Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arts and Crafts! :D

Alright, so it's been a while since I've made a new video. The last one I put out there was the first Unsung Heroes, featuring Krillin of Dragon Ball fame. I'm starting to get a little stir crazy, to the point where if I don't think of something worth filming soon, I'm going to get desperate. That may result in such classics as Watch Weaver Brush His Teeth or, Watch Weaver Surf the Web. As fascinating as I'm sure it would be to watch me fight tooth decay, or try to find out if the guy who played D.J.'s boyfriend on Full House was the same guy who voiced Aladdin (he is the same guy), I think I may have to hold off on those ideas.

 Unfortunately, the latest video has reached a sort of snag. See, the whole thing was a little more complicated than my last few, mostly because I needed more people than just myself. I need all of my roommates, for starters. Problem is, we all have lives and schedules that don't always often sync up. At this point I would say, maybe 85% of it is actually shot. A little bit's been edited. By now, only a few things remain to be put on film, but one of those things is a somewhat tricky, unbroken shot in the style of a classic horror movie I love. To pull it off, it requires a prop of sorts.

See, I need to turn a glove into what is supposed to be a cat's arm, although for the purposes of comedy, it's still going to look like a clearly human hand. Now, I probably could have just found some other, out of I'm sure a thousand ways, to do this. An orange glove, for example? But as it turns out, gloves are very hard to get a hold of in New England in the middle of the summer. Which is like, what if someone needs a glove? Where do they get it? What if they're going skiing, and they have nothing to protect their hands? I know there isn't anywhere nearby the could even do that, but you know.. what if they travelled. Like, out of the country or something. I don't know, fuck off, the point is I needed something to pass as a fake cat's arm, and without any simple solution, I've been forced to make one myself.
What you're seeing here is a pair of kitchen gloves, acrylic paint, glue, and a bag of cotton balls. It's like grade school art class all up in this biatch.
The top-side of the glove with cotton balls glued on. I was proud enough that I needed to capture the moment in time.
And there we have it, finished and painted. Kind of looks like paper machete. That was completely intentional, I swear. I was aiming for less furry, and more clumpy and stiff looking.
Although, I gotta say, the end result works fine by me. Won't exactly look like the finest creation since Stan Winston created the T-800 skeleton, but give me a break. I'm not exactly working on his budget.

 By the way, while I'm throwing pictures up here, witness another corner-cutting, yet cost effective method of mine.
Tripods are for sissies.

 Well, that about wraps that up for now. Hopefully I can finish shooting this thing within the next week or two (or three..). Really, it all depends on the star of the show. As luck would have it, he's been removed from the apartment until further notice due to a slight flea problem.
Be sure to tune in once the problem's cleared up, and you'll have the utmost pleasure of witnessing this little guy verbally and physically abuse me in The Admiral.

Watch Weaver and Shane Talk to Each Other

All there in the title. Shane and I sat down for about a half hour, and just improvised some funny conversation. This is the first video where the editing process was a little more than my boner for jump cuts - there was, believe it or not, thought at work when it came to picking out what to put in and take out. Other than that, it also got my friend Eric interested in making a video of his own with me, which we'll be doing next week, if all goes as planned. 

I think my favorite thing that I heard about this video was, "I don't even watch porn that runs over five minutes long, and that has a money shot. For this, probably the Boba Fett rant." Can't argue that, but it was that comment which made me realize it was a lot easier to keep people interested for the whole video if it was kept at a more reasonable length, i.e. not as long as Watch Weaver on Vacation was. Jesus, what was that, fifteen minutes long? Hold on...

Okay, just checked. 11:53 - almost twelve minutes in length. Twelve minutes of me acting like a complete clown shoe on camera. Nobody needs that.As it turns out, runtime is actually kind of important. I know, who would have thought? People like to laugh, but nobody wants to sit and watch, say, Seth Rogen for three hours no matter how funny he is. 

Lesson learned. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Watch Weaver Talk About Booze

Moving right along, here's the next video I made, a day or two after Watch Weaver on Vacation.

Ever had one those mornings where you wake up and ask yourself, "Why the fuck do I drink?" That was what kind of morning this was. I woke up with one of those moods on where I couldn't help but feel totally ashamed of myself for getting drunk the night before. So, after I woke up, I wallowed in bed for a few minutes before I got the bright idea to make a video about it. This was probably when I realized just how much I enjoyed the process of making a video, no matter how stupid they might turn out to be. The whole thing, from beginning to end, is just a blast for me.

Like Watch Weaver on Vacation, this whole thing was improvised. Also, this is perhaps the closest I've ever come to just being totally and completely myself in a video so far. Granted, I was tired, and kind of down in the dumps over what I drunk I had been the night before, but I was me nonetheless. Nothing was thought out before hand - hell, I didn't even bother to put on pants. Strangely, a lot of my friends liked this one. Guess some of them just found the subject relatable, while others seem to be entertained by the fact that I talk about booze like it's a real person.

Watch Weaver on Vacation

Here was my first YouTube video, which I did back in June. You see, I bought a camera a few months ago, all with the intention of making silly videos. The problem was, I had no idea what I wanted to make a video about, or how to go about doing so. Oh sure, I had ideas, but no clue as to how I would go about making them happen. I was on vacation from work (hence the clever title), and finally decided to go for it. I had a few funny ideas for it, so I shot it all over the span of an hour or two, then edited it all together to make something resembling a video.

Everything in this thing is improvised, if you couldn't already tell. Also, all of it was done in one take, if you couldn't already tell. Aside from myself, one other person makes an "appearance" in it - my roommate, Mike. He would be the "Nice trousers" guy. I caught him walking in from work, asked him "Hey, do me a favor. Go outside, and when I yell 'nice trousers', you yell 'what the fuck did you say'." Good sport that he is, he just went and did it without any questions. He'll be popping up in my next video, where he'll be voicing a homicidal, verbally abusive cat. I'm totally not joking.

Welcome to the Strange

Alright, so - hi there, everyone. Welcome to my blog... ger. My blog? My Blogger blog? I dunno. In any case, if you're here, it means you probably got lost. OR you happen to be interested in whatever strange secrets my lie therein. Either way, you're in trouble.

So for this first little intro post, I'll make everything pretty short and simple.

Who am I?
Drew Gallagher. Also known as Weaver.

What's the deal with this blog?
Well, long story short, I recently got into making youtube videos. Am I trying to be the next big viral hit? Not really. Truth be told, I just enjoy making silly videos with my friends. But, there are some things I'd love to say or talk about, which just wouldn't make for a very interesting video at all. So, for all the times I want to nerd out over a movie I saw, or talk about some sort of current event, or what-have-you, I thought "Hey, why not start a blog?" That way, I can indulge in all of those desires, without having to turn it into a video just because that's the only way I'm putting my voice out there.

So what are you going to do with this thing?
I dunno. Maybe write new entries religiously. Maybe pay attention to it tonight and forget that it ever existed. The plan for now is to, 1) Use it as a means to talk about whatever silly topic becomes important to me, 2) Post the videos I make on youtube, and 3) Talk about making youtube videos.

Sounds exciting. 
Doesn't it?

So, with that out of the way, folks, let's move this thing right along. God help us all.