How to Ruin Thanksgiving
Here’s a sketch comedy we shot at YouTube SpaceLA a few weeks ago. It was a great experience and SO fun for Chris and I both to shoot a semi-scripted video again! Some of you may not know that doing scripted comedy videos is how Chris and I met. You can read more about his film background on his website, ChristopherSharpe.com
We went into the space having a loose idea of what we wanted to shoot — some gags, some one-liners, some vignettes, basically some improv starting points — not knowing who would be available to play the roles or what props/equipment we were going to have, really anything about anything. We figured we’d need about 4 hours to shoot all the ideas we had, and ended up only being able to get into the set for 2 hours (including set up/clean up time). So it was a little hectic, but we got a lot of good stuff shot and I am really happy with how it turned out and extremely thankful that our friends were able to act and improv like champs!
I need to give a big thank you to the YouTubers who acted in our video! Check out their channels for good, clean fun!
Playing the part of Mom: Staci Perry of VeryPinkKnits, a knitting tutorial series. Great for beginners and advanced knitters.
Playing my Husband: Billy Reid, and Playing The Friend: Reb Stevenson — together, Billy and Reb make Pancake Manor, a webseries of song and puppets for kids! Think “Alt-Rock meets Fraggle Rock” and you got it.
Playing Uncle Don: Don Monopoli of The Learning Station, funky music videos and dance for children!
And a special thanks to José Ortíz who not only stepped in to play Brother, but also assisted with production and made sure we had a small crew to help us get finished in the 2 hours we had allotted in the space.
Thanks, everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!