Using security camera footage as a comedic canvass isn’t anything new or cutting edge. Guy Ritchie and Tim Maurice-Jones decided to run the Rabbi introduction in SNATCH through the eyes of the security camera, a decision that left a deep mark in its potential. I think the guys at Jackass used it to screen a person dressed in a panda costume existing in a normal mundane environment, waiting in line. It makes the random so acceptable.
This past summer a mob of us took the streets and had a San Clemente freak out. Once we came into the undisclosed bar my cousin and I brought up the security camera gag. Like wildfire the rest of the crew wanted in. While staging the photos someone took offense to what we were up to (I admit its bizarre behavior) – at one point he wanted to take a swing at me; I was not explaining a damn thing to the drunk bastard. I mean, it’s a pretty elaborate process, especially when the bar is packed – which gives the overall effect more juice. I can only imagine what someone would be thinking: freaks running in and out from the bar, laughing and pushing people out-of-the-way. Yet, once key people with a healthy sense of humor catch on, you should see the amazement on their faces. We’re turning an offense into a laugh. Nothing new, just keeping the torch of comedy burning even in a small unassuming bar.
Here are a couple of examples of that specific security camera. I wish I could tell you the name of the bar, but, I’d like to keep it a secret.
Here is a film I shot in the SECURITY CAMERA vernacular while waiting for my flight in Amsterdam (Schipol International Airport: 3am)http://player.vimeo.com/video/15188693?color=ff0179