I'm one of those losers who loved watching the DVD commentary on movies and TV shows. I always loved hearing the behind the scenes and what goes into making it. Now the web series we made is just a little 30 minute web series, I know it doesn't deserve this treatment but it has been almost a year since we filmed the first two episodes so I wanted to go back and look at it. If you watched it and enjoyed it here is a ton of behind the scenes information along with a bunch of extra clips that didn't make the show. For the original script and more behind the scene videos go to the Grown Losers website.
Jake's swearing sports montage shots were the first things we filmed. I think he did 6 takes of the basketball clip and we ended up using take number one... oops. Brad is the basketball rebounder. Brad made it into 4/5 episodes as a random extra. Thanks Brad!
Jake's softball dive and misses made me real proud of him. Solid commitment on those. He did three takes. We used the second take I believe. The golf clips we also rolled a bunch of takes and a bunch of different lines.
I didn't plan on missing all the basketball shots in this transition bit. I just literally didn't make any. Redeemed myself in episode three though.
The scene where Jake and I show up to the party was filmed at dusk. The sun was setting quickly and we had to get it done real quick. I think we did it three takes. "We're in the same outfit head to toe. Boots. Jeans. Blue shirt. You saw me in this outfit!" always makes me laugh. I mentioned this on my blog about gray hair but watching this scene back for the first time and seeing the back of my head made me super depressed.
That's all I've got for episode 1. I think it is our weakest episode in a landslide. It comes from a combination of having to get the plot and characters across, so there is a bit of narrative and also we were pretty nervous and reserved since it was our first time "acting".
If this was interesting to you let me know because I want to do them for every episode but if literally no one cares I probably won't.
We've got a week until the big day. If you haven't figured out what your costume is going to be Evan and I are here to give some guidance. These are our top 10 movie characters to dress up as. Maybe it's because it's so simple (mine are because they are simple). Maybe because it's funny. Maybe it comes with a cool catch phrase you can say all night. All right. Here we go.
English Hooligans Sing Savage Garden, Truly Madly Deeply and I have a new Favorite Video on the Internet
The letter J has always been a fan favorite of mine. Probably because my name starts with a J. I actually enjoy most names that start with J. Jake, Jack, Joey, Jenny, Josh... fan of them all. It also just has a good general sound. Am I crazy? Here we go.
If J doesn't land at this time of the year jack-o-lanterns probably don't make this list and we all know that. But we just carved one last weekend and I enjoyed it. I always enjoy a good pumpkin carving session. I think they're legitimately cool looking when they have the candle inside. I like the old school classic style jack-o-lantern because 1. its the only design I can properly carve and 2. I'm a boring old man.
Getting to play your own music at a bar / restaurant is great. The bar we go to installed the new age juke boxes with the touch screen. There is an app that you can download and then control the music on your phone. It has completely turned our bar experience on its head. We now throw a ton of money into the juke box at the beginning of the night and hog all the music. One time we even made a fake 'out of order' sign and put it on the box so no one even tried to play their own songs. It's awesome. We sit in a circle at the bar and sing all our songs incredibly loud and everyone else in the bar hates us. But every now and then you get some strangers that love it and want to sing along with you. Boom, new friend. Then sometimes the new friend gets to friendly and tries to cut your arm hair off with his pocket knife and you're left bleeding at the bar for a while and a now have a scar for life. I love juke boxes.
I love jumping and I love making jumping based bets. Hey you think I can touch this sign? How many steps do you think I can jump without grabbing the railing? In college I'd make all my friends play a game called "what else can he jump?". The game consisted of me chanting that and them pointing at things and then me trying to jump over said thing. Great game.
Judging, Jameson, Jukes
Drone Footage of Autumn in Connecticut Shows How Awesome the Foliage is. Fall is High on My List of What I Miss Since Moving Away.
Good job by CT PirateDrone getting this footage. I love this shit. The tree line starts looking like a patched together quilt. Some years a storm will come and knock all the leaves off after only a week or two. So you've got to enjoy it while you can. Go find some high ground and look around for a while. I wish I could.
Get a load of these assholes. Having gray hair ain't cool. It ain't fun. I found my first gray when I was a sophomore in High School. I was in biology class and my girlfriend found it and pulled it out. Then for the remainder of high school I had a patch on the front of my head. I would cut them out when I got my hair cut. Cuts to graduating college. I'm 23 years old and the grays are storming in . Marching in droves. Now, I'm just a gray haired person. It sucks. I can't grow my hair long because the grays are all wild and stiff. They grow sideways.
I knew I had some gray hairs and it was okay. A fun joke to have. Kind of like being fat. It's still better then going bald. It all came crashing down when we filmed episode 1 of Grown Losers and I saw the back of my head for the first time.
I had no idea that the back sides of my head were more gray than not gray. Such a crushing blow. I was depressed about it for a little. Contemplated dying it for a split second before I realized how annoying that whole ordeal would be. I'm just a gray haired dude now. Whatever. But now I've got models dying there hair gray on purpose to look cool? Get the fuck out of here. This could potentially lead to people thinking I am dying my hair gray on purpose to be trendy and cool. The only thing worse then going prematurely gray is dying your hair gray because it's 'cool'. Plus Zayn Maliks hair doesn't even look gray. It just looks like he dipped it in dust. Gray hair is stiff, it's stubborn, it's a menace. You can't style naturally gray hair. This is all bullshit. I hate it as much as I hate my stupid gray hair.
Lyft Clean Caffeine Sent Me Some Samples to Test Out. They Sell Caffeine Sticks. We Put Them in Three Drinks. Drank em, Sucked em and Reviewed em!
That's a hell of a nurse right there. More so just a hell of a human being and thank god she is in a profession where she gets to unleash that heart of hers onto people who need it. It's pretty clear that this girl was in good hands.
Last week Evan and I graded the last meals of death row inmates. They were really well pictures by photographer Henry Hargreaves. Well turns out he has another series of photos that depict weird requests by artists on their riders. He collaborated with Caitlin Levin for these shots. Basically they did all the hard work and Evan and I are going to do the easy work and judge people.
A bottle of Jameson.
A case of IPAs, dealers choice.
Endless supply of very cold water.
Signature sandwich from the best deli in town for before the show.
Pie of pizza from the best pizza place in town for after the show.
A tiny amount of chocolate for post meal sweets but not too much cause I'll eat it all and then feel sick.
Pack of Orbit gum to calm my halitosis during the meet and greet.
A case of IPAs, whatever is good & local
A really plush and comfy bean bag chair
P.S. What's with all the spelling mistakes on these pictures?? Rough Riders not Ruff Ryders. Busta Rimes not Busta Rhymes. Dethroned not dethorned. Axl Rox not Axl Rose. However they spelled New Kids on the Block. Weird.
First and foremost, the only notes you should ever leave on someones car are "you left your lights on" or "I hit your car heres all my info, i'm sorry". So it's no surprise that the lady that left this letter on this dudes truck is a complete bitch. It's really funny how she signs it from all the neighbors and acts like it was a conjoined effort. Uhh lady you're not fooling anyone. There is no way the entire neighborhood signed off on leaving this hateful and ridiculous note.
Welcome to San Francisco, the most accepting and friendly city in America. We're happy to have you but don't you fucking dare let my kids see your truck. What a terrible example you are setting for them by owning your own vehicle and parking it on the block where you live you devil man!
This guy drives a truck and doesn't wash it often and this is what this lady learned about him from those facts...
Some really good prejudice going on there. I'd like to indulge in my own. From reading this ladies letter here is what I know about her
Let's break down her requests...
Park closer to the curb. - I guess he can do this.
Wash your car one a week. - What the fuck? That's so often. In Europe they don't even wash their bodies once a week. Plus we're in a drought lady, be more considerate of your surroundings.
Fix your tail light. - Nah.
Keep the trash out of your truck bed. - A reasonable request.
Do not park close to other cars. - Impossible in the city. Cars don't fit in San Francisco. Anything bigger than a smart car has to be jammed into every spot. You need to be bumper to bumper in order to keep the driveways open.
Do not speed in my neighborhood. - I'm with her one hundred percent here. Don't speed in residential neighborhood. Ever.
I truly don't understand how people can get so upset about stuff that has nothing to do with their life. This lady gets mad every time she comes home because she sees a dirty truck. That's an internal issue there. If thats what gets you riled up then you've got some real demons you're avoiding. Worry about your life and don't let dumb shit bother you. Life will be so much better.
If you ever want to feel fourteen again all you have to do is throw on Konstantine and sing along for nine and a half minutes.
This is because I can spell confusion with a K
and I like it
It's to dying in another's arms
And why I had to try it
It's to Jimmy Eat World
And those nights in my car
But this time I'm alone, and I don't see those stars
I'm not your star?
Isn't that what you said
What you thought this song meant
I get into music kicks from time to time. As we all do. The other day I stumbled upon a Something Corporate song, which led me to listening to all Something Corporate songs then all Jack's Mannequin songs. Then I found out that Andrew McMahon, the main guy from both those bands released a solo album recently and has another album coming out soon. Then I decided to do some research (read wikipedia) on McMahon. Want to hear some crazy shit?
Andrew McMahon left Something Corporate when he was twenty. He put out all these albums before he was 22 years old.
That's why songs like "If u c Jordan" and "I kissed a drunk girl" were such big hits with teenagers. They were written by one. I didn't know that I used to crush the entire discography of a teenager on repeat.
The best part about going on these music kicks is each song reminds me of a different time of my life. For example, Konstantine will always remind me of the drive to my girlfriends house in Connecticut because it lasted the entire time. 9 minute drive. We would just play that song and let it take us there. If U C Jordan reminds me of the first time I heard it, waiting in the car outside the high school to pick up my sister. Walking By for some reason brings me to California, driving to school with my younger sister and us talking about how it's one of our favorites of Something Corporate. It always blows my mind how memories and songs can be so intrinsically linked.
McMahon left Something Corporate because he wanted to get out of the basic pop punk scene. He wrote some songs that he felt were outside of that feel. The band was over worked from a long tour and decided to take a break. That's when he wrote his first Jack's Mannequin album. Then he got diagnosed with Leukemia. He documented the entire experience and made a film about it called Dear Jack. It's a pretty incredibly look inside his life at that time.
The other fun tidbit about SoCo and the early 2000's is that Konstantine became his most requested song by a longshit despite never releasing it on an album. It caught steam solely on Kazaa and Limewire. Everyone had it and everyone was downloading it but there were two different live versions that floated around and they were a little different from each other. I remember some friends would sing the version different from mine and then it'd be like, "oh you have that one...bummer". He always refused to play it. He felt that once he played it he would have to play it at every show for the rest of his life. In 2013 this changed and he played it at every show on the tour. Now he only plays it once a year. On November 11th.
Alright, this concludes my trip down music memory lane. If you would like to start your own trip here are some videos.
Halloween is around the corner. Evan is a big big fan of the horror genre. He's a fright week junky. I on the other hand am not a big fan of horror movies and haven't seen a lot of the 'must see' ones. So... disclaimer, you're about to hate my list (and so am I). Here we go!
Yeah it hasn't scared me since ever because it's not scary or good but any movie list made in October needs to have Hocus Pocus on it. If a movie is played every single day for an entire month then that means it's a good movie. Doesn't mean it has to make sense (cause it doesn't). For some reason an entire generation latched onto this movie and I, being a fan of blending in and being cool, did the same. Hocus Pocus fan for life.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Boy Meets World Halloween Episode
Okay so the movie itself isn't scary. You're not going to jump or cover your eyes at any point. What's scary is that at the end of the film the crazy lady suffers no consequences. Fakes her own kidnapping/murder, kills a dude, comes back and everything is normal. Holy hell crazy girls are scary. I've never left a movie more unnerved.
The Hills Have Eyes
I like this one because it doesn't rely on any gore or jump scenes to scare the audience. It's a very slow & creepy build the entire movie, that culminates into a pretty twisted resolution. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary quite wonderfully, and her paranoia is extremely convincing and unsettling.
The prison cells scenes, the caves and the crazy lady. Get me the fuck out of there. My roommates and I rewatched this movie recently and I left the room for those. I'm not sure why it gets to me so much but it does. It keeps me up at night. I hate it. I don't like crazy people chasing me around an old prison. Don't like it one bit.
Kurt Russell is with a team of scientists in Antarctica, when they are introduced to an alien life-form that can take the shape of any living thing. It has plenty of gruesome and gory scenes. But as a viewer, you're much more terrified by the mystery of it all. You have no clue who is real, or who is the alien imitation trying to kill you. The isolation of the setting only adds to the horror, making it clear that there is no escape.
Flowers in the Attic
This was kind of a groundbreaking movie. At least for my eyes. I had never seen or heard of anything like it. A human puzzle. I remember watching and being in complete shock the entire time. Edge of my seat, jaw dropped, so entrenched in what the fuck was happening. That's what made it fun, the viewer is as much in the dark as the characters. We wake up in that room with them not knowing a thing about any of them or why this is hapening. Might be the most intense, paralyzing, first watch of a movie I've ever had.
This movie is awesome. Seriously. It was the most original horror movie I've seen in a long time, and was way too excited after watching it. It's your classic sexually transmitted disease killer curse movie. I listened to the soundtrack on Spotify during my morning commutes for a while. That may sound a little weird but the score is deliciously terrifying. It complimented the dreamlike atmosphere of the movie perfectly. I wish I could Men in Black myself so I could see it again for the 1st time. You need to watch it.
Blair Witch Project
This is hands down the scariest movie I have ever seen. I saw it in theaters when I was 13 and have been too chicken to ever try and watch it again. Probably never will. I refused to answer the phone for weeks. I do that now too but it's because I'm avoiding all social contact, not because I'm afraid of getting that "You will die in 7 days" call. It had a pretty great mix of jump scares, gruesome images and slow creepy build up scenes that'll make any tough guy (me) poop their pants.
Cabin in the Woods, The Babadook
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The vowels are always tough. Although I think Greg and I knocked E out of the park last time. That's why I've got Greg with me again. He's our vowels guy. He's done A. He's done E. Now he's doing I. Strap in.
I'm of the belief that every family always needs a 0-3 year old around. It makes family get togethers so much better. Especially holidays. Easter is a nightmare when there are no kids around to have an easter egg hunt. Just a bunch of adults in pastels thinking about how stupid Easter is. Throw an infant in the mix and watch them search for eggs and open a basket and Easter is awesome (not awesome, Easter is a D- Holliday but you get my point). I love little kids. My favorite way to play with them is to lay on the ground and let them walk all over me, hit me in the face, do seat drops on my back and head. They love it and I get a little massage out of it. Once they start talking you can't do this anymore because they literally beat you up.
Infants are super chill. Especially when you don't have to deal with any of the downside. You're chillin with an infant and he starts crying, you just hand him off. But when they're not crying they're just little balls of fun. What's going on in their heads?!?! They can't even speak English!!! What country are they from that they can't speak English???
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NBC - Your sweet tooth is in for a treat. Mars Chocolate has announced that M&M’s are getting a new filling — caramel.
I remember back in 2002 when M&Ms added a new color. They had a big poll and purple won out. It was a big deal. Now they're adding new flavors every six months. It's what the candy industry is these days though. Everything has a ton of flavors. Soon everything is going to be a different version of the same shit. It's kind of what happened to apps. For a little bit it was simple. Twitter was for text. Instagram was for pictures. Vine was for video. Then Instagram started doing video. Then twitter started doing video. Facebook does it all. Everything offers the same thing in different packaging.
Well now we've got a new M&M flavor. Caramel. Seems weird that caramel wasn't the first of the new flavors to be made. Caramel and chocolate is like lamb and tunafish. I'm not huge on caramel though. Unless its sea salt and caramel. That shit is delicious. Of course I'll try these new guys but I don't see them sneaking into my top three flavors.
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