Monday, January 5, 2009

Perfect Combinations

The subject of this episode is fitting as I'm trying to find the perfect combination of images and voices for this new format. I'm kind of liking it -- but I know it might strike regular viewers as weird. Let me know what you think in the comments section. If you're not sure, maybe you should give it a few days to see if it grows on you.



I think xtranormal might eventually offer some options that would enable me to have more control of the voices, have exclusive characters, etc. If so, I might go back to that format -- unless this new format is a big hit. This is the beta version of Deanpan Inc. V2.0, and if people like it, I'll move up to higher resolution wide screen images. We'll see.

I should probably mention that in the title of this episode I'm using the term "perfect" ironically. I'm not endorsing any of these combinations, especially not donkey basketball.


Donkey basketball is usually staged in a high school gymnasium as a fundraiser. It's stupid -- not in a "hilariously stupid" way, but in a "stupid divisive activity that will draw hostility to your cause" way. I hadn't given much thought to this form of animal abuse until I went searching for an image and ran across PETA's take on the subject. I'd have to agree that the donkeys probably aren't playing for the love of the game.

Of course, all this talk about donkey basketball is just a smokescreen to keep the Scientologists off my hiney. And I should go on record that I only know about the meth/porn combo from reading about it. I've never watched porn while doing meth. Wait, that didn't sound right -- I should rephrase. I've never done meth while watching porn. That's better.

Don't forget to weigh in on the new format with a comment. The future of Deadpan Inc. is in your hands.

17 comments:

Dana said...

I'm a bit ambivalent on the new format. On one hand it is a rather refreshing take on the concept, yet on the other hand I really miss the hilarious facial features and gestures.

ldisme said...

i waaaay prefer the animation, please go back to it, kthxbai

Mel2 said...

The dialogue today was excellent, as it is most days, but I'm not totally sold on the new format. Because the humor in DI is 95% dialogue based, the visuals/characters shouldn't make a huge difference. But then I think of episodes like the genes/jeans one (which I've watched about 5 times) in which the long, awkward silence was so perfect. The blank stare, the eye blink, it all contributed to the silence. Could you achieve an effect like that without moving characters?

Ryan said...

I much prefer the animation. It's vaguely creepy to have still photos of humans speaking with borderline human voices. I like the anonymous/everyman quality of the animated characters.

cheezencrackers said...

I prefer the animated version, too. I've grown to like the characters. Besides, this knew format feels eerily similar to "Get Your War On."

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Andre said...

I prefer the animation as well... it lent a certain surrealism to your work that made it more entertaining.

Jeremy said...

I totally understand the creative corner xtranormal has you in. I made a few videos myself and found the process fun at first but it loses its charm after a while with the limitations they have.

Keep on soul searching. I like the new format, but like others it was the dialouge that carried it.

Smooth said...

I much prefer the animated version. As others have noted even the limited gestures and expressions made a big difference.

I watched the versions you posted to YouTube - the expression on the (animated) female office mate's face when she learns about the Orgasmatron is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. It's not as funny in the non-animated version.

Dave Stratton said...

Hey, Smooth. No fair peeking ahead.

And cheezencrackers...jumping the shark? Jumping the shark!? That comment almost got moderated the hell out of here. How dare you, sir. How dare you!

Unless there's a flood of pro-new-format comments this evening, we'll be back to normal (or should I say xtranormal?) tomorrow.

shipping troll said...

I go with Animated, The dialog is funny and the voices are ok, but without the goofy stiff gestures and movements, it loses a little bit of it's kick. I want to give the new style a chance, maybe it will grow on me, but I'm not as knocked out as I was by the animation.

munchy365 said...

animated is better... unless, if you can film these in live action, but with robotic voices n stuff that would be cool. i just don't like the still pictures.

Cellar Door said...

I didn't like the new format, much prefer the old.

confused said...

If you can pull off the pause and little smile given with "avian genital tongues", then there is potential. Ironically, as it stands now, the animated version seems more "real". But, I'm willing to watch for a few days to see if my mind is changed!

(and thank you for your efforts to date!)

Christina Awesome said...

yeah...i think a recurring character would have to actually develop their character. does that make sense? and it must have been the movement that gave the originals their character.

patrick said...

I think I am a day late, and you may have already made your decision, but I like the animated movies better -- the deadpan looks, blinks, awkward pauses, etc, are vital to the humor. I miss Brad and the woman (what is her name?)!

BlueRaja said...

"This video has been removed by the user"
:( I want to see too

Dave Stratton said...

Sorry about that. Just re-uploaded the video -- it should be available soon.