13 June 2010

Lynne and Tessa made a commercial Trailer for a new game for the Wii computer. As a side product this Karaoke Video was published.

18 Feb 2009

Tessa Watzik made an interview in an German TV format in February 2008 about her career as internet starlet. You can find the video with English synchronization here.

22 Jan 2008

Steffen Nork informed me that he plan to delete his old blogs form hos old website and I should save the interview with Lynne & Tessa. This was done. You find two of the interviews in english now here. A third interview is only available in german.

Making the Videos

Bei der Aufnahme

With one exception, all the videos have been staged in Lynne's living room. The girls usually use Lynne's Canon Powershot S2 1S camera, which is capable of recording VGA quality movies, but Tessa's Canon Ixus 50 was used at least for two videos: It's Not Unusual (Tom Jones) and Don't Speak (No Doubt). However, since the quality proved better with Lynne's camera, the girls now use it exclusively.

After recording a video, they remove the SD-Card from the camera and upload the video to the PC where Lynne is responsible for post processing it. Normally she edits the videos with Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker, because it is included with Windows XP and is easy to use. (Lynne and Tessa publicly profess to be big fans of both Microsoft and Cannon, but until now neither company has acknowledged their support.) After overlaying a good quality mp3 audio track onto the video, they upload the results to Google Video and that´s it.

There are occasional mistakes: For example in Skaterboy. Lynne forgot to remove the original soundtrack, and thus you can hear Tessa saying "Kappe heruntergefallen" ("cap fell down") at the start of the song.

Their first videos were "Lucky" and the first take of Tearin up my Heart. They made them at night, and the videos were dark, so Lynne did not want publish Tearin and deleted Lucky after some days. Later she never made this mistake again. Most of the videos were made in Mid April until the end of My 2006. After then they only made 4 videos. Normally they make more than one video on one day, but the published them one after another.

In some of their videos, Lynne and Tessa employ gimmicks. This reached an apex with the cats, candles, and water spiting in Livin la Vida Loca. Lynne & Tessa did this because some fans in the Google Idol forum claimed that all their videos are the same -- same perspective, same action, same moves. Some people like these gimmicks, but the reaction from others is not as positive, with some objecting to their moving away from the signature format which initially made them popular. In their later videos, the use of gimmicks is reduced, and in their last video Tearin Up My Heart (second take) (N'Sync) there are no gimmicks.

Aside from this, the general concepts remain quite consistent from video to video -- the camera angle and the living room scene never change much, and the acrobatics and dance movements of Tessa along with the facial expressions employed by Lynne is what serves to make each video unique.

Lynne and Tessa are surprised by how many people analyse the changes in the room from video to video. However, as the girls proved with their YouFM video, they don´t need Lynne's living room to work their magic!

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