Sunday, June 10, 2012

Look Everyone! I'm Acting!

I finally appeared in one of my brother's YouTube shorts, and in this case "Something Strange"; a live action series of 'micro-stories' inspired by silent films and similar-era cartoons. Particularly those from Fleischer Studios (Betty Boop), and Walt Disney's earliest black-and-white output.

With that said, the character that I played in the short, simply billed as 'The Brute' - an eye-patch wearing villain who pursues the narrator Gonzo, is very much the kind of over-the-top heavy you'd find in such animated fair.

The Brute was mainly inspired by Peg Leg Pete from "Steamboat Willie" (1928), and Bluto, the nemesis (and sometimes friend) of "Popeye the Sailor" (Fleischer era, 1933 - 1942).

The following was a lot of fun to make, and it was finally nice to play a full-blown character (literally and figuratively) affront of the camera. The video featured below is safe for public viewing:

And while on the subject of "Something Strange" , here's an older episode, featuring my other younger brother Gabe as 'The Grandson From The Future':

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