One increasingly drunken evening, my good friend Shaun Lowthian and I were lamenting the lack of comedy we’d been performing since leaving Uni.
‘We could put on a show’ he said.
‘Definitely’ I agreed, my eyes hazy with Guinness.
Then Shaun, presumably still drunk, went and booked us a into the Not Part of Festival in Manchester. We had a slot to do a show, that didn’t have a title, a theme, anything. We had nothing but a deadline.
Long story short; we did it. We decided to base it loosely around the theme of radio. This video was written and filmed as an intermission for the show, but alas I couldn’t edit it in time.*
The idea was to make a fake educational film from the 40s. I struggled for a long time to think of what it could be, and then, when I wasn’t even trying, the idea came soaring into my mind almost fully formed when I was in the shower.** Bittersweet when that happens.
We had about 6 hours to film it all, as that’s all my friend/professional cameraman Martin Waine*** could spare from his real job. Most of those hours were spent running from location to location, trying to make a very small group of people look like many different people, making places look like they were from the early 20th century.
Anyway, you have enough back ground, here’s the video
*I was so underprepared for that first show (as I’d spent line-learning time trying to edit the film against the clock), that I spent the interval learning my lines for the second half. Nevertheless, it was a barnstorming success and here’s a link to a throroughly undeserved review http://www.largemanchester.com/radio-now-in-technicolour.html
** I do most of my best thinking in the shower. The downside is I end up an enlightened prune.
*** One of his more successful videos can be found here http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/1772/2-20