Episode 5: Geoff Boyle’s Apology
(For a better viewing experience click on the HQ button once the video starts. Looks a lot better in full-screen…)
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The process behind this one:
Well, as you might have read, last week my body decided that it’d had enough of these abhorrent working conditions, and it went on strike. So when the weekend came around I didn’t feel like leaving my apartment (or really using any energy) to shoot something. The genesis of the character was like this:
-I’m super sick.
-What if this character talks like he’s sick? Like he’s all stuffed up. (which I wasn’t)
-(play with the voice for a little while)
-What if he’s not actually sick, he’s just an a-hole that talks like that?
-He sounds snotty and pretentious.
-What do snotty people hate doing?
-What’s he going to apologize for?
-Everything the can think of.
-His woman left him.
-How would he choose to apologize?*
-He would make an ultra-pretentious open letter to his ex, then post it on YouTube as a way of apologizing and absolving some of his guilt, but also as a way of getting back at her for leaving him.
From there, I built out who he was, what he did for a living, where he was from, and most importantly, the details of their relationship. Certainly, not everything Geoff apologizes for in this video is true. Much of it is his own “artistic flair” (he did some performance art in college).
* I wanted to point out how crucial this step is: The How. Anybody could apologize for a litany of misdeeds; it’s The How, though, that truly reveals character. We would all do it in our own ways, wouldn’t we? Just like anyone could go to the candy store, but it’s the particular way in which Al Griffin goes to the candy store that tells us who he is.
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Brent 4.29.09 3.47am