A Quick Look Back, and Off Into 2012

In November of 2007, shortly before Christine Cook and I were scheduled to shoot for the first time at the Union Square farmers market in New York City, Chris came down with the flu and called to postpone.  I remember my entire body gasping in relief: "NO PROBLEM!"  I shouted into the phone, giddy at the sudden reprieve.  "Of course, no no no, there's no reason, no reason at all  to push yourself if you're not up to it.  You just take it easy!"   I hadn't worked with an actor in years and had managed to avoid looking over the manual of the little point-and-shoot camera that was to have recorded the outing. P-H-E-W.  

 Christine Cook at the Union Square farmers market

Christine Cook at the Union Square farmers market

It's probably no accident that The Louise Log turned into the story of a character who is anxious about facing the challenges of life.  Nevertheless, four years later to the day, the 28th episode makes its debut. 

There's been a lot of water under the bridge: more than 125 people have been involved in the production in one way or another, almost all of them contributing their time, energy and talent for no financial gain.  I can't thank enough the actors, musicians, crew members (more about them here), my co-writer Sandra Vannucchi and story consultant 

Mark M. Green.  Without all of their work, this series would not exist.

 (l to r) Christine Cook, Jennifer Sklias-Gahan

(l to r) Christine Cook, Jennifer Sklias-Gahan

The Louise Log is also deeply grateful to Roger Ebert, who has tweeted about it twice, to Eve Ensler who gave us a killer quote for the homepage and to Henry Sheppard, whose tireless work has resulted in an almost-complete IMDb record, a Wikipedia entry for me and another one for the series in the near future.

 Snezhana Chernova from The Louise Log #8: How To Interview Babysitters

Snezhana Chernova from The Louise Log #8: How To Interview Babysitters

Thanks to Eric Mortensen and blip.tv, many episodes have been featured on the blip.tv homepage and episode #27 clocked over 25,000 views in 18 days.  Since Molly Campbell introduced me to the other smart (and killer-funny) bloggersAnn's Rants embedded an episode and Alexandra Rosas featured it on her blog Good Day Regular People and continues to be a tireless torch bearer.  These women have shown me, by example, how-to social media and opened up a whole new world of fellow travellers.And I can't not mention my fellow web series producers Tom Diggs, Matthew Kirsch, Danielle Earle and Daryn Strauss who have been rocks of support.

The plan for 2012 is to continue cutting and posting Season 2 and then to shoot Season 3.  All Louise, all the time is a diet I'm very happy on.  But there will be one change -  we're going to try to do a better job of spreading the word.  As always, any suggestions (insider or otherwise) you might have for actions we could take to make this series the *must-watch* comedy series for women (and for the men who are interested in them) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much for your interest and your support.  Happy New Year.