You might not realize it, but the version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol with which you are familiar is actually based on the first, unfinished draft. Fortunately, the Shark at Work crew recently unearthed the final manuscript, which, due to a clerical error on the part of an unpaid intern at Dickens’ publishers, had been languishing for the last 167 years under a stack of uncorrected copies of Louisa May Alcott’s never-published Sci Fi series, Little Genetically Unclear Beings. And since we love literature so, we took it upon ourselves to bring to life the version of the story that Mr. Dickens intended the world to see. We begin shortly after the Ghost of Christmas Future has departed… the point at which the two drafts begin showing major differences:
In a post thank you note world, it’s sometimes hard to know how to be responsible. Of course, to be responsible we probably need to know what that word means. The Argonauts had the same problem. So let’s define the word responsible, shall we? (Argonauts, you have a dictionary, look yourselves up.)
Truly, art is at its best when it finds a creative way to address a social ill and affect change. Today’s video showcases that very idea in practice. How many times have you driven your elderly grandparents down to the local rotary club or masonic lodge for a night of Bingo, only to have them request to be driven back to the assisted living facility moments after arriving? That’s because Bingo has always been notoriously unfriendly to the elderly. Until now, most Bingo nights have been crowded with eagle-eyed teens and twenty-somethings, looking to make a quick buck before going out for a night of youthful drinking and car sex. But thanks to the good people at “Bingo Made Easier,” there’s now a better way. And judging by their hits, the harsh Bingo landscape is about to change.
Sometimes you have to keep it simple. Not every film needs dramatic lighting, a Trent Reznor soundtrack and slick editing to touch people at their core. If your subject matter reaches people on a personal yet universal level, why not let that take center stage and leave the unnecessary theatrics to the David Finchers (really, Finch, you couldn’t find two tall, blonde, good-looking identical twins to play the Winklevosses)?
Fortunately for us, the auteur behind, “How to Organize & Fold Towels” knows that content is king and everything else is just window dressing (window dressing that I bet she could tell you the perfect way to fold and store). And she’s got the 27,000+ views to prove she’s right:
Around here a brand new year means only thing: we’ve got a whole new year’s worth of failure to look forward to. So to kick things off with a bang, this week we’re going to take a look at a few videos that are outperforming ours on YouTube. Today’s entry: 12 Extraordinary Gold Plated Stuff by grondylionTOP10. This majestic piece has it all: a clear premise, an economy of ideas, a kick ass soundtrack and no less than 12 things that are shiny. And it doesn’t dumb down the message by going for the easy golden showers joke, like so many lesser artists might have. If grondylionTOP10 decides to follow this cinematic juggernaut up with an almost inconceivable 13 Extraordinary Gold Plated Stuff, we’ll just stop making videos all together.
This was originally uploaded to YouTube on December 24th, 2007. I consider it a personal failing on the part of every human being on the planet that I did not receive this in my inbox 800 times by December 25th, 2007:
Carol Hartsell is a writer, producer, director, booker, performer and pants-wearer. She got her start in comedy when she volunteered for an elementary school piano recital, even though she didn’t know how to play (she assumed she would figure it out when she got there). Since then she’s been dedicated to making people laugh uncomfortably.
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