"Billed as a cross between Buffy and Skins, the supernatural drama''s second series killed off its main character in January, and now everyone is a suspect. KateModern is the brainchild of the team behind LonelyGirl15, an American web-based video series that was initially thought to be the video blog of a real person, until the writers admitted it was fictional.
This blurring of fiction and reality, with unknown actors wandering round with hand-held cameras and audience participation, is being hailed as the future of drama. It is cheap, has a quick turnaround, and, in its brand integration (Apple iMacs, for example, are everywhere) is self-funding outside the confines of conventional advertising."
(The Guardian, March 3 2008)
The apparently real story of Bree (Jessica Rose) and Daniel's relationship ups and downs aired on YouTube vlog site has been revealed to be a fiction. Internet savvy filmmakers Greg Goodfried, Ramesh Flinders and Miles Beckett created the lonelygirl15 series that stars Aotearoa/New Zealand actress Jessica Rose from Mount Maunganui. The series demonstrates the viability of Internet blogging as a broadcast medium to rival TV.
View report on NZ television Campbell Live: Lonely Girl 15.
"It began with a lonely girl reaching out to the world from her bedroom. lonelygirl15 flipped on her webcam on June 16th, 2006, and in the course of a few short months millions rallied around her cry for help. Her parents followed a strange religion, the Hymn of One, and were preparing lonelygirl15, Bree, for a mysterious ceremony. With the help of her friend Daniel, and a passionate community of online friends, Bree exposed the true nature of her parent's religion, and fled for her life."
[lonelygirl15 exploits the YouTube 'video response' feature. In doing so it enables multiple independent video clips to be associated with each other to form a single interactive narrative 'web series'.]