previously," we had always intended for a character to say the line "previously, on The BC," and several people had fought for that honor...and we completely forgot.

The "Jinkies" line: Apparently Joe's never seen "Scooby Doo, where are you?" It took forever to get "Jinkies" in that Velma way. And the script is plain to see as the only pieces of paper in the shrubbery. Yes, there is a script in every scene.

-In Melissa's plagarism scene, the word "plagarism" is never said. For BC administrators, I guess it's like saying "Valdemort."

-Yes, Father Don is writing "yard boy" in a large relationship chart through all 3 seasons of The OC. That took me a good 7 minutes...and I missed several names. When Father Don turns and says "E-Dubs..." There's several things written covertly on the chalkboard. One is, in Arabic, saying "I love you, Hollywood." The symbols to the left of it say that in Georgian as well, I believe. www.asininecomedy.com is on there, too (our comedy group), as well as a map of California and a "raar." That last one I'm keeping to myself...and yes, Father Erps ring tone is "Gold Digger" by Kanye.

Sean Hanlon's "Illegal Seafood" shirt is his intramural sports team. I think it's softball.

-In the cafeteria, when Melissa goes on about "It's that friend of Ryan's..." look at the newspaper. Somehow, we didn't notice that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's really creepy eyes are staring into your souls. Every time I watch this scene, that is all I see. We're sorry. Also, we filmed this scene at like 8am so the place wouldn't be incredibly crowded. We did not reckon that all the freshmen would we trooping through there around 8:45 and suddenly make the place seem packed. And then they disappaered just as quickly. Who needs closed sets anyway? And Melissa also carries the Boston magazine we were in.

(Also, I love how the smartest, "it" girl of Boston College has no idea what in hell is going on as everyone starts leaving her. Yes, we accidentally make Melissa Hooper incredibly stupid)

We put in the bit about the sisters partially to explain to everyone that, in fact, Woody and Ryan did NOT hook up with the same girl. People thought this was the case. Nope, even better, they're sisters...and gorgeous. God, I love this job.

When Hanlon says in the luxury box, "I told you not to get involved..." we have a shot of the hockey team practicing, then two seconds later in the background a zamboni is driving. Yes, in episode three we killed the hockey team. Outside, we have our first tripod sighting.

- Laura Murphy can't say "Traitorous pseudonym." We don't know why. The script for that scene is in the bag. I think there was an entire post dedicated to this scene.

-Thing we do in every episode: explain why the legendary "Keith" isn't in the room. Keith was the first person to say "I love college." After that, we make up new ways to explain how he disappeared, died, or what have you. Keith:The BC :: Kenny:South Park.

- Laura sounds so damn cute when she says "Fudge chips."

- How in the WORLD does the Dance Ensemble do those spins and leaps? After watching that, The B-ball team kept trying new ways to enter the room with spins and leaps and such. By Episode Five, we're going to need fireworks and an F-14 Flyover.

- Every time I hear Jared Dudley say in slow motion "Hit the weight room a little bit, I mean it," I lose it. Every time.

- If you can do Hinnant's dance at the beginning of the montage, I will buy you lunch. I mean it.

- Times it took Hinnant to hit that behind-the-back shot: over a dozen. Times it took Father Don in "The Rock" montage: one and done.

- I AM BEGGING EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND GOES TO BC BASKETBALL GAMES TO DO THIS: PLEASE START BRINGING SIGNS THAT SAY EITHER "DO IT!" "I HATE PUNS" OR "PUT IN LUKEWALKER" WE WILL PUT YOU IN AN EPISODE

- The bush scene is one of my all-time favorites. We took forever filming this, since we had new ideas for a) how to hit seth and b)how to get him out of the bush. And yes, second tripod shooting. The script: in the tube at the beginning.

- God, Tim Cameron is a villian. This scene was his screen test back in September, and he got the part for his final, "Some people have sacrificed a lot to get you in here, Mr. Chekezian...I'll make sure they continue to." Of course, that same line landed Dave Bruin the McManus role, so I think we all do ok.

- hahaha, Joe has never looked so scary as he does when he first yells to Mike. I can't watch that, I can only listen. He IS yelling in Armenian, and he yells "Where is the bathroom, Cherkezian!"...I forget was he actually says after that, but the one word said afterwards is "...chicken."

- The McDonald/McManus scene is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. Small note: McDonald never looks at another Trustee. Check it out again. He never looks at them. Ever. This scene was actually filmed in the Trustee room. It's HUGE.

- You gotta love that Father Don is staring at the wall and oblivious to Melissa's outburst. Nicolle looks really good in that scene.

"She's leaving today! To California!"...hahaha, you can practically read the lines off the script that she's pushing in Joe's face.

- From the four guitar strums to Woody's final walk-out, every second was composed by Brendan Dailey, a featured artist. The kid's got some incredible skills, and he's only a freshman.

- "Seth's going to be really disturbed by this occurance." I almost begged Father Don to just look at me and say "Seth's gonna be pissed."

- "Go get that girl Lohan. You know I'm right." ...and so she walked out of our lives forever...or did she??

- Farnan makes Coldplay so hot. The whiteboard behind him says "Get Lukewalker the ball" "Keep Follansbee out of the paint" "T.J, Norman, and Cedrone are gamers" "Do the little things right" and also has my screen name. If you can find it, IM me and tell me how you got it and you'll be featured on my profile as the biggest BC fan I know. No cheating. Let's keep this fair.

- The gym scene is filmed over the course of two separate days. Everything with Seth and Liz was filmed at a different time (note the socks and how the court itself is never in frame)
...and you should have seen the earlier drafts of this scene...MUCH different.

- the jersey Ryan throws is the one the girl on the side was wearing.

- Woody showing up wearing the hooded sweatshirt (you can hear the jangle of dogtags too if you listen) is supposed to symbolize him turning more back into the tough, streetwise Woody Atryan, but I doubt that got through.

- Father Don's reaction to a cell phone ringing is priceless to me. For the record, he never looks really surprised whenever "we didn't start the fire"plays.

- "Doc says lay off the skateboard for about 5 month though." Improv'd. Hilarious. This scene was supposed to take place in Father Don's office, which in the show is Hanlon's, which would have explained why Heffernan was around and working late. Oh well.

- The Georgian body guard is Jim Unis, one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. He constantly exhaled these long breaths when acting as the guard, which was funny to us beacuse Sean has his character constantly sigh and exhale throughtfully.

- "Translation: I want to make protection." Ummm, no. The actual translation of the Georgian is, well, he wants to do something inappropriate to a clown. Not making that up.

-Everyone wants to know who sent the ninjas, and what they were there for. You'll find out...eventually.

Ok, this is incredibly long. Thanks to everyone for sticking with this, I hope your Christmas breaks are awesome! Episode Four will be even better, and we're going to be having a casting call for one new male and one new female character! These two are going to stir things up in the BC, no doubt about it!

And if you're in Boston, check us out on Fox25 morning news Thursday, Dec. 22nd!!

Cheers to you and yours,
Woody Tondorf

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Stocking Stuffers

No posts?
Obviously, my fellow members of the BC have not discovered the most literally lucrative form of procrastination: blogging. Honestly, it's great. You can bitch about whatever you want and if some one disagrees with you enough to post a comment it only results in more attention from more people centered around you. Or, if you can't find one thing to bitch about, you can always move on to the mundane details of your life, and even play by plays of your dreams. Who's going to stop you? For the more creative types, blogging is a venue in which to experiment, as one has complete freedom of speech ( well, freedom as we define it these days, or confine it..) Basically blogging is one self-satisfying trip into a world where criticism can be deleted, chaos can be spread, and the line between cockiness and confidence blurs in the vast realm of internet society.
That being said, let's get back to the BC.
Yes, it's true, tis finals season! It's a harried part of BC life that this sitcom/web cast has yet to depict. I could tell you all about the lovely hours I've spent in O'Neill typing up outlines and harassing people on AIM in order to quell my boredom, but look! I just did. Not so interesting.
So, in order to pique your interest and remain pertinent to the subject of this blog, The BC, I think it's about time we discussed some on campus celebrity sightings.

Joe Sabia/ Seth Lohan: Haunting the upstairs at lower live. Looks stressed, often surrounded by a concerned bevy of freshmen girls from his orientation groups mostly trying to push fro-yo in exchange for his autograph.

Father Don: Can almost always be easily located in his office in McElroy. I happened to run into him in front of lower, however, and was lucky enough to catch a few moments of his time to chat. As always, he seems delighted by the popularity of the BC, but fears many students may be avoiding him in order to escape his Jesuit mind meld techniques which are eerily reminiscent of those belonging to the Jedis knights depicted in George Lucas' Star Wars Trilogy. I reassured him that students were probably just swamped with finals.
* Celebrity trivia* Joe Sabia has not seen any of the Star Wars films.

Woody Tondorf/ Woody Atryan: Usually sighted in front of his now world famous Mod. Often engaged in various activities like building snow forts with his friends and dressing up as a penguin. While the penguin suit looked rather lovable, my sources agree that the James Bond get-up he was strutting a couple weeks ago takes the cake.

Sean Hanlon: Sean Hanlon sightings have come to an all time low since he arrived at the Shaw Christmas Party as the Grinch. Despite his green tinge, however, he seems to be doing well. Online sources reveal that all he wants for Christmas is the California sun.

Jess Colvita/ Autumn Strebor: Unfortunately, your celebrity insider does not ever see Jess on campus. Various theories may explain this phenomena, but my sources prefer the theory that after being asked out on one too many dinner dates that ultimately resulted in a superficial interest in her beauty, talent and celebrity, rather than her notable aim in beirut and speed shopping skills, Jess Colvita has taken to disguising herself as a nun to go to class.
Or maybe we just have very different schedules, either way, her mother's pillows made a splash at the premier as did her acting and fabulous evening wear.

Mike Cherkezian/ Prince of Armania: Found lurking on the main floor of O'Neil. Claimed to be doing a paper, but looked sufficiently suspicious for there to be serious doubts concerning this alibi. The next day he was spotted at Hillside chugging coffee and looking unquestionably groggy, did he pull an all night study session, or was he up to something more sinister? Last weekend's theater party sorely felt his most noted absence from the community. Perhaps this star has gotten a bit to big for the stage? We shall see.

Nicolle Buckley/Melissa Hooper: Like Jess, Nicolle is also scarce on the BC campus. Word on the street is she never leaves her dorm unaccompanied by a contingent of body guards that are capable of hiding this petite star with a flex of their biceps. Making a fashionably late entrance, she came to the second showing of the premiere of episode three. Dazzlingly decked in fashionable attire, she continues to woo audiences with her dead-on girl-next-door act.

Ryan Farnan/ Ryan Lukewater: This intense superstar was out of town this weekend accompanying BC's basketball team on their trek to Maryland where he had a tete a tete with the insider's roommate, Kate Balch. He has yet to be sighted since his return, but has been gracious enough to grace the Facebook pages with a brand new pic. Check it out.

Tim Cameron: The BC's evil villain can be seen running the cashiers at late night. Though he's always a friendly face to see through the masses of students bearing fried food, your celebrity insider must wonder whether his preparation for malintent on the sitcom stems from dealing with drunken revelers fumbling with their Eagle One Cards.

Stay tuned for the next inside guide to the BC: Hot stuff.

As Finals Come Down Upon Us

Thank you all for your patience with Episode 3. It was quite stressful to think we nearly lost everything, but we're back on track and everything is up and running smoothly.

However, as much as we'd love to have witty banter all this week on the blog and guestbook, we're all deep in the depths of finals. That means we are focusing on our books and making up for lost time earlier this semester during filming.

We hope the holidays are going well for all you out there in Internet-Land. We'll see you on the other side of finals.

Adam Shipley
Webmaster, The BC

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Awesome premiere!

Wow! What a premiere! We packed Devlin 008 twice. Hope you were able to make it. Otherwise you will be able to download it 12/8 at midnight. Let us know what you think!

In other news, we were in The Metro here in Boston. Lots of great press. Lots of new visitors. Some great e-mails and feedback.

Once again, you'll be able to download Episode 3 at midnight on the 8th. By then we should have all the episode information online too. Let us know if you have any questions.

Adam Shipley
Webmaster, The BC