Repository for the projects of Michael McVey, filmmaker.

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THE SAME RIVER TWICE IN WARWICK, NEW YORK — A film by Michael McVey (2018)

A pure cinema, non-narrative meditation on the rural American hometown. Featuring the music of Gustav Holst. Run time: 8 minutes 55 seconds.

The Same River Twice in Warwick, New York — A film by Michael McVey (2018)

The Same River Twice in Warwick, New York
A film by Michael McVey

Official Selection of the Warwick Summer Arts Film Festival (2018)

Music
The Planets, Op. 32 — II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace, by Gustav Holst
Performance by The USAF Heritage of America Band

Filmed in Warwick, New York, USA.
Copyright ©2018 by Michael McVey. All Rights Reserved.
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Coolidge After Midnite Honors ADRIENNE BARBEAU December 2nd, 2017 at Coolidge Corner Theatre

 

Watch this celebratory video of actress ADRIENNE BARBEAU at Coolidge Corner Theatre’s popular night-owl movie program—Coolidge After Midnight. 

Coolidge After Midnite Honors  ADRIENNE BARBEAU — December 2ndCoolidge After Midnight honors actress, singer, and author ADRIENNE BARBEAU at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  The Boston audience was treated to a 35mm film screening of THE FOG (1979), followed by a special award ceremony and Q&A with Ms. Barbeau.

Hosted by Mark E. Anastasio
December 2nd, 2017
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Filmed and edited by Michael McVey.

Video runtime: 39 minutes.

Copyright © 2017 by Michael McVey. All rights reserved.
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WARWICK, NEW YORK: Scenes of a Pastoral Valley — A short film by Michael McVey (2017)

Warwick, New York: Scenes of a Pastoral Valley

Warwick, New York: Scenes of a Pastoral Valley (2017) from Michael McVey on Vimeo.

This short film explores the seasonal beauty of Warwick Valley, New York during the Village’s 150th Anniversary. Featuring the music of Antonín Dvorák, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig Von Beethoven. Cinematographed, edited, produced and directed by Michael McVey.

Filmed on location in Warwick, New York, U.S.A.
July 3, 2016 through June 18, 2017

Warwick Sesquicentennial
1867—2017
Celebrating the Village of Warwick’s 150th Anniversary

Copyright © 2017 by Michael McVey. All rights reserved.
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Music:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major ‘American’, Op. 96
Movement I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Written by Antonín Dvorák
Performance by European Archive Music Recordings

String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K 421
Movement IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performance by Musopen String Quartet

Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Movement II. Andante
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performance by Musopen Symphony

Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major ‘EROICA’, Op. 55
Movement IV. Finale Allegro Molto
Written by Ludwig Von Beethoven
Performed by Musopen Symphony

All music courtesy of Musopen (musopen.org)
All music Public Domain Mark 1.0.


Boston’s United Worldwide can cure severe cases of Limotosis. – Skiffleboom.com

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Here is a commercial I directed and edited for United Worldwide.


Kristen Hamill in United Worldwide's "Limotosis" Commercial, by
The “Limotosis” commercial features United Worldwide owners Jason Dornhoffer and Terry Murtaugh.  The video also features Skiffleboom regulars Kristen Hamill and cinematographer Seth Wood, both of “Manna.”  This is also the second commercial I made featuring Shiddy Car Service.

“Boston’s United Worldwide is THE ONLY private car, limousine and chauffeur service that can cure severe cases of Limotosis.”


48HFP Awards and “THE MAKING OF MANNA” Documentary by Skiffleboom [Best Film Winner – 2012 Boston 48 Hour Film Project]


“Good news everyone!”   Skiffleboom Productions’ entry into the 48 Hour Film Project, Boston 2012 made it all the way to the “Best of Boston” screening.  On June 20th, 2012, a selection of the “best” competing 48HFP films were screened at the Kendall Square Theatre, where the judge’s awards were announced.  Skiffleboom was awarded the following:

Audience Award, Screening “D”
Best Use of Genre 
Best Cinematography – Seth Wood
Best Actor – Elise Manning
Best Directing – Michael McVey
Best Film

Our team is very humbled—we thank everyone who helped make “Manna” possible.  Special thanks to 48HFP’s Boston Producer Ben Guaraldi and his team, the judges, and the 84 teams who successfully submitted films this year.  We greatly encourage you to explore the 2012 entries and discover for yourself the variety of filmmaking talent and taste of the greater Boston area.

Here is a documentary I put together on the making of “Manna”

… This is a comprehensive look into our team’s approach to filmmaking under the 48-hour deadline, and provides some first-hand information and techniques for aspiring 48HFP participants.

“Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.” 
― C.S. Lewis 

Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com
Listen to Michael McVey speak about the 48 Hour Film Project on WGBH, with Edgar B. Herwick III and Mark Green on BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO:

http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Boston-Public-Radio-1936/episodes/Thurs-71212Quick-Flicks-40165

and watch some of Mike’s favorites from Boston’s 2012 48HFP:  http://wgbhnews.org/post/six-winning-48-hour-films


“Manna” by Skiffleboom, “Best Film” Winner of 2012 Boston 48 Hour Film Project, 48hfp

Here is Skiffleboom Productions‘ entry into the 48 Hour Film Project, Boston 2012.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.  We started Friday, 7pm on May 18, 2012, and finished Sunday at 7pm, May 20th.  The competition is screened at the Kendall Cinema in Cambridge and the films are judged by both panel and audience.  Winners progress to regionals.

Manna by Skiffleboom Productions, 48 Hour Film Project Boston 2012

It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had.  I’ll be making movies for the rest of my life.

Requirements:
Genre – Science Fiction
Line – You’re making a big mistake.
Character: Ivana Wright, interior decorator
Prop – Chocolate

“Manna”
Directed by Michael McVey
Written by Kristen Hamill & Michael McVey
Director of Photography – Seth Wood
Composer – Robby Candido
Editors – Kristen Hamill & Michael McVey
Production Sound Mixer – Kellen Sutherland

Q & A: Manna Premiere at Kendall Theater, Cambridge MA, Skiffleboom. Left to right: Michael McVey (director, writer, editor), Kristen Hamill (writer, editor), Robby Candido (composer), and Seth Wood (cinematographer).  Photo by Stefan Malner.

Starring – Elise Manning
with
Valerie Roberts
Neal Cutler
Jason Dornhoffer
Terry Murtaugh

Characters:
Denise McIsaac
Katie Haynes
Joseph Vinueza
Uriah Barker
Steven Heim
Stephen Fischetti
Whitney Owens
Bronwyn Cooke
Nate Betts

Special Thanks to
Evelyn Schwager
Margalit Rosenblatt
Emily Lipscomb
Karen Hamill & Dave Hope

Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Cast and Crew photo – Skiffleboom Productions. 48 Hour Film Project Boston 2012.


Harvard Square Hotel Commercial [Skiffleboom.com]

Harvard Square Hotel Video, Skiffleboom

Here is a commercial I made for Harvard University.  Original music and everything.  The Hotel recently reopened and I got to screen this video for all the brass from Cambridge and the University.  Shot on a Canon 5DmkIII.

Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com


BNI Commonwealth Video Referrals by Michael McVey

Michael McVey’s BNI Commonwealth Videos, Skiffleboom

I belong to a business networking group called BNI Commonwealth chapter in Massachusetts.  Occasionally, I get together with friendlies and make fun commercials (members only).  They’ve become quite a hit, and have netted my sign company some terrific business, well worth the time and effort.  Here are some of my favorites from the past year…

UNITED WORLDWIDE, Private Car Service
Jason Dornhoffer & Terry Murtaugh

BOOKKEEPING PLUS MORE
Carole Bellew

SANTINI SISTERS, Mortgage Lending
Lindsay & Lesley Santini

You can see more at the BNI Commonwealth Youtube.

Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com


Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine. San Francisco, 1906 [Skiffleboom.com]

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Market Street, San Francisco.
Filmed just four days before
the Great Earthquake
leveled the city in 1906.

Music by Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com


Q: How long can this dog chase a sprinkler? [Skiffleboom.com]


A: All afternoon.

Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

 

 


Stop Motion Word Animation [Skiffleboom.com]

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

I find these refrigerator word magnets incredibly addicting:


I thought this up one early April evening, after playing with the magnets for hours.  I enlisted HARDCORE AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER Seth Wood to shoot the magnet animation, using a trusty Canon 5D Mark II.   We used individual photographs shot over three separate nights — over 2,880 photos in total. I edited in Final Cut Pro at 24 frames per second.

We wanted to keep the lighting consistent during the shoot, to get the smoothest motion.    Since my kitchen has many windows, a daytime kitchen takeover to set up cameras and lighting would have been too much effort.  It was easier for us to shoot at night, from 10PM to 4:30AM (followed by 3 hours sleep… and then our day jobs!).

Music by Chris Thomas King and Colin Linden – “John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto’.”

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com


Mike McVey’s Sign-A-Rama Commercials PART II [Skiffleboom.com]

by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Big thick juicy dimensional signs by Sign-A-Rama Cambridge — Cambridge, MA.


Sign GENIUS Neal Cutler demonstrates what a sucker you are for not owning a Sign-A-Rama Cambridge A-FRAME.

Edited + soundtrack music.  Shot with HD Flip + FCP.  You can order an A-Frame and other badass signage at SignARama-Cambridge.com

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com 


Fleet Foxes “Mykonos” at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA – 2011 [Skiffleboom.com]

by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

A trip to see some Fleet Foxes with Mortimer Duckbrella + friends.  Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA – May 17, 2011, HD FLIP + FCP.  I stitched this video later that night.

The official Mykonos video is OUTSTANDING:

Such beautiful animation.
The door slammed loud and rose up a cloud of dust on us
Footsteps follow, down through the hollow sound, torn up.

And you will go to Mykonos
With a vision of a gentle coast
And a sun to maybe dissipate
Shadows of the mess you made

Pallid animals in the snow-tipped pines I find
hatching from the seed of your orphaned mind, all night

And you will go to Mykonos
With a vision of a gentle coast
And a sun to maybe dissipate
Shadows of the mess you made

Brother you don’t need to turn me away
I was waiting down at the ancient gate

You’ll go
Wherever you go today
You’ll go today

I remember how they took you down
As the winter turned the meadow brown

You’ll go
Wherever you go today
You’ll go today

When I’m walking brother don’t you forget
It ain’t often that you’ll ever find a friend

You’ll go
Wherever you go today…



MYSTERIOUS ALIEN ORGANISM LOVES SYNTHPOP! [Skiffleboom.com]

Michael McVey

Dancing magnetics by artist David Durlach of TechnoFrolics, featured at 11 Miller Street during Somerville Open Studios, April 30, 2011, Somerville, MA.

Music: “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat.

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com

Torrid Love Affair with the Somerville Open Studios, from TheInfamousDance.com


Mike McVey’s Sign-A-Rama Commercials PART I [Skiffleboom.com]


By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

The Sign-A-Rama Cambridge Video Collection, Sept 2010 – April 2011 (Michelle Weitzel’s photography exhibit can be found in a previous post).

Buzz Lightyear: How to Make a Sign

That’s right, Space Rangers. Buzz shows you how to make the Greatest Sign of All Time. Filmed on location at Sign-A-Rama Cambridge in front of a live studio audience. www.Signarama-Cambridge.com (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Miss Massachusetts 2010: Loren Galler Rabinowitz

The beautiful and brilliant Loren Rabinowitz gives her TOTALLY UNBIASED OPINION of Sign-A-Rama Cambridge’s signs and banners before heading off to the 2011 Miss America Pagent. www.Signarama-Cambridge.com (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Neal “Lightning” Cutler Installs a Wall Sign

Sign expert Neal “Lightning” Cutler installs a wall sign. Neal Cutler is the owner of Sign-A-Rama Cambridge. www.Signarama-Cambridge.com (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Deluxe Pop-Up Banners

Deluxe Pop-Up Banners are handy little things, great for travel, showrooms, tradeshows.  www.Signarama-Cambridge.com (Cambridge, Massachusetts)


(Face)ets: Pakistan and Yemen – Photography by Michelle Weitzel

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

I would say that one of the most interesting jobs I got at my sign shop, Sign-A-Rama Cambridge, was from Harvard University student Michelle Wietzel.  She and her husband Billy traveled extensively throughout Pakistan and Yemen, and Michelle brought her camera.  Throughout their journeys, Michelle took some fantastic pictures.  In 2010, the Harvard Neighbors Gallery (Loeb House) exhibited a selection of Michelle’s photography, which I was asked to print.

It was a very fun job, and a welcome break from the monotony of corporate branding.  At the show, Michelle and Billy gave me a running commentary on the images, sharing stories from their travels.  Since I always carry my trusty camera with me, I got quite a bit of it on video.  Flash forward to late February 2011, when I had a spare weekend for a quick edit and… voilà!  A brief little video scraped together (more like salvaged) from the ever growing backlog!

Hopefully this diverts/informs a few dozen internet viewers, Harvard Neighbors Gallery gets some free PR, Michelle and Billy Weitzel get a video keepsake, and Sign-A-Rama Cambridge gets to show off their printing capabilities.  Everybody wins!  Except for my carpal tunnel.  Maybe some Qat will help.


88 Questions with Ellen Page [Skiffleboom.com]

“88 Questions with Ariadne” By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Audience surrogate ELLEN PAGE asks a lot of questions in INCEPTION… Here’s a video of all 88.



Abbie Barrett and The Last Date: “Disappointing You” Music Video

by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Here is a brand spanking new music video we made for Abbie Barrett and The Last Date. Song is called “Disappointing You” off the album Dying Day, (available on iTunes).  www.AbbieBarrett.com

Bostonians will recognize Abbie Barrett and The Last Date from the Boston music scene.  Her sound has been described as “not bad” and “good” by several people that are not related to her.  Abbie’s blend of eclectic indie folk rock has inexplicably yielded her an Academy Award nomination for Best Special Effects in a Motion Picture for the movie “AVATAR.”  Abbie Barrett and The Last Date are:

Abbie Barrett (Duh)
Alec Derian (Bass)
Jack Hamilton (Keys)
Josh Kiggans (Drums)
Steve Levy (E. Guitar)

Video by Skiffleboom:

Director of Photography: Seth Wood
Director of Photography: Sam Sacks
Producer: Kristen Hamill
Director, Editor, Producer: Michael McVey

Filmed in Somerville, MA.  Music © 2011 Abbie Barrett.  Video © 2011 Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com.  All rights reserved.



Music Video: “Live in Dreams” by Wild Nothing

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

My hometown Warwick NY has lots of backroads.   Driving late at night, the sprawling woodlands and fields become a dark, cerebral place.  And though nobody can really outrun existential dread on a late night drive, it never hurts to try.

Watch this in Full Screen HD with volume up, if you dare…

Artist: Wild Nothing
Song: Live in Dreams
Album: Gemini (2010)

Shot and edited by by Michael McVey, http://www.Skiffleboom.com
Made with an HD Flip at 2AM on Thanksgiving weekend, 2010.


My Favorite Non-Sequitur Musical Moments in Classic Movie Comedies

My Favorite Non-Sequitur Musical Moments in Classic Movie Comedies
By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com



The Big Lebowski: Dust in the Wind, from Skiffleboom.com

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

You’re out of you’re element Donny – I made this image and mixed Donny’s Eulogy scene from The Big Lebowski + remix of Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind.”  Enjoy.


Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), from the Album “The Suburbs”

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

This is a video edit I made of the Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), from their album “The Suburbs.”
I came home from work late last night, caught a new episode of Mad Men at midnight, then stayed up til morning making this.  I don’t know what it is about that show that gets me going.  The whole things took about nine hours from start to upload, plus a little nap.

A youtube user named StocktoSong loves this album too – StocktoSong also made an Arcade Fire video from the original 1957 Suburba Prelinger footage.  It’s interesting to compare and contrast how we both used the footage.  We are reworking digitally something edited by hand half a century ago.

The original ephemeral film:
1957’s “In the Suburbs” is a thoughtfully made advertising sales promo film extolling 1950s suburbanites as citizens and consumers.  It was produced by On Film, Inc., and sponsored by Redbook Magazine.  It can be viewed at http://www.archive.org/details/IntheSub1957

Visit Arcade Fire


“The COMBOVER: How to Buy Beer” – Skiffleboom.com

Here is the Full Version of The COMBOVER (ad free).  Enjoy!


— The Year 2000 —

Two under-age teens from upstate New York devise a radical new way to buy beer…

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The Combover – by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

“The Combover”  is a short documentary by and about two underage teenagers who discover a crack in the system – they discover a way to buy beer.  I made this with my friend Justin in the year 2000.  We were both 19 at the time, bored out of our minds.  There wasn’t much for us to do in our hometown of Warwick, New York.  Warwick is a beautiful, rural place.  It is the Shire to New York City’s Gondor, and <insert New Jersey city here>’s Mordor.  But we were restless teenagers trying hard to get beer.  We concocted the combover idea one night in Justin’s basement.

We were mulling about, and Justin asked me to shave his head bald.  I suggested we mess around with it first, since we’re going to shave it all off anyway.  There were lot of possibilities with long hair.  Mohawk?  Mullet?  The “Krusty the Klown” look?  “A COMBOVER!”   We laughed so damn hard our sides hurt.  The combover has got to be the most RIDICULOUS hairstyle of all time, we had to do it.  It dawned on us that the combover is the perfect misdirection for buying beer.  The question became this:  Would a cashier believe a kid-trying-to-look-older-trying-to-look-younger as a man-trying-to-look-younger?  Would pity blind the gawkers?

I’ve always been a filmmaker, and I wanted to make it a movie.  I got the camcorder my parents gave me in high school, a SONY Handycam Video 8 XR with 180x Digital Zoom.  Battle plan ready, I proceeded to cut Justin’s hair, giving birth to a healthy 7 1/2 lb. combover in his parent’s bathroom.  I’ll never forget how Mrs. Kipp freaked when she saw what I had done to her son’s head, or how hard we laughed afterwards.  It is an All-Time Top Five Laugh for me.

After finding the appropriate wardrobe and accessories (superfluous pipe, check, Mike’s glasses, check), we worked on getting into character.  How would a 38-year-old man with a comb-over behave?  Naturally, he would be a somewhat pathetic, trying to hold onto his fading youth.  He would certainly not like being denied his only comfort in an otherwise lonely existence – that sweet, numbing booze.  Whether we got it or not became irrelevant.   We were buzzed from the adrenaline of making a film.

What up Korea!

Towards the end of the night, we decided that one more denial would send Uncle Earl into a rage.  We already had all the beer we needed, and we didn’t want our video to become redundant.  We needed some drama.  And when that denial came, Justin snapped in a spectacularly hilarious fashion.  Dick move?  Sure.  Funny?  You bet.  But I suppose it’s a rorschach blot.  Places where drinking laws are similarly Draconian will get the joke.  America: the country where a teenager can be sent to war to kill and be killed, but doesn’t have the right to drink until three years after enlisting.  Yeah, that makes sense.  I withheld this video from public view for years; only a handful of people ever saw it.  Now that a decade has past, “The Combover” is finally ready to see the light of day, thanks to New York Statute of Limitations Laws.

I love New York.

This  video remains unchanged from the original in-camera edit 10 years ago.  When I shot this back in 2000, I really didn’t know any way to edit VHS tapes.  I edited simultaneously with shooting, all in-camera.  I could review the footage and rewind the tape to find the right cue, or exit point.  It was definitely fun to shoot.  I particularly love the music in the car.  It made us bolder, and gave the shoot a sense of rhythm and time.   The album:  Pee Wee Ellis’ “Twelve and More Blues,” with Bruce Cox on drums and Dwayne Dolphin on bass.  A great album but hard to find, recorded in Köln, Germany – Minor Records, 1993.  And again for all you knuckleheads out there, please don’t drink and drive – this is a documentary, not a mandate.


***”My original post of “The Combover” has copyright claims levied against it by predatory ad revenue businesses.  They claim 30 seconds of background source music overheard in a supermarket gives them the right to put advertising on my video.  I am trying to keep this video advertisement free.  This version of “The Combover” is edited, removing said source music and audio of heard in the supermarket scene from 2:25 – 3:02.***


“Galloping Gertie” – Student Film, Bunker Hill Community College 2008, from Skiffleboom.com

Brian Karanja as "Mr. Allen."

Galloping Gertie, 2008
Written and directed by Michael McVey
Bunker Hill Community College 2008 – Elements of Video Production

In 2008, I decided to go back to school and learn filmmaking.  I enrolled in video and audio production courses at Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, MA.   Galloping Gertie was my first video, made for a class called Elements of Video Production.  It was an intro course for video basics like 3-point lighting and depth of field.  It was a good class, thanks to the learned Professor Pastel and his classic film references.  For our final projects, Pastel divided the class into small groups.  I was elected our group’s writer/director, and I mustered up a quick little story that used our group as actors and our school as our location.

Marcelo Almeida as "The Agent."

I’ve included the original storyboards below: I wrote the script on cocktail napkins at a Cambridge, MA music bar called Toad during a friend’s shows. I wrote parts with specific people in mind – with my group members as lead actors, I cast my audio production Professor Palermo, as the Evil Professor.

The shooting day came, but most of the cast and crew didn’t show up for the shoot…  so I recast on the spot.  With a leading actor vanished from the group, the role of the Agent went to Bunker Hill’s resident AV squad leader, Marcelo Almeida.  Professor Palermo was a no-show, and I ended up filling in.   If you look at the storyboards, you’ll see the difference, as I drew that role for a big Sydney Greenstreet type.

Brian Karanja as "Mr. Allen."We shot the whole thing at Bunker Hill over a couple of days in late Fall 2008. We shot on a Canon Elura 85 MiniDV Camcorder and edited it in Final Cut Pro.  It didn’t cost a thing, and it was a lot of fun to make — I really had a great time making this goofy little project, and really enjoyed the process, even if the final result is ridiculous.

Stephan Brooks as "That Guy Who Was Made Uncomfortable."

When comparing the film against the storyboards, you may notice that the fight scene was originally set in a bathroom.  Why you ask?

Apparently, we weren’t allowed to film Marcelo on BHCC campus bathrooms.  He had landed in some hot water with the campus security earlier in the year.  He was working on his own video project – a “re-imagining” of the Casino Royale Trailer.  Marcelo brought a toy gun to school to recreate a James Bond bathroom fight.  When security walked in on 007 filming fights in school bathrooms, they were not pleased.  They confiscated the toy gun, but let him keep the tuxedo.  Now that I think about it, that’s probably what caused his lutropublicaphobia.

And it was for these reasons we had to move the bathroom fight scene to a computer lab.  We kept computer genius Stephan Brooks’ cameo as “That Guy Who Was Made Uncomfortable,” but it wasn’t nearly as awkward as it should have been.  The lesson: stay fluid, especially with comedy.