“I am surprised at the amount of nostalgia for the show…
Once MTV kept re-running it, I had a feeling it was lasting,” Travis remarked.
It’s a shooting-and-editing puzzle to get it to work.” Di Vello: “I always said that if we wrote the show, we would have had much bigger story lines than what we were dealing with.
I think we would have had gigantic, soap-opera-type story lines.
As the opening credits claim, “The rest is still unwritten.” So while there may not have been actual scripts, the show was carefully edited and manipulated into dramatic narratives that kept us tuning in week after week.
Oh, and one fun fact before we begin: Natasha Bedingfeld’s “Unwritten” wasn’t supposed to serve as the show’s opening theme.
"We came up with the idea that Lauren should be the main character and entry point at the last minute.
I’m not quite sure who brought ‘Unwritten’ to my attention…but as soon as we heard it, we knew it was perfect for .
Natasha actually became a good friend and a friend of the show, and she came back and did a slowed-down a cappella version for the finale, which was so nice.” Back to the addictive drama that unfolded in the glittering lights and darkened nightclubs (Les Deux! ) of Hollywood on was, could we tell a reality story without using the techniques of documentary, and particularly confessional interviews?
“It’s nice to hear that people still care about it after all these years, [and] that someone is doing a story about the 10th anniversary of the first episode airing.
It seems like such an odd milestone,” Di Vello said when we started our conversation.[If] stuff happens off camera, or stuff happens on the weekends, or when we weren’t shooting, we would go back and get it on camera. ”Part of the mastery of — something that was even mocked by James Franco and Mila Kunis in a Funny or Die sketch — was that the producers managed to get so much out of people who sometimes said so little.