Since we’re now passing two years since the premiere of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I thought I’d post some of my memories from behind the scenes before I forget any more of them.
Naturally, I’m starting with what was probably our most obscure spin-off: Better Living with Collins and Collins. These videos that began as a throw-away joke in the writers’ room and turned into a full-on spin-off complete with audience participation. That’s just the way things went on Lizzie Bennet. (Knowing berniesu, I fully expect to get a call someday that we are going into production on Game of Gourds. I find this both exciting and terrifying.)
This is what sticks out for me most about making “How to Vaporize Dihydrogen Monoxide.”
Originally, I’d written this for an electric kettle. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find one to shoot with, so Collins & Collins’ recommendation had to change. (A couple commenters on YouTube pointed out that an electric kettle would have been easier and safer. Yes! We agree!)
When it came time to actually shoot the episode, it turned out boiling water was more complicated than we thought. We’d push the button to turn on the burner, put down the kettle, and the burner would promptly turn off. Eventually, we had to go onto YouTube to find a how to video for the cook top, which is when we discovered that it was an induction burner.
Fun fact: induction burners only work with ferromagnetic pans. Aaaaand if you look closely, and you can see that Mr. Collin’s kettle has a lovely, but non-magnetic, copper bottom. So to get steaming water on-screen, we had to boil the water off-camera, then Katie would run the kettle in and we’d quickly shoot before it cooled off. (“Movie magic!” or “Fake! It’s all Fake!” depending on how you feel about things like that.)
It was Brit Weisman who had the inspiration to add the muzak in post, and I think it really makes the video. Plus, Collins & Collins gained a theme song! Win!
So there you have it, the behind the scenes secrets of Lizzie Bennet. If you find these interesting, or you have a question about a specific episode, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll just write and post these as the spirit sporadically moves me. :)