The first take, Matt mentioned that I was clearly smiling a little bit. I laughed, because all I could think was, "I'm in a food co-op and Aaron Yonda's dressed like Darth Vader!!!"
Then Aaron gave me a big hug. Awwww.
But it's different acting in front of a camera when it's not your own shoot--I think everyone who directs should do it, just to get a sense of what it's like. I hung out a little bit when I was done, just to watch.
So, now it's number one on 101--which, in case you're not familiar with 101, isn't easy. Everything is voted on at a screening in L.A., so Matt and Aaron are not on their home turf. They're well-liked over there, but they don't have home-court advantage (meaning that they can't really pack the screening with buddies)--and as a result, whatever they send has got to be the best they can do.
It's also fun, getting to talk to Aaron and Matt about how they do things--there's just as much done that's meticulously planned out as there is organic improvisation, usually, but this one was a very tight shoot. Not in a bad way, but, again, it felt like a professional shoot.
According to an email we all got from Courtney, she got to hear audience reaction over her cell phone, and the crowd apparently loved it.
From Matt Sloan himself, I was happy to read this (SPOLIER ALERT!):
There were also a lot of comments about Rob's performance as Lloyd. I believe Dan Harmon himself mentioned how good of an actor Rob was and everyone seemed to think he was a professional actor. His line "Jesus, what's your problem!" always got a big laugh -- even more than when he was lifted off of the ground.
I tend to think that the reason the reaction is so strong is because by the time my character shows up, you're totally sympathetic to Chad, and you finally see him triumph over something--anything.
I'm really happy that it's picked up--I can't wait to come back!
What a weird feeling. I'm actually having a good week.
posted by Rob on 12:19 PM |
I thought it was hilarious when I got to see it a week or so ago. I'm glad it's a big hit!
that was awesome.
It's great to see the stills you took with your cell phone!
This film is also posted on the Blame Society Productions web site, at:
We've also got a photo album from the shoot at:
saw d vid on youtube.. cool work.
great performance! whatever changes you made worked well, awesome expressions, timing, delivery. it looks like much fun was had by all. and now by hundreds of thousands of netizens.
thanks and best wishes for your future works.
Cool vid, Rob. I actually had someone send it to me and I was like, hey, wait a minute, I *know* that guy! Good work.
I've just seen both CHAD VADER episodes...I was impressed with the quality of the production...This is easily the funniest thing i've seen on the net all year...If there was stuff like this on TV...I'd watch alot more TV...I can't wait to see episode III.