The Evening Broadcast

This is the first of a short series of posts about the production of the fourth Kentucky Route Zero interlude, "Un Pueblo De Nada." Before reading on, you may want to download and play the interlude, if you haven't already. This post is about the production of the live-action narrative video component, which we call "The Evening Broadcast." You can stream The Evening Broadcast on WEVP.tv

(pic by Ashley Abell)

The animating concept of this interlude was to realize this one moment -- the last broadcast from the community TV station WEVP-TV -- from two different perspectives, such that the audience really needs to watch/play both in order to get the full picture. That idea is kind of a continuation from Act IV, which also had an internally parallel structure as the player chooses whether to go ashore or stay aboard The Mucky Mammoth at each location. We had really enjoyed working with Will Oldham as a voice actor on "Here And There Along The Echo," and wanted to work with actors again, so we decided to go whole hog and make a video with actors on screen.

A few months prior, Ben had worked with Mireya Lucio on the Junebug music video "Static Between Stations," for which we created the character "Rita" who she plays. Ben and Mireya live in LA, but we decided to find the rest of the cast for "The Evening Broadcast" in Kentucky. In the course of that search, we also got hooked up with the folks at HCEC-TV, a local community TV station operated by the school system, who agreed to let us use their sets.

The structure of "The Evening Broadcast" is modeled after a really fascinating 1973 broadcast from Lanesville TV, a community TV station run by the video art collective The Videofreex. It's kind of a talk show format, with selected community-made video art running in between conversations. 

We wanted to work pretty quickly and capture some of the loose, unpracticed feel of the Lanesville TV broadcast, so we hosted one table read with the actors and then shot the next day. Here's a copy of the script.

We hit up the Peddler's Mall, flea market, and thrift stores for props.

Tamas sprayed a few large sheets of black fabric with glue and glitter to make this sparkly backdrop, and assembled the sign out of wood scraps, paper, and some big letters from the big letter store.

When we got to the TV studio, we learned that not only were HCEC-TV generously letting us use their sets, they also let us use the actual cameras, mics, and other live studio equipment, which really stepped up the production's authenticity.

(pic by Ashley Abell)

I'll leave you with a few more photos of the shoot. In future posts, we'll look at the process of creating the video art pieces from the broadcast. 

(pic by Ashley Abell)

 (pic by Ashley Abell)