Creative Dissonance Episode 4 – Trampolarchery

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  1. It probably doesn’t speak well of my parental technique that the first thing I did after seeing this, was to show it to my 7, 9, and 15yo kids. That said, we all enjoyed it far more than is reasonable.

  2. Please, please get a tripod, keep the camera level, and think about framing This was a lot more interesting when I imagined it with rock steady, dead-on, Wes Anderson shots.

    Your future audience thanks you.

  3. @David, we do have a tripod and use it most of the time. Our sound quality and lighting are shit because we can’t afford a boom mic and floods. This is because we are starving artists and students producing videos for YouTube.

    We’re learning as we go and I encourage you to review our earlier episodes to see how far we’ve come. I hope someday to come back to these first adventures and redo them with better tech and skill.

    Thanks for watching.

  4. @Brian G – that was exactly my reaction! I actually watched this while chatting with Ryan, and he asked incredulously, “Are you watching this RIGHT NOW?!” And I couldn’t stop giggling. This is fantastic! And the music just does a great job.

    Also – that’s my cute little rattie at the end, his name is Rosencrantz. Everything’s coming up Rosie! 😉

  5. Your titles are out of order. Step 8 was definitely much earlier in the process than indicated.

    @CharlesP Now you’ve done it. Trampolines and archery sets are considerably more expensive than the scissors they’d been happy to run around with.

  6. @wdonohue, we have access to pogo stilts. See episode 3 😉

    @breadbox, around 30 ft. Not terribly far, but far enough to miss very badly very often.

  7. Next idea: Painting while on roller skates.
    I think you will enjoy that one.

  8. The lover of goofy videos in me gives this two thumbs up. Yay!

    The part of me that was raised to respect weapons and only to fire them in controlled conditions with substantial backstops behind the targets to prevent bad shots from accidentally striking unseen passers-by is absolutely horrified. I know…target arrows…big open field…not a very powerful bow (thank goodness you didn’t use the first, bad-ass compound job)… But nevertheless, I am aghast.

    On the other hand, I totally would have done this kind of thing if I’d thought of it, and I totally would have done it when I was old enough to know better. Because I’m goofy that way. So I’m a hypocrite.

    Now there’s some creative/cognitive dissonance for you. Well done! (OMG PLEASE DON’T EVER DO THAT AGAIN OMG OMG OMG)

  9. Did anyone else notice that “do something extremely silly” doesn’t appear until Step 8?

    Ryan- this was so spectacularly funny and fun and well-done that you’ll be hard pressed to top it!

    Design suggestion: incorporate that {now} iconic leaping-and-aiming still of you into all your resumé materials.

  10. Apparently Boingboing and Youtube viewers have very low thresholds for danger. We have been accused in their comments of being suicidal and inclined to manslaughter.

    While I am disinclined to enter into the cesspool that is comment thread debate, I thought I’d let our local audience know that the apartment building is much farther away than it looks, and behind a hill.

  11. Also, it’s a completely fenced-in yard with no access except from behind us. It’s a very long yard with a steep hill in the middle, so the fence is somewhat obscured in the video.

    The way the hill is situated behind the target from where we were aiming, only the ground would be hit even by missing a large amount above the target. We’d have had to purposely aim upward by about 40 degrees just to miss the lawn and hit the tall wooden fence, let alone somehow go over that.

    Also, we didn’t miss the target anyway, because we were standing still, close to the target, and being careful, despite editing appearances.

    It’s true there was a very small chance a rabid squirrel could have suddenly come flying out of a nearby tree and attacked our heads from above and thrown our aim off just as we were loosing an arrow. Or that a stranger could, for the first time in my knowledge, manage to somehow vault over the fence into our private yard just as the squirrel attacked. These small chances are why we only took a few shots in the yard anyway. I’m not saying we should/would do it again. But barring very strange circumstances, it would have been extremely difficult to hit anything besides the target or the ground without *really* trying.

    And the trampoline was obviously only added at a farm in the middle of nowhere, aiming towards a very large, very empty field.

    (Sigh. There. Sorry for the wordiness. I needed to get that out, even if the people I *really* want to know all this still don’t.)

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