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What inspired me to write each episode (11-15)

Episode 11: The Truth Behind Halloween

South Park has this episode called Fantastic Easter Special which is a spoof of the Da Vinci code, and it’s about the conspiracy and secret behind Easter. I thought it would be fun to do an episode about the real story behind Halloween as well, because everyone loves a good conspiracy. Also I wanted to do a news magazine type episode, along with some tooth fairy jokes. So I threw it together and it became the longest episode so far.

Episode 12: Daylight Saving

This was inspired by daylight saving time… which I sort of celebrate by watching the time jump suddenly an hour forward or backward on my computer. It’s sort of a surreal experience and sometimes I’m more hyped about it than new year. So I just had to do one episode about daylight saving. And this is another example of how puppets can just do whatever and get away with it (saving up daylight? Oh really?).

Video Special: Enchant This!

This was sort of an ad / trailer / fan video for LCC Theatre Company‘s production “Enchant This!” Some of the video footages from past shows are from YouTube. They were blurry and there were some artifacts from the website that I used to grab YouTube videos and convert them into formats I can actually use in my video editor. If I were to do this again, I would’ve done a much better job with the video quality though, because I’ve figured out a better system.

Episode 13: Tis the Season to be Charlie

This was done around Christmas time so I wanted to include puppets singing Christmas songs that are not quite Christmas songs. I was listening to Christmas songs and I could sworn one of the guy sang “Tis the season to be Charlie” as opposed to “jolly” so I sort of based the episode on that. It’s also partly inspired by the Charlie the Unicorn which had been viral on the internet.

Episode 14: Tofu

This was also made around Christmas time so we were listening to Christmas music at work. And again, I changed the lyrics of one line and that idea amused me enough to make a song out of it. Men hunting for tofu had always been an idea that amused me and wanted to make true on video. I was going to do flash animation but later I figured that shadow puppets would be faster. Was shadow puppets faster to do? I’m actually not sure but I definitely had more fun making shadow puppets. This happened to be picked up by several vegan sites and became the most viewed episode so far. That was a pleasant surprise.

Episode 15: Godfather Nightmares

This was inspired by work, sort of. So at work we were working on this Godfather game, so we watched the film again (more of an excuse than real research). The very classic horsehead scene had been a subject of parodies in many cases, including a commercial from the most recent Super Bowl. I thought I’d do my own version too. Also I was getting back into watching the old Twilight Zone episodes at that time. I love the old black and white Twilight Zone. They didn’t have that many special effects available to them back then, but the writing is so good. They can totally play with your mind, create that eerie feeling, and make you think about the what-if’s. The show is totally awesome. Also, due to the success of the last episode, and some stuff I’ve been reading, I’ve decided to try to keep the episodes even shorter and snappier. I tried to crank up the tempo, cut down the set-up time, go straight to the main story, and keep the episode more focused with less random talking head chitchat, and I liked the final product.

Related Posts:
What inspired me to write each episode (1-5)
What inspired me to write each episode (6-10)
Episode 11: The Truth Behind Halloween
Episode 12: Daylight Saving
Video Special: Enchant This!
Episode 13: Tis the Season to be Charlie
Episode 14: Tofu
Episode 15: Godfather Nightmares

Comments

  1. June 27th, 2008 | 8:58 pm

    I am always so curious about the story behind something. I love knowing the inspiration behind your work.

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  2. June 28th, 2008 | 12:00 am

    Yeah, I thought it would be interesting to share… and it would be to interesting to look at when one day I forgot what the hell I was thinking. 😉

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