Sunday, March 31, 2013

52 Sketches in 52 Weeks: Marshmallow Fix

Plump, delicious marshmallow. It's like chewing on a soft, sugary cloud. You can set it on fire and IT'LL ONLY BE EVEN MORE DELICIOUS THAN BEFORE. Seriously, they're unstoppable. Sure, maybe they're full of empty calories, but they're also full of vitamins FOR YOUR SOUL.

Friday, March 29, 2013

ATX's first fan art!

Friend of ATX Daniel Davis did this awesome poster for our horror short "Noise." Looks great, Daniel!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

52 Sketches in 52 Weeks: Second Date Interrogation

Second Date Interrogation (#34)

About a year or so ago, I was walking around my old hometown with my best high school buddies. It was business as usual, just a couple of young dudes goofing around, until one of us said something that plunged us that much deeper into adulthood.

"So I think she's the one. Probably going to propose soon."

Whoooooaaaaa. Hold up, we're not ready for this! Suddenly we were all filled with questions about his relationship. WE HAD TO KNOW EVERYTHING. (Although, nothing quite so invasive as this video, haha.)

Not to say we didn't love the heck out of the lady in question. (In fact, you're looking at the Best Man to the wedding!) But a close friendship is a kind of family, and so as far as we're concerned, she was about to be our family too.

So I thought it'd be funny to see that kind of friend taken to a crazy extreme. Special thanks to the adorable Leah Thomas and the unstoppable Christina Jeans for helping out!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

52 Sketches in 52 Weeks: YouTube's Not Funny

There's something about hearing "This is hilarious" that instantly makes you not want to laugh. I guess so much about humor involves the element of surprise that the joke loses power if you know to expect it. When you have somebody waiting for you to laugh at something, "that's a lot of pressure." 

Tried to disguise the ambient noise with "YouTube noises" that are supposedly coming from the computer, but I don't know how successful I was. I just moved into this apartment, so we didn't really realize how noisy things would be. Ah well. My new roommate Nate totally stepped up to the plate in the 11th hour though and went toe to toe with Zach for us!

And speaking of Zach, YES. Zach is back. Woooooot!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

52 Sketches in 52 Weeks: I Think, and Therefore I... Um.

Mwahaha! With Zach out of town, my high-art existential comedy BS is free to RUN WILD!

My favorite feedback about this sketch:

  • Other Guy
    just watched your video

    • Nathan Wellman
      oh yeah?

      • Other Guy
        : //
      • ??
        • Nathan Wellman

          • Other Guy

            All jokes aside, this sucker was a nightmare to learn. Many an hour was spent pacing my empty apartment, muttering to myself with no pants on. I actually had a few takes where I didn't stumble over the words nearly so much, but I felt like the character bumbling through the monologue added an extra layer of hopelessness to it that made things more fun/real.

            As far out there as this piece really is, I think it's one of my favorites. It's extraordinarily unique it its bizarreness. Like a big logic vacuum that sucks the audience's brains out. Or something.

          Tuesday, March 12, 2013

          Strike for the Actor: College vs. Professional

          Ah, the strike. A both symbolic and literal destruction of a once proud production that (hopefully) has entertained and nourished many happy theater patrons. I've noticed something of a difference between how strike works in college vs. how it works in the "real" world of the 99 seat theater, and I thought I'd share some of them with you.

          Showing up:


          Professional: Oh crap, you actually showed up!? Thank you so much, you're amazing! You're God's gift to theater! Have a donut! Have three!

          Nearly dying because something almost fell on your head:


          Professional: Sorry, bestie! Here, take my helmet!

          When you're standing around not doing anything:

          College: MOVE YOUR ASS!!!!!

          Professional: Oh, you're taking a break? Good idea! I'll join you!

          When you're running out of things to do:

          College: Walk purposefully back and forth so it looks like you're super busy.

          Professional: Walk purposefully back and forth so it looks like you're super busy.

          When strike's over:

          College: You get pizza.

          Professional: So you're coming back for the build tomorrow, right? Please? I'll bring pizza!

          Wednesday, March 6, 2013

          52 Sketches in 52 Weeks: Cheese Puffs and a Cowboy Hat

          Pretty sure every aspiring actor has had a moment like this. "What am I doing here?" "What's the point?" etc. Heck, I've even blogged about it myself. 

          But I guess there's also something darkly funny about every actor's secret conviction that they're special and deserving of global adulation for doing nothing but spreading around a little charisma. Eventually every actor has to face the harsh truth that this big dream of seeing your name next to Meryl Streep may never happen. In fact, statistically speaking, it probably won't.

          I think that's the point where you find out if you're what they call a true artist. Because that's when you can either keep going because it's what you love or mope on the couch and drown in a bag of cheese puffs.