Nov 13th 2009 4:41PM I didn't like it as much as Things You Need either.
Nov 13th 2009 3:45PM Yeah our excuse is that the documentary filmmaker is an idiot in the first place. Plus, 'badger' is funnier than 'wolverine' which sounds too badass.
Nov 13th 2009 1:51PM I'm still doing machinima, just in more of a pro capacity these days, so with that and my day job at Disney and my boyfriend and his 3 kids - who has time for Snacky? ;P However, I do have another something coming out very soon...
And yeah, this was a joint venture between me and Macheath of Oblivious films. Sedrin of Slashdance did the original music. Please add them to your article!
Dec 11th 2008 12:35PM Well, I can only comment based on this one piece as I know nothing about the rest of the film. I guess we'll see when all is said and done. I was just trying to suggest that it was a mistake taking on, of all possible things, the big dog Disney, a company known to be extremely protective of their properties. Don't say I didn't warn them.
Dec 11th 2008 12:27PM Some people have families and mortgages and bills. Get out there in the real world before you make a naive statement like that. I might have agreed with you when I was 20, but the years have handed me a big fat reality check.
Dec 10th 2008 7:36PM Parody cases can go both ways in court and it's not necessarily a given that the defendant will be the winner. I don't see the song from Aladdin being really "parodied" here, for example, it's just using the music of a Disney song to make a sarcastic counterpoint to a violent scene - it's not making a specific parody of the song itself - so in my opinion the parody doesn't have a rock-solid case.
Dec 10th 2008 2:21PM Parody is fine. Transcribing the melody from a Disney song note for note is not. They will get in big trouble for that.
Dec 10th 2008 2:13PM Speaking as someone who worked at Disney (in animation), I am baffled at all the effort these guys are putting into something that, if they attempt to make money with it, will immediately result in them being taken to court by Disney, one of the most litigious companies in the world. I suggest they significantly change the music and melody if they want to avoid this fate.
If they aren't planning to make money off of this, it's even more baffling - why put such a tremendous amount of effort (and yes, animation is a tremendous amount of effort) into a product that you can't own?
As for the film itself - meh. The animation is primitive and the jokes aren't funny. I applaud the enormity of the work put into this. But they really need a new writer.
Nov 20th 2008 2:30PM I guess I could see why you would love this (obviously you are a big influence!) :P
I thought it was very well edited in terms of timing and capturing the feel of a music video that fit with the song, much more so than the majority of WoW music videos that I have seen. However, I really always have to qualify my praise when it comes to using existing music in a music video, because most of the power of this piece comes from the music itself which the creator had nothing to do with. The interpretation is very skilled but the visuals didn't add another level of thought or emotion to what was already in the song, unlike, say, Sedrin's "Frame of Mind" which had a more powerful VISUAL message that was independent from the music. To summarize: the visuals were pretty and the editing was skillful, but it didn't MEAN anything to me so I wasn't emotionally affected.
Nov 19th 2008 2:27PM Yeah, it was basically a goofy twist on Pygmalion but in a more modern context. Wait. What I just wrote sounds too pretentious. Hell it was a really quick idea that we (mostly Mac) came up with based around the character we were given who happened to be a painter. We didn't think very hard or deep about it because we only had 48 hours to make the film. If we had had 48 WEEKS to make it, it would have been a masterpiece that would have no misogynistic issues whatsoever! In theory. *cough*
I'd also like to point out that I'm a girl. And although I knew our female character was going to be depicted as a bit idiotic, which in general might not be most politically correct portrayal of a member the female gender, I also want to point out that she was the creation of an insensitive superficial male and therefore not a 'real' girl. THAT'S MY DEFENSE AND I'M STICKING TO IT