To all my readers,
I am so sorry to delay this post, but I got off onto the wrong foot. I started this blog to tell you the story of us right now. My last post, however, did not follow that initial vision. I began teaching you about becoming filmmakers. Perhaps down the road there will be room for that, but in the meantime, I’m going to tell you stories.
It was back when Sheila and I were still new to one another. I was still living in Pennsylvania, but at this point, we knew enough about each other to know we wanted to be spending time together. The problem was we were just friends, a guy and girl who simply wanted to hangout, but as soon as you start crossing a 3 hour gap for someone, people begin to jump to conclusions (though, in this case, their conclusions would eventually be justified).
So, we devised a plan! The scheme was so clever that neither of us were even aware that we were devising it. We began laying it out in a conversation over Facebook. Our chats never went long without diverging off into the realm of creativity and this particular conversation went the same. My memory of the conversation is foggy. She must have started talking about her acting; she had just been the lead in a musical called, “Cindy and the Godfather.” I must have then brought up how much I wanted to get more videos onto youtube. We had been laughing earlier about the strange pirates vs. ninjas trend that had developed on Facebook. Well, from there it wouldn’t be long before one of us said, “HEY! Let’s make a short about that!”
The idea that followed grew from constant Facebook messages back and forth. We passed around funny ideas for the story, trying to out due each other in comedy. She came up with the Sophia, an 18th century pirate living in the 21st century, who was so clumsy she set her crew’s ship on fire and had to be banished. Sophia would eventually run into Lei, the character I had come up with, a caucasian with an asian accent due to being born in China and raised by a chinese family. The characters were other-worldly to say the least and we loved them.
To top things off, we also wanted an excuse to practice dancing together, so of course we based the moves in our fight scene off of moves used in swing dancing. A punch would turn into a lift. A submission became a submission dip. It was great and utterly ridiculous.
It was a month later before we shot it. I rented a car and traveled down to Virginia with a prosumer camera I had borrowed from a friend and my brother who would be our camera man. Beyond the script and some costumes, we really hadn’t planned anything, which only further emphasized that the video was an excuse. Still, neither of us suspected our ploy.
Well, we spent that weekend shooting and laughing and having a good time with just how silly our concept was, all while dreading the end of the weekend. I went home with the footage, feeling I had left without the real reason I had come. I remember watching her in my rearview mirror, watching me drive away, and I remember feeling like my lungs were at the end of an elastic chord being tugged backward toward her. When I turned the corner, she whipped out of view and the chord snapped back at me. That’s probably why I was teary-eyed.
It took a little less than a week to edit everything, lay down the music, and record the voice over. Through out that process I found myself flinching at our mistakes and kicking myself for the lack of planning, but laughing and enjoying every moment of it.
We hoped to make the final video the pilot for a series called, “Epic Contrast.” Unfortunately, we found other excuses to see each other and the series became irrelevant. I’ve talked about picking it up again, but give the story justice with the equipment and talent we’ve gained since then.
I’ve attached the final video below. Also, tell us whether or not you think we should pick it back up in the poll below.
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