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.

Dear God, WHY: Creep Van

A new super-extra-long Dear God WHY! I’m not sure if we want to make them this long in future, but each DGY is different depending on the film and the reactions and there was a lot that felt worth keeping this time. Let us know what you think!

I wish I’d got my thoughts together a bit more while we were filming – most of what I said was expressed better by someone else. Watching Creep Van again now, I wonder if the story behind all the oddball characters (and there are many more than we had time to mention) is similar to how Nick Frost ended up in Spaced. He had no acting experience, but the character of Mike – invented purely to amuse his friends – was so good that Simon Pegg wrote him into the series. Most of the Creep Van roles seem to be well cast – given a better script and good direction I’m sure the comedic actors could be genuinely, intentionally funny – so I suspect the writers and/or producers made room in the film for the people they knew they could cast.

…Except Creep Van isn’t a sitcom. It’s a horror film, and all these larger-than-life characters just don’t belong there. Comedy horror isn’t the same as putting unrelated slapstick and bad puns in the same film as gory set pieces, and the horror and the jokes and the… “romance” just get in each other’s way. Truly a movie worthy of the DGY treatment.

-M

Technical Difficulties 5

Rainy days are an great opportunity to catch up on the important things in life. Or you could just write irate letters.

This sketch (by Alex) was shot way back in November in preparation for the next Pick N Mix, hence the three separate sections, but it’ll be a while before we’ve filmed enough Pick N Mix skits and we reckon this one’s strong enough to be a TechDiff.

It’s not actually a technical problem that’s delaying the next video – another Dear God WHY – just some non-video-related shenanigans. (Nothing nasty, nothing exciting, just life being busy.) It should be worth the wait, though, for fans of the Devour video. I’ve tried to take all the positive feedback from last time on board, and Jack in particular had a lot of interesting stuff to say about this film. I won’t spoil which film it is, but I’ll give you a clue: it was filmed in Detroit.*

-M

* Not a very good clue.

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!

Outtakes 10: Rhyming Again

Not to be confused with takeouts. Or stakeouts. Or steak houses. Or fish and chip shops. Or actual fish.

More outtakes! A little on the long side, but I’ve finally sorted through all the raw footage for the videos I edited and there are at least two hours of great outtakes available, so I reckon seven minutes is a reasonable compromise. This week we have footage from Jamie’s half of Quit Raging, The Final Cut, Food for Thought and A Saur Point. I don’t want to keep dwelling on really old videos like Quit Raging, but last time I put together some outtakes I ran out of time to hunt down the best bits. Plus Glass Houses will have its own separate making-of/outtakes video, so that’s off the table for now.

Probably the most exciting thing about this video for me is the creation of (potentially) a new ongoing series! (You’ll know it when you see it.) Not bad for an outtakes video.

Hope all’s well with you! If not, punch a fool.*

-M

* This advice is not offically endorsed by What Have You Media.

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.

 

Alex Hoyle: Live at The Cube Cinema

Last month, Alex did some stand-up at The Comedy Combo, a lovely stand-up night at The Cube Cinema in Bristol. On the night, Dave Taylor (a volunteer at The Cube) was nice enough to record Alex’s set, and let us have a copy.

NB: Dave was also the one who put the bumpers on the start and end of the video. That wasn’t just Alex trying to brag that he’d sold out the night.