David Harris, a graduate student at UCLA's film school, is developing an interactive Web site called "How do I say this?"--a cross between an Ann Landers advice column and improvisational comedy. The site allows students to post dilemmas involving friends or family members where they seek advice from an online community. The advice accumulates, is voted on, and helps shape a personalized video acted out by puppets, animated characters or costumed actors. The user can then send the video anonymously to a friend and the friend can respond. Other users will be able to stream the video from MTVU's Web site or download it as a podcast. Harris is using the $25,000 grant to create the first four episodes.
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