Many moons ago, I was in film school. I went to the School of Visual Arts.
About four years ago, I discovered a 16mm film I shot, Hells Ugly Sister, and had that digitally transferred and I put it together as best I could based on my original idea.
This summer my 8mm first year films were unearthed. I had figured these for lost (and by lost, I presumed an ex had thrown them away). Alas, she did not!
While this short takes fandom to an extreme level, to keep perspective, this was right around the time when both Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne found themselves being sued over the perceived connection between their music and suicide.
Why wouldn’t people feel as strongly about Debbie Gibson?
The star of this little short is Korean filmmaker Wonsuk Chin, who was fresh off the plane from South Korea. After I told him the premise, he thought a few moments and then simply asked “This is comedy?”
At the time, I was a little taken aback and had to explain, albeit not very well, that American comedy might be different from Korean comedy (I was, and still am, an expert on neither). Despite his misgivings, Wonsuk was a good sport about it and went all in.
After watching it today for the first time in 20-something years, he makes the short. He was committed!
Yea, it’s dated and kinda awful, I suppose, but it does show a certain sensibility that hasn’t really changed all that much through the years. That same, marginally macabre, humor works its way into my plays and much of my writing today.
In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an edited version of the original film. I trimmed about 25 seconds from it and added some music and a little sound. I’m not sure it did anything to enhance or detract from the film.
I’m sure Wonsuk would still question the efficacy of the humor, but it still works for me.