March 23, 2007
THE FILM WE MADE
In 2003, three friends and I set out to chase a shared dream. The dream involved us making a film and a snake wearing a vest (well, that snake part wasn't actually shared by everyone.) Anyway, we decided our first project would be to adapt and expand my first Flip web toon into a live-action short.
We chose this subject matter because...
A. My friend's son looked like Flip.
B. We shared an interest in the themes of the story.
C. Little dialogue meant less chance for poor line delivery.
D. We'd get to buy a bunch of fun 1960s "props" on ebay.
A year's worth of weekends and "free time" later, we had ourselves a fifteen minute film that we were more or less happy with. In aught four (2004) we started selling DVDs online and showing it at film fests. Since then it's been featured in numerous festivals, conventions, lectures, and even on TV thanks to Nashville's Dr. Gangrene and Austin's Professor Griffin. We even picked up some cool awards including the beautifully horrific Rondo. Anyway, the whole thing has been a wonderful and even life-changing experience, and I could talk about it for hours, but I'd rather just show it to you.
I was inspired to post about it now because the HD Film Fest web site is currently featuring it for a limited time. But having seen how compressed it is over there I just decided to upload it to good ol' Google video. So I present you with Flip: a short film. If you like the junk I usually blog about then you just might get a kick out of the next fifteen minutes (oh, and for those curious, at the end you can see what I (sort of) look like)...
If you'd like to own it on DVD it's available here.