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Sophomore Slump

“Get your second project done as quickly as possible so you can move on to your third”
– Ed Chigliak*

I’m a firm believer in getting my ‘rebound’ out of the way as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, I usually don’t. However, due to the goading of the Skeptoid, I managed to bust out this little ditty:

 

She may not be much to look at, but she’s kind of cute, fun(ny), and gave me a good old nostalgic feeling about my early days of filmmaking. The days when I avoided using ‘cuts’ because I wasn’t sure if my “Windows Movie Maker” would be willing/able to process the fucker. Days when we had no lighting. Days when we had no rehearsal, and didn’t bother memorizing our scripts. I didn’t think I would miss those days, but I seriously do.
Here’s what you have to understand: filmmaking is a pain in the ass. Even a 2 minute scene usually takes a couple hours of prep time, several crew members, thousands of dollars of equipment, etc. On top of this you usually have to worry about people actually showing up. Sometimes I write in ancillary characters just in case we are missing an actor or crew member (entirely interchangeable on my set).
Now take all this effort, and add the fact that we are all self-involved artistic egomaniacs who, for some reason, decided to work in an industry that can only function through teamwork. Now double–No, TRIPLE your efforts, and realize that you’ve only improved the quality of your movies by a slight margin. A “margin” that none of your non-industry friends will ever notice.
Anyways, it was fun just kind of ‘winging’ it for a night.**

Thanks, Mr. Dunning!

ps. If anyone reading this was in the background of the video and wants to be credited, let me know.

 

*I went through 8 discs and ‘scrubbed’ over 40 episodes of Northern Exposure to find that fucking quote.
**Though I was still shooting with a 28mm prime on a Canon t3i, and using a Rode mic attached to a Zoom H4n. All of which was mounted on my new P&C Gearbox. That still counts as “winging” it in my book/on my set… whichever sounds better.

 

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Comedy

Sophomore Slump

“Get your second project done as quickly as possible so you can move on to your third”
– Ed Chigliak*

I’m a firm believer in getting my ‘rebound’ out of the way as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, I usually don’t. However, due to the goading of the Skeptoid, I managed to bust out this little ditty:

 

She may not be much to look at, but she’s kind of cute, fun(ny), and gave me a good old nostalgic feeling about my early days of filmmaking. The days when I avoided using ‘cuts’ because I wasn’t sure if my “Windows Movie Maker” would be willing/able to process the fucker. Days when we had no lighting. Days when we had no rehearsal, and didn’t bother memorizing our scripts. I didn’t think I would miss those days, but I seriously do.
Here’s what you have to understand: filmmaking is a pain in the ass. Even a 2 minute scene usually takes a couple hours of prep time, several crew members, thousands of dollars of equipment, etc. On top of this you usually have to worry about people actually showing up. Sometimes I write in ancillary characters just in case we are missing an actor or crew member (entirely interchangeable on my set).
Now take all this effort, and add the fact that we are all self-involved artistic egomaniacs who, for some reason, decided to work in an industry that can only function through teamwork. Now double–No, TRIPLE your efforts, and realize that you’ve only improved the quality of your movies by a slight margin. A “margin” that none of your non-industry friends will ever notice.
Anyways, it was fun just kind of ‘winging’ it for a night.**

Thanks, Mr. Dunning!

ps. If anyone reading this was in the background of the video and wants to be credited, let me know.

 

*I went through 8 discs and ‘scrubbed’ over 40 episodes of Northern Exposure to find that fucking quote.
**Though I was still shooting with a 28mm prime on a Canon t3i, and using a Rode mic attached to a Zoom H4n. All of which was mounted on my new P&C Gearbox. That still counts as “winging” it in my book/on my set… whichever sounds better.

 

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Bigfoot Hoax

Perhaps you are already aware… or perhaps you were made aware by PZ Myers:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/01/hairy_horde_marches_on.php

Or the Skepchick:

http://skepchick.org/blog/2010/01/man-in-bigfoot-costume-caught-on-tape/#comments

Or the Skeptoid:

http://skepticblog.org/2010/02/11/bigfoot-rears-its-ugly-face/#more-6464

In case you are not aware, let me fill you in. I decided a few months ago to create my very own hoax video.

I chose bigfoot because it didn’t seem like anyone could get hurt from my hi-jinks (so far, I don’t think anyone has). I also asked a lot of skeptics to feel free to debunk it. As you can see they came through with flying colors.

I thought this might inspire some crypto’s to ‘defend’ or ‘promote’ the hoax. There was a problem, however: You see, I assumed that I had already learned a lesson that apparently I had not. I assumed that I had already learned the lesson that “less is more.” I ASSUMED that ‘less’ than a second of clear footage would get me the ‘more’ of what I was looking for. APPARENTLY a split second of clear footage is a split second too fuckin’ much!

Even the Oregon Bigfoot lady wasn’t convinced:

http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/blog/bigfoot/actual-bigfoot-footage-high-definition/

And this dildo sells memberships to see her collection of smudged and blurry photos.

(actually, that’s not fair. As my female friends point out to me, dildos actually have a function.)

The Biscardi Factor

Of course, not every crypto suddenly turned skeptic. I received an e-mail from Tom Biscardi’s secretary asking me to call him up. I did. After about ten minutes of lying through my teeth the guy asked me to drive to Vegas that weekend and if I had the “real deal” he would make me “rich and famous.” I tried to talk him into just getting me an interview with an LA based news organization, but he wanted to meet me personally.? After this I decided to throw in the towel.

On the one hand, the man is determined not to be fooled, at least not by anything that’s not good enough to fool everyone else. On the other hand, the man gave me his personal phone number, and he was more than willing to give up his time and energy in order to check me out. Assuming that he actually watched my video you have to ask, “what’s his angle?” Or, “Is he just gullible?”

For my money, he’s been in this “business” way too long to be gullible. He was fast talking and did not like taking ‘no’ for an answer.

If he was the only way to take this hoax to the next level, I didn’t want any part of it.? It was time to come clean.

The Punchline

PS. The Makeup

Despite all the negative comments on the hoax video, the makeup did take a lot of time, money, and effort. I had to get that shit glued on my face for three fuckin’ hours and I think it looks pretty fantastic. Mad props to my makeup girl Christina Voigt.

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Bigfoot Hoax

Perhaps you are already aware… or perhaps you were made aware by PZ Myers:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/01/hairy_horde_marches_on.php

Or the Skepchick:

http://skepchick.org/blog/2010/01/man-in-bigfoot-costume-caught-on-tape/#comments

Or the Skeptoid:

http://skepticblog.org/2010/02/11/bigfoot-rears-its-ugly-face/#more-6464

In case you are not aware, let me fill you in. I decided a few months ago to create my very own hoax video.

I chose bigfoot because it didn’t seem like anyone could get hurt from my hi-jinks (so far, I don’t think anyone has). I also asked a lot of skeptics to feel free to debunk it. As you can see they came through with flying colors.

I thought this might inspire some crypto’s to ‘defend’ or ‘promote’ the hoax. There was a problem, however: You see, I assumed that I had already learned a lesson that apparently I had not. I assumed that I had already learned the lesson that “less is more.” I ASSUMED that ‘less’ than a second of clear footage would get me the ‘more’ of what I was looking for. APPARENTLY a split second of clear footage is a split second too fuckin’ much!

Even the Oregon Bigfoot lady wasn’t convinced:

http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/blog/bigfoot/actual-bigfoot-footage-high-definition/

And this dildo sells memberships to see her collection of smudged and blurry photos.

(actually, that’s not fair. As my female friends point out to me, dildos actually have a function.)

The Biscardi Factor

Of course, not every crypto suddenly turned skeptic. I received an e-mail from Tom Biscardi’s secretary asking me to call him up. I did. After about ten minutes of lying through my teeth the guy asked me to drive to Vegas that weekend and if I had the “real deal” he would make me “rich and famous.” I tried to talk him into just getting me an interview with an LA based news organization, but he wanted to meet me personally.? After this I decided to throw in the towel.

On the one hand, the man is determined not to be fooled, at least not by anything that’s not good enough to fool everyone else. On the other hand, the man gave me his personal phone number, and he was more than willing to give up his time and energy in order to check me out. Assuming that he actually watched my video you have to ask, “what’s his angle?” Or, “Is he just gullible?”

For my money, he’s been in this “business” way too long to be gullible. He was fast talking and did not like taking ‘no’ for an answer.

If he was the only way to take this hoax to the next level, I didn’t want any part of it.? It was time to come clean.

The Punchline

PS. The Makeup

Despite all the negative comments on the hoax video, the makeup did take a lot of time, money, and effort. I had to get that shit glued on my face for three fuckin’ hours and I think it looks pretty fantastic. Mad props to my makeup girl Christina Voigt.