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May 2008
the case of the black box broad
SmokingCrayolas' entry in the Video Association of Dallas' 7th Annual 24-Hour Video Race.
With the return of Jake and Todd to team SmokingCrayolas this year, our numbers swelled enough to put us in the "Hollywood" division for the first time ever. Unfortunately, Mitch was only able to join for about 1/3 of the race relegating him primarily to actor status. Fortunately, he was able to join us for filming and didn't fuss too much when we told him that, once again, he would be wearing a suit.
This marks the second year in a row with nothing crazy to report. We got a late start on principal photography, but somehow started importing on schedule. Editing went smoothly, as did the animation of the javelin flight (135 individual frames!). The biggest "Wow!" thing this year was that we had Jerome Weeks, from KERA, checking in with us periodically for a story on Art Races.
Overall, we're proud of the film, but not ecstatic. After seven years, we know we can craft elements into a relatively coherent story. Ultimately, I think we played it too safe on the technical side of things. Next year, we need to try something outside our comfort zone. Technically, I man. It wouldn't be a SmokingCrayolas' film without a healthy dose of goofy humor.
2008's list of requirements:
  • Theme: Twist of Fate
  • Prop: A key
  • Location: Anywhere a sport is played
  • Dialogue: "What's this going to cost me?"
Update: We took second again this year, but only because we "moved up" to the Hollywood Division, where only four of the eight teams that started the race managed to finish by the deadline. Had we been in our usual Guerilla Division, there's no way we would have placed this well.