New BTTM Video: “A Mouthful of Marshmallows!” + Analysis
Thursday January 21st 2010, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Better Than The Machine

Marvel at the sight of Christina Reynolds as she attempts to fill her mouth with 25 marshmallows at one time, exclusively for your amusement at seeing Christina Reynolds choke on marshmallows!

This is the second interstitial video for BTTM while we’re hopefully working on Betterrer Than The Machine videos, and man oh man, do I love this video. Ballard directed and edited it and also played the role of “The Director’s Legs.”

We don’t do much slapstick (e.g. I don’t think anyone’s been hit in the head with a chair since 2007), so I was not expecting something like this when I heard Ballard, Carlos and Christina had shot Christina’s idea of trying to fit 25 marshmallows into her mouth. But the night Ballard sent this to me, I watched it over and over and was laughing just as hard every time I watched it. So, maybe we’ll do some more slapstick soon. Or maybe it’s just good to do once in a while. We’ll see.

There is a different take of this that is also really, really funny where, after Ballard asks Carlos if he should get Christina some water, he (really) accidentally tripped on a wire from one of the lights and landed right in front of the camera. I really don’t like to see people getting hurt (hey, now you know the entire backstory of “Scarred by Scarred“–it’s autobiographical!), so I felt guilty for laughing even harder at that take; and boy was relieved when Ballard told me had not sustained any injuries (although, eerily, I had also taken a spill that night and sustained several injuries–too bad no one was filming that, it could have been America’s Funniest Home Video). The group decided there was too much going on in that take with Ballard falling. Maybe we’ll release it as an alternate take to the people on the mailing list or something…

Christina has been coming with new ideas and writing scripts like a fiend lately (a creative fiend?), and like I said, this was her idea. As I heard it, Carlos came up with the idea to jump in and do the Heimlich maneuver. I don’t know exactly what came from which brain, but it all got stirred up in a really funny way in the end. I’m very happy with the level of collaboration right now, especially between Christina, Carlos and Ballard.

Speaking of which, I think tonight we’re going to record an (or some) interstitial(s) with me in it (them) using the videoconference device (computer). I have variously referred to this as the Zordon Sessions, the Wizard of Oz “Pay No Heed To The Man Behind The Curtain” Sessions and The Darth Sidious “Everything Is Going According To Plan” Sessions. At any rate, it should be fun!

The only thing I did for this video was come up with the title. For some reason I can’t explain, I’ve had the name of the movie A Fistful of Dollars in my mind for a few days. I like the name “A Mouthful of Marshmallows,” and I think we should consider ourselves lucky I didn’t call it “Twilight: New Marshmallow” or “Shooting Interstitials At Ballard’s Apartment: The Squeakual” or “Marshmallows: The Gimmick… in 3-D!”


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I recently watched “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”.

…just glad I could contribute in such a helpful and insightful way.

How do you spell insightful, anyway?

Comment by The Matt Gallo 01.21.10 @ 3:38 pm

“Insightful” is right, Mr. Gallo!

Comment by Reid 01.26.10 @ 7:04 pm

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