Digital Hilariosity

The aspects of digital storytelling I decided to choose deal with enhancing comedy. As a big fan of comedy, I’ve found videos that use digital media to portray the ridiculous.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Warheim incorporate digital media to portray the comedic skits they create. This one about child clowns, in particular, parodies infomercials and uses repetition in sound and image to add to their comedy. The skit in itself is ridiculous and what some may find funny, but the use of digital media is really important to represent a mock business of child clown renting. For without this use of technology, it would be the same as some 90s comedy techniques that throw dummies in garbage cans. Tim and Eric’s projects involve much of what one sees here.

Furthermore, the use of digital media to construct a scenario that seems very real and ridiculous is another way to further comedy in the composition of a work. For instance, these Norwegian youths are building up the plot to be some rational experiment with a train, but when the outcome is ridiculous, it complicates the audience response. For some more gullible, there is amazement. And for others, there is an obvious falsehood. Regardless, there is a certain impressive use of digital media in this composition.

Another aspect of digital storytelling that I’d like to explore is the use of stop motion works.

Here is a drowning nut. A peanut drowning in peanut butter. I suppose it’s not equivalent to a person drowning in the sea because the sea, as we know it, is not made of human butter…however, it humanizes inanimate objects and creates a dynamic into the lens’s perspective. For one can think of an objects perspective. That is an element of stop action, but there is a entire short film that does not use stop action called Plastic Bag. I appreciate the technique of stop action film because it is available to anyone that owns a camera. Although it may be time consuming, the accessibility does not involve buying an expensive package of software (though that could add some flashy effects).

Here’s another more elaborate example of this:




~ by hamshanwitch on January 12, 2013.

4 Responses to “Digital Hilariosity”

  1. My favorites were the peanut and the spaghetti one. I definitely agree with the fact that it would be time consuming, But it is definitely nice to see something different. Action films are everywhere and it would be cool to experiment with this and see what we could come up with.

  2. Definitely love the Tim and Eric idea, because they have a lot of great material and really funny, absurd digital media to watch and talk about in our class. The stop motion would be great to add onto the syllabus as well, and I think it’d be interesting to potentially try making our own stop motion videos as a form of digital storytelling.

  3. I like the idea of studying any sort of artistic video editing. Both stop motion animation and the fever dream-turned-comedy techniques of Tim and Eric would be a great avenue with which to explore it. Certain cable television shows aside, I can’t imagine how a lot of really strange artistic video projects could be brought to a mass audience without server space. The notion of the internet providing a voice to artists who would otherwise be pretty marginalized is of great interest to me. I feel we were promised a lot of open-ended multimedia projects in this class, and I’d love to make some weird but relevant stuff with a camera.

  4. What struck me most is that these tiny stories could probably only exist on the internet. I can’t imagine finding such bite-size yet expressive videos on television or in a theater. The internet has turned clips like these into a genre of their own, manipulating expectation within the space of a few minutes. For example, the train video brings the viewer in thinking they are about to witness a real accident, but are then catapulted into a moment of utter unreality. I think only the internet can produce that kind of whiplash from ordinary to alien in the blink of page refresh.

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