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Deaf Ecosystem Spotlight – Josh Feldman & Shoshannah Stern of This Close – Convo


I wonder if you like watching movies and tv shows? Ehh. I mean, who doesn’t!? Right! Have you ever wondered what it is like to make a TV show. What really goes on behind the scenes of production?! Lots of hurry-ups, and lots of waiting! We had an all-nighter shoot in a gas station in the middle of nowhere because we had to have specific lighting. Most gas stations in the city don’t have the lighting. They usually have basic lights. To have beautiful lighting, we have to go all the way out there. We finally arrived… I think my call time was like at around 10 pm. Strange hours we get during production can really make you feel like you’re not a part of the world From 10 pm and finishing at 10 am. If you start at 5 pm, you finish at 5 am. So, sometimes when you have a week straight of night shoots. Once, you return to routine you feel like you forgot what it is like to eat breakfast. When you drink wine on-screen is it really wine in your glass? Nope! It’s actually grape juice. Hmm… Vodka is actually… water. Water. You drank whiskey on set. What was in it? It was water with some type of colored syrup added in. After a few takes, I was over it. I had enough. More? I had to suck it up and drink. In Season one I had to eat brownies over and over again. I would chew and spit in the spit buckets. So I didn’t actually have to eat it. Spit, then spit once again…. When they said more, I had to shove and spit them out repeatedly. In the end, it was piled up and gross. I had to do that this season with hamburgers. As I munch them, it’s important for me to get the burger in my mouth in one shot. Once I have it in my mouth and the roll cuts, I could spew it out. It was very beautiful at the end of the shoot. Who’s responsible for creating vomit? It’s the art department! They make that. So, the art department makes a specific type of vomit with brownies for Season 1. They make sure it matches what the characters have eaten in previous scenes. All that along ensuring it tastes good. So, once you are ready to put in your mouth, you can puke it out. I typically take one take for vomiting. I am a vomit pro. We shot about a week. About five days. Plus, last year. Aha. Plus, last year! So… So sick of that outfit. SO DONE! That yellow dress. Begone! I was so done with that dress but then I saw it again when I change for the next episode laying on my bed. I was like ugh. I’m so sick of that dress! Sometimes we have a closed set, typically for sex scenes. It is just you with the camera person. That’s it, the rest will be out of the room. So, it’s more intimate that way. We have approximately 25 Deaf people in Season 2 who are Deaf. They work both in front and behind the scenes. We have had Deaf people in hair and makeup, photography, (Josh: editing) the art department, and editing. We really do try to have as many as possible


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  1. TRANSCRIPT & IMAGE DESCRIPTION:

    [ID – The official Deaf Ecosystem Spotlight intro – A 65% black opacity background with the first video as a still image in the background. White text overlay that reads “DEAF ECOSYSTEM SPOTLIGHT” then slow appearance of green Convo logo at the bottom. The black overlay with the white text “DEAF ECOSYSTEM SPOTLIGHT” and green “CONVO” logo shrinks into the upper right corner of the screen and it stays there throughout the entire video. The overlay disappears and shows Shoshannah and Josh signing.

    Shoshannah, a white female with long wavy brown hair, standing on the left side. She is wearing a deep fuschia pantsuit with gold hoop earrings. Josh, a white male with short brown hair, wearing a mauve suit over a white floral dress shirt. They both are standing next to each other in front of a textured white wall.]

    JOSH: I wonder if you like watching movies and tv shows?

    SHOSHANNAH: Ehh. I mean, who doesn’t!?

    JOSH: Right!

    [ID: The screen switches to short excerpts of This Close from the trailer starting with the two characters they play dancing in a bar, a close-up shot of Shoshannah’s character wearing black top twirling, switching over to Josh’s character laying down wearing a grey hoodie with white text overlay on bottom: “Yas Queen.”

    ID: An image of Shoshannah and Josh looking towards the camera. Shoshannah is wearing a blue and white striped dress with her arms crossed. She has a smirk as Josh leans slightly on her right. Josh is wearing a floral buttoned shirt with wet hair and a sly smirk. An overlay of text in green and white appears: “We’re Shoshannah and Josh ” on the bottom of the image.

    The screen switches to an image of Josh & Shoshannah looking into a round mirror. Shoshannah has her hair up in a tight ponytail wearing a rust-colored top. Josh is next to her wearing a black shirt underneath a flannel shirt. An overlay of white and green text appears on the bottom: “co-producers, co-creators,”…

    An overlay of white and green text appears on the bottom: “and co-stars of” on the bottom of an image of Shoshannah and Josh bundled up with plaid pillows and sleeping bags inside a tent. They both are looking at each other. The screen switches to This Close tv poster showing both of them smiling.]

    [ID: An image of four people from the show along with Shoshannah and Josh are standing in a room with a large abstract painting behind them. They all are looking at each other talking. An overlay of text in green and white appears: “This show is meaningful because it was written”…

    An image of the set with Nyle, make-up artist and Shoshannah appears as an overlay of white and green text appears: “and directed with a Deaf lens.” ]

    [ID: An overlay of text in white appears: “Secrets of the set ” and switches back to Shoshannah and Josh.]

    JOSH: Have you ever wondered what it is like to make a TV show. What really goes on behind the scenes of production?!

    SHOSHANNAH: Lots of hurry-ups, and lots of waiting!

    [ID: An overlay of text in green and white appears: “hurry-ups, and lots of waiting ” and switches to an image of Shoshannah in her character. An image of Shoshannah, flannel jacket with gray pants and black boots holding a flashlight in front of an old tree. She looks perplexed looking at something. An overlay of white text appears on the bottom: “Odd Hours.”

    The screen switches back to Shoshannah, in a deep fuschia pantsuit with gold hoop earrings.]

    SHOSHANNAH: We had an all-nighter shoot in a gas station in the middle of nowhere because we had to have specific lighting. Most gas stations in the city don’t have the lighting. They usually have basic lights. To have beautiful lighting, we have to go all the way out there. We finally arrived… I think my call time was like at around 10 pm.

    [ID: The screen switches to Josh, holding a bottle of whiskey, pouring onto the ground, with captioned: I know he was depressed before” friendversary ever.. Along with Shoshannah, giving an aww facial expression.

    JOSH: Strange hours we get during production can really make you feel like you’re not a part of the world. From 10 pm and finishing at 10 am. If you start at 5 pm, you finish at 5 am. So, sometimes when you have a week straight of night shoots. Once, you return to routine you feel like you forgot what it is like to eat breakfast.

    [ID: An image of Josh, grey long sleeves shirt with 3 buttons, elbows on the table with foods array, a blonde hair lady on the background, Marlee Matlin behind him in a blue jacket. An overlay of text in white appears: “Food and Drinks” on a photo. Then the screen switches back to Shoshannah and Josh.]

    JOSH: When you drink wine on-screen is it really wine in your glass?

    [ID: Shoshannah shakes her head no as an overlay of text in green and white appears: “not alcohol!”]

    JOSH: Nope!

    SHOSHANNAH: It’s actually grape juice.

    [ID: An overlay of text in green and white appears: “grape juice”]

    SHOSHANNAH: Hmm… Vodka is actually… water.

    JOSH: Water.

    [ID: An overlay of text in green and white appears: “vodka = water.”]

    SHOSHANNAH: You drank whiskey on set. What was in it?

    JOSH: It was water with some type of colored syrup added in.

    [ID: An overlay of text in green and white appears: “whiskey = water with colored syrup.” The screen switches to footage from This Close episode when Josh’s character stands with a bottle of alcohol outside as he turns it down to show it’s empty. Video of Josh and Shoshannah signing returns on screen.]

    JOSH: After a few takes, I was over it. I had enough. More? I had to suck it up and drink.

    [ID: The screen switches to footage from This Close episode showing Shoshannah signing celebrate and switches to Josh’s character standing in front of a kitchen island with mimosas. Now returns to Josh & Shoshannah signing.]
    SHOSHANNAH: In Season one I had to eat brownies over and over again. I would chew and spit in the spit buckets.

    [ID: An overlay of green text appears on the bottom: “spit bucket.”]

    SHOSHANNAH: So I didn't actually have to eat it. Spit, then spit once again…. When they said more, I had to shove and spit them out repeatedly. In the end, it was piled up and gross.

    JOSH: I had to do that this season with hamburgers. As I munch them, it's important for me to get the burger in my mouth in one shot. Once I have it in my mouth and the roll cuts, I could spew it out. It was very beautiful at the end of the shoot.

    [ID: An overlay of green and white text appears over the video: “Fake vomit is a work of art.”]

    SHOSHANNAH: Who's responsible for creating vomit? It's the art department! They make that. So, the art department makes a specific type of vomit with brownies for Season 1. They make sure it matches what the characters have eaten in previous scenes. All that along ensuring it tastes good. So, once you are ready to put in your mouth, you can puke it out. I typically take one take for vomiting. I am a vomit pro.

    [ID: Switch to an image of Shoshannah in yellow dress with a brown long coat holding a tan purse walking down the hallway. An overlay of white text appears, “Clothes”. The screen switches back to Shoshannah and Josh.]

    SHOSHANNAH: We shot about a week. About five days.

    JOSH: Plus, last year.

    SHOSHANNAH: Aha. Plus, last year! So…

    JOSH: So sick of that outfit.

    BOTH: SO DONE!

    SHOSHANNAH: That yellow dress. Begone! I was so done with that dress but then I saw it again when I change for the next episode laying on my bed. I was like ugh. I'm so sick of that dress!

    [ID: The screen switches to footage from This Close episode showing Shoshannah’s character fighting with her mother and switches to a blurry image of two males kissing with an overlay of white text, “Sex Scenes”. Then, switches back to Josh & Shoshannah signing ]

    SHOSHANNAH: Sometimes we have a closed set, typically for sex scenes. It is just you with the camera person. That's it, the rest will be out of the room. So, it's more intimate that way.

    [ID: The screen switches to footage from This Close episode showing Shoshannah’s character with two other women discussing sex in a restaurant. Then it switches to an overlay of white text, “Supporting Deaf Ecosystem” as the video clears up to Josh & Shoshannah signing.]

    SHOSHANNAH: We have approximately 25 Deaf people who work in front and behind the scenes. We have had Deaf people in hair and makeup, photography, (Josh: editing) the art department, and editing. We really do try to have as many as possible

    [ID: The screen switches to footage from This Close episode showing teasers of Season two concluding with a Season Two promo image with an overlay of white and green text, “Season Two premieres on Sundance Channel on September 12th!” and transitions into our closing:

    Visual animation of a map of the US in white outlines against a black background. The map moves from being upright to a more flat dimension as colorful pins appear in different states. White and green text appear “GROW THE DEAF ECOSYSTEM WITH US” as more colorful pins continue to drop on the map. Final visual is a green CONVO logo with a white text of “convorelay.com” under the logo against a black background.]

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