Archive | April 2012

A Wedding

Bing Lee attends the wedding and reception of Ellen Gibson and brings with him his newly arrived sister Caroline Lee and friend William Darcy.   All three tweet each other over the course of five hours, through the dancing, the tossing of the bouquet and garter, and finally Bing meeting Jane Bennet.

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BTS: Why is he “Bing Lee”

This post is syndicated from Bernie Su‘s Tumblr

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So a question that has come up numerous times in the comments is – why did we change Bingley to “Bing Lee”.

Some of you hate it, some of you find it clever, some of you don’t really care, and that is entirely your right of opinion. This is one of the many changes we’ve implemented in our modernized adaptation so if you’re along for the ride get used to seeing how we tweak things. I really hope this isn’t true for any of you, but if the name tweak (not change – tweak) bothers you to the point where you can’t enjoy the story that we are telling then I’m sorry for ruining the journey for you. Our goal here is to tell and honor a great story in a way never experienced before.

The origins of “Bing Lee” actually came from Hank in the very early stages of development. He noted that in the book, everyone just refers to him as Bingley and thought that it’d be silly for everyone to call him that with our series set today. Yes it’s true, we could have just referred to him by his first name (Charles) but Hank thought it’d be stronger to keep the connection phonetically, and hence Bing Lee. He recently admitted to me that at first he felt it was awkward saying Bing (pause) Lee vs Bingley, but he got used to it pretty quickly, which is what we’re hoping the rest of you awesome viewers experience.

So what does that mean that his name is Bing Lee? Well first off, as speculated, he’ll be of asian descent which as a result makes Caroline (Bing’s sister) into an asian as well. This immediately solved one of Hank and my early requirements for this show that the entire cast not be all caucasian. We both strongly felt that we needed to have other races in our series to accurately represent our setting of contemporary America.

Of course the next question you may ask is “Did we always intend Charlotte to be asian?” The answer to that is no. If you were to dig up our casting breakdowns from way back in December 2011, you’d see that we read all races for that role. Our two finalists for Charlotte came down to a very lovely and talented african actress and of course our Julia Cho, who simply brings another level and dimension to the character that hasn’t been seen in any adaptation before.

And finally, no, we did not set out to cast 3 red heads as the Bennet sisters, it just ended up that way. =)

Feel free to ask me any questions about the show via my Tumblr and/or Twitter. All of us working on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are really excited by the enormous public response and it feels like everyday we’re closer and closer to a “pick up” to continue the series. So for now keep watching, sharing, and enjoying.

Thank you for joining us on this amazing experience,

Head Writer and Co-Creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Bernie Su

Episode 4 – Bing Lee and his 500 Teenage Prostitutes

Lizzie Bennet talks about how Mrs. Bennet is freaking out about Bing Lee. Going as far as sending Lydia Bennet to find out information.

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Episode Analysis:

Joslyn Dechant’s Pride & Prejudice vs The Lizzie Bennet Diaries-4

Cast:

Lizzie BennetAshley Clements
Lydia BennetMary Kate Wiles

Crew:

Executive Producer – Hank Green
Executive Producer – Bernie Su
Producer – Jenni Powell
Director – Bernie Su
Writer – Rachel Kiley
Cinematography – Jason Raswant
Assistant Director – Stuart Davis
Editor – Hank Green
Intro Music and Graphics – Michael Aranda
Consulting Producer – Margaret Dunlap
Transmedia Producer – Jay Bushman
Makeup – Heather Begley
Production Designer – Katie Moest
Production Assistant – Jeff Jarvis

Flight Plans

Ten days after telling his sister Caroline Lee and friend William Darcy that he bought a house in a new town where they’ve never been, Bing Lee tweets them both to double check their flight info since they are coming to visit the next day.

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Lizzie’s signoffs are not lame.

After a viewer creates a gif of Lizzie’s “peace” sign-off from episode 2, Lizzie Bennet tweets the gif to her best friend Charlotte Lu as proof that her sign-off wasn’t as lame as Charlotte thought.

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Episode 3 – My Parents: Opposingly Supportive

Lizzie Bennet describes her relationship with her parents with the assistance of Charlotte Lu and the interference of Lydia Bennet.

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Episode Analysis:

Joslyn Dechant’s Pride & Prejudice vs The Lizzie Bennet Diaries-3

Cast:

Lizzie BennetAshley Clements
Charlotte LuJulia Cho
Lydia BennetMary Kate Wiles

Crew:

Executive Producer – Hank Green
Executive Producer – Bernie Su
Producer – Jenni Powell
Director – Bernie Su
Writer – Margaret Dunlap
Cinematography – Jason Raswant
Assistant Director – Stuart Davis
Editor – Hank Green
Intro Music and Graphics – Michael Aranda
Consulting Producer – Margaret Dunlap
Transmedia Producer – Jay Bushman
Makeup – Heather Begley
Production Designer – Katie Moest
Production Assistant – Jeff Jarvis

Where are Mary and Kitty?

This post is syndicated from Bernie’s Tumblr

First off, thanks to every one of you for checking out the series. In Hank’s intro video, he talked about how this was an “experiment” and well as the showrunner he partnered with to execute the series I’ll say that yes, this was, and still is, an experiment. Like as he said, “it’s never been done before.” We really had no idea if this was going to be well received. (“well received” being synonymous with “any good”)

We knew people would check it out but we didn’t know if people would love it, thus seeing the audience response so far has been amazing and so incredibly encouraging. We at the LBD team really hope we get to tell this entire story and because of all of you that are watching, subscribing, and sharing, that goal is becoming more and more likely.

Anyway to the good stuff! So this is the first of *hopefully* many “behind the scenes” segments that I’ll do here breaking down various adaptation choices that we made in taking the Pride and Prejudice novel and turning it into a web series/video blog.

Out of the gate, by far the most common question we’ve been getting is “Where are Mary and Kitty?”.

All of us here at the LBD team are pretty surprised at the amount of  Mary and Kitty love. It’s incredible and it pretty much forces me to address it right here, right now, so thank you. Seriously I really was set at writing one of these this weekend and you made the topic really easy.

Ok let’s get to it…  Where are Mary and Kitty?

I’ll present our answer in two sections as to why Mary and Kitty aren’t Bennet sisters in The LBD.

1. Are they absolutely necessary?: Early in development, Hank and I chatted about which characters to include and which to cut out. More characters (especially in the early settings) would mean casting, feeding, writing and developing for them. Hank pointed out early on that he thought that Mary and Kitty weren’t absolutely necessary to the story – Which I totally agreed with.

Mary serves as sort of this quiet rebel, and Kitty follows Lydia around in her antics (as I like to say, “Lydia lite”). Look I know they do more than just those things in the novel, but the argument could be said that it’s really not all that much more. They aren’t as vital to the central narrative as say Lydia or Jane, we could simply merge some of their traits and antics into the existing Bennets, and having all 5 sisters would have really diluted our amazing supporting cast’s screen time.

Put it this way, no Mary and Kitty allows us to give extra focus and screen time to Lydia and Jane. I personally think that Lydia and Jane are far more entertaining than Mary or Kitty would have been.

2. Artifact of the Era: Another thing to consider is our setting, we’re in 2012, and we’re in America. I’m not saying that a family can’t have 5 daughters, but it’s definitely far less likely in this era than it was in the 18th century. Which leads to a question…

Why were there five daughters in the source material in the first place?

In our development discussions, including most recently with Ashley (who btw is also a mega P&P fan) it’s pointed out that the “pressure” of marrying off 5 daughters in that  era was an important part of the “ticking clock” to the narrative – “We got to marry off our daughters and oh my god we have five of them!”. We are also talking about a period where women couldn’t own property and that if their Dad died, the estate would go to the next man in the family (cousin Mr. Collins in the novel) after all. Our story takes place today in 2012, things are very different now, and thus the change. Oh and speaking of that, I hope you’re looking forward to how we address the Collins dynamic in our version, because obviously he’s a bit of an artifact as well.

I’d like to point out that all this doesn’t mean that we’re not going to have a “Mary” or a “Kitty” in the series, they just won’t be sisters to Lizzie, Jane, and Lydia – feel free to speculate ;)

Btw this was my favorite comment (of the ones I saw) on the subject.

Hilarious =)

Feel free to ask me any questions about the show via this Tumblr or via Twitter. If anything, to help me figure out what to write about next week in between doing the actual show and all ;)