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!
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Big News! After some research, we have learned that fans who share are the #1 way newcomers learn about Olive Us. With that in mind, we are starting a new monthly reward offering where we pick a random person who has shared an Olive Us episode on his or her blog or online social network (Facebook, twitter, pinterest, email, etc.), and send the sharer a reward. The rewards may vary, but they will always be awesome. This is different from the Share Your Favorite Episode contests (we plan on still holding those); this is EVERY MONTH during 2014. We’ll do our own searches, but we can’t always know about every share, so please let us know if you have shared, and you’ll be entered. To kick this off, we’ll be sending out a $50 Amazon gift certificate to this month’s winner: Molly from Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips. Thank you for sharing Olive Us, Molly! Have you shared an episode lately? Tell us! And brace yourself for next month’s reward!!
We’re featuring the next episode on ulive! It’s called Painting in Honfleur. This episode is one part Maude leading you on a little tour of the beautiful Honfleur harbor, one part art history lesson, and one part following Maude’s own artistic adventures. We worked with Laurie White from the genius Great Artist Program on this episode.To learn more about Honfleur in art history, and to recreate one of Monet’s masterpieces, view the brilliantly simple lesson and the step-by-step painting Laurie created in conjunction with this episode! We love this episode and these additional resources and hope you will too! Watch Painting in Honfleur now!
Monet’s Sailboat at Le Petit Gennevilliers. Image found here.
Did you see Painting in Honfleur? Did it get you intrigued about Honfleur, or art history? We loved working with Laurie White from The Great Artist Program to help us capture some of the significance of Honfleur for the art world. We’re so excited! Laurie has created a lesson that details the significance of Honfleur in art history, and has generously agreed to share the lesson with us. View the Monet and Boudin in Honfleur Lesson, and learn more about how Monet got his start, and how his relationship with Boudin began and blossomed–and the role Honfleur played in all this.
But wait there’s more! Here’s a simple and engaging way to connect to the episode in a deeper way. Laurie White has created this brilliant Monet step-by-step painting. Now you can recreate this work from Monet! We love these activities, and think they are the perfect way to follow up Painting in Honfleur. Thank you, Laurie! Thank you, Great Artist Program!