The wait is over! We finally finished the third episode of Trivia Night and it is now up on YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Thanks again for everyone who has been watching, I hope you like this next episode. And don’t forget to keep reading after the video to see our first ever piece of fan art.
As the year comes to a close so does our time working on our game show Trivia Night. We were able to film four episodes and two of them are currently on YouTube and MCTV, with the third episode coming very soon. Even though our capping class is over, we’ve been working to get the last two episodes up, and they will be shortly. We also created a “Best Of Trivia Night” compilation featuring moments from all four episodes. Thank you to everyone who has been watching and for all of the feedback! We really appreciate all of the support. Enjoy the montage and check out the bonus behind the scenes pictures after the video!
“Tell Jim to be less of a jerk,” –Ryan our teleprompter operator
“No, it’s good television,” –Lisa director and co-creator of Trivia Night
So, apparently this was a conversation that went on behind the scenes of the first taping of Trivia Night, which got me thinking, what kind of game show host is the best?
I want to be a host that genuinely wants the contestants to win (even though the Applebee’s gift card and commemorative mug isn’t quite $1,000,000 or the Showcase Showdown) but also one who isn’t afraid to make fun of them. There are so many different hosts who have all brought something different to the
table podium, so I decided to rank them and figure out what qualities are best.
You’ve patiently waited and now it’s finally arrived! Episode 2 of Trivia Night has been uploaded for your viewing pleasure.
Before you check it out, I want to thank everyone for making our first episode of Trivia Night such a success. In less than two weeks it has already been viewed over 100 times! Thanks for the support and enjoy the new episode!
Here it is! After almost three months of preparing, we finally have the first completed episode of Trivia Night! Watch it. Enjoy it. Let us know what you think.
In order to drum up some interest in Trivia Night, which we’re looking to film next week and premiere in early April, we filmed a few commercials. Here we have the first three. Special thanks to all of the actors and actresses who volunteered their times. I don’t think commercials are eligible for Emmy Awards, but I think some of our friends could give Tina Fey and Bryan Cranston and a run for their money*. Continue reading
Two weeks ago I decided to give everyone a Leap Day gift in the form of a blog post, so why not celebrate Pi Day with one too? For those unaware, Pi Day is a big celebration for math enthusiasts. According to PiDay.org, which apparently exists, Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Since Pi equals 3.14 (followed by trillions of more digits), March 14 (or 3/14) has become a day of celebration for math. So this post is my gift for you. That’s our math lesson for the day, I promise to never talk about anything math related again. My apologies.
Moving back to Trivia Night, I wanted to take this time to talk more about the format of the show and explain how we got there. Continue reading
Happy Leap Day everyone! I know everyone reading this has been spending this extra day wondering about the progress on Trivia Night (your favorite yet-to-air-on-television game show), so this is my gift to you.
With our logo in place and having already created well over 500 questions (more on that later), Lisa and I decided that we needed to start advertising the show so that we could begin getting some actual contestants. We designed a poster (which was approved by our PR expert Angela Scherba) but we decided that we needed to make it more attractive by adding pictures of things that everyone likes in order to get their attention. According to a study [that doesn’t actually exist] there are five things that everyone likes:
One thing that can make or break a game show (or any television show for that matter) is a nice logo. What would Friends be if it wasn’t written in that weird italicized Comic Sans font with the different colored dots in between each letter? How about True Blood, which juxtaposes two fonts to convey the creepy nature of the show? And would anyone have even watched All That if the title of the show wasn’t inside the mouth of a big smiley face? Well I guess all of those things would probably have been fine because they’re awesome, but the cool fonts are what make them memorable. Because we want our show to be memorable, this became a top priority to us. My vision was to combine the style of the Cheers bar sign with the font of a neon sign. So this happened. Continue reading
I know everyone has been on the edge of their seats waiting for us to announce the name of our game show, so today I can officially say that we have a name. After countless suggestions from the comments section and on twitter (countless=zero) we have finally decided on calling the show Trivia Night. It’s straightforward and describes exactly what the show is—a simple trivia show. It took a lot more work coming up with a name than it should have.
Now we’re trying to decide what our show will look like and what the feel of it will be. One of my favorite game shows, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, has dramatic lighting and a high sense of tension, which works well for them but not necessarily for our show. We could go the Family Feud route and make the show feel like a hoedown but that won’t work either. The show has more of a bar trivia night feel to it, which is part of the inspiration for the show and one of the reasons we decided to name it Trivia Night, so the show will be casual and the set will resemble a bar. And everyone playing will be drunk. Kidding. Maybe.
Keep reading for some bonus fun game show trivia!