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  1. Tim and Eric – Ooh Mama

    October 30, 2013 by

    If you guys aren’t familiar with Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, it’s basically some of the most absurd, psychedelic sketch comedy of all time. They’re kind of like licorice – you either love em’ or you hate em’, there’s no grey space in between. I for one, am a massively geeky fan of the show, and there’s a number of different skits that I could post and try to convince you are all completely genius. “Ooh Mama” is one of my favorites.

    First off – no, you’re not missing anything. There’s no precursor to this skit, and there’s nothing that comes after. This is the entire bit. In a way, you’re meant to craft you’re own significance and story line to it. It’s sort of like Shepard Fairey’s “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” stickers – the meaning behind it is trying to attribute some meaning to it. Anyway, what I feel makes Tim and Eric so fantastic is their incredible editing skills. As is the game-plan for most of their productions, they shoot completely insignificant scenes, and then create a story out of them through editing and post-production. In “Ooh Mama,” they use a repeating audio sequence to craft a song. Sure it’s a somewhat demented song, but it still is crafted simply from the process of editing. This clip is massively inspiring to me, but it may be complete nonsense to you.

  2. Jarritos Gringos Commerical (ACE 2)

    October 16, 2013 by

    This is inspiring to me 1) because it’s funny 2) because it was made without a big production company 3) I know them…and this makes me think that all is, indeed, possible.

    In terms of production quality with one camera and no budget, I appreciate a number of parts of this video.

    1) The first is the use of the 1,2,3 in the opening scene that gets closer and closer to the singer’s face.  They break up the jump cut with a blur, which makes it feel authentic.

    2) I also appreciate how it’s clear that they’ve staged it, and have long scenes where the camera is following them down an aisle and keeping them framed well, going around corners of fruit. It just seems like they’ve got a tight space to work with but they’re creating all sorts of dynamic shots.

    3) They greenscreened. Love it.


    Jarritos Gringos Commercial from Elizabeth Shapiro on Vimeo.

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