To Settle a Wager

The inspiration for this week’s episode came from a new discovery I recently made inside one of those magical word tombs known as books.  Apparently, during the early 1920′s through the late 1930′s, it was very common to settle all sorts of disputes in the seemingly unusual manner depicted in “A Gentlemen’s Agreement”. There were three main types of settlement styles, whose details can be summed up in the following photographs:

1. The Manchurian

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As you can likely tell, this method claimed the lives of many beloved heroin-addicted skateboard enthusiasts.

2. The Cleaveland-Seattle-Robo-Rouser

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A gentler, more sexual alternative to the Manchurian, but nonetheless violent.

3. The Mid-Knight Calamity.

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The most abhorrently violent of the three methods. Shield your children’s eyes.

Of course there were many other forms of bet settlement, some more conventional than others and some so foul they’ve been banned to even be spoken of, but these three stood the test of time and came out on top as the favourites.

Unfortunately, the entire industry of “dust-bowl belly-fair” dried up, driving families and children to rethink how they had gotten to where they were in life. slowly but surely, boys grew into older boys, girls became mothers and some mothers became fathers. All of a sudden people didn’t have time anymore for a good old fashioned Mid-Knight Calamity, or MKC as it was called back then. The wonderful and joyous pandemonium of life quieted and the gears of good classic wager settlement ground to a creaking halt.

It really is a shame. It sort of makes me nostalgic for something I never knew. Boy, how much better things must have been back in those days.

A Post. On a Blog. That Is Ours.

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Well, hello there. Welcome, welcome. You have just entered a magical kingdom, one that is full of enchanting excitement, mysterious wonders, and gloriously spectacular sights that stretch far beyond even most imaginative, imagefull and imaginatory imagination of the minds eye! You smell delightful. Please lean closer.

We are just a small group of people who like to write strange little films and see if we can make what’s in our heads somehow spring to life through the magic of reluctant machines.

We will be posting a new video every Monday at noon for the next four months.

All of the films are really quite different, so if you love one or hate another…even to the point of throwing up your grandmother’s famous chipotle chicken-waffle-corned hashmash-equestrian sauce pudding pasta, all over both of your twin half sisters on their confirmation day….come back next week and brace yourself for what we have in store for you. You may do something other than projectile vomit.

- Eric

Old Stuff

DragonfistYou may notice that since there’s not a lot of new stuff at the moment, we’ve added some older stuff we’ve created over the years. These basically fall into two categories: 48 hour films and crudely animated shorts.

The 48 hour films (“Behind the Scenes: Dragonfist” and “About a Film”) were made as part of a competition in our lovely hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. As part of the contest you’re assigned a genre, prop, character, and line of dialogue to include in your film, and then you must shoot, edit, score, and render it within 48 hours. The first of these (“Dragonfist”) we made after signing up without having first obtained a camera and editing software. The result is rather chaotic, but perhaps still chortle-worthy. The second of these (“About a Film”) was created after we were again assigned the “mockumentary” genre. This led to us making a mockumentary about another 48 hour film team making their film. So if you watch theirs and then ours (as they were played in the theatre), you might notice that the opening scenes are the same, using the same actors. We could go into all of the details of the films’ incestuous relationship, but we will spare you the details.

The animated shorts were mostly made a long time ago. About five years ago. This was before we realized that we could use real human beings, so instead we just used stick figures. “Tod and Bob” is a mini-series about a business that cannot function because the characters take far too long to say anything of importance and one of them has a proclivity toward violence. “Pterodactyl Buddy” was a collaboration with John and Madeline Krantz of Baseball Team, whose videos you should also watch.

We’ll have plenty of new stuff in the coming weeks, but we hope you enjoy this stuff for now!