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Podcast Logo

Friday, March 9th, 2007

As part of our distribution for this series, we’re  sending out each webisode as a video podcast delivered to iTunes or your favorite RSS Reader.  In order to get placement in iTunes, you need a logo for the series.  So another Chat the Planet team member and I took an iconic shot of Baghdad and superimposed on it the same echo effect that is used in our series open.

Video Podcast Logo

I think it looks good.  But it’s not too late to change it.  Any other ideas are welcome.  Post a link to your version in the comments and we’ll take a look.

Repost from my Avid Blog

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

i’ve started a blog at to talk about issues relating to the production and post production of Hometown Baghdad. And i just posted this there but I think it’s relevant to a greater audience so here is the post reprinted in full:

With long form television content, it is very easy to make something look like a series to a first time viewer. Get a theme song, cut together a montage, hold for a second on each major character for a second as they flash a toothy grin and you’ve done it. But with a web series, especially shorts, this is much more difficult. With lonelygirl15, they tried to pass it off as a real video weblog so they purposefully didn’t do an open. We are ACTUALLY real but we want to be very clear about what we are from the get go. We have cut together a really short, simple opening that just shows an image of Baghdad and has the series name appear in a tasteful way. We’ve also decided not to throw up a card explaining what the series is. We’re confident that this is the best way - the series name and the subsequent episode names that appear should do enough to communicate that this is a series…not to mention the metadata that will appear next to the videos when they’re posted on various sites. Is there an example of a web series that has an opening that we can look at?

Hometown Baghdad nears launch

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

We at Chat the Planet are close to launching the web doc series Hometown Baghdad. Over the course of the next few months, we will be releasing around 40 episodes designed for internet consumption that will tell the stories of a couple of young Iraqis trying to get by in Baghdad. The episodes range from devastating to surprising to oddly humorous. It’s a bizarre mix. But it’s also closer to everyday life in Iraq than anything you’ve seen before.

So stand by for more info..