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Skins – Naomi and Emily (Naomily) [video] Aug 13

Some Saturday Fun

Skins | Naomi and Emily (Naomily)There’s a really engaging TV series in the UK, on Channel 4 (E4), called Skins (not to be confused with the short-lived MTV version). Part raunchy drama, part teen comedy, the BAFTA-winning show is packed with gripping characters and storylines.

It’s made all the more impressive by the fact that the entire main cast is replaced every two years! (And you thought Glee was harsh!) On top of that, each episode focuses on a different character that you can’t help but love by the end of the hour.

On seasons/series 3 and 4 there were two stand-out characters — Emily and Naomi (known as Naomily by their legions of fans); fearlessly played by Lily Loveless and Kathryn Prescott.

Their two-season journey was exciting, poignant, surprising, touching, agonizing and uplifting. Everything you’d want in a story arc. So much so, that I decided to use my screenwriting sensibilities to create [say this next part in your head with an ominous echo] the ultimate Naomily Youtube video!

It’s called “Naked.” (Settle down, no one’s actually naked. It’s a play on the many definitions of the word, like exposed, raw, vulnerable… Plus the main song used is “Naked” by Tracy Bonham.)

Why spend the time to make such a video?

A few reasons:

1. I love the show.

‘Nuff said.

2. The challenge.

How do you distill two seasons into a video that’s under ten minutes in length, present it in a way that’s fresh, and hone the story so that it can stand on its own?

It involved doing what all good screenwriters do — strip everything out until you’re left with only the story you want to tell. Similar to writing a script, there were so many wonderful scenes that I wanted to include but didn’t support the main narrative, so they had to go. It was a really good exercise in killing your darlings.

3. To create something visual.

We toil away for years in our darkened rooms, writing stories that we hope will sell or, dare we dream, actually dance across the silver screen one day. Sometimes it just feels nice to be able to create something that people can see right now and say, “Wow.” (Of course an original short film would be better, but…)

The resulting video utilizes non-linear storytelling, and synchronizes key actions and scene cuts to the music, to enhance the emotional punch. In doing so, hopefully it becomes more than the sum of its parts. Let me know what you think!

Warning: Lesbians!

This video doesn’t contain any nudity or significant swearing, and would probably be acceptable by late-night network television standards (tame by cable television standards). However, it does contain several scenes of girls kissing, etc. So if you’re homophobic, or lesbi-antsy, you might want to stay away from this vid… But if you do, you’ll be missing out on something rather beautiful.

Can’t see the video above? Want to download it?
Naomily.avi (Optimized for Windows | 1280 x 720 | 174 MB)
Naomily-iPad.mp4 (Optimized for iPad/Mac | 1024 x 768 | 125 MB)

FYI – The first three seasons of Skins can be streamed through Netflix or Amazon. The fourth season DVDs can be rented or purchased through the same.

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6 Responses
  1. Jennifer says:

    I really enjoyed watching this. EXCELLENT job.

  2. Teddy says:

    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not, but anyone who’s at all homophobic, or lesbi-antsy SHOULD watch this. Love between two people, no matter what gender or persuasion, doesn’t require a warning label. In any case, nice job.

  3. Trevor Mayes says:

    Very, very nicely said Teddy! I agree wholeheartedly. My warning is definitely sarcastic.

    And for any unenlightened readers who do happen to stop by, my intention was actually to trick them into watching the video. Because we all know homophobes, like racists, hate being called out.

    “I’m not homophobic! Where’s that damn play button?”

    All the same though, you’ve encouraged me to add a clause to make my stance more clear (i.e. “But if you do, you’ll be missing out…”).

    Thanks for the note!

  4. la vivi says:

    hi please i see your youtube page, and i wanted to now why you deleted the lost episode of naomily part 2 and 3 i got to see it please…

  5. Trevor Mayes says:

    Hey la vivi,

    Thanks for your note! Universal Music Group has forced the takedown of those two videos over a copyright claim. I’m now fighting to get them back online. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Naomily fans can find all three videos here:

    SKINS | Naomily – The Lost Episode

    All 3 parts in AVI format (for PCs) – 854 x 480 resolution:,a2dlk2z74zn2n0k,ap8ph4ifwkgv798

    All 3 parts in MP4 format (for iPhones/Macs) – 480 x 270 resolution:,aff3pzelrx32ssa,gooe4pdj6pd560c

    Thank you for your support!



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