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This week, instead of a regular episode, we decided to do something experimental. For the first time, we didn’t write any lines before we start filming, and for the first time, we are taking this outdoors. Also this is my first collaboration with my friend Rick Lee, who is a performer / improv-er that I’ve always been a fan of. So without further ado, here’s the video:

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It was a fun experience and experiment. The way this episode worked was like this: Rick and I both thought up ideas seperately beforehand, and then when we met up, we just developed the ideas a little more or went straight to filming. We did not write any lines and when we were done filming the ideas we came up with, we just walked around and looked for whatever that inspired us. Nhi joined us halfway and helped us film some scenes too.

I really enjoyed having the luxury of working with people that can just improvise. You don’t need to tell them what to say, and you don’t need to tell them where to point the camera. Also, I normally do three takes for each shot in regular episodes, but in this video, we just did one take for pretty much everything. Everything was more spontaneous. That actually made editing a lot easier. And collaborations are definitely more fun than me sitting in front of the camera talking to myself, haha. So thanks again, Rick and Nhi!

Yeah, I know some hands are showing and some heads are visible in the shots. Some shots looked a little odd, but whatever. It was fun that way.


  1. September 28th, 2007 | 11:36 am

    Hi Kelvin!

    I just added you to my blogroll. Great to see you’re using WP in all its glory!

  2. Brad
    September 29th, 2007 | 3:14 am

    This is my favorite episode so far. I love it when puppets travel outside the studio. Keep up the great work, and I hope you get to go on location again in the future.

  3. September 30th, 2007 | 2:36 am

    Yeah, WordPress is awesome. I’m glad I am using it. You know, as a computer science person, it’s very nice to be able to mess with the database and tweak the code myself.

    I am glad that you like it. It was fun to do too! I’ll definitely take the puppets outside the studio more often. (But of course, since it takes more scheduling and collaboration, it wouldn’t be every week.)
    Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  4. Thomas
    October 22nd, 2007 | 11:41 pm

    that was hella sweet when m&c & bottle monster went to ackerman 3rd floor… also you and rick made a pretty good team out there

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