hello! my short the paperboy made front page and became my first daily feature! thank you so much.
it was inspired by a myriad of things! in high school i was so excited to take a girl to the local fair that year but my mom had signed me up for a drivers ed after school class that was designed to lower our insurance. we had to watch these unintentionally hilarious instructional films on how to drive (and i was expecting something outdated, like a VHS. he pulled out a film projector. it was 2009). upon my reminiscence of that, i looked up old 40s-50s instructional films from coronet or sid davis. i started thinking about how unrealistic their portrayal of the times were, and how my favorite media, like back to the future, portrays those times more honestly (lorraine WANTS to park with a boy and WANTS to drink).
those types of films were parodied in lots of my favorite things, like the simpsons ("hi, i’m troy mcclure..."), the work of trey parker/matt stone (look up your studio and you), and in the iron giant (time to duck and cover!) so i imagined i should put my spin! in keeping with the thinking that the 1950s weren’t as pleasant as they seemed, i took it a step farther, making johnny be the most fucked-up individual possible. it was made for the mobile bay film scramble, a badass local competition i intend to do more often in the future. i struggled to come up with an idea for this one, and in the end i only completed it in two days before the deadline. the last film i did for the comp was surrealist life and that was made in seven days. despite the less time, the making of this one was much more pleasant. i cut down on animation pretty hard, as you can see.
it definitely sounded funny on paper, but i feel like the final product overextends the joke. it’s gotta be the short i’m least proud of. my biggest beef with it is that there’s no discernible story or emotional core to it all. it’s just jokes. i don’t operate that way much anymore, so it doesn’t totally sit right with me. but people really seem to like it on newgrounds and it got a positive response at the screening on friday so i suppose i’m alright with it. it won the top prize over WAAAAY more deserving films (that you can see here… i particularly loved the lord’s work and space shark). anyway, i’ll work harder next time for a fresher idea.
ok, that’s enough. here’s a great photo i found on twitter. i certainly felt this way making paperboy. i had MULTIPLE dark nights of the soul!