The Making of ‘Weeb’

The idea behind Weeb was to make “Kung Fu with a weeaboo,” but having the brain that I have, it became this video.

Production went pretty well, considering what we were making. It is often difficult to direct people in a project like this because of its over-the-top style. The hardest scene to explain was the opening. Luckily, Sean and I had gone to school together and even if he didn’t understand the purpose of the opening, he did trust me enough to know it would make sense in the edit.

Something I have discovered while doing these type of little projects is that you can’t always articulate your vision completely to everyone involved. What I mean by that is that you explain it differently to each person involved. To the DP it is how the image makes you feel, and to the actor it is how the character feels in the scene.

I played with the color in this video more than with previous projects because I wanted to to make the viewer feel like they were in a different world. Also, when I think of Anime, I think of vibrant colors both within the character’s dress and the background.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 

I wanted to add a sense of child-like wonder to the way that Sean’s character perceived the world, so I thought a super saturated achieved that.

Outtakes from the video:

 

Fair Use Resources

Since I have been making video essays, I have been dealing with YouTube’s lovely Content ID system. I have wanted to make these essays for a long time, but I have been discouraged.

When I uploaded the Christine (2016) essay, it was banned in over 250 countries (basically everywhere, but North America and U.S. territories). Someone on the channel filed a dispute and we won.

I did find that it was kind of difficult to find the actual text of the law to quote in my “plea”, so I am making a list of resources.

The Copyright Act of 1967 (full text).

 

Written interpretation of law. 

 

Video interpretation of law:

If you have any suggestions for additions, feel free to comment. Happy disputing.