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The Inheritance

28 September 2005
Wednesday, 11:27 AM

Another year, another CAmm Slamm. Baltimore’s premiere weekend moviemaking competition took place this past weekend, and Stan, Sutter, and I took a drive down to the Old Line State to help our Philly vs. Baltimore nemesis RedstarKGB make it happen. Little did we know we would be making the most ridiculous movie of our careers...

Well, I guess it wasn’t that much of a shocker.

CAmm Slamm is a 48-hour film competition in which competing teams are given from 7:00 PM Friday to 7:00 PM Sunday to make a film that includes a provided prop; in this case, a squishy rubber rat toy. The films are then screened and voted on by the audience that very Sunday night.

Plagued by an unfruitful committee brainstorm session, it was late in the afternoon on Saturday before we even had a loose script, so our film was essentially made in twenty-four hours. Somehow, it came together. For my money, the MVPs were our editor Ian Corey, whose amazing results with some less-than-optimal footage under an insanely tight deadline gave the film exactly the frenetic pace that it needed, and my costar Joel Haddock, who, quite simply, turned on the funny. Other highlights include a colorful title sequence and deadpan cameo from Matt Sutter, and a terrifying appearance from an aged Jason Santa Maria. Also keep an eye out for some amazing Sci Fi Channel-quality special effects from yours truly.

When the grand prize-winning team, Video Kitchen, withdrew from the competition (they made a poignant and funny documentary about how easy it would be to cheat and win at CAmm Slamm), RedstarKGB was upgraded from second place and took the crown! As the process behind this film (and, arguably, the result) was pretty ramshackle, and my performance is absurdly over-the-top, there are some mixed opinions about the value of this achievement. I’ll let you decide for yourself.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Inheritance.

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Comments Closed (9)

1. Jason Santa Maria says…  |  28 September 2005 / 12:17 PM

We should use dry ice from now on for everything. everything.

2. Jared Christensen says…  |  28 September 2005 / 12:22 PM

Dude, that was awesome. But that monkey will bring nothing but trouble.

3. Ian says…  |  28 September 2005 / 1:24 PM

Remember how easy it was to make this movie?! We shouldn't do anything to change our approach to movie making. At all.

4. Jeff says…  |  28 September 2005 / 2:24 PM

If I wasn't looking at the screen, I'd have thought the voice was from Screech from "Saved By the Bell".

The effects are stellar. Looking forward to the sequel.

5. Rachael says…  |  28 September 2005 / 10:00 PM

You know, no matter how many times I click on "remember my info" it still never remembers my info...
Anyway, nice one, guys. Rob- do you always bathe with your boxers on? HOT!

6. Rob Weychert says…  |  28 September 2005 / 10:05 PM

Rachael, didn’t you know I’m a nevernude? And yeah, the “Remember My Info” cookie has been broken for awhile; hopefully I’ll get around to fixing it soon. Frequent commenters, I appreciate your patience.

7. Gaby says…  |  30 September 2005 / 7:04 AM

Thanks for the nightmares revisited! Do you NOT remember Dad's rendition of the Monkey's Paw?? lol... As always, very well done. I'd say you appreciate the Screech comment... I think more of a cross between Screech, Beaker and a Wallace and Grommit character...

8. sutter says…  |  30 September 2005 / 11:34 AM

yes, dry ice is the greatest thing ever. has it really taken us THIS long to learn what Dr. Who found out in 1974?

9. kicey says…  |  03 October 2005 / 10:13 AM

Dry ice combined with your shrieks of terror makes my nipples hard. And then break off. Conceivably the most fun I've had at work, at 10am, on a Monday morning.

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