Reggie Retro – Faerie Tale Theatre

Reggie Retro takes some time to revisit the show that introduced him to faerie tales, with a big thank you to Shelley Duvall.

 

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We Do This Daily

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To get really good at something you have to do it every day. This is one of hundreds of reasons I failed as a writer. Zero self-discipline. The legendary Alan Moore once said that you have to treat writing like your deity, and if you don’t worship it every day it will punish you.

Videos and film is where I learned storytelling. Trying to convert that into strictly the written word was like trying to change my hair color through the power of positive thinking. Wasn’t going to happen.

Now that I find myself driven to produce content on the regular, in a medium I am fluent in, the possibility of doing it every day is becoming a reality.

At the moment I do two episodes of 2 Non Critics a week and one Reggie Retro video. I’m looking to bump that up. The nature of my quick and dirty approach means I have much more time to create. It would be nice to do multiple videos a day, but I have a real job to worry about.

However, one video a day is well within the realm of possibility. There are four more days in the week, and I have three more videos planned.

One will be short clips of Rita Rosenbaum, the sister of my Reggie Retro character. She works best in quick snippets and would make for some hilarious scenes. Another series similar to 2 Non Critics about music. Also, a review series on Star Trek: Voyager called Wannabe Trekker.

I hope my deity is pleased…

With all this stuff going on, guess I’d better learn how to promote myself.

2 Non Critics – Oldboy (2003)

Chances are you’ve either heard of seen or heard of the 2003 cult classic Oldboy. It’s a film that certainly elicits a powerful reaction from viewers. The same is true with Non Critic Will and Non Critic Dustin.

Hear from the point of view from someone who went into the film totally blind and someone else who knew far too much. One of the most lively discussions these two lifelong friends, and movie buffs, have had to date!

Bonus quick review of the recent remake.

 

2 Non Critics – Escape From New York (1981)

Seems impossible, but my friend, Non Critic Will has never seen the classic John Carpenter film Escape From New York. However, he has seen the much maligned Escape From L.A.

Amazed by this, I had to make it our next topic.

So the two lifelong friends and film buffs, with very different tastes, come together to discuss what Non Critic Dustin considers to be a perfect film.

Reggie Retro – Gremlins Novelization

It took him a year, but Reggie Retro has finally made his first video!

While nothing like my original intention for these videos, I still like it a lot. I’m proud of it actually. Reggie feels like a complete character with a full life beyond the video.

Which is more than I can say for many of my characters (and most in Hollywood).

Everything with Orange Retro Productions is about putting it all out there, setting the foundation and seeing where it takes you. The process might be slow – but the reward will be so gratifying.

Help Reggie build his Nostalgianarium.

More To Come (or, The Reg Man Cometh)

Of course it’s 5am and I can’t sleep. That’s how I roll. Could be because of my insomnia, or maybe it’s because later tonight I plan on finally doing a Reggie Retro video.

For a little over a year now, I’ve been obsessed with this silly character. A lover of the nostalgia that brought him up as a child, desperate to find a way back to those times. In a lot of ways he’s the truest character I’ve ever created. Which is why it’s taken so long to do something with him.

Originally I conceived of a pretty grand mythos for Mr. Retro. Each video was intended to be a fully produced episode. Similar to the ones from The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic, who played a big part in his inspiration. The major difference being that Reggie LOVES the things he’s talking about. Also, each episode would be part of a whole, leading up to a massive conclusion.

Some day I hope to get to a point where telling the saga of his life can be possible. For now the concept has been too daunting.

Like everything else with Orange Retro, I’ve decided to build slowly. No need to go out with guns blazing yet. Why not make a bunch of raw and rough videos, introduce his world, and naturally progress into playing around in it?

After watching a TON of the Cowabunga Corner videos by TMNT super fan Michele Ivey, and really identifying with her earnest passion for her topic, with a direct and simple production, I was motivated to just go ahead and do it.

Perhaps no one but those close to me will see it. That’s fine. Being Reggie and putting him out there is all that matters.

 

Reggie Retro

 

2 Non Critics – God Bless America (2011)

Ranters on youtube are a dime a dozen. You can’t escape them. When we conceived of the 2 Non Critics program, I promised myself to not get ranty. Keep it direct and concise.

Tonight, I broke that promise.

Bobcat Goldthwait made a film that sparks discussion. And boy did it. I steal this show from Non Critic Will who can only sit back and watch his pathetic friend lament on the monotony of daily life.

2 Non Critics – Odd Thomas (2013)

Two days in a row!

Non Critic Will and myself join each other from across the globe to talk about the latest (and best) Dean Koontz film adaptation.

The premise may turn you off, but the characters will suck you in.

Odd sees dead people. But then, by God, he does something about it!

Not Waiting

My original plan for 2 Non Critics was to record two episodes a week and release one at a time. Meaning Will and I would never run out of content. Even if we missed a week we’d have something to post.

Unfortunately this leaves pretty massive gaps. Those are not good. That’s how you fall into obscurity (and we’re obscure enough as it is).

Today we decided to set them free the day of recording. Fresh off the Google Air to the (hypothetical) public at large. It’s not like I’m doing anything fancy with the videos. They’re as raw and rough as it gets. Which is really a way for us to build in proficiency to eventually get a little production value. This way if we fail no one will really notice.

Over the next three days a new episode of 2 Non Critics will go public.  Do with it what you will.