Monday, December 28, 2009

Chuckles the Clown





You can feel the panic in these final few videos. College was probably only weeks away. Friends were departing. There was hardly anyone left to put in front of the camera. The result was improvisational garbage like this that was more about my need to keep the tape rolling than it was anything else. The sole impetus for this was that I had come into possession of a clown outfit. (What, such things never happened to you?)

I just deleted a bunch of text about how bad this movie is and I'll tell you why. Yeah, sure, this is one painful flick. My accent is something that should be hunted down and killed. I barely knew what a documentary was, much less a mockumentary. But at the end of the day, this was probably the only Danman Production that revolved around a character rather than a plot of irretrievable complexity. Good effort, me.

This was prized in Danman lore for one reason: that basketball shot. Holy crap. I was supposed to miss. Yet somehow I sunk it. Jami's still smarting from it, I guarantee you.

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4 Comments:

At December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is actually a pretty good movie, despite your comments. Probably because it dispenses with the play/artifice of the other films that pretend to be taking place in actually locations they are not with special effects that are not there. So it feels more honest, and is more complicated character study of someone. This is is Krusty's sad brother, and he deserves to have a Springsteen song written about him.

The clown looks like Richard Simmons, though.

 
At December 30, 2009 at 9:52 AM , Blogger DK said...

You hit the nail on the head. It's the only one that takes place in the here and now and features actors playing people their own ages. (BREAKDOWN and TWILIGHT ZONE get close, but they both have one character who's supposed to be "old.")

 
At January 26, 2010 at 8:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched Chuckles. You could never in a million years make that shot again. I think it was that shot that forced me to give up my dreams to be an NBA player and decide to become an attorney. I have you to thank for this. -Jami

 
At January 26, 2010 at 8:21 AM , Blogger DK said...

The ass-kicking you took in Chuckles doesn't compare to what happened to you in Godfathers Part One.

 

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