Had this idea baking in my head for ages, finally managed to film it the other day.
I watched it twice and laughed both times. Nice one Matt.
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Very, very good. A great return to form.
In all seriousness I don't know what it is but this one just seemed funnier and lighter - perhaps it's less introspective than some of the recent films.
It's a simple gag based on the absurd - in the classic tradition of the Goons, Python etc. Take an everyday situation (in this case a busker) and put it into an unusual situation and see what happens. The situation doesn't reveal itself until you take out the coin and put it into the busker's hat, so what originally appears to the viewer as just bizarre, suddenly makes perfect sense - even though the situation is still absurd. Returning to fnd the drummer setting up was a nice way to get a punchline after the main gag and the icing on the cake. (By the way i thought your supporting cast were superb).
OK. So I think I over-analysed that somewhat
Compare this to your dramatic reading. Yes, it's funny, and you do a lot to keep the interest with some great location shots and facial expressions, but the gag is revealed from the off and the viewer isn't really rewarded for sitting through all of it - 90% of the reward can be got by watching just the first 10 seconds.
And I may have just over-analysed that as well.
Short and sweet. Your best so far imo.
I enjoyed that. Very good.
I would say, I think you could have made more of the whole 'busker' thing. I don't think an audience would connect someone playing an instrument with that someone being a busker. It would have been nice, perhaps, to have mentioned that when he is first introduced.
"There's a strange man in our house playing a Digiridoo!"
"It's OK, it's just a busker."
"Busker? Well how do I get rid of it?"
"Just leave it alone, it's not done you any harm. Open a window for it."
"Perhaps if I hit it with this newspaper?"
"Well, if you want it to sting you."
It's only a minor thing though. I thought it was a great short, fantastic ending
I have to say though that I do rather like your treating the busker like an annoying insect also has great potential - though perhaps this would be more suitable for "Chuggers" than buskers?
I like the idea of getting rid of 'it' like you would a fly or something, but on reflection I still think the simplicity of it works the best.
This video has been a strange one for me, normally when I create an idea in my head I can always tell it's funny and that stays with me through filming and edit. But for some reason although I did think the initial idea was good, in the edit I wasn't sure how strong it was.
It's just strange that one of the only videos ive had to question myself 'how funny is this?' has had pretty much the best response from the broadest spectrum of people. Interesting.