Tuesday, September 13, 2011

'Epic Meal Time:' Paving the way for internet-to-television success, one bacon strip at a time

"We make your dreams come true, and then we eat them."

Epic Meal Time is doing what a lot of us wish we could do: get paid to eat food, guzzle booze, and make television.

For those of you unaware of the Youtube sensation, Epic Meal Time is an extreme cooking show that features extraordinary meat-laden meals, covered in bacon, and soaked in alcohol. If Jackass and Man V. Food had a baby, this would be it. The show was co-created by host and narrator Harley Morenstein and cameraman Sterling Toth. From its tender beginnings, a video in which they create a fast-food pizza, the team of rowdy, drunken college kids make monstrous concoctions that push the boundaries on caloric intake and blood-alcohol levels. Take a look at this fan-favorite, "Chili Four Loko:"

The show was an instant success, the first video grabbing 100,000 views. Soon after, the show was featured on multiple big-name viral trending sites (like buzzfeed), signed up with Youtube for their own channel, and snagged the 2011 Shorty Award in the Food Category. After they established themselves as a web show that was going to stick around with the statistics to prove it, the guys signed on with two talent agencies, The Gersh Agency and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, and an internet television network, Revision3. As of February of this year, the rumor is that Epic Meal Time is currently being pitched as a long-form television show to major TV bigwigs, including Comedy Central, Spike TV, and the Discovery Channel.

While we as soon-to-be television/radio graduates may be screwed when it comes to landing jobs due to the current economic crisis, websites like Youtube are rays of sunshine peaking through the dark, debt-ridden clouds of the future. Networks are turning more and more to amateur works on social media websites for new television ideas. Current TV is a viewer-generated television channel that often features works from Youtube and Vimeo. Although these next two productions are, in my opinion, deplorable and obnoxious, they did both start as poorly-made Youtube videos. Fred, a show about the life of an annoying teenager, was picked up by Nickelodeon and made into a feature film. The Annoying Orange, an animated series featuring a whiny orange with a mouth and eyes, is getting the chance to film six episodes, directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek) and written by Tom Sheppard (Pinky and the Brain), to be given to Nickelodeon.

Beyond TV, student and amateur filmmakers around the world are being discovered via the internet. The future is looking good for our generation of film and TV makers. If Fred can land a gig with Nickelodeon, anything is possible.


Epic Meal Time deleted scenes:


To read more, try these links:
Men gone wild -with food - canada.com
A Chat With Epic Meal Time: YouTube Gets Wrapped In Bacon - forbes.com
YouTube hit Epic Meal Time cooking a TV show - insidetv.ew.com
Epic Meal Time - cracked.com
Interview: Epic Meal Time: A Bunch of Dude, Just Making it Happen - eater.com
Canadian YouTube hit Epic Meal Time headed to TV - nationalpost.com

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