Cursing
February 28th, 2011

Posted by Matt

this week’s video is up, and I can’t really think of any witty, video-relevant phrase to use here to indicate that. Watch it here.

So this video was a harrowing shoot. It was stupidly cold out when we shot this, and we were all freezing. It involved long exchanges of complex dialogue. It required us to shout profanity and vulgarity in a public park, and the public part of that park kept trying get itself in the way, or to walk very young children within earshot. We were careful to warn parents that maybe they’d be best to take their children off to enjoy some other area of the park while we were shooting. The peacock was awesome though, and we were all super stoked that that particular shot was good. Big thanks to Andy for the script (but he seems to go to very dark places while writing… Maybe get that looked at, Andy?)

Oh, hey! Look! Andy sent me a blurb, that I just discovered (not at all after Graham had to text me to inform me of it’s existence)! Here it is!:

The script for this video started out as just one of the many addled thoughts I have while riding public transportation in Vancouver. I thought that “Fuck you!’ (being one of the most favoured disparagements in the whole of the english language) was inherently flawed. It is not only a sentence fragment (very sloppy), but it is also unnecessarily vague. Someone learning english as a second language may easily interpret it to mean, “I certainly hope you will have sex sometime in the near future”. In which case, they will smile cheerfully at their verbal assailant, gibber a few broken gratitudes, and then stroll off happily, looking forward to their prospective coitus. Hardly the desired effect.

I would also like to stress that some of the things mentioned in this script are quite offensive. I personally find a few things particularly offensive, but that was the point really: I thought of the worst thing anyone could ever possibly say to me and then I wrote it into a script. So if there are any sensible people out there that find certain things mentioned in the video disrespectful, hurtful and devoid of all taste, I couldn’t agree more. In all seriousness, I’m just as shocked as you are. Even more so, because I wrote it myself.

Cheers,

Andy

Unskippable this week was Mafia II which got a sneak-preview screening at Tsukino-Con this weekend. Hopefully you were there! If not, you can enjoy it now, right here.


6 Comments »

  1. I loved this one. So very… true. So many of our curses hold little to no meaning. I’m still trying to figure out why “You suck” is a bad thing. Or why CRAP! is less offensive than SHIT! They’re both four letter words for fecal matter.

    Also, am I the only one who read that bit in Andy’s voice? <3 Cownden Comedy

    Comment by 2stepz — February 28, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Bravo. Good job exactly illustrating one of my many problems with my language. I would do well to actually learn another sometime…

    Comment by BRUTAL — February 28, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  3. I must say, the video was just awesome until the who’s on first reference. Then I died laughing.

    Comment by Ebonwumon — March 1, 2011 @ 12:17 am

  4. You know, until I saw the credits, I was sure this was a Kathleen video. Granted, it makes a lot more sense as one of Andy’s.

    Comment by AK4186 — March 1, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  5. i love this !! i love the style of humour, it sits right next to Son of a bitch for me, good job crew !

    Comment by SONICWOLF — March 1, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  6. Very funny video. I agree with a lot of the other posters, personally my favorite non-hustle video since the Escapist move, and there have been a lot of good ones.
    I’m a little worried for myself that you “personally find a few things particularly offensive” and I didn’t have any problem at all when watching the video.
    I really don’t see my self as a fan of gratuitous or shock humor but I say things more offensive than that on a day to day basis.
    For example it was female freind of mine’s birthday a few days ago so I left a post on her wall saying “Facebook tells me it’s your Birthday, um, good for you I suppose. Try not to get too date raped.” and she ‘liked’ it.
    Everyone has a different level of acceptability I suppose.

    On a side not, did you have to put that warning from Alex at the start of the video or was that a choice you made? Because I’m sure Yahzee regularly uses language ‘worse’ that that.

    Comment by kzap — March 2, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

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