Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Cooking the Books: Alicia Silverstone's Recipe for Vegan Cupcakes, with Marisa Meltzer

Emily Gould's home cooking and book chat show, produced by Val Temple, gets a visit from Marisa Meltzer, author of the brand-new Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music. You will also remember Marisa as the author of last summer's serial novella Managed Expectations and the co-author of How 'Sassy' Changed My Life.

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sox (#652)

i just looked at the still was like oh wow, she's got alicia on here and then was like who is that other person though? oh that's emily not alicia and now i want to know: is this who emily posted as her doppelganger on facebook?
looking forward to not being at work later so i can watch this!

This one was really, really good!

And i am so glad to see that you blacked out the back windows (no more over exposure!) and put faint black lines around the white titles text.

Cooking the Books goes pro. Brava!

Emily (#20)

Ha, it took us so long to figure out how to black out the windows. We are learning, slowly but surely! Thank you for noticing :)

KarenUhOh (#19)

Taste Test: Milkshake 'n Honey.

Flashman (#418)

That t-shirt is kind of crass

Valcatraz (#2,131)

Emily's classy, Marisa's Crass-y, both kinda sassy.

ericspiegelman (#3,421)

You guys should host a bake sale to raise money for lavaliers.

No really, this is awesome, but good sound is the difference between something that looks professional and something that doesn't.

Emily (#20)

Totally agree, if you know anyone who would lend us mics plz get in touch?

Emily (#20)

Also I would like to bitchily point out that the "professional" vs "amateur" distinction traditionally involved getting paid? If we were getting paid to do this, it might look more professional! But you're right that we should dress for the job we want, not the job we have.

I know Eric says that with love, as he is a lover, not a hater. (STILL, GET IN THERE AND MIC SOME CHICKS UP, BOYO!)

Also I like the amateurism that is all over, about this website. We've all worked "profesh," and it's BORESIES.

bennimaddi (#314)

i actually think the bake sale idea is a good one!

bennimaddi (#314)

also it's totally possible i still have some mics stolen from mr lloyd in the basement of balt ave…

KarenUhOh (#19)

I don't suppose there's ANY FUCKING POINT in me saying, for the umpteenth umpteen, that some of us would like to be benefactors of this site, even modestly.

But, no, that's fine. You go on ahead.

[I am bell-and-whistle-averse myself, but would like to see you and your peoples taken care of.]

6h057 (#1,914)

As the kids say…


ericspiegelman (#3,421)

I totally meant it out of love. Did I sound like an asshole? Damnit, now I'm paranoid. In fact, to prove it, I'm going to think about starting a Kickstarter Project to get y'all some sound equipment.

ericspiegelman (#3,421)

I meant, to prove I meant it out of love. Not to prove I'm paranoid.

I'm going to weigh in on the sound issue. You are not wrong that better mics are needed. But the thing is, the delivery system is the internet, which compresses everything anyway. Also, what kind of speakers do people typically have hooked up to their computers? I have reference speakers, but maybe not everyone does?

That's not the point though!

I imagine for editing purposes it is better if the sound is recorded onto the tape that the picture is recording to (we aren't talking about a whole production team here (YET!!)).

I am also guessing that the camera they are using only has an onboard mic and no additional inputs.

A camera w/ an external mic input or two is needed to correct the prob ultimately. But for now, the sound doesn't bother me like crazy (but i am coming from the art side of video!!). As long as your levels are under control, we're good.

And a bake sale (really??) won't pay for any of it.

If it were mine to strategize, i'd keep the content top shelf (awful pun!) and wait for a deal to produce it w/ a budget for these kinds of items.

Which is to say, dress for the job you want (which i think is happening tech wise anyway), by keeping the content concise and awesome.

Please may i never blather about video production techniques in the comments of any blog ever, anywhere, again. Thank you.

Valcatraz (#2,131)

Thanks for saying all the things I couldn't without sounding like a jerk! Seriously, the kit I would need in order to improve the sound would cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Which I don't have.

But if anyone has a spare DVX-100 and a couple of lavs lying around, I wouldn't mind taking them off your hands.

6h057 (#1,914)






MatthewGallaway (#1,239)

Yay for moms who took their kids to protests and subscribed to Ms. Magazine (and for this CTB episode)!

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