"Don't Talk to the Lifeguard" was a part of the Staff Video created for the 2001 Black Lake Bible Camp summer staff. Each year I tried to do a cool video to honor the lifeguards for their service. They stand watch over the lives of countless youth and adults over the years at camps across the country and world. They deserve some spotlight, in my opinion.
Hope you like the video!
"Tempest of Doom" was our spoof on the news/weathercasts of the Pacific Northwest. Every year it seemed they'd come up with some crazy title for the "next massive, earth-shattering storm," and it always ending up being a weak and sputtering front.
So we had us a li'l fun. Corey (the anchor) and I filmed our individual segments a month apart. Ain't technology grand?
Inspired by Corey Frood's dad, who said, "You should make a take-off of the 'Wuzzup' commercials with a 'Praise God' commercial."
At first we thought it was stupid, but the more we thought about it, the more we realized its potential.
So for the record: Corey's dad was profoundly correct, and we were morons for our arrogant condescension as we "poo-pooed" his idea.
Created as a rules video for a summer camp in Washington. We had limited time and limited resources, but nothing could have been done without the permission of our Program Director, Kevin, who had the vision to realize that the kids could handle it, and it was a great catalist to start off the week.
This is the (once) famous Datsun commercial. A youth pastor who had returned to the camp after the summer saw The Datsun on campus and asked if he could take a picture in the truck to "show off" for his kids who had come to the camp that summer.
That's the effect The Datsun had on people.
The credit goes to a brainstorming session in which I was involved at Hume Lake Christian Camps^ way back in the 90's. From that session was born the famous (at Hume) Schnapple commercials. So no, I didn't steal the idea (since I was part of its conception), but I did realize that the idea could be re-used at Black Lake.
Ironically (for those who know Hume), it is illegal to have bullfrogs or bullfrog tadpoles in Washington. So I had to improvise, and found a li'l slimy friend called the "reed fish" at an Olympia pet store. It had spikes on its back, and it took a LONG time and a lot of blood to figure out how to get the thing into my mouth. He almost swam down my throat a couple times, and was more dead than alive when I finished. Still, the pet store let me return him for half of what I paid for him (he was worth $20 fully alive; $10 half-dead!).
Sweat Away! was a grand idea that ran out of time while filming and editing. But hey, I thought it was spiffy. The idea was to have a dude who sweats like a mad dog, and is a lonely, antisocial person because of his condition. So then we introduce Sweat Away!, a pill that you THINK is gonna take away his sweating problem. The twist is that it really MAKES someone sweat profusely... so he gives it to a gal (hides it in her drink) who had turned him down to dance, and then when she starts sweating, he's the ONLY one who'll dance with her. Get it?
Oh, well... watch the video... maybe it'll make more sense...