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Jonathan Paula takes you behind the scenes of "Is It A Good Idea To Microwave This?" to answer some of your most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS! (Current As of July, 2014)
Q: What happened to new episodes?
A: For reasons explained in detail here, http://bit.ly/WATJ117 -- the show's bi-weekly format was retired in favor of unscheduled bonus episodes, uploaded a few times a year.
Q: What have you already microwaved?
Q: Who are you guys?
A: I am Jonathan Paula - I produce, edit, direct, co-host, film, and control this YouTube account; Jory Caron is the host & writer, Riley McIlwain is the sidekick.
Q: Age, location, education?
A: I'm 28, I live in Rockingham, NH, having graduated from Emerson College in 2008 with a degree in Television Production & Radio Broadcasting. Jory is 25, he lives in Portsmouth, NH, he dropped out of Emerson in 2008. Riley is 22 and lives in Wakefield, MA - and is attending Salem State College.
Q: How do you know each other?
A: Jory and I met at Emerson College in 2006. Riley and I are childhood friends.
Q: What's the history behind the show?
A: Jory found a bunch of microwaves... and wanted to "test" one of them. I decided to film the results.
Q: Where do you get the microwaves, how do you afford them?
A: I buy them used on Craigslist.com for around $30 each - the show's budget pays for them.
Q: Where, and when do you film?
A: In a specially made tent-area in my parent's backyard in Nahant, MA. For seasons nine and ten, we moved the JCML to the back deck of my new house, in Rockingham, NH. Production for a 30-40 episode season typically takes about 12 hours a day, recorded all at once, over a three day weekend.
Q: Is the show scripted or improvised?
A: The introduction skits are pre-rehearsed, but most of the show is improvised on the spot.
Q: What software do you edit your videos on?
A: Programs from Adobe Production Premium: Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. I started on version 2.0, and currently work on Creative Cloud 8.0.
Q: What equipment/cameras do you use?
A: The show is shot using 3 cameras: My DVX-100b for the main angle with a Sennheiner ME66 shotgun-mic for the main audio; a Canon Elura-100 for the microwave-cam attached; and a Canon S3-IS for Riley's Sidekick cam in s5 & s6. For Season 8, a full-upgrade to HD was finally made, our new equipment is: A Panasonic HMC-150 for the primary angle, a Panasonic Lumix-GH1 for the microwave angle, and a Canon SX20 for the new Reverse-POV angle. The same microphones are used. In s9 we added a Canon SX210 for a fourth angle.
Q: Do you get paid to make this show?
A: No, not exactly... but we do earn revenue through YouTube advertisements thanks to the Partner Program. The money varies from month-to-month, depending on views and clicks, but it is enough for me to do this as a full-time job.
Q: How do you get those banner graphics, and custom video thumbnails?
A: I am a YouTube Partner - besides getting paid, we get special perks: See www.YouTube.com/partners for more info.
Q: Who are your sidekicks?
A: We've had many over the years: Zach Schiffman in Season 1; Ezra Horne in Season 2; Ryan Lewis for the first half of Season 3, and Riley McIlwain has been our sidekick since Season 5. It was just Jory and I for Season 4.
Q: How many microwaves have you used?
A: 42 (so far): Unnamed, Diane, Sandra, Helga, Lacey, Vanessa, Tracy, Whoopi, Jasmine, Susan, Beatrice, Jackie, Samantha, Summer, Penny, Cinnamon, Candy, Zelda, Melissa, Gladys, Erin, Sarah, Justine, Margaret, Margaret II, Marissa, Cindy, Esmeralda, Penelope, Rapunzel, Beth, Felicia, Gabrielle, Gina, Shelley, Emily, Heather, Rhianna, Phyllis, Ivanka, Playlist 3, and Khloé. Unnamed, Diane, Lacey, Samantha, Penny, Melissa, Margaret II, Penelope, and all microwaves used during our live performances were retired early - and were still functioning when we stopped using them.
Q: How do I donate an item to the show?
A: With the show now retired, we are no longer accepting any future donations. But thanks to all who sent in items over the years!
Q: What kind of computer do you have?
A: My self-built PC's specs here: http://bit.ly/JonPCv4
Q: What happened to "ideoProductions"?
A: I re-branded my company to "Jogwheel" in August, 2011 for reasons explained in this video: http://bit.ly/JPO33
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