After Action Report:
This one turned into a bit of a project!
Initially I thought I’d put together a synctube playlist but I encountered a couple of problems.
- While all of these videos have something juicy to offer, there’s a lot of dead air, or the videos were part of a long compilation, and synctube doesn’t let you start at a specific timecode. I also wanted to grab multiple parts in many cases, but rarely all.
- The runtime would easily bloat past 2 hours if I stacked even a few of these together.
Ultimately I decided to download all the promising videos, then clip out useful parts, and make my own. I considered uploading to youtube, but ultimately decided to distribute the video directly for syncronised watching in case of any rights problems.
I used Multimedia Celebrity Poker as a sort of “host” character, and built a 15 minute loop of John Frakes, Morgan Fairchild, and Joe Piscopo welcoming the viewer and entreating them to pull up a chair with some tasteful vaporwave underneath, and again for an interval, then built in chapter markers into the show so we could gather and get drinks, then skip chapter on my mark.
I kicked things off with Omega Boost as a tone setter and for its energetic buttrock,
then cut directly to the Sherlock Holmes II trailer for to establish the shifts would be abrupt.
NOTE: 95% of the cuts are joined with about a half second of TV static to give the sense of late night channel hopping on some kind of sci-fi network.
After that I juxtaposed the intro to Resident Evil 1 with the Sega CD version of the night trap intro. We’re building a bit of a thriller mood for the first half.
We followed that with the Daggerfall intro for a bit of a palette cleanser and a crowd pleaser.
Phantasmagoria 2 trailer came next. Something energetic. Lots to like in that game, but I didn’t have time to include it all. If I do another one of these, I’ll definitely loop back around to this stuff.
Next, some ripper clips. Same as phantasmagoria, the whole longplay looked fascinating and full of good material, but stuff for another time. Perfect Walkenny line reads
Next I built up pace by cutting fast between Shinobi legends, Mortal Kombat Mythologies, Critical Path. and the Japanese Dub of Offworld Interceptor Extreme, which didn’t have the MST3K element, and fit the late night channel hopping mood a lot better.
Another benefit of this format is I was able to find a place for The Unsolved cinematics
Things accelerated, with Pepsiman, Sewer Shark, Twisted Metal, and Night Trap clips joining the frenetic rotation. This culminated in about 30 solid seconds of Critical Path death falls from a catwalk into lava before cutting, unfortunately, to red ape family episode 3.
There was no saving this material. The show isn’t even funny to laugh at. The reason I had to include it is because we’d seen the first two episodes on the previous short film festival, which had a tech dystopia theme, and ran alongside a bunch of Dahir Insaat videos, adult swim videos, and experimental horrors.
Onto the second half…
We eased back in with the ridculously long Twin Goddesses text crawl, then shifted part 1’s thriller tone towards horror and military.
I teased Tim Curry, but held back the communist space clip until later.
Then went back in time to the image that inspired this whole event:
Adam West is a delight in Golden Nugget. I started intercutting his performances to stop the mood getting too bleak.
The various Red Alert and Critical Path clips kept coming
Then there’s like 30 minutes of a 1990s Games Workshop Warhammer 40k video. This could have been good but was a bit of a pace killer. I didn’t realise this contained a couple more exciting looking trailers within it for better producd warhammer videos, which might have fit the overall video’s channel hopping feel a bit better. In any case, this was included, like daggerfall and red alert, for specific participants and we had a generally good time with it.
Needed something a bit bright and splashy to come off the grimdark, though still grim:
Then straight to an Unsolved ending
A dinosaur eats yuri
we catch up with the Twin Goddesses
Satan takes the soul of the twisted metal guy
… and John Frakes offers a tearful goodbye.
The show was a great success, and I had a ton of fun making it. Thank you all for making it possible!
I think I have plenty material to make another at some point in the future.
I hit 2 hours this time quite easily, but I’d like to include wing commander 3, titan wars, gundam, disruptor, gamera 2000, and probably delve a little deeper into some of the only lightly touched videos I currently have, like ripper, sherlock holmes and other command and conquer stuff.
If anyone knows of anything that would work as well as Multimedia Celebrity Poker for intermissions, I’m all ears.
Also if anyone’s curious, the compiled video is here for the next couple months. ~ 4gb: