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Snake Oil

Postby Graham » 20 Aug 2012, 11:19

I think this could really catch on.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Dominic Appleguard » 20 Aug 2012, 12:04

Nice costumes. I'm really curious about how the venue came about.

This week's LT, I hope?
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby ex-Lurker » 20 Aug 2012, 12:34

This sketch is really depressing in how well it mirrors reality.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Tim » 20 Aug 2012, 12:39

http://www.qray.com/

And also iRenew.

Just wanted to throw that out there, because these products actually offend me.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Geoff_B » 20 Aug 2012, 12:49

That was fun :D

Although when I saw the title I did immediately think of this:

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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Scrizati » 20 Aug 2012, 12:58

The iWood is coming soon! Get the iChisel accessory for an extra $100 and you can customise your iWood's design!
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby An Evil Herbivore » 20 Aug 2012, 13:46

Wait, wait. The credits say Tim was on boom. You had him around for a shoot and didn't put him on camera? I'm disappointed in you guys.

On a different note, not sure why but I always seem to believe Paul in this type of role really well. So good job.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Graham » 20 Aug 2012, 14:02

Tim's addition to the crew for this was VERY last minute. Some people couldn't make it for reasons beyond their control, and we kinda had to shoot it right then, because of the location.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Vigafre » 20 Aug 2012, 14:23

You could have just told a pedestrian that holding the boom would make them better in bed.

Problem solved.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby WAYF » 20 Aug 2012, 16:25

This video is so amazing. I am now convinced that this scenario actually happened, once upon a time.
"Hey guys! We can just sell people something worth nothing and tell them it's worth a lot, and they'll BUY IT!"

You guys are superb when you do satire and deconstruction. :D

Edit:- And Tim, I completely agree. The fact that products like Snake Oil exist is inherently offensive.
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Postby Jakale » 20 Aug 2012, 16:31

Vigafre: You've now got me imagining Graham doing a Music Man "Ya Got Trouble" style number to convince the local passerby of the benefits that being a boomsman can bring them. So thanks for that. It's really quite entertaining.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Tapir12 » 20 Aug 2012, 18:18

The setting and costumes really did for this one. Oh, and some good acting too ;)

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Re: Snake Oil

Postby empath » 20 Aug 2012, 18:58

Great acting on Paul & Matt's part. And Graham is in fine form in his archetypal 'the only sensible man in the room'.

The set and the costumes were a surprising (and delightful) change from what I'm accustomed to; it added a little something to the vid!
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Vigafre » 20 Aug 2012, 19:23

Oh, I almost forgot.

For some reason, the focus (I think it's the focus) on some of your videos makes the whole thing look green-screened to me. I know this video isn't green-screened, but I remember when I thought the same thing for Formal Complaint.

Mostly, I'd just like to know if that's the focus throwing me for a loop.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Snowman » 20 Aug 2012, 20:52

Instant classic, this needs to be added to the list of videos used when introducing friends/family to LRR.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Kapol » 20 Aug 2012, 23:19

Tim wrote:http://www.qray.com/

And also iRenew.

Just wanted to throw that out there, because these products actually offend me.


I now want to flip all the tables with rage. So much rage. So little time.

Of course, is that really all that worse then the 'pet rock?'
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Geoff_B » 21 Aug 2012, 00:17

I'm offended that "wellness" is a word. I'm also offended by the whole "bracelets are vital to your health" thing as well but wellness *shudder*
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Lord Chrusher » 21 Aug 2012, 03:20

It seems that you have more than made up for losing access to Graham's Parents' old house.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Master Gunner » 21 Aug 2012, 03:22

Kapol wrote:Of course, is that really all that worse then the 'pet rock?'


I think that at least with the pet rock, everyone knew what they were getting into, and it was very clearly a joke item.
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Postby Yaxley » 21 Aug 2012, 06:20

Jakale wrote:Vigafre: You've now got me imagining Graham doing a Music Man "Ya Got Trouble" style number to convince the local passerby of the benefits that being a boomsman can bring them. So thanks for that. It's really quite entertaining.

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Postby ThrashJazzAssassin » 21 Aug 2012, 10:49

I'm convinced this sketch is great. In addition a gentleman just passed by and persuaded me that the final (pre-credits) sequence with Kathleen was an even better stinger than the stinger! As empath said, Graham's voice of exasperated sanity is always entertaining.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Graham » 21 Aug 2012, 11:12

Vigafre wrote:Oh, I almost forgot.

For some reason, the focus (I think it's the focus) on some of your videos makes the whole thing look green-screened to me. I know this video isn't green-screened, but I remember when I thought the same thing for Formal Complaint.

Mostly, I'd just like to know if that's the focus throwing me for a loop.
The very shallow depth of field in single shots? Yeah, that's all in the lens, no green-screening there. I can see what you're saying, but I like it, stylistically.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Vigafre » 21 Aug 2012, 11:59

I agree, it's pretty cool. I just need to get used to it, and one day I might confuse your green-screening for shallow depth of field.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Dominic Appleguard » 21 Aug 2012, 12:35

Geoff_B wrote:I'm offended that "wellness" is a word. I'm also offended by the whole "bracelets are vital to your health" thing as well but wellness *shudder*

I think they say words like "wellness" and "biofield" because if they made specific claims about what it does they'd have their asses nailed to the wall by the FDA.

You can sell a vague sense of betterment because it can't be disproved.
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Re: Snake Oil

Postby Geoff_B » 21 Aug 2012, 12:37

Maybe we should actually sell that Snake Oil. What could possibly go wrong? :D
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