A couple summers ago, when there wasn't much work floating across the desk at WILL Interactive, Grady Weatherford (of Rorschach fame) decided that the best use of our time would be self-education through music video composition. We took whatever footage we had on our machines and spun them together using whatever music we could find. Our clients that year ranged from the Pentagon to McGraw Hill publishing. So the available footage featured a lot of terrorist threat cells mixed with college students and military folk. We also had an abundance of stock footage from the Air Force -- everything from missile strikes to the broccoli they serve in the mess hall. Grady's video featured terrorists scheming to "Drench" by Gomez. And my video was a fake movie preview threaded together from an anti-terrorism training film and a sociology textbook film. Because we use the same actors over and over again, many of them became unwitting double-agents in the "story" and the result was pretty operatic trailer for a thriller flick called "The Gaysian Conspiracy."
Anyway. Most of you out there already know that story and have seen the videos I'm talking about. But that link for "Shining!" takes the cake. Hilarious. The funniest thing I've seen since Judith Miller tried to explain her behavior by citing notes for "Valerie Flame," not "Valerie Plame."
Imagine if the Senate Watergate investigation stopped because their notes revealed criminal behavior by one "Richard Mixon." I guess that would have exonnerated the guy, right? What the hell do they expect us to believe next? There was a time when I thought our new national myth was being written by Roald Dahl. Then I thought Brothers Grimm. Now, it appears to be Lewis Carrol. Would it make any difference if Bush got up and said:
Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesI wouldn't be surprised. At least that sampling rhymes.
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
More coming soon on the end of Passion Play and the next incarnation of Columbinus at the New York Theatre Workshop. In the meantime, I have a few questions for everyone out there:
- How do you delete unwanted comments? The word-identification gadget is supposed to prevent "robots" and spammers from crowding the view, but how do I get rid of the ones that are already there? I'm sure the Help section could tell me, but screw that.
- If The Shining can be re-mixed into a plausible feel-good movie of the summer, what other movies could be likewise re-mixed beyond recognition?
- Shouldn't there be an Oscar category for Best Trailer?