I’m no filmmaker, nor have I ever aspired to be one. But since discovering Xtranormal last week, I’ve made three animated shorts.
Xtranormal is a not-so-new [AP Style update alert!] website that claims “If you can type, you can make movies.” I can type. Barely. And that is really all it takes … perhaps a little wit and some camera-savvy helps. Not only can you create dialogue, but you can choose your scenes and angles, add music, sound-effects, choose your actors, which language they speak, and so on. It’s good fun … and a great time sucker, which I know we could all use.
So far it’s sucked about 30 minutes out of my life, give or take. Hipster Hoo Haw (above) is my second … I know, I hope they get better, too. I have a couple others floating out there in the ether: Bacon, You Idiot (my directorial debut) and Clowns Are For Kids, both of which are fast becoming Internet (still capitalized per AP Style?) sensations.
The plan is to keep making semi-regular shorts here at The Days of Lore that are topical, musical and, of course, radical. You’ve all been warned.