Ever wonder what the hell we were thinking with a video like this? Turns out things change big time in post... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't... sometimes we make an abstinence commercial instead and no one thinks twice.
Season 2 of The Shorts Show was to this day, the highest valued production series we have released. Although we were shooting regularly on RED CAMERAS (thanks to bigapplefilms) and having a regular crew of 5-10 per sketch, things never really panned out view wise. However, looking back, this is still one of the funniest seasons to recall on set.
In this case, one of the first "bigger" sketches we imagined was originally a commercial selling a medicine to help young, adolescent males battle wet dreams. The concept started with a young man dreaming of the ultimate fantasy, which then turns to a nightmare. He then would wake up upon orgasm and be harassed by his Mother to take his pills (I think they were called "DREAM-X").
Shooting on location in Colonia, New Jersey, the Show team created one the more elaborate set pieces to sell it practically . In order for the fantasy girl to bust through the wall in the dream, we had to build an entire wall and then bust a big goddamn hole in it in one take. How?
Thanks to the skills of former Show producer, Thomas Wallis, the wall was planned and constructed well in advance and only needed a couple hours to piece together.
The explosion of the wall was when things got interesting. Originally the plan was to tie numerous lines of wire to key pieces of the wall and to yank at the same time to create the effect of the wall blowing out. Not so fast.
Take 1... 3-2-1, PULL! The line snaps back, a couple pieces of wood pathetically slide to the ground. "CUT"! FUCK!
It's clear at this time, the fishing line idea needed some tweaks. Take 2, adding double the amount of wire into other spots, some duct tape here and there, the wall would surely go down without an issue. I mean, we're six guys with man brains, how could we fail again?
"3-2-1, PULL!" The wire yanks again, this time sliding off in a couple places. The wall remains unphased. Fuck you, Murphy's law! Who's fault is this? Can someone get me a coffee?!
At this point it's clear. We are going to have to do something big to sell this.
No more wire, no more science, lets get goddamn medieval on this shit.
"Can we do it in post?"
"Why don't we just stand behind it and smack the dog shit out of it?"
So that was it. Armed with a plunger and I believe a piece of wood, two of us stood to the left and right of the hole and gave it the ol' Mark Mcgwire. If you look closely in the video, you can catch a glimpse of the plunger making it's debut on the left hand side (0:12) .
The next big hurdle of the day, which would inevitably be cut (THANK HOSANNA), was to sell the actual ejaculating of the Man's penis through his sheets (yeah, that was uncomfortable to write).
Using a real dildo and an air pump w/ tubing, we had to sell the idea that this Man's wet dreams were so terrible that it ruined his blankets with such ferocity that he needed the medication. Several takes later, we realized two things... 1. It's very hard to match the speed at which ejaculates exit the body using a tube and 2. Dildos are very difficult to make sit upright unless your holding it for someone!
Finally settling on a take that resembled a soda can exploding after being shaken for a minute, we gave up on it and moved on.
The highlight of the video is clearly the vagina mask on our actress' face. Made from putty, clay and who knows what other sorcery, we had our nightmare mask and finale. (credit to Brad Bailey)
Once the original cut was presented, it was mutually agreed to keep it in the Show vault until something could be salvaged....
Although the performances from our actors were terrific (David Fierro, Mary Schneider) we were unable to bring the original concept to fruition and it collected dust...
Months later we had the idea to take the most basic aspects of the video and repurpose them.
- A Man's sexual fantasy
- fantasy turns to nightmare
- What do we learn? sex is bad.
Abandoning the wet dream aspect and focusing mainly on why this fantasy could be harmful. Abstinence quickly came to mind and a shorter, sweeter climax made sense for the PSA style to inform our youth that IF you had sex, there was a chance that a vagina monster would eat you.
The addition of the RAMEN punch, still to this day, is the funniest cut and graphic we've added. I blame it on the alcohol.
And there you have it, movie magic.