KICKASSIA (2010) – 2 Non Critics

The Nostalgia Critic gets mentioned here a LOT. Doug Walker’s work with that character, the universe he built, and his friends at thatguywiththeglasses.com has brought me out of my ten year darkness. Along with James Rolfe and cinemassacre.com, I have finally seen the kind of entertainment I always wanted to create but never thought possible.

In this edition of 2 Non Critics, Non Critics Dustin and Will discuss, at great length, the power of passion and striving to create what is truly special. All these feelings (and more!) were stirred by the wonderfully innovative 2012 web series (turned film by youtube) called KICKASSIA!

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Goosebumps – Reggie Retro

It’s been over ten years since my last short film. Sure I’ve made quick videos since then. Nothing with a clear beginning, middle, and end however.

While it is no masterpiece, and it doesn’t even come close to guys like James Rolfe or Doug Walker, my latest episode of Reggie Retro makes me swell with pride.

It does everything I want it to, and effectively. Shooting it was fun. Editing it was an education. And watching it has been rewarding. I hope anyone reading this takes six minutes to watch and enjoy.

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