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Be My Guest

An Englishman’s cupcake is his castle. Or something. Don’t look at me like that, it’s late and I’m tired.

Hello folks it’s me folks!

The shoot for Be My Guest was almost exactly the opposite of the previous one: while Without a Sound took a couple of hours – since the sound wasn’t important and we didn’t have to do many retakes – and ended up including almost all the footage we shot, this two-minute video took a good seven hours to film. I never realised it would be such a short sketch until we started filming, when I had to stop and think about just how much of each shot was going to make it into the finished product. In the end I had to make it even shorter by cutting one joke and a longer and funnier, but less technically sound, rant from Vikkie.

It was absolutely worth all the effort, though. I had SO MUCH FUNNNNNNNNN with this!

Ta-ta,

-M

Without a Sound

So you may have noticed we’ve been having some microphone problems recently…

HELLO! Hello, hello, hello. We are back after a short, mostly unplanned hiatus. For those of you who missed our explanatory Facebook posts, Alex’s laptop can no longer edit videos and my internet connection started playing up just as we were approaching our 23rd July deadline. Since Alex is away in Edinburgh for the entire Festival and I’m up there all of next week, we decided to take a break and get back up to speed with the next couple of videos.

…And then I finished the latest video two days late for entirely stupid reasons. Sorry about that. Not to worry, though; if I’m having difficulty getting the next video done in time I shall just hit myself repeatedly in the face with a table tennis bat and upload that instead.

More importantly, this video marks the writing debut of some bloke who once stood up a ladder. Leon’s a friend from my university days who’s similarly interested in writing and producing comedy but is much, much better at it than I am. Seriously. He wrote this sketch after work across just two evenings, and not only produced a coherent script* requiring exactly the three actors who were available for filming, but also managed to perfectly nail the style of classic WHY sketches like The League of TWFAP, Oh, I See! or The Final Cut. As soon as I read it, all I could think was how much it sounded like us.

So, yeah. Good job, Leon. I think you’re hired.

-M

*Weird, I grant you, but still coherent. It escalates nicely from start to finish.

Vikkie Come Home

It’s not easy being greenscreened.

So, this video was delayed, and then it was delayed, and then it was delayed, and then it was delayed. But now it’s out! So that’s kinda cool. Vikkie Come Home was supposed to be last autumn’s “Hey folks, Vikkie’s left town and won’t be around as much for a while” video. It was fun to deliver the announcement through a direct sequel to our first video and in theory separating out the shots needed for Vikkie and for Rest of World would make it easier to film, but it just proved impossible to get all the different bits done until recently. And then it took forever to join them all up without too many cracks.

Adobe Creative Suite is a weird thing. It seems you can either do a really efficient job of greenscreening but end up with pixellated edges (as seen at the end of the sketch in the intentionally not-so-convincing shot) or you can have smoother edges at the cost of turning anything too pale slightly transparent as well, regardless of colour (as seen in the earlier shots). What’s the deal with that, eh?

Broad Band, Narrow Mind

The problem with the Internet is… Well, mainly it’s this guy.

Like A Saur Point, this is a video of mine we started to film last year and only finished off recently. Largely because during the original shoot we decided to tweak the script a bit and upgrade the costume, which was originally just the helmet and a red T-shirt. It was definitely worth the wait to get the full impact of the finished outfit! Outlandish costumes and over-the-top characters are great fun, albeit a challenge.*

I was in two minds about how offensive to go with this script – and I had to be very careful to make it clear that the target of the big “You said WHAT?!” moment is the adult, Susie, and not her niece – but after all the sketch is about just how extreme the difference is between the online and offline versions of normal (or even socially acceptable) behaviour. In the end I came to the conclusion that without throwing a genuinely nasty line or two in there I was just undermining the rest of what I’d written.

Be nice to one another, kids.

-M

*Note to self: Please don’t create any more loud, grandiose characters that already require a lot of effort to portray and then give them a load of uncharacteristically nonchalant or uncertain lines. It’s too much like hard work.

The Other Side

Every home is hiding something strange, terrible and unexpected. In Jack’s house, it’s Alex.

This week’s sketch is the last of three that Alex wrote in a fairly short space of time to make good use of limited resources. Bath Time only required two people and the streets of Bath, it was easy to film On Board since we were genuinely at Jack’s house in that room playing D&D, and The Other Side was another two-person conversational sketch set in the most convenient shooting location. Funnily enough, two out of those three ended up becoming collaborations involving multiple filming/recording sessions! This week the huge thanks go to Leon and Alistair for readily agreeing to fill the roles of two strangers.

Alistair is an indie game developer who makes highly regarded iPad games. Check them out. Even if you have no money and your house just went up in flames, the single-player iPhone version of Greedy Bankers is free! FREE, I tell you!

On Board

 

Roll a 20-Sided Dice to see how much you enjoyed this sketch. Don’t forget to add +3 for our natural charisma.

This video marks the second appearance of our pal Alistair, as well as the first appearance of Jack’s brand new swingin’ bachelor pad, that he lives in with his girlfriend, Izzi.

All the West-Country What Have You crew have been getting together to play RPGs for a while, and we thought it was time to bring our hobby to the small screen. The script for this was written by Alex, and made comprehensible by Mike.

 

Bath Time

A guided tour of Bath, with special guest star Dale Friesen!

(For those of you playing the WHY drinking game, cheers!)

Dale (or, as I like to call him, ‘D-Man’ -Alex) very kindly offered his services as a guest voice-over artist when Vikkie met him back in November. We were all super excited to have such a great voice talent involved with WHY, but we didn’t have anything suitable in production at the time, so we had to twiddle our thumbs impatiently until the opportunity came along.

That opportunity came in January, after Alex and Mike spent a fun afternoon walking around Bath (or, as I like to call it, ‘B-Money’ -Alex) finding pretty/ridiculous landmarks to film Mike standing in front of. We were intending to use Alex for the voiceover right up until a few days before the video was due to go up, when Mike thought of Dale’s offer and started running around in circles like an excited puppy at the prospect of getting him on board. Dale was happy to help, so naturally there followed a massive panic over what to upload instead.

Thanks, Dale! We really appreciate all the thought and effort you put in.