Hooray! We hope your summer has been amazing, and filled with your pick of relaxation and/or adventure!
Big News! We’re thrilled to be releasing a new video next week! Woo Hoo! It has been a while since we have released a new episode, but we’re really excited about this one, and all the new episodes we’ll be releasing over the next few months. We’ll be dropping some hints about the episode all week!
Here’s the first hint for what this next episode is about. You may recognize that this illustration is taken from a previous episode. If you don’t recognize it, maybe you should head on over and watch Tongue Twisters right now. OK, here’s the hint:
(Crab illustration by Rebecca Ricks).
What could it mean? Oh, what could ti mean?! Is the suspense too much? Yeah, it is for us too. We can’t wait!!! A new episode is almost here!
From “Garden Day”–1st season in France, and “Lost Theater”–last season in France.
Hooray! We have released all the episodes filmed in France–we’ll be releasing more filmed in the U.S. in the coming weeks, but wanted to pause briefly to celebrate this feat. We hope you’ll join in the celebrating, and if you do, you can win, too!
To join in the celebration, follow these 3 steps: 1. Post your favorite episode(s) of Olive Us on your blog, or your Facebook wall/timeline. 2. Let us know that you posted your favorite episode by commenting on this post, and 3. Include a link to your post when you comment. (Don’t like commenting? You can instead send a link to your post to email@example.com.) Next Thursday, on June 12 (you don’t have much time), we’ll randomly select a winner who will receive a $150 gift certificate on Amazon! Woo Hoo!
Episode 1: Garden Day
Episode 2: I’m Hungry: Tzatziki
Episode 3: Lemonade Stand
Episode 4: Helping Dad
Episode 5: How to Visit a French Bakery
Episode 6: Spring Cleaning
Episode 7: How to Buy Eggs from a Petite Farm
Episode 8: How to Set up a Study Space
Episode 8.5 Kitchen Clean Up Dance Party
Episode 9: Pique-nique
Episode 10: Carwash
Episode 11: Ghost Town
Episode 12: Rock Climb
Episode 13: Pottery Lesson
Episode 14: Hand Cookies with Grandma
Episode 15: Christmas Tree Hunt
Episode 16: Betty in Paris
Episode 17: I’m Hungry: Snoball Cookies
Episode 18: Stacking Wood
Episode 19: Cider Farm
Episode 20: How to Be 2
Episode 21: Shadow Puppets
Episode 22: Kish
Episode 23: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Episode 24: Meet Olive Us
Episode 25: Fruit and Veggie Kebabs
Episode 26: Let’s Visit Holland: A Mini Flower Lesson!
Episode 27: Pétanque
Episode 28: Lost Theater
Episode 29: I’m Hungry: Guacamole!
Episode 30: Spring Flower Bouquet
Episode 31: The Clockmaker
Episode 32: How to Travel
Episode 33: Nursery Rhymes
Episode 34: Painting in Honfleur
Episode 35: Tongue Twisters
Episode 36: Pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel
Episode 37: How to Visit a French Market
Episode 38: Ralph in London
Episode 39: Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
Episode 40: Saying Goodbye
Thank you for celebrating with us!
Don’t worry. That is the name of this episode. We have kind of been putting off releasing this one. It is the final episode filmed in France, we still get emotional watching it. I imagine there was something psychological about wanting to hold onto it–as if we would somehow be more connected to our life in Normandy until this last episode was released. And actually, we intend to film more in France in the future, but this episode feels like a capstone to a chapter in our life–as indeed it is.
And it’s a good capstone. When we were dreaming up what we wanted in this episode, we had a few sites in mind around our home and town–look for what we called the “middle of nowhere tree”, the WWI memorial angel statue, the mural of the market–painted by our landlord, the bridge and river down the street, and a picturesque, typical hedged field of Normandy…and you’ll see there’s more. We’re so happy we could fit in so much! We love this episode. It instantly takes us back, and we hope you love it too. Watch Saying Goodbye now! (and you possibly may need some tissue…)
Thank you for joining us! This episode also makes us feel so grateful for the audience that came along with us, and made this adventure possible. We’re so delighted with what this series has become, and so excited for what’s to come…Stay tuned!
We’re super excited to feature another episode today! Spring and sunnier days are just around the corner, can you feel it? If not, this episode should give you that last push of inspiration. This is also one of the last episodes filmed in France (there is only one more…) But we think it’s a great celebration of the simple pleasures under the watch of Mr. Eiffel. We’re delighted with it, and hope you love it too. Watch Picnic at the Eiffel Tower now!
The majestic tower…
Olive lays out the picnic blanket under the watch of her siblings and the tower.
June finds a friend.
Diligent Caroline finds a moment to bask in the sun…
Betty and June play a little Betty in Paris…
After we released Betty in Paris, we thought it would be fun to make episodes showing each child exploring a famous city somewhere in the world — a mini-video-series within the larger Olive Us series. We like the idea of pairing up each child with a city that fits their personality, or a city that, for whatever reason, strikes a chord for each child. We all loved London, but Ralph in particular kept thinking of fun things we could do with Ralph in London. Where Betty in Paris is a sort of charming, innocent ode to Paris, our approach for Ralph in London was always looking for more gritty, hidden gems of London–punctuated by the familiar sites like Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. This episode is also a venture into more teen-agery terrain–music is more rockin’, Ralph is more independent, etc. He’s not as naive as a younger sibling, but it’s still a kind of self-discovery tour as well. Tiger in a Jar spent a few days prior to the shoot scouting locations, and little nuances (tea and biscuits! phone booth!) We’re delighted with it, and hope you love it too. Watch Ralph in London now!
One of the most important practices that has maintained French culture are the markets. Every town has a market where people cross paths with different foods, items, people, and ideas–as they have for centuries. In fact, a famous lithograph in Normandy depicts the market at Eglise Saint-Germain (the market in this episode) in Argentan from the the turn of the century (pictured below). Watch Maude and Betty retrace in their own way this ancient practice that still brings yummy food, beautiful signs, and a chance to order up to your taste. We hope you love How to Visit a French Market. Watch it Now!
When we talk about this episode, the words we use are: Epic. Solemn. Iconic. Majestic. Cathartic. It’s the episode you’ve been waiting for! Only, you didn’t know it. We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Pilgrimage to Mont Saint-Michel. Stop whatever you are doing, and watch this episode now, then probably you should watch it again, just to be sure that just happened.. You won’t regret it. A lot of this season has been a sort of homage to Normandy; and in that sense, this episode is really the heart of the season. It has the most gravity and history of any of our episodes. We have watched Pilgrimage many times, we feel like we re-live the pilgrimage with each viewing, and it’s an energizing and cathartic experience each time.
The magical moment when Mont Saint-Michel appears…
Olive Us picnic at one of the oldest crosses in France–dating back to the 1200s, near the intersection of the Mont Saint Michel and Saint Jacques (Santiago de Compostela) Pilgrimages.
The idea grew out of conversations we had with local Normandy friend, and amazing guide, Mark Lane. We spoke with him about making this episode, and he was immediately on board, recommending locations, props, and historical tidbits and overviews. Mark agreed to come along for the shoot, and brought so much first-hand experience to the episode that really elevated it. He had written articles about the pilgrimage, but was excited about the prospect of a video as a great way to introduce this pilgrimage to a different audience, conveying some of the history and beauty of the pilgrimage trail. The footage follows along the pilgrimage trail–a trail brimming with beauty and history; you’ll share in a lot of both in this video. Amazing title and map by Clayton Thompson.
Olive Us making the way toward Joué du Plain, a church and village dating back to Roman times.
Pilgrimage markers dot the trail.
Would you like to do the pilgrimage? Here are some resources to learn more about it.
Whoo Hoo! Wow! We’re so thrilled! What an honor! Olive Us was included in the Top 5 Short-form web series for 2013 by VideoInk! From the post:
[T]his year has been unparalleled in terms of quality web shows.
We’ve seen some amazing series released digitally this year,
which is why slimming down this list was tough.
Rest assured though, the five web series represented below are
the cream of the crop. These are the shows that pushed the digital
medium and silenced web video naysayers worldwide.
“Olive Us” is a beautifully filmed series about the Blair family
who consist of parents Ben and Gabrielle and kids Ralph, Maude,
Olive, Oscar, Betty, and Flora June. The series, which is shot by
film production company Tiger in a Jar, follows the Blair family
as they attempt to live healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.
Thank you, VideoInk! We’re honored! And Thank you viewers for loving Olive Us! We’re so happy to share this reward with you!
Hooray! We’re featuring another episode from ulive today. It’s Tongue Twisters! This episode was one of the funnest to make. The hardest part for the behind-the-camera team was keeping a straight face. Sadly, when you make an episode like this, you must exclude some tongue twisters. Some of our favorites that didn’t make it were: “Shredded Swiss Cheese” and “Ed had edited a dud at a detention home” (but you should try them both.) We loved the title by the amazing Clayton Thompson, and we also had a lot of fun working with brilliant illustrator Becca Ricks on the tongue twister images and animations. The rejected shellfish sheepishly backing away will always have a special place in our hearts. And the editing by Tiger in a Jar–if all they did was June’s “Ma, ma, ma, ma, ma!” that is enough to forever secure their work as genius. We hope you’ll try some tongue twisters, and share with us some of your favorites! Watch Tongue Twisters now!
It’s hard to believe, but Betty in Paris is 1! What?!!?! It’s true. And we want to celebrate. Won’t you join us? To celebrate this magical episode, we have some fun things planned. Here’s how you can join in:
Thank you for helping us celebrate Betty in Paris!