You like Weezer, don't you? Of course, we all do. Where would we be without the ultimate geek rock outfit having provided the soundtrack to our lives since the mid-90's? In a sad, empty place. That's where we'd be. Now, armed with your remembrance of how awesome Weezer are, can you envision yourself in one of their music videos? Well, you should, because a contest exists that would allow you to do more than envision it, you can make it a reality!
All you have to do is create the funniest music video on the internet, and submit it to our friends over at Key of Awesome for judgment. The top 12 videos will be picked by their judges, and then will be subject to a vote. If you win, you'll be flown out to exotic Los Angeles, California, where you will be given a cameo in a Weezer video. How cool is that? Pretty damn cool, that's how cool. Now get over there and submit your funny video!
Tech geeks have CES in Las Vegas but audio geeks have the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show to showcase the cutting edge equipment, products and ideas from the music industry. Women of the Web correspondent Alex Sim-Wise crossed the pond to cover the 2010 NAMM show, which you can catch tonight on Attack of the Show at 7p.
And in case some of you need some help remembering the beautiful Alex Sim-Wise, check out her Women of the Web video above.
Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Position: I’m kind of the kicker. I’m always there, I have a very specific skill set, I work hard when I need to and I’ll sometimes surprise you by winning the game.
Favorite Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3
Least Favorite Nickname: Skeeter
AOTB: What do you do on AOTS?
I produce various segments including Web Tools, Go Hack Yourself, As Seen on TV, Quick Hit, Kings of Dot Comedy, Who’s Who on YouTube and The Feed. That means I have to find and research sites/apps/YouTube celebrities/games, write the scripts, gather or shoot the footage and hand all of that over to one of our editors who cuts each segment into 2 – 3 minutes worth of television. That’s how we make TV magic.
AOTB: What is your favorite moment from the show?
First, here’s a classic favorite moment from The Screen Savers: We enjoyed playing practical jokes on the set and I probably should have gotten fired for this but, I changed one of our co-host’s lines in the teleprompter to say, “… and I’m not wearing any pants.” The co-host, Dan Huard was also my roommate and I honestly didn’t think he would actually read the lines, but, he did and the rest is history.
I’m going to have to say, my favorite AOTS moment was during our 1,000th episode when Kevin finally realized his dream of catching a greased pig with his bare hands. The unplanned part where the pig escaped the little pen we had set up was one of those awesome live TV moments.
AOTB: You have quite a history with the show. Tell us about it.
This is a really long story, so go grab a coffee and come back. I started as an intern on TechTV’s Call for Help. Back then, the interns ran the teleprompter during the show and sent out the prizes to the show’s callers. I was such an awesome intern that I was hired on staff as a production assistant for The Screen Savers. Then, I moved into the control room as the show’s line producer. The line producer keeps the show to time, talking to the on-air hosts through those little dealies in their ears during the show. That way, they know how much time is left in each segment and when to wrap up interviews and such. The show moved down to Los Angeles from San Francisco. We started a new show called Attack of the Show, loosely based on the format of The Screen Savers. I became a segment producer. My job then, as it pretty much is now, inventing or finding interesting tech hacks and discovering cool websites, events and guests who we can invite onto the show.
You know, a city covered in clouds half the year might seem like a cold, dreary place, but thanks to the internet, the women of Montreal are heating the winters up and no one is hotter than our number one woman of Montreal, Ariel Rebel.
Without today's supremely talented industry professional, a lot of your favorite Hollywood stars would be walking around with far less clothing, and though that sounds awesome, trust me, the films you love are much better with the addition of her beautiful handiwork. Please, take a few moments to absorb the words of a specialty costume maker, who has worked on such films as X-Men: The Last Stand, Doom, The Cat in the Hat, such programs as Crank Yankers and even did some work on those cool, live action Assassin's Creed II shorts you all love so much, Simone Williams.
What inspired you to become a specialty costume maker?
Everything good in the 70s and 80s. Star Wars, KISS, the old Universal Monsters, Alice Cooper, Bladerunner, MTV and music videos. I never admitted I listened to Duran Duran, but I loved their look and their videos. Even The Police had a costume designer from The Royal Shakespeare Company make their costumes once things started going downhill towards the end of the Synchronicity Tour. Everything I was absorbing inspired me to be a creative person. I was always a crafty kid. I had been sewing and crocheting since I was little. I started college in Art and Graphic Design, but that soon changed.
How did you get your start?
While getting that Art degree, I got a work study scholarship in Photography for the Theatre Dept. That pretty much blew it open wide for me. In costume design, it's expected that you draw and you're an artist, so I started living a double life of going to art classes, then doing a lot of uncredited theatre work. People encouraged me to go to grad school for costume design.
Was it tough breaking into the business?
I think sticking with it and not giving up takes more fortitude than people give it credit. Ten years ago, I had a few credit cards with sweet interest rates, so I was able to get by even when I shouldn't have been. It's the Robert Townshend method of paying for your dream with your credit cards. You certainly can't do that nowadays!