This week's throwback video comes to us from the Rob Banks series of videos we did, where we stuck Danny in front of a green screen and just pitched him ideas to rant about for a few hours at a time.
This is the video that started Fiesta Studios. I really don't know where the idea came from, aside from the fact that I thought it would be funny to improvise some reactions from James because I thought he was a pretty funny dude. His dad walked in at one point, so we had to explain to him what we were doing. Sometimes you just have an idea and you have to do it, not thinking of any kind of scrutiny that might be involved. For some people, that's the mark of their genius. For us, it was... whatever this is. Still, a lot of fun, and I deliberately re-used the format when I rebooted Fiesta Studios with Andy and Danny years later.
Here's a sequel to the first video that James, Justin and I did called Myth Crackers. This was a lot of fun to do, and this kind of thing was just how our friendship was back in the day. There's a bit of an awkward silence in part of the video, and that's because back then I used the Pee Wee's Playhouse theme by Danny Elfman in this video, and Youtube decided to remove that track from the video. Enjoy six minutes and 23 seconds of us at our goofiest.
Sticking Danny in front of a green screen, forcing him out of his comfort zone by taking on a new persona and throwing suggestions for him to rail on, now that was fun. It's just as fun to take the footage and cut it down to new videos after a few hours of recording. It's like a puzzle with a million solutions and you get to decide how it looks in the end. A lot of times you can merge unrelated things and make it even better, as here with the "you're a girl, you understand" bit.
These videos are a lot of fun to do, especially when I'm able to get a lot of friends together to come up with a lot of the ideas for the video. For this one, I thoroughly enjoyed having Danny crank up his depressing-ness for the camera. It was nice having Jeremy and Kathleen in town to do the video as well. If we ever revive Fiesta Studios one day, this series is a definite candidate for a new video.