I have to admit, I was bit nervous about following up the video I made with THE JOHN GREEN. The response to that, by the way, was incredible and for the first two days after I released the video it was like Christmas Day for me, checking my phone every five minutes for reblogs and updated view counts. Thank you all for appreciating and spreading around that video! It was quite fun to make, as one might imagine.
Luckily, I had a decent idea stirring about my head for a while that I decided to finally use for this week's episode. I first had this inkling of an idea about a year and a half ago but never had a good place or time to film it. This has changed with the new-found opportunities I'm seizing at my community college. Filming in public, especially while wearing a fancy suit in a sea of sweatshirts and pajamas incognito as regular pants, always gets me enough attention that I get a bunch of people asking what I'm doing so I can introduce them to my channel. Plus I didn't get forcefully kicked out of filming in a public place this time so I must be doing something right. I also just realized that I filmed this during a government shutdown so maybe it's now political commentary or something. See in it what you will but my intention was just to make a funny short film and certainly not stir political arguments. Enjoy!
So I'm just going to start by saying that John Green is in this video.
The path to John Green was as follows:
1) An old high school friend, Hannah Arnold, met John Green in her college's town of Pittsburgh while they were at the set of The Fault in Our Stars. They got a photo with him, which I saw on Facebook and then geeked out about.
2) I talked to Hannah and she mentioned how they would be coming back in a couple weeks to film outside of Pittsburgh for the "support group" scenes.
3) We track down the address of the church they would be filming at, and I research whether John will be there and what days and times there will be filming.
4) I grab two of my best friends, we all skip college and work, and get a hotel out in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The next morning we drive to Pittsburgh. It was a three or three and a half hour trip in total.
5) I wrote a script the night before in the hotel room, with my friend Nick making edits.
6) We meet up and hang out with a great friend of mine who shows us around and has already freakin' been in the movie as an extra in the scene Green makes a cameo!
7) Running on pure hope, we stake out at the set, and get to see them film a shot of Gus and Hazel walking out of the church.
8) We get there before the rest of the fans. John has like seven minutes and agrees to film the short film, even though people were calling for him and he looked tired as heck. He is the nicest man in existence.
9) Later we get our books signed in a small mob of fans. John signs my copy of our script. Life is complete. We spend the rest of the day in PIttsburgh, life is complete, and life is complete.
My sister and her friend dragged us along to go homecoming dress shopping, along with a couple of our friends, with the hopes of doing a "Say Yes to the Dress" parody but upon my insisting how silly and tremendously unscripted that would be, my friend Lucas and I wandered off and decided to experiment a bit. This is what we came up with! Add a bit of experimenting with YouTube's stabilization effect and voila! A video I'm pretty happy with! Enjoy. :)
It's time for the second episode of Harold's Trailer Talk! I was initially only going to "review" trailers that would have come out the same week as my episodes, but that would most likely be a pain as, first of all, a huge wide-release trailer doesn't necessarily come out that frequently and, secondly, that would be awful trying to write, film, and edit that quickly to meet my Thursday deadline. So instead I'll just include trailers for films that, as of the release date of my video, have not come out yet. I hope you are thoroughly confused because that was my intention all along. Oh the power of knowledge to swing over your baffled little heads!
Basically: I'm going to make these Trailer Talk episodes whenever I feel like it, instead of relying on a big movie trailer coming out a particular week. I hope that clarifies.
Anyhow, enjoy the video. I'm still experimenting with the idea of having a series like this and finding the right balance of making Harold likable but almost completely ignorant to how cliche and unoriginal most trailers and films are. In a sense, I'm satirizing people who have little talent but wish to be famous, as well as the paint-by-numbers methods most film creators and marketers employ in their work. I AM SO DEEP.
I am so excited to announce a bunch of neat new PogieJoe stuff! You'll hear all the details within the video, but I'll also put the links below!
As I say in the video, I have been settling nicely into LCCC. I'm busy, but happily so and I still have juuust enough time to still make a video every week if I keep my schedule as it is! It was also exceptionally freeing to just walk around with a camera pointed at my face around campus and have no one know or, even better, care who I am or why I was recording myself. Ah anonymity, how I love you when it's convenient for me...
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My good friend Nick came out to Oberlin to help me with our interview with Audra Skuodas that was released last week but he also wrote up a script in advanced for us to film upon our return. In it...well you'll see, of course. Nick also wrote and starred in the episode All My Friends Are Pushing Daisies and has been one of my most frequent co-stars over the years! Enjoy.
It's been a while since I last did an interview and so I am excited to present to you this video!
A couple of friends of mine and some of my siblings were spending a day in my hometown of Oberlin, Ohio when we stumbled across a wonderful exhibition. Having foolishly not read the sign, we were in awe in the variety of brilliant artworks we guessed (but could not believe) was made by college students.
Well we finally put the clues together when we started seeing reoccurring symbols and name and that was our introduction to the work of Audra Skuodas. We were informed by a lady at the front desk that Audra actually lived right in town in an old building she converted into a studio along with her husband, an art professor at the college himself. We tracked down the address and although she was on vacation her son agreed to let her know about us. Weeks later, we were in this studio conducting this interview.
I also give you the extended version in audio form because the original was so difficult to edit! I also apologize for the less than stellar audio, which was due to an issue with our microphone.
We interrupt this website to bring you a beautiful message of companionship between a boy and his puppet. My dad actually created this puppet for a production we put on for family and friends about eight years ago and "The Little Boy Puppet" as we've always called him, has become legacy within the Kowalski house. It was about time he had the potential to be seen around the world! Although my dad is truly the best performer for him, always having been his puppeteer and voice, I decided to take control of him for a silent appearance. Bask in his beauty.
So here we begin a new series of mine! I'll let you judge it for yourself but I'm parodying quite a number of aspects here....YouTubers who think they can create the next big hit out of the blue, the increasingly unimaginitive movie trailer industry, what movie companies think consumers want...hopefully I can balance them alright enough and keep things fresh. All the while Harold is an optimistic chap so I think he won't mind if you laugh at him a little. I've been bad about keeping up on creating series in the past so I will make sure I try my best to not let this 'un slip! At least not for a while!
My family recently took a trip to Archbold, Ohio, to go to Sauder Village: a restored 19th century town with people inside every house and business to tell you about life during that time, as well as some people who even practiced that trade today. It was a great experience and many of the people not only knew their history very well but were also friendly and personable about it, even after talking about that stuff a thousand times a day. I must of spent a half an hour talking to the tin smith!
Anywho-whats-it, we stayed in the Sauder Heritage Hotel which was pretty neat in it's own right, although built in the '90s. The 1990s. It even had an enormous fake tree which you can see in the video. It was made in California by a company that makes them for films and the like! Extraordinary!
Well an regular viewer knows by now that I never miss an opportunity to a film a video somewhere new so here you go. :)