Let’s Talk About Format

We’ve done three new shorts over the past three and a half months, and we have a fourth coming out at the end of this month.  Only one of those films, so far, has been narrative, with the other two being more experimental.  If you haven’t watched them yet, and want to know exactly what I’m talking about check them out (“Crying” and “Spooning”).

Those two, and the one we’re working on for May, are me trying to create a new style or format, and so I’m hoping to get some feedback.  So, the idea behind this new format, is that I wanted to write bits, that are similar to stand-up, and then hopefully accompany them with imagery, that illustrates, heightens, or compliments the monologue.  Now, I’ve had a pretty minimal experience in performing stand-up, but have been writing in various forms comedy for a long time.  So, I’ve been working at making the monologues more joke intensive every time, and also at making the visualization more impactful.  I think “Crying” is better than “Spooning” and I think this month’s will be better than those two.  Improvement is my goal.

So I have a few questions for you, my audience.  These aren’t rhetorical, I’d really like to know, and so, I’m hoping that you’ll comment below or email me about them.

  1. Based on the description above, did you understand what I was trying to do when you initially watched the video?
  2. Do you think that listening to a ‘stand-up style monologue’ without an audience interaction is awkward, or did you think that worked?
  3. Are you a regular fan of stand-up?
  4. Do you look forward to more videos like these?  If not, would you if they were regularly improving?

In case you’re interested in filmmaking or video work yourself, please check our the second episode of our “Back to Film School” series, in which we talk about graphics.


We also currently have a casting call out for this month’s short film.  It’s a short part, but you’re nearly guaranteed to be featured.  If you’re interested in submitting, or finding out more, please check it out here.

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