New BTTM Video: “Med School Porn” + Analysis and Behind-The-Scenes Goings On
Saturday April 17th 2010, 12:46 am
Filed under: Better Than The Machine

Better Than The Machine’s sexy new video “Med School Porn” proves that while med school’s expensive, paying the bills doesn’t have to be anything but fun! Also, of some noteworthiness, this our 100th video on YouTube! That’s a helluva lot of videos on YouTube! Trust me, it took a long, long time to for the five of us to count that high on our combined fingers and toes. We kept reaching 99, until Matt Gallo revealed that he’s missing a toe. And if you think that’s sexy, you’re gonna love this video:

“Med School Porn” was directed and edited by Ballard C. Boyd. Rachel Popson guest stars as “The Girl Who Is Not Christina, For Once,” which is to say, she was the girl who poured beer on herself. Rachel’s a great actor that we went to school with. Rachel and her girlfriend Joanna (an alumna of BTTM) participated in a triathlon last summer to raise money for leukemia patients and studies. They participated in my name (and someone else’s too), which was an amazing thing to do. So, Rachel’s good people. As if you couldn’t already tell that by her agreeing to appear in one of our videos wearing only erotic underwear. Sometime this spring or summer, I think Rachel and Joanna are going to come stay with my family, which should be a lot of fun, and it’s certainly something I’m looking forward to!

Anyway, back to the sketch. Christina came up with the idea and wrote the original draft. She then asked me to take a look at it. I’ve found that I always really enjoy working on second drafts of Christina’s scripts. She lays down superb groundwork that forms the plot and some of the character’s voices, and so the first thing I do when she asks me to look over something is just to read the script and understand what she’s doing. Then I take a pass at some light editing, which is mostly trimming it down by saying, “Oh, these three lines could be just this one line and it’d make perfect sense,” or, “this line could just be these two words, instead of explaining all that,” which is easy for me (ahem, on other people’s work, not necessarily my own verbose sketches or blogs, so much) and that’s something I like to do.

Then I take a third pass which is the really fun part of working on Christina’s sketches. To me, they seem so well formed already that I don’t have to think all that much about plotting, I can just add a lot of jokes. She sets them up so well that I go through her scripts fast, and just see jokes all over and add them. She and I try to get together and write whenever I’m in town, and it’s a very different way of working than I’ve ever worked with a writing partner before. I have to say I really enjoy it, whether in person or not. Now, just so this doesn’t sound tooooo egotistical, I will say thank goodness for Microsoft Word’s “Track Changes” feature, so that when we’re working through email, she can see exactly what I’ve done to her script, and she can go with some of my ideas and quickly delete all the ones that don’t work outside of my brain.

I was just looking back at what I had added, and a lot of it was Matt’s pizza guy, which seemed so funny to me on paper. But I’ve got to hand it to Matt and Ballard for interpreting those words and then really selling them. Matt mugging to the camera is just hilarious, and I think it really sells all those lines for a great laugh. Matt’s versatility just keeps expanding, especially when I think back to the first video I ever shot of him. I’m really impressed by how he can help jokes on the page really become the jokes that work so well on the screen.

Producer Christina also did a really good job of producing this stuff, which included getting Rachel on board, and buying props and setting costumes and things like that. Producing is clearly a job we should have given her several years ago.

My favorite moment in the sketch is not from any script I ever saw, and that’s when Carlos walks up, and Matt signals to him to go away. I thought that was really funny. I would guess, but I don’t know for certain, that this was something Ballard came up with while filming. His mind is very attuned to building laughs and jokes that really add a good beat here or there. Ballard also did a good job working in a really weird location. Having slept on the floor of Christina and Alex’s apartment last time I was in The City, I can tell you that the door is around a big corner, so that basically, where Christina and Rachel were sitting was a backwards “L” shape away from the door. I don’t know where Ballard stood, but the going back and forth and keeping Christina so close to the camera really gave the appearance that everyone could see each other, which they probably couldn’t. I trust Ballard and his director magic fully to be able to do that–we’ve shot so many things at his very, very small studio apartment and none of them really look like the same place. I don’t think I could pull that off.

I think the one and only thing that I wonder how other people feel about is Christina’s last line. Again, I don’t think that was ever in a script, so I’ll bet there was some brainstorming that went on before they shot the video. In looking over my edits, the ending I wrote was that the pizza guy leaves and Christina looks to Rachel and yells, “And you put all your clothes back on!” to which Rachel responded, “Oh yeah, I forgot.” Which I will admit sucked. I figured someone would come up with something, like Rachel saying, “Oh, but I’m so comfy!” or “Oh, no just girl on girl, then, either?” I guess I thought of those too late (15 seconds ago), and they probably wouldn’t have been used anyway. But the first time I watched it, I was pretty startled at what Christina ended up saying! In watching it an extraordinary number of times, I think I’m desensitized to it now, but on first hearing it, I shouted, “What?! Where’d that come from?” Like I said, I don’t mind it so much now. Neither, apparently do YouTubers, who are eating the video up. The video was briefly featured on the YouTube Comedy page, and even more briefly on the YouTube Videos page. The search for porn seems to have really helped us out.

All in all, I’m quite happy with this sketch, and I am quite happy to have another sexy sounding video that will continue to attract potential masturbators for a long time. Hah! I’ll bet they’ll be none-too-happy.

–Reid.

P.S. Matt is not actually missing a toe. Sorry to wait to reveal this ’til the end, you creepy, creepy, nine-toe-fetishists.


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