[vid] The Call
An ode to the heroism of Blast Hardcheese. No wait I meant Dave Ryder.
I read jetpack_monkey's Festivids letter and picked up the pinch hit almost immediately thereafter, as I had no less than three ideas for three of the six requests therein. This was the easiest, because it's all right there in the letter--an ode to the heroism of Blast Hardcheese, played as straight-faced as humanly possible. Power ballads earn bonus points.
The vid was actually totally fun to make, and it came together in about ten days flat--I unapologetically ripped the source direct from YouTube (which must have itself been a DVD rip, because the quality wasn't too terrible) and then started googling "power ballads of the 80s" while clipping and watching the movie in the background. In the end, I wound up searching for "Eye of the Tiger" on iTunes, seeing what else Survivor had done, and…choosing between this track, the one from The Karate Kid, and the one from Rocky IV. If that's not peak 80s, I don't know what is. (Sidenote: This song is so bad. It doesn't even have a bridge! It doesn't have an ending! It just fades out in the original track! How did these people make money?!) This one had a better beat, so I went with that and we were off to the races. I laughed a lot while editing, either remembering lines from the MST3K episode or just because of the ridiculousness. As for Mike and the robots, I wound up making a virtue out of necessity by incorporating them in the initial credits and going full-out MST3K style for the final credits. (If you get the font joke reference in here, by the way, you get bonus points.)
I owe a lot to the internet MSTies of yore and their painstaking explanations for everything having to do with the show, as well as to laurashapiro for beta watching and (needless to say) saying smart things that made the vid better.
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