|Filmmakers Autumn Proemm|
& Chris Punsalan
|Character Driven & Wacky Well Built Comedy|
Nope, instead it is this parody video made while en route home from a wedding in the Dominican Republic with a script written by Autumn in less than 45 minutes and edited by Chris on a laptop while on layover in the Charlotte airport that has made these kids this week's Things That Are Not Newsmakers.
I spoke to Los Feliz dwellers Autumn and Chris last night to find out why they think their little Hitler rant of hilarity has had over 35,000 views in four days. "I think Carmageddon is the whole Y2K thing all over again. It's either nothing or it is the end of the world." Chris astutely pointed out.
|LA Weekly Blog, Simone Wilson|
What makes THIS video work is timeliness, irreverence, and the fact that everyone really can relate to road rage and traffic angst. While it's an inside LA kinda thing, this story has been covered by global news. It may be positively absurd, but there is some dude working for the DOT throwing up high fives to the other dude that shares his cubicle. Talk about PR accidental genius!
Autumn, who is clearly as a pretty smart Chiquita, works in music licensing for a big ol' studio. She took time to make sure they were not violating any rights prior to releasing this little stroke of jet lagged brilliance. Turns out the 2005 German film, Downfall, has over 10,000 parody videos. While the original production company Constantin Films attempted to curb the enthusiasm of parodists everywhere, in 2010 YouTube declared that they all fell under Fair Use and have been making a pretty penny on them since.
Now this creative couple must sort out what's next. Figuring out how to parlay this week's success into next week's opportunity is their biggest challenge. How do you take 35k hits and let it launch something monetizable? What do you do with a newfound audience? Not very many of these one-viral-hit wonders have figured it out, but something tells me these cats will.
Autumn is on the hunt for writing gigs. She's got a few screen plays under her belt and clearly has a knack for witty dialogue.
Autumn's advice to the rest of us? "Be topical, short, funny, get to the point."
|Wishboat, Autumn & Chris' band|
Together they make some pretty sweet music!
So what are Autumn & Chris' favorite
viral video treats?
Epically hysterical Honey Badger
Taiwanese Animation Videos (like this one)
Anything SNL (Digital Shorts) Kitten Videos and of course our Fav E-Harmony Cat Lady Gone Crazy!
Check out some links to their original passion, music.
Our band from our days in NYC:
Our newer band, recorded in LA:http://wishboat.bandcamp.com/
and the full Nothing Is Cool movie
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