New BTTM Video: “How To Give Bad News” + Analysis
Saturday March 27th 2010, 3:36 pm
Filed under: Better Than The Machine

The only thing worse than giving bad news is giving bad news badly. Or, now that I think about it, the only only thing worse than giving bad news badly is probably receiving bad news given badly. Like if someone came up to you, all smiling and jolly and slapped you on the shoulder and said, “Hey, congratulations on someone pouring water on your mom. She was an old witch anyway, so I’m sure that was a perfect painful death for her.” But you didn’t know she had died, and also she wasn’t a witch, and you got along with her quite well. Something like that would definitely be worse, and maybe the worst.

Hmn. I don’t know. This is why I’m not a scientist.

“How To Give Bad News” was directed and edited by Ballard C. Boyd and features our good friend Elisabeth Hansen. Elisa and Matt have been a real life couple for quite a while now, and she and I graduated together from the theater program at Pace. It was neat to get her into one of our videos. The bare legs Matt drags in belong to Mr. Carlos Cabrera. You can tell from their beautiful caramel completion.

This particular video was shot the same night as “How To Juggle” was shot, but it’s been in the boiler for quite a long time. I have notes about it in my notebook dated from last summer. I think the bit with the legs needed to be figured out, and when that was figured out, it was just good timing to film two Iowa Training Films at once.

I was also not there when this was shot, so this might just be all I know about the video…

Oh! Well, as a result of this video and “How To Juggle,” Carlos and Matt and I have been talking about developing some other recurring sketches, or developing some existing sketches into a recurring format. It seems fun and also a bit easier if we have a blank week. And, let’s see… yep, that’s it. That’s all I know. If anyone who was there wants to add anything to the record, go right ahead.

It is also worth mentioning that, by some counts, whatever video comes out next week (this, upcoming next week) will be our 100th YouTube video. By some other counts, it will be our 99th video. It has to do with having to remove “Special K with Birth Control” and making the remixed “Super K with Birth Control.” I want to make a tribute to 100 videos, because, well, that’s a helluva lot of videos. The tribute won’t be our 100th video because I am not feeling up to working on it right now, but it’ll come along soon enough. I promise it will be very silly.

Enjoy your newfound power of giving bad news as a pair of naked legs, and make sure to check http://bttm.net next week for a brand new 99th or 100th video from Better Than The Machine!

Don’t let the machine get you down. Seriously, it’s an insurance nightmare.

–Reid.


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