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Freaky Friday Videos Jun 15

Because it’s Friday

Here are the videos that have been haunting my dreams this past week.

Burning Love

Have you seen this parody of The Bachelor yet? It’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. Thanks to Yahoo throwing some money behind it, the production value is exceptional for a web series.

It also stars some pretty big names including Ben Stiller, Malin Ackerman, Kristen Bell, and another famous actress who makes a surprising appearance in episode 2.

Here’s episode 1:

The other episodes can be found here. New episodes air every Monday and Thursday.

Bieber Creeper

So apparently Justin Bieber held a contest where girls were supposed to post a video of themselves singing a “Girlfriend” version of his song: Boyfriend. The result was one of the creepiest, funniest videos that will make you hope Justin Bieber has an army of security guards.

It now has 5 million plus views and shows no sign of slowing down:

Those eyes! [shudder]

Hand Thing

If you think the above video was creepy, you should stay the hell away from the one below. This video, featuring the character of Shaye Saint John, is equal parts brilliant, deranged and hilarious. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure — you will never forget it.

Seriously, words can’t prepare you for this video. You’re just going to have to watch it.

Shaye Saint John

“WTF?” incarnate

If you’ve still managed to keep your sanity, you might wish to check out this great Geekosystem article on the madman/genius behind the Shaye Saint John character and many more disturbingly funny videos like Hand Thing. Just make sure all your doors are locked first.

What videos have been haunting your dreams this week?

Modern Family Horror Movie Goes Viral! Jan 01

Expectations Exceeded

Modern Family HorrorWhen I posted this extended Modern Family horror trailer spoof, I was hoping that, over a year or so, the video would maaaaybe receive 50,000 views.

Much to my surprise and delight, the video exceeded that number in just 3 days, and over the holidays!! BuzzFeed first picked it up, and then it spread from there.

Surreal Moments

There have been some really cool moments over the last few days:

3. The video appears in The Huffington Post
When an article about your video appears in The Huffington Post, you know you’ve touched upon something that has struck a chord outside your own little world.

2. While surfing IMDB, I see a news story about it
Last night, while visiting IMDB.com, I glanced down and noticed the top related news story was an article about the video! Of course, I was on The Bad Seed movie page, so I guess that makes sense… but still — wicked cool!

1. Ariel Winter tweets about the video — twice!
It was hugely rewarding (and relieving) to see that Ariel Winter, the brilliant young actress who plays Alex Dunphy, got a big kick out of the video. Here’s one of her tweets:

Ariel Winter tweets about "Modern Family" horror movie trailer spoof

“WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???!!!!!!” – Phil Dunphy

So why did I make this video? What was the inspiration?

  • I love Modern Family!
  • Genre-bending and re-cut videos are hilarious. I was especially inspired by this video for Sleepless in Seattle.
  • I’ve always enjoyed movies about clever, evil kids (e.g. Macaulay Culkin, The Good Son / Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan).
  • I was surprised Dexter didn’t go in this direction… yet. I mean seriously, look at Astor. That girl has darkness in her.
  • I was impressed by the acting of Ariel Winter. How does she have that much poise and confidence? When I was that age, I couldn’t even look an adult in the eyes.
  • Let’s face it, Alex only needed a strategic nudge or two to make it work.
  • Thought it would be fun to figure out the puzzle and put it together. It was!
  • It gets something entertaining out there right now for people to see. I love screenwriting, but it takes years for the fruits of your labor to pay off.
  • I thought the material was really interesting. We’ve seen evil kids before, and even smart evil kids. But a psychopathic child genius? Never. So I’m currently working on a feature film treatment! I’m excited about it, because I’m tellin’ ya, the the ending of my story gives The Usual Suspects a run for its money.

Thanks!

The overwhelmingly positive responses to the video have been incredibly flattering, humbling and very, very much appreciated. Thank you everyone!!!

Wishing all my Scriptwrecked readers (and my new Modern Family Horror Movie fans) all the best for the New Year! Let’s make sure 2012 is killer!

Stay tuned for my next video project… and of course more great content about screenwriting and movies.

Previously:

Modern Family as a Horror Movie [Video]


Short Film: Script Cops Jun 10

I’ve been getting some great screenwriting links from my friends lately. I’ll share them with you over the next few days.

Today’s link is to the following hilarious short film by Writer/Director Scott Rice, called SCRIPT COPS.

Script Cops

Sorry, I wasn’t able to embed the video.
Click the image above to view at the filmmaker’s web site.

According to Rice’s web site:

This award-winning parody became a hit Sony Pictures web series. Maverick Award Winner – LAWebFest 2011.

You can view more episodes of SCRIPT COPS here.

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Scriptwrecked on Facebook May 28

Scriptwrecked on FacebookDo you know who Iron Baby is?

No? Sounds like you haven’t joined Scriptwrecked’s Facebook page.

You might be missing out on some really cool stuff. I often post additional entertaining news stories, links and shorts on this page, that tend to be a little more lighthearted than my standard blog posts.

Please click “Like” in the sidebar of scriptwrecked.com or visit the Facebook page directly at:

http://www.facebook.com/scriptwrecked

See you there!

Trevor

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Originality in Storytelling vs. Artwork Mar 29

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
- Josh Billings

Glart and OtokThe Year is 30,000 B.C.

Otok and Glart have returned from a successful hunting trip (i.e. they didn’t catch anything, but both survived).

Otok, captivates his fellow cavemen by retelling the story of the hunt… with certain embellishments to minimize Glart’s role in the heroics.

Glart, gets back at Otok by painting representations of the hunt on a cave wall. He makes his stick man twice as tall as Otok’s.

Later that night Otok sneaks into Glart’s cave with a club and bad intentions. Glart, who it turns out actually is freakishly large, overpowers and mortally wounds Otok.

As Otok lies dying, he uses his powers of language to spin a convincing tale of Glart’s treachery. On the day Otok is buried, Glart is fed to a saber-toothed tiger as punishment for his crime.

Since that day, the war between artwork and storytelling has been raging.

Unfortunately for us screenwriters, on the battle front for originality, artwork appears to be winning.

They’re making Godzilla again? Now they’re recycling their own recycled regurgitations! Just like the burst housing bubble, this one’s going to blow. Only a matter of time before the snake realizes it’s eating itself. Or does the youth market always forgive?
- Anonymous Scriptwrecked reader

Originality

As screenwriting descendants of Otok, we’ve all heard the mantra that, “there are no more original stories.” Well I’m not buying it! The art world certainly doesn’t adopt that philosophy.

In the last few months alone, take a look below at some original works of art that have been produced, 32,000 years after Glart first scrawled on a cave wall.

May they inspire you in your storytelling endeavors when you search for your own original idea. Because if they can do it, so can we!

Aggravure by Baptiste Debombourg

Aggravure by Baptiste Debombourg

Click the photo or link to see more pics, and closeups. You’ll never guess what this masterwork was created with.

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Egg Art Master Franc Grom sells egg artwork by creating approximately 2500 to 3500 holes in each egg shell.

Egg Art Master Franc Grom

This guy makes beautiful artwork from eggs by creating approximately 2500 to 3500 holes in each shell! Click the photo or link for more pictures.

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Jimi Hendrix by Erika Simmons

Jimi Hendrix by Erika Simmons

This artist has created some highly original works of art out of cassette tape. Worth clicking the photo or this link to see more examples.

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Muhammad Ali and Bob Marley by Mark Evans

Muhammad Ali and Bob Marley by Mark Evans

Click the photo or link to see more of Mark Evans’ amazing work. Can you guess what medium he uses?

Who says there are no more original ideas out there? If artists are still coming up with new ways to make artwork after 32,000 years, we screenwriters have lots of time left to explore exciting new stories and possibilities.

“The greatest trick Glart ever pulled was convincing the followers of Otok that there were no more original story ideas.”
- Verbal Otok

Dig deep and find your original idea or vision. I know it’s in there. I believe cinematic originality is about to make a resurgence in Hollywood… Riiight after I sell my screenplay adaptation of Tick Tack Toe. ;)

Do you think originality is dead in Hollywood or is it ready to thrive once again? Any non-film sources inspire you?


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