Here are some of the questions you might be curious about. Enjoy!
Q. Is it called Olive Us as in I Love Us? Or, as in All of Us?
A. The second one. It’s Olive Us as in All of Us. Cute, no?
Q. Why Olive? How come she’s so special?
A. Olive is our 3rd child. Third children are notorious for not getting enough attention. Seriously, there are all sorts of books written about birth order and 3rd kids have a hard time of it. So we have been trying to come up with a project to highlight Olive’s talents. She’s great in front of a camera, so we thought it would be fun to create a little show where she’s the hostess. We knew the other kids would also want to be involved, so the name Olive Us was perfect!
The format of the show has changed since we first conceived it last summer — in fact, the episodes we’ve shot so far don’t feature a hostess at all. But we stuck with the name, and we still think of this as Olive’s project.
Q. How often will there be new episodes?
A. We try to post something new at least once a week — sometimes more! We’ll be posting new episodes, behind the scenes footage, commentary from the kids — maybe even bloopers. We hope you’ll subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!
Q. What is Olive Us about?
A. Another good question. And challenging, because we’re still trying to figure out how to describe it. We’re trying lots of things and experimenting with different formats, so the description is still a moving target. But here’s a try: Olive Us will be a show that will appeal to both children and parents. It will be beautiful and inspiring. It will encourage your family to get up and do or make or move.
Episodes will be short — around 2 to 5 minutes. One was shot documentary style. Another is a cooking segment. And another will be a charming cultural peek at life in the French countryside. What they’ll all share in common is beautifully shot footage, great music, and happy vibes.
Lastly, we aim to show healthy, happy relationships between siblings. We sometimes feel worn down by the super-sarcastic dialogue we hear on shows aimed at kids — especially between brothers and sisters. We want to share a more positive take.
Q. Did you have to pull the kids out of school for filming?
A. Happily, they didn’t have to miss a single day. The school schedule here in France has lots of built in breaks. It’s sort of 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off. So we filmed during one of the 2 week breaks.
Q. Who wrote the episodes?
A. It was a team effort among parents, kids and the video crew, Tiger in a Jar.