Revelator Produces Vimeo’s First On-Demand Comedy Special


Vimeo recently chose Revelator to produce, direct and edit their first On-Demand comedy special. We’re a big fan of Vimeo’s original content and jumped at the chance to capture the unique persona of comedian Bianca Del Rio at the Paramount Theatre, right here in Austin. Vimeo has always had a great creator-led community, focused on elevating up-and-coming talent, and that’s why they set out to develop Vimeo Originals. We’re tremendous fans of their first Original creation, High Maintenance, which aside from being soulful and hilarious, received enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics alike.

We were lucky enough to shoot the special at the beautiful, 100-year-old Paramount Theatre, and even luckier to showcase Roy Haylock’s hilariously hateful Bianca Del Rio, season six winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Del Rio, often described as “Don Rickles in a dress,” was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2015.

It’s such a pleasure to work with an innovative and creatively collaborative company like Vimeo. They definitely understood the tone and approach necessary to capture Bianca Del Rio, who The New York Times calls “the Joan Rivers of the Drag World.” Named after her Rolodex of Hate tour, the comedy special highlights Bianca’s unapologetic, unfiltered, unbelievably funny take on her world. Vimeo knew the traditional cable-style take on a comedy special wouldn’t necessarily compliment their brand or Bianca’s unfiltered style, so they encouraged us to follow a raw and unrestrained aesthetic. Influenced by the tone of our favorite stand-up specials, we pursued a doc-style approach to a lot of the project, including backstage coverage of Bianca’s prep and fan interaction. Bianca, a true professional (and terrific person), gave us unprecedented access to her preparation and back-stage process, as well as her pre-show personal interaction with her fans…fans, by the way, who were lined-up around the block hours before the show.

Since that fan interaction is such a key to Bianca’s hilarious persona, we knew our 5-camera crew always needed to have a camera pointed at the audience, which definitely becomes a character in the special. Hand-held backstage cameras, long lenses, roving re-frames, and that classic 70’s-aesthetic helped us bring the tone of our favorite classic comedy concerts into a modern, fun and uncensored special for a truly unique artist. The special was produced by Revelator’s Chris Ohlson, directed by Revelator’s Matt Muir, executive produced by Haylock, David Charpentier, Jacob Slane and Vimeo’s Laura Turner Garrison. We’re extremely grateful to Vimeo for entrusting us with their first original stand-up special, and to Bianca for the unlimited access and true collaboration on the project. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the rest of Vimeo’s Original On-Demand Content, we can’t recommend it enough. Of course, we suggest you start by renting this special tonight…just don’t watch it with your parents.


ABOUT REVELATOR: Revelator is a full service film & video production company in Austin, Texas. We like to write, produce, & edit projects for t.v. and the web. We specialize in brand films, corporate identity work, as well digital advertising and t.v. broadcast advertising. If you need help with your script, production, or just an idea, give us a call.

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