Vvids is a small home studio.
Vocals for our music videos are provided by Dan and the Dannettes and the Danster Quartet Minus One.
When Conan O'Brien announced his version of the Cash For Clunkers program we decided we had to enter. The winner gets his car blown up on the Tonight Show on NBC, and wins a hybrid Lexus. Ally and I checked out the competition and nobody had submitted a video with singing frogs.
The most interesting part of the day was filming the shot of the keyboard frog driving my car. Needless to say he doesn't have a driver's license, and he was a little shaky at the wheel, mainly because he kept vamping for the camera instead of keeping his eyes on the road.
Freddie and te Frogs are back with a 'Top Chef' view of amphibian cuisine. I wanted to make this short, sweet, and hummable, or perhaps buzzable...
After struggling with keeping pupeteers out of the frame and losing the battle I decided it was time for a puppet stage.
A classic tale of twarted love on the lilly pad.
Not only was it necessary to make four frogs, but band instruments as well. But the frogs make a pretty good combo.
This one was also made for AOL, with a life-management theme, making resolutions to improve body and soul.
Things don't go exactly as planned, though. The Resolution-O-Meter predicts how much success each resolution will have. (11/26/2004)
This is the first video we built puppets specially for. Over the course of several weeks 5 puppets were constructed. The first TLC (The Lovable Curmudgeon) video was to be a comic monologue, but when the Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses and hat came home, it was clear that his premier video had to be "Ukulele Lady."
Another rush job for AOL, this shows that living in the woods can come in handy sometimes. This is a spoof on "The Blair Witch Project," with ears.
This one was taped first, and the sound was dubbed later, mainly because filming on location in the soggy woods wasn't conducive to dragging a laptop around. Three sound tracks were used -- the sound of feet running in the woods was picked up by the camera. The voices were dubbed in Cakewalk Studio, and the eerie sound effects made up the third track. (10/05/2004)
The Puppet is just plain silly over bananas. Or is he bananas over silliness?
In October of 2006 I intended to do a music video about not wanting to go to the dentist. I recorded the song, but never got around to the video, in part because I wasn't satisfied with the song. But I did an instrumental version with Ben on drums, and I really liked it.
Well, it's been a while, but we're BACK! For years Rosemary West has been sending me cows, and Eric Isaacson got into the act as well. So a cow video was inevitable, and here's one that includes a very moooooving song!
A Mothers Day tribute to "Every Mom," The Mom is a take-off of the popular television job interview, "The Apprentice."
"The Mom" was featured on AOL for Mothers Day in 2004.
This was another one made for an AOL holiday feature, this time for Father's Day. A spoof on the classic "Dragnet," Detective Sonday is trying to find his missing Dad. Deadlines being what they are, this was put together in about a day, with video taking about three hours on a Saturday morning and editing in the afternoon. It was really a miracle, as there was no time to learn lines, and the interview scene was quite long, with the classic "Dragnet" style dialog. But the kids came through with flying colors, and Detective Sergeant Sonday solved the case.
The Flamingo is in love, and waxes poetic! Featured on AOL's Valentines Day Member Movies.
"Flamingo Valentine" was featured on AOL for Valentine's Day in 2004.