Life on the East Side

Hey All!
My apologies if you’ve already seen this video that I made. I wasn’t able to write a post last night due to an elections viewing/Texas Tribune anniversary party where, incidentally, I ran into a boy I formerly dated and we both acted like we didn’t see each other. I was also harassed outside by a man who stated that he was from Africa and asked if I spoke French. He did not have a detectable accent other than that of “high as a kite”, and when I asked him if he had eaten at the new and delicious African food trailer, Cazamance, owned by a lovely gentleman from Senegal, he asked me if the food was Mediterranean. I explained to him that Senegal is on the Western side of Africa and then he proceeded to walk into me and shout, “I’m chill! I’m no asshole! I just do my thing! Wait, where are you going?!”
The video below is made on the new movie-making platform, Xtranormal. I first came across Xtranormal after a Twitter follower of my former boss- a Hollywood producer- made a video about how my former boss will not accept his LinkedIn invite. It’s pretty funny, but probably funnier if you know my former boss. Then I noticed Xtranormal Geico commercials popping up on Hulu. It’s easy and fun to use!
My film is based off of a hypothetical conversation between two young women who live in East Austin- an area much like the Easts of other major cities- full of gentrification, artists, converted lofts, and trendy bars. I posted the conversation on my blog months back, but thought, “What the hell? Why not add monotonal, three-dimensional cartoons to it?” I’m surprised at the positive response it has received and have been talked into creating a short series.
I’d love your feedback!

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  • Reply Big Mark 243 November 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I think this was cool. We should collab on something… you could teach me a thing or two. I loved this. I have to find out how this is done!!

    And yes… I remember those words!! You could write a wonderful script!!

  • Reply Trina November 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I'm still laughing at the tummy-rubbing…. Great vid and certainly cheered me up on this cloudy, gloomy day 🙂 I say YES to a short series!

  • Reply laurenne November 4, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Ahahaha! I love it!
    I mean, really really really hilarious.

    Wendy's, Jack Daniels, backyard mattress, and top it off with the master's degree! LOVE this.

    Plus, I like how her hands are down past her knees.

  • Reply Brooke Farmer November 4, 2010 at 5:38 am

    AMAZING! Still laughing!

  • Reply birkley3030 November 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, that's where I keep my Master's degree too!! LOL this is genius.

  • Reply Hipstercrite November 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    @Mark- Were you able to check out the Xtranormal site? It's pretty easy to use and super fun!

    @Trina- YAY! Thanks for watching!

    @Laurenne- HA! I know. I just realized that yesterday. I was like, "Holy shit, she has ape arms!"

    @Brooke- 😀

    @Birkley- If I had a Master's, I would too…

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!!!

  • Reply Austin Eavesdropper November 5, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Ack – my computer won't make the vid appear!! I will try a different browser.

  • Reply Allie November 5, 2010 at 1:35 am

    HAHAHAH that video was great. definitely made my day.

  • Reply . November 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    This is definitely on. I'd like to see more when you make them. BTW Do you have a tumblr?


  • Reply Meghan November 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    bahahhahhahahah. lolzzzz. please tell me this didn't happen to you?

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