August 3, 2008

Her Batteries

(2008) 5 minutes. Written and Directed by J Wilder Konschak. Starring Barb Beaser. Shot by J Wilder Konschak and Alli Hartley. Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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This post might be a bit of a spoiler, but I'm going to go ahead because I think it'd be wrong if I didn't explain the deeply personal, monumentally important nature of this month's video update.

It doesn't have the usual Misplaced Planet polish, but that's because it was created entirely outside of our production schedule. It got hammered together, for love alone, despite an overwhelming schedule of producing episodes of our upcoming web-series, HELL FROZE OVER.

So... Why?

I could argue that we did it for the fun of filming from the hip, since it was produced at home, with a crew of two, and a cast of two, and a crossover between those two groups of one. It could be argued that it was done for the pleasure of working with two of my favorite people. I could be argued that it was intended to test the camera-rig I'd designed and constructed for no conceivable reason. But none of those reasons capture the passion I've always felt for this project.

The truth is, this movie happened for one simple reason. I love vibrators. I think they represent a rare example of our world with its heart in the right place. The inventive design and manufacture of a vibrator. The calculated and yet instinctive selection and purchase of a vibrator. The use and diligent maintenance of a vibrator. The cherished place is takes in a loving relationship, and the comfort it offers when all else seems lost. It is an object that admits the hard realities of human existence, but also transcends them through our power to create.

Yes, this short film was born of the same kind of warm, good-natured affection that must have motivated the writing of The Brave Little Toaster. And now that I've written that sentence, I really wish it were more like The Brave Little Toaster. Perhaps with a vibrator named Nine Inch Neil singing "Turn On Your Heartlight."

Ah well. This version, staring a sexy woman and an increasingly fat-faced dude, is gonna have to suffice until, at least until I can get the budget together on that one.

So... Enjoy! And click right here, watch it, rate it, and send it to your friends.

November 16, 2006

Behind the Scenes of JUL Part 4

In this, segment FOUR of the Just Us League Behind the Scenes Documentary, you will learn how the props and costumes were made by J Wilder Konschak; you will meet the team of super heroes, including Gabe Mckee, Karl Moore, Mike Ferraro, Justin Philpot, and Alli Hartley; you will gaze in horror as music composer Stirling McLaughlin transforms into Beak Man, and you will learn the pros and cons of someone losing an eye.

Click here to view Segment Four.

Or visit the website here: http://www.misplacedplanet.com/jul

October 15, 2006

Behind the Scenes of JUL Part 3

In this, segment THREE of the Just Us League Behind the Scenes Documentary, you will meet star Keely Flynn, who plays the Bombinatrix; you will meet the make-up artist, Diane Lagrippo, and you'll learn the right and wrong way to hit on actresses from the director's brother, Kevin Boyle.

Click here to view Segment Three.

Or visit the website here: http://www.misplacedplanet.com/jul

September 15, 2006

Behind the Scenes of JUL Part 2

In this, segment TWO of the Just Us League Behind the Scenes Documentary, you will meet producers Allison Hartley and Amy Grumbling; you will one of the stars, Melissa Mills-Dick, and you'll learn the right and wrong way to embezzle money from an independent production.

Click here to view Segment Two.

Or visit the website here: http://www.misplacedplanet.com/jul

August 15, 2006

Behind the Scenes of JUL (Just Us League)

In this, Segment one of the Just Us League Behind the Scenes Documentary, you will meet the directors, Benni Pierce and Shaun Boyle; you will meet two of the stars, Michell Howe and Marc Lesser, and you'll learn the right and wrong way to film someone getting whacked in the crotch with a wiffle ball bat.

Click here to view Segment One.

Or visit the website here: http://www.misplacedplanet.com/jul

June 15, 2006

Just Us League (JUL)

Misplaced Planet's newest short-film, Just-Us League, also known as J.U.L., is complete. It is the pulse-pounding fable of a father who tries to heal the hearts of his children by pretending they're a family of super-heroes. It is also a movie where a half-naked woman beats the hell out of a dumb jerk.

View the movie, meet the heroes, and check in regularly, because there will be monthy updates to the Behind the Scenes featurettes.

Click here to view the film.

April 15, 2006

Behind the Scenes of Signal Decay

Amy Grumbling put together this excellent Behind the Scenes documentary for Signal Decay. I think you'll really enjoy it. Click here to view the Behind the Scenes Documentary for Signal Decay.

Or visit the website and view it online, along with many stills and exciting extras, at http://www.misplacedplanet.com/signaldecay