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Episode 15 – Godfather Nightmares

In this episode, Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster talk about the strange nightmares they have after watching the horsehead scene from The Godfather. If you don’t know what that scene looks like, you can look it up, but I will not be held responsible for any of your nightmares.

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The tracks used are Serpentine Trek and Mystery!, both by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.

By the way, Kevin made a bunch of holiday sing-alongs. You can download them at his website Incompetech.

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PS. I actually had some problems with YouTube this time. I normally upload the m4v version, which is 23MB in this case and takes a few minutes to upload. However, when I upload this file onto Youtube, the video and audio became all out of synch for some reason. So I uploaded the DV file, which is 422MB (!!) and took a few hours to upload. The video did come out better though, so I might do that again for future epiodes. I don’t like the black bars at the top and bottom though…

Some Links:
Episode 14: Tofu
Epiodse 13: Tis the Season to be Charlie
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Episode 14 – Tofu

Wow, haven’t posted a new video for two months! This, of course has a lot to do with Christmas. Before Christmas, we had a lot of work to finish and we couldn’t really go on vacation until we finished them. So yeah, I was working hard, making money instead of putting together videos. And then I went home for Christmas, away from all my video making stuff. And then after I came back from Christmas I was just lazy… not so great of an excuse. Anyway, here is an episode that I wrote, recorded, and filmed before Christmas, but couldn’t finish editing in time. Now that I’ve wrapped it up, enjoy!

In this episode, Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster answer questions about tofu and soy milk using shadow puppets. It was my first attempt at making and filming shadow puppetry! Did it turn out perfect? No. But it was fun to do nevertheless.

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m4v format (24MB)
mov format (14MB)

The background music is Joy to the World arranged by Christopher Baker. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic. No, he didn’t write it but he did arrange and produce it. The original Joy to the World is by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason. And of course, the lyrics is by moi. 😛

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Episode 13 – Tis the Season to be Charlie

Episode 13 is here. The new puppet is still not named. Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster suggests that tis the season to be Charlie. And they sing, cuz eh, it’s Christmas and everybody is happy. This introduction is not making much sense. If you watch the video, it probably will make slightly more sense. No guarantees though.

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mov format (15MB)

The music is Deck the Halls by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. No, he didn’t write it but he did arrange and produce it. The music was made up by some ancient Welsh dude while the lyrics were written by me. Just look how stupid the lyrics is and you wouldn’t even think someone else wrote it. 😛

By the way, Kevin made a bunch of holiday sing-alongs. You can download them at his website Incompetech.

Oh yeah, here is Charlie the Unicorn if you haven’t seen it.

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PS. I just realized that there’s a typo in the video, but, eh, too late to change it now.

Video special: Enchant This!

This week, Lapu the Coyote that Cares comes on the show to talk about the upcoming LCC show “Enchant This”. Meanwhile, Mac and Cheese is on vacation leaving only Bottle Monster to host the show.

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When I was in UCLA, I joined a theatre company called Lapu the Coyote that Cares. It’s a student-run theatre company that produces their original shows. All the scripts are written by its cast members, and the directing and acting are all done within the group. I’ve seen many student theatre companies on campus but this was the only one that’s consistently putting on shows every single quarter. My college life would’ve been really different without LCC cuz it was such a big part of my college life. I love being silly and I love being creative. I have really random ideas that just need to go somewhere. This group certainly encouraged creativity, and I learned a lot about making visions come true. It taught me a lot about taking an idea and then somehow turn it into a project and then finally a product. The product might be good, might be bad, but what matters is, it gets done.

Up till the previous show, I was performing with LCC. This is my first show as “the wise alumni that come to see the show”. Who knows how the show will turn out to be? But that doesn’t change my love for student productions. Maybe I’ll write more about that later. For now, here’s the show information:

LCC presents…
Enchant This!
A night of drama, comedy, and improv.

Date:
Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th
Time:Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7:00pm
Location: Northwest Campus Auditorium (near Sproul Hall)
Price: FREE! Just show up! Bring your friends!

Episode 12 – Daylight Saving

Episode 12 is here! This week, Mac and Cheese is confused about daylight saving time and daylight saving accounts. Bottle Monster educates him about the importance of saving daylight.

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And this video used lots of graphics generously licensed by their original authors through Creative Commons licenses. There are so many that they deserve their own table:

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Office Buildings
Bobby’s narration background Sylvain Racicot CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

bank at night
Moostifer night vitamin background Carsten Tolkmit CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

A car drives by in the night
Moostifer’s solar power car Ben Watkin CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

A discovery
Dinasaurs talking Denise Chan CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Comet McNaught
Comet Steve Crane CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

This is also the first episode filmed during day time (except the outdoor UCLA video) using natural daylight, which fits the theme, although it’s not intentional. In fact, I didn’t realize that until just now. 😀 Filming in the dark certainly has some weirdness associated with it.

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Episode 11 – The Truth Behind Halloween

Episode 11 is here! This week, Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster investigate why people go trick-or-treating for candy on Halloween on Puppet Kaos’ own newsmagazine 50/50. Do ghosts even like candy? Don’t vampires want blood instead? Does this tradition even make any sense? Let Puppet Kaos tell you the truth behind Halloween!

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Or download Quicktime movies here:
m4v format (80MB)
mov format (31MB)

The music is News Sting by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

And this video used lots of graphics generously licensed by their original authors through Creative Commons licenses. There are so many that they deserve their own table:

Graphic Usage Author License

colourscapebg3.jpg
50/50 background Jonny Baker CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

My First Jack-o’-Lantern With Ian
Truth Behind Halloween title picture Tze-Her Su CC Attribution 2.0 Generic

Machampane Wilderness Camp
Moostifer walking background 1 Ralph Pina CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

San Gorgonio Wilderness
Moostifer walking background 2 Randy McEoin CC Attribution 2.0 Generic

desert view
Bobby walking background 2 Jon Sullivan CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

A Picture Share!
Loose tooth picture Jenny Levine CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

At the Dentist
Dentist picture Seth Werkheiser CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

#4 – The Tooth Fairy
Tooth fairy picture Kaptain Kobold CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

I just got my new green screen from my friend Fiona, because my apartment-mate lost the mailbox key so I had to mail the greenscreen to a friend who lives nearby when I ordered it. Thanks, Fiona. I’ve been using the new greenscreen backdrop in this episode. I’m still getting used to it. Some of the focus and lighting conditions were not ideal since I’m still experimenting, but it does give me more freedom simply because it’s bigger than my good old green piece of paper.

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