Showing posts from April, 2020

Oy Vey, it's 40 years later

We enjoyed paying tribute to those who inspired us. Oy Vey, It’s Mr. Goldstein! is one of those efforts. For those who are too young to remember, Mr. Bill was a recurring, clay-sculpted character on NBC’s Saturday Night Live within its first five seasons. While it can be labeled a blatant rip-off, it was fun to do this effort at parody.  As we shot this, I truly had some empathy with the original Mr. Bill creators. One could do anything that they wished to do with pieces of Play-Doh as it was proved on Saturday Night Live . My favorite moment was when Mr. Bill met then-cast member John Belushi. Mr. Bill asked for an autograph. Belushi obliged but the result was quite tragic. We somewhat created that moment in the film when Mr. Goldstein receives a true “knuckle sandwich” and is then, spoiler alert, doesn’t do too well with my childhood Mighty Casey train set.  As for the fullscreen titles, I’m not sure where Dan was going with those, but I think they still get the point

Our own 'Friday The 13th' 40 years later

Friday The 13th What A Bad Day is one of those shorts obviously done on a lark. One afternoon we decided to do another experimental short without any pre-planning. I think we were well ahead of our time since zillions of productions have been done since without any pre-production.  This incredibly short Super 8mm silent film features an attempt at object animation. The one-frame option on Dan’s silent Bell & Howell camera was a function that we were truly discovering in those days. We read about mixing the regular 18 frames per second and the one-frame options in a short production.  This film is the first attempt at that “look.”  In our version of  ‘Friday the 13th,’I am coming into the house trying to pour some Pepsi, but the glass moves on its own. Yes, that’s the real product going all over Dan’s table. Like I wrote in this space: the place was our own funhouse.  Notice that I’m wearing a Coke shirt while pouring Pepsi.  Click the box below the view:

Review of 'Laugh Lines' by Alan Zweibel

One of the benefits to having two older siblings when growing up is that they had the opportunity to “babysit” me, their younger brother. Oftentimes those nights fell on a Saturday which meant that I was treated to some fare on television that many other kids my age didn’t have the chance to enjoy in those days. On those Saturday nights, I watched the CBS-TV lineup which consisted of Mary Tyler Moore, All In The Family, The Carol Burnett Show and MASH. Legendary shows that, overall at the time, went over my head. Yes, I loved laughing at Ted Baxter’s and Major Frank Burns’ buffoonery on those shows, but viewing those same episodes years later makes me realize how many of the references and the context that I clearly missed as a kid. It didn’t take long for my sisters to introduce me to NBC’s Saturday Night Live , which aired at 11:30p Eastern, beyond late for a kid in those days. I loved laughing at a guy named Chevy Chase who made falling down an art, but I wondered to mysel

Easing the lockdown

As of this writing, Georgia will be re-opening on Friday, April 24, but with some restrictions. Gyms, bowling alleys, salons and other indoor venues will be open for business while complying with social distancing rules. There seem to be many questions. How will the social distancing rules be regulated and by whom?  Will folks who visit the bowling alleys be required to wear gloves, especially to pick up those bowling balls which have those holes in them. Am I wrong on that one or are those bowling balls a breeding ground for bacteria.  Are gyms a major petri dish? Certainly I can keep my hands off of the treadmills, but that is impossible with everything else in there including weights, weight machines, bikes and ellipticals.  Movie theaters might be a bit easier to operate in the post-shelter-in-place era, but what about hair and nail salons? There’s some close contact in those places so masks and gloves will need to be mandatory in some sense, right?  Is this all a

When did our roads become the new Autobahn?

Morguefile/daffers234 Some beaches are open as well as other outdoor spots throughout the Peach State. It’s all OK, say many authorities, that is if everyone is social distancing. It all sounds like common sense in this day and age of COVID-19, but there is proof that the order is constantly being violated. Whistleblowers throughout the social media landscape are posting proof of the violations.  Is the nation and world for that matter, doing its collective best to slow down the spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus? That’s a tough question which receives myriad responses. It’s all enough to make one’s head explode, get off the grid and seek refuge in a north Georgia cabin with a friendly bear.  While most of us wouldn’t do well seeking refuge in a north Georgia cabin with a bear (even a nice one like the SCANA bear), we can do our best to follow all of those CDC guidelines that are easily accessible by visiting their website at: Indeed so much misinforma