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A New Short!October 31, 2010

Still postin’! I wanted to finish a new vid before posting anything.

This one features¬†MUCH less movement (“They Barely Move!”). I’m trying that out, style-wise (does that count as ‘style’? Sure it does!)

I’ve wrestled quite a bit with the question of whether 20 minute episodes are a good idea. Do people have the patience, online, to watch videos that long? Still not sure.

Going to a much shorter format definitely reduces the workload for everybody involved, and allows people to give the series a chance. Oddly enough, they’re harder to write.

Check out the new short, “A Dying Industry”, featuring David Goldfarb doing a great, really funny job as the antagonistic customer.

Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

CHARACTER PROFILES: TK WintersSeptember 16, 2010

TK WintersIs he a just a simpleminded, aging slacker? Or is he the personification of chaos?

TK is part sociopath, part manchild, part ringleader, and according to him, “all kinds of awesome”. He works full time nights at the video store, and plays guitar.

However, his true passion appears to be needling and bullying the people around him. He is extremely set in his ways and creates endless conflict with others, especially his friends, as he struggles to mold the world according to his wishes.

He has hinted at a colorful past as a ladies man and troublemaker. He seems to be threatened by Abigail’s arrival at the store; he often locks horns with her, with neither TK nor Abigail wanting to back down.

TK insists on being the center of attention; it’s unclear how much of his eccentric behavior is real, and how much is simply an effort to be noticed or entertain himself.

CHARACTER PROFILES: Penelope WintersSeptember 2, 2010

Penelope WintersPenelope is enthusiastic, upbeat and happy. Her exuberance can be quite traumatic to those around her; Penelope’s boundless energy tends to be destructive, given her extra large size and level of aggression.

Penelope is TK’s younger sister, and she worships her brother. She is obsessed with Oscar and considers
him her boyfriend, even though he hasn’t agreed to a relationship.
Penelope’s thought processes can be confusing; she often speaks in nonsequiturs. Where Penelope was before coming to live with her brother is somewhat mysterious; she has not shared everything about her recent past.

CHARACTER PROFILES: Wade RussellAugust 29, 2010

Wade RussellWade is a thick-headed, quick tempered security guard at the mall beside the Movie Pit. He has a juvenile sense of humor and can be difficult to handle when angry. Wade considers TK to be his best friend, and worships him for reasons unknown.

The great joys in Wade’s life are drinking beer, lifting weights, and taking part in anything TK is involved in.

Wade dislikes Oscar, and torments and abuses him at every opportunity.

CHARACTER PROFILES: Harley ShmidtAugust 27, 2010

Harley ShmidtHarley Shmidt works as a pizza delivery person, hostess and waitress at Tubby’s Pizza. She is attractive but surly, and speaks very little, refusing to manufacture the slightest bit of artificial enthusiasm or politeness with anyone.

She grows even less enthusiastic when Oscar pesters her with phone calls, which is several times every week. His efforts to bond with her and impress her fail completely, but infuriate Harley. She explodes with anger at him every so often, when she grows tired of his clownish behaviour.

Harley’s least favorite person, however, is probably Penelope, who hates Harley at first sight and seems to think Harley is interested in Oscar romantically. Penelope provokes Harley at every opportunity, and has pushed her to the point of violence at least once.

CHARACTER PROFILES: Abigail McCormickAugust 25, 2010

Abigail McCormickAbigail McCormick is the manager of the Movie Pit. She’s somewhat prim and proper, though her temper often betrays her icy demeanor. She is committed to running a tight ship at the video store, and keeping Oscar and TK productive.

She has a soft spot for the guys, and becomes fast friends with Oscar, though she is driven and serious while he is goofy and soft. TK, on the other hand, pushes Abigail’s buttons relentlessly, and the conflict between the two is a proverbial time bomb.

Abigail has a long distance boyfriend named Cal, whom she’s never met in person.

CHARACTER PROFILES: Oscar StrangeAugust 22, 2010

Oscar StrangeOscar Strange is a long-time clerk at the Movie Pit. He spends a good deal of his time devouring movies, and dreaming about women, especially Harley, the sexy pizza delivery girl.

Oscar’s a bit of a clown, and seems to function as a chew toy for the abusive tendencies of the people around him. But he cares about his friends, and probably enjoys their eccentricities.

He has a strong suspicion that all is not as it seems in his comfortable little world, and is fairly sure that he’s being WATCHED. By whom, or to what end, he couldn’t say.

Oscar quickly bonds with Abigail when she comes to work at the store.