As I watched Toy Story 3 (pretty good), I felt a lot of the characters were very well thought out. I felt most of all that Big Baby was a reference to The Godfather where he played a henchman for Lotso. In fact, a lot of it felt very much like a Martin Scorsese-meets-childhood movie.
However, this guy above reminds me of someone from A Nightmare Before Christmas. No, not in looks, but the fact that he is tempermental and has two expressions. Above is Chunk, the Toy Story 3 character, who pounds his head to signify a change of emotion with a different face.
Below is Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas. You’ll have to be an expert whose actually seen both of these, but in the movie, Mayor switches his face as well to show emotions.
I’m not calling plagiarism, but I find it pretty interesting similarities. Too bad I can’t find more than this brief factor to two rather amazing movies. Oh well… just go watch either and you’ll be on my good side.
I have been doing nothing most of the day (and I love it) but watching “Invader Zim” and “Soap”. It wasn’t a fantastic day and in fact, I could have asked for more to do, but the point is, I enjoy those days where it’s like…?
However, as I was sitting around, I came up with the concept for a short series. I haven’t figured out the format, but my idea is temporarily titled “The Random Occurrences of Oliver”.
The plan is to make brief, maybe 5 minute segments where this guy named Oliver just happens to be somewhere and people begin talking to him, reminiscing on culture. I plan to make Oliver this enigma, a nomadic, just roaming the city without any real identity and dressing very fashionable, in jackets and jeans, etc.
I pretty much am aiming to make it just a personal commentary on the media around me through various other characters. Oliver is more of a Slacker character who just connects people.
My opening segment, which started the whole concept, originally was planned in my karaoke script, but it kept getting too irrelevant to the plot. It was that Oliver would be standing on side walk, looking over a gated fence at a large mound of dirt.
For some reason, I want it shot anime style, where it crawls the character from afar into center frame. Also, kind of make a joke where he opens a Pez dispenser like he’s lighting a cigarette. The whole thing pretty much builds up to where a few people are standing around talking about how they miss record shops. I even have a Titanic parody lined up.
"It’s been 83 weeks. The vinyl had never been used and I can still hear the fresh beats. It was called the place of dreams. And it was. It really was."
Honestly, still working on the last part… but I think if anything, this can help centralize my creativity.
Probably will try to have the draft done by next week to see how it works out… but I’m psyched.
I thought of more ideas for my BIG script. You know, the karaoke one?
I am still in pre-production of the script, but I got bored at work and continued to try and flesh out aspects of it. To say the least, I would love to keep the American Beauty parody as the opening and somehow transition to the lead at work.
Other than that, it’s been mostly characters in the works.
I have always felt about this script that by challenging karaoke, it’s a big middle finger to the American Idol and Glee crowd. I don’t necessarily want to make it one long insult, but just make it more Don’t Forget the Lyrics where the only challenge is getting up in front of a crowd.
The middle finger is the raw, unrehearsed talent. My motivation is to somehow paint that as realistically and funny as possible without being crass. Still want to use Bowling For Soup and The Used in there. Hell, I would love to even use Infant Sorrow… get some obscure gems. I will be honest, I have begun loving obscure music choices ever since Kill Bill: Vol. 1 shook my world with one of the most incredible soundtracks.
Of course, I want to stick in a ton of references. The most notable one I am working on is a brief homage to Andy Kaufman. I plan to have someone imitate Kaufman’s famous “Mighty Mouse” routine, but I haven’t figured out how it would work at karaoke. I just know I love the character concept and even if I use him briefly, I want him.
Also, have a lame name concept of making two girls (arguably lesbians (it will make sense in a minute), but I think it’s a little much) and their names are Jodi and Dallas after the Billy Crystal character from Soap. I think it would be cool.
Also, I am thinking of a character that is basically Poppy (Sally Hawkins) from Happy-Go-Lucky. Basically an optimist who doesn’t worry about anything. The character will somehow reflect the modern fictional view of culture by embodying Glee and High School Musical stereotypes while not being nearly as flamboyant.
Remember, I plan to make it subtle and coincidentally… dry.
I plan to somehow parody the (500) Days of Summer scene where Zooey Deschannel makes Joseph Gordon Levitt sing. Again, very subtly, but it definitely would fit the piece nicely.
I haven’t worked on any romantic angles yet. Nothing too shocking or twisted yet. However, I am also thinking of a character that parodies Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) from Glee, who is an opposing teammate. However, while it will commentate on Sylvester, I roughly am thinking of basing the character off of Bill Murray in Kingpin.
So, the goal is to pretty much just be original, or to my standards of original. I also would like to commentate on how music influences each other and makes it easier to communicate. Also, I want to shatter those lame taboos (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia style!) by just totally ignoring the fact they are taboos.Also, I feel if somehow I can make it commentate on modern media culture and the generation gap between teens and 20-year-olds, I think I got something timeless in the possible cards.
Voices go out, rides get canceled, and plenty of pop culture talk. I’m trying to think of a way to make it half-scripted, half-improvised… kind of like Judd Apatow.
I don’t know… maybe I am putting too much heart into this, but these are all just ideas right now. However, it’s been one of my babies for awhile now. I don’t plan to make it any time soon. I just want to do a karaoke based comedy that is as twisted and fun as my style could be. At first, I had no idea what I wanted, and now I kind of do… it feels great.
Do know, these characters will be more fleshed out than parodies. I just used them as models. I find my style improves vastly if I have a character background. Also, the thought of making it very Ghost Worldy really amps me up.
I have been attempting to get more into script writing the past few months and while my pieces haven’t been as amazing as I wanted them to be, they do show my lack of simplicity. However, I have gone from grandeur scale (Nullify, Veronica Hates Me, Delicious Flowers) to simplistic (Door Prizes).
I realized my style works on both levels, but the characters are usually under developed and as a result, I think the stories fail. Also, there are plenty of cliches (even though in the abstract work I do, it’s true).
I am pretty sure I am destined to become kind of Kevin Smith/Judd Apatow-meets-Coen Brothers.
In my latest, “Crash-Course Tuesdays”, I finally struck a balance, though in a minimalist way. It’s two friends driving to another friend’s house. The story is short and simply focuses on why they are going. When it’s revealed that it’s to a fiance’s house, the talk turns into a pop-culture laced rant on why he shouldn’t get married.
I felt that I established the characters first and it helped me just let loose. I am finally starting to see the references in the story that I’ve been wanting to see and I am very proud of this effort. However, the cursing and sex jokes may be a little much for most ears, however, it’s very Kevin Smith/Judd Apatow-based in humanity.
There’s also a twist at the end that I really feel makes it more Coen Brothers. Of course, most of my scripts have a twist, no matter how simple or stupid they are. They used to have a laughing gag, too, but I had trouble fitting them in.
Chris says I have potential. Andrew says I have wild ideas… I really feel that if I hone my craft, I might stand a chance at some prizes. Until then, I probably should work on style and dialogue, which tend to be my weaker points.
I can’t say I’m proud of all my efforts, but do know, what I notice in failure, I see as constructive criticism. Like, why didn’t I like it? How can I fix it?
I have no idea what I am writing next. I would love if I could plot it out, but I rarely figure out my plot ahead of time. It’s pretty much from the gut the whole ride. Somehow, it usually works out.
So yeah, “Crash-Course Tuesdays”… probably one of my more favorites that I have written. Can’t wait to see what’s next.