DAILY MUSE | My bosses daughter, Nicole, lives in Philadelphia and works with a creative group that does film, print, advertising etc. They participated this year in the 48 Hour Film Project— a national contest in which teams have only 48 hours to write, produce, film and edit a 5 minute short film. Each team has to incorporate two of the same things: a particular character (this year it was home inspector, Kevin Oman- or something like that) and a particular prop (this year it was lotion).
This is their entry. It’s very clever, funny and well done. I’m amazed that they can pull this entire thing off in 48 hours– must have involved some all nighters. Watch for the lotion and the “K Man”. Nicole did the graphics at the beginning (pretty nifty) and end credits.
VIEWER ALERT | This film is for mature audiences only. It contains Strong Language and (Really Funny) Nudity.
DAILY MUSE | I had dinner with friends tonight and we got on the subject of alter egos. We noted that creating an alter ego can create new space in your life. Someone mentioned the following method of creating an alter ego name, although I’ve heard of it in a different context– as a way of creating your ‘porn star’ name. What you do is take the name of your first pet plus the name of the first street you lived on. Mine is ‘Cinders Sunnyfield’… which doesn’t make much sense for me… but is fun to say. Other friends at the table were, ‘Major George’ and ‘Pepper Roseland’ and the funniest one of all– ‘Turtle Two Hundred and Eighteen’.
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DAILY MUSE | I can never be sad when I watch the introductory sequence to “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”. The music, the colors, the tongue-in-cheek homage to bright, shiny 60’s Pop culture– are all pure creative joy. They always lift my mood.
I already have the musical theme (the awesome Quincy Jones “Soul Bossanova”) on my Ipod. But now I can watch the intro sequence everyday! So can you. Enjoy!
Mike Myers’ account of how the idea of Austin Powers came to him is quite inspiring. While stuck in traffic a particular song (which happens to be one of my own favorites) started playing on his car radio. Myers said, “I heard the song The Look of Love by Burt Bacharach. And all the childhood memories of my father, of watching Monty Python and Benny Hill and Carry On movies and The Mouse that Roared and Strangelove, all the James Bond movies … it all came back.” (via The Canadian Encyclopedia) He began playing and experimenting with the elements of the character– right there in the car. The fundamentals of the Austin character were designed by the time he parked and got out of the car. He wrote the script in the following three weeks. Sent it off to a studio executive one morning and got a greenlight by the afternoon. Pretty cool huh?
DAILY MUSE | I found a great documentary on the massively creative show “Absolutely Fabulous”– one of my absolute favorites– it’s humor is lethal. The documentary is chock full of information about the genesis and development of this ground-breaking show. Enjoy and have a great laugh today!
(The videos have a slightly annoying label that pops up asking you to buy a key to watch it, but I find it easily ignored. However, I cannot find a link to buy it. If anyone knows of one, please tell me.)