Ready for another Olive Us update? Here’s the extended trailer! Are you still excited? I sure am. And I still have butterflies. You guys had lots of great questions on the last post and I didn’t get a chance to comment, so I’ll answer some of them here.
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 Ben Blair and I 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 do you feel about kids and privacy on the web?
A. I get asked this question frequently, so I should probably put it in my FAQs. : ) I’m not sure how satisfying my answer will be to you. Basically, it’s never been a thing I’ve worried about. Before I even started blogging, I remember talking to a co-worker about privacy. She asked me: If the New York Times called and wanted to do a profile on you as a graphic designer, would you share your kids’ names? And I was like: Yes! For sure. (I love my kids names and like to tell them to anyone who wants to hear — Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty and Flora June. So great!) But my co-worker was adamant that she would never share her kids names in a public forum like that.
So I suppose it’s just one of those things. Either you’re comfortable with it. Or you’re not. No stress either way. As parents, Ben Blair and I continue to talk about this and so far, we feel good about our decisions.
Q. What is Olive Us about?
A. Ooooh. 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 I’ll 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 here. 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 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. Bad mama! Why aren’t the kids wearing helmets during the bike riding scenes?
A. Ugh. So sorry! I should know better than to model a bad habit like that. Will you cut me some slack if I tell you it’s a cultural thing? The only riders I see wearing helmets here in the French countryside are serious road bikers who are prepping for the Tour de France. As for kids on scooters, bikes and skateboards, helmets are pretty much non-existent. So as I was pulling together props and equipment, it didn’t really cross my mind. But again, I should know better! Sorry about that.
Q. When does Olive Us launch?
Next week! The first episode is still being tightened up in editing, but it’s almost done. I hope you will love it! I can’t believe how nervous I am about the whole thing. That’s just the way it goes with a new project — the family has poured heart and soul into this and we want it to be so good!
We bought the url http://oliveus.tv and plan to have all the episodes live there. But something is wonky with the url registration and we seem to be stuck for a minute. I’ll let you know when the site is ready to go. It will have more FAQs, behind the scenes footage, and short bios about the kids. For now, you can watch both trailers here.
Thanks again for all your kind words last week. Such encouragement! I really, truly, sincerely appreciate it.