James Ernest has discovered a talent for making Kickstarter videos. (He made the one for The Rats of Mechanicsburg, and I think we can all agree that went pretty well) Today he was shooting one for the re-launch of 'Deadwood', which was one of the better Cheapass games, about extras trying to make money by appearing in Grade B westerns. I really enjoyed that one (and not just because I did the art).
So today we shot the video on a ranch, with real horses, and barns and fabulous scenery. This was fun (for a given value of 'fun'). It is not my first time before the lens, and I was well aware that for every second of onscreen magic, there's about an hour and a half of standing around in the rain, trying to keep warm and endlessly repeating your line in various shades of emotion. But knowing all that, we went anyway. Kaja summed it up best as we were packing up to head home. Someone asked if she had a good time, and she said "It will have been fun."
All four of us got some screen time. Experiment # 1 got to rob a store, Experiment # 2 was a cow, and Kaja and I were thespians, dammit! I had already resolved to do more acting in 2013, and this only cemented that. Rest assured that I'll let interested parties know when the video is up. One of the things we plan to Kickstart ourselves this coming year is a CD with all the Girl Genius Radio Plays done up with fancy sound effects and editing and theme music and everything, so that'll absorb a lot of this particular ambition, I'm sure.
Our neighborhood is beginning to divest themselves of their Christmas lights. Our area is known through–out the city for having swanky light displays. According to a parent of a friend of Experiment # 2 who lives in this particular sub–division, there is a great deal of neighborhood pressure to actually put up said swanky lights as soon after Thanksgiving as you can. We are across the street, and technically, not in this particular sub–division, which is a good thing, really, as I don't respond well to pressure. On the other hand, as long as you put up lights, they don't care what it is you're celebrating. We discovered a magnificent illuminated Flying Spaghetti Monster, easily fifteen feet wide, with glowing red meatballs. It was a thing of beauty.