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Ramesh "Mesh" Flinders is a screenwriter
Screenwriter
Screenwriters or scriptwriters or scenario writers are people who write/create the short or feature-length screenplays from which mass media such as films, television programs, Comics or video games are based.-Profession:...

 who, along with Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, is best known for creating the groundbreaking lonelygirl15
Lonelygirl15
lonelygirl15 was an interactive web-based video series which began in June 2006 and ran through to August 1, 2008. Developed under the working title The Children of Anchor Cove, the show gained worldwide media attention when it was outed as fictional in September 2006.-Overview:lonelygirl15...

 video series which received international attention during the summer months of 2006.

Flinders grew up in a spiritual community outside of San Francisco, and attended St. Vincent's high school in Petaluma, CA. He graduated from Occidental College
Occidental College
Occidental College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1887, Occidental College, or "Oxy" as it is called by students and alumni, is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast...

 in Los Angeles., While there Flinders wrote about an alter-ego, the home schooled girl who would eventually become Bree, and told fireside tales about her as a camp counselor in Maine.

Flinder's first film was called "In the Time of My Undoing," which won the 2003 Occidental College student film award.

Flinders' short film "Pond" is about a high school age girl (not unlike the later character Bree on lonelygirl15) who gets left behind on a museum field trip and meets the ghost of the museum's famous architect. Together they solve the mystery of his confinement, freeing the architect from his museum purgatory, and helping Ana find something to care about. The Pond screenplay won the Panavision Young Writer's award in 2004. "Pond" was premiered at the 2006 New York Short Film Festival
New York Short Film Festival
New York Short Film Festival is an international Festival for Short Films. It is part of the "Annual Program Without Frontiers", which organizes 'virtual' film festivals...

, and was an official selection in many other film festivals including the 2007 Sacramento Film Festival
Sacramento Film Festival
The Sacramento International Film Festival is an arts organization with year round activities, culminating in an annual film celebration each year in late March and continuing to early April-Mission:...

  and 2006 Spokane International Film Festival.

In early 2006, Flinders was working as an assistant in the entertainment industry and maker of short films when he met Beckett at a karaoke bar birthday party. Beckett had the idea to tell a story about a videoblogger on YouTube
YouTube
YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos....

, and Flinders had the perfect character. The duo quickly set about planning, writing scripts and held a casting call. Around the time the series began, Flinders and Beckett contacted Greg Goodfried for legal advice. The three eventually became known as The Creators.

Bree's bedroom in the lonelygirl15
Lonelygirl15
lonelygirl15 was an interactive web-based video series which began in June 2006 and ran through to August 1, 2008. Developed under the working title The Children of Anchor Cove, the show gained worldwide media attention when it was outed as fictional in September 2006.-Overview:lonelygirl15...

 series was in fact Flinders' apartment. Most of the girlie accessories in the room were purchased at Target
Target Corporation
Target Corporation, doing business as Target, is an American retailing company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, behind Walmart. The company is ranked at number 33 on the Fortune 500 and is a component of the Standard & Poor's...

 and thrift stores.

After Lonelygirl15 was revealed as fictional, Flinders, Beckett, and Goodfried founded Telegraph Ave. Productions to develop other web series and to support "online buzz" for movies and TV shows.

Flinders has hosted a number of new media related talks, including ones in June 2007 for The Hollywood and Games Summit
Game Developers Conference
The Game Developers Conference is the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers, focusing on learning, inspiration, and networking...

  and in September 2007 for the Flash Point Academy.

Flinders wrote, edited, and/or directed more than 200 episodes of LG15 before leaving the production at the end of 2007 to work exclusively on film projects. Telegraph Ave. Productions subsequently became EQAL
EQAL
EQAL is a media and technology company founded in 2008 by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, two of the creators of lonelygirl15. EQAL builds influencer networks around celebrities and brands...

in mid-2008.

Flinders currently lives in Manhattan where he recently completed a short feature, "Further Ln." which premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in April, 2010.

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