Late Halloween Specials…

So it’s November 4th, and I’m still kicking myself for not having the Maladjusted Halloween Special complete. Or as it’s actually called, “The First Annual Maladjusted Half-Hour Halloween Variety Special”…  It is finally completed as of about 30 seconds ago, all rendered, exported, and ready to be uploaded to the inter webs.  I remain extremely doubtful that anyone will actually sit through 30 minutes, but it seemed a fun project to tackle, and my new rule is, “Stop thinking so much about metrics, internet users, and SEO and JUST PRODUCE CONTENT YOU ENJOY!”  So that’s what’s happening now.

Along with the 30 minute Special, I’ll also be posting 3 new comedy sketches.  One is a “lost” Halloween episode of Hey Guy! That takes place around season 2.  Another is a very strange comedic short film called El Muerto en Español… and the last is a Batman parody sketch called Batman: The Short Halloween.  All three are included in the 30-minute special.  The reason for posting them separately is for those people who don’t want to sit down for 30 minutes to watch our weird crap for that long.  There are other bits in the 30 minute piece.  Actually, quite a bit more.  But these seemed good to also show as single videos.  Especially considering the 30 minute special has a laugh track.  Yeah. We went there.  Anyway, these will be posted some time tonight!

A Video Editing Nightmare

I know there are people out there who wonder what happened to more than 50% of the videos I once had posted on my youtube account. Those videos, in my mind, were and will always be a part of Maladjusted Productions, a part of the canon of my maturation (however much of that has arguably happened) as an artist in a visual medium. For those who wonder, perhaps they will stumble across this blog post.

The simple fact of the matter is, I was stupid when I was just starting out, and I believed that it was okay to use copyrighted music in my videos. That’s the majority of the reason for so many being gone. A couple of my videos were stripped from Youtube BY youtube, and I took the others down that had any violations. The other reason is because I was more… free with my language in those days, and I no longer felt that it accurately represented me in any way.

That being said, there are loads of things in those videos, the master tapes of those videos, that I would love to have out there, and I would love to take a crack at editing those old things again. Re-posting them. I have hours upon hours of workable footage sitting on a shelf (quite literally), and as it is, I have nothing to edit with.

I have searched for free editing software with even the capabilities of the OLD Windows Movie Maker (the program I used to make the vast majority of my old videos), and freeware programs just don’t have the capabilities. Most of the time, they don’t even WORK once you’ve downloaded them. Oddly, the newest version of Windows Movie Maker for Windows 7 is less impressive than its ten year-old counterpart.

I am blessed enough to have friends with very nice editing software, but the drive to their respective residences is very gas-consuming. And they have lives and things to do on their own computers. I can’t go over to their places every time I need to edit something. Had I the capability, I would be editing every free second to get more content out to our subscribers and out to the community in general. And my computer simply isn’t able to handle even the $49-&100 dollar range of video editing software.

I’m getting discouraged. My head is telling me to quit, but my heart is telling me to keep trudging through the muck until I find dry land.

Trudging on,
David C. Roberson, Maladjusted Productions

Happy 2011! What’s Happening!?

Well, I’ll tell you what’s happening.

Software problems continue to haunt me, but here’s what’s going on.  If you’re reading this on the official blog, then that means at least someone is paying attention to what is quickly becoming THE hub of information for Maladjusted Productions.  I’m still tinkering with a few things, but this is already one of the easiest ways of getting updates on the latest videos.

Are New Videos Coming?

Yes. And not only NEW ones, but old ones as well.  I took a quick break in December to get some holiday/birthday-related stuff accomplished, but I’ll be wading back in to edit and post older videos that have 1) never seen the light of day or 2) been taken down for varied reasons.  Some of these are quick edits, some are extensive and time-consuming.  So here’s the general plan:

  • Re-editing The Curmudgeon’s Perspective.
  • Re-editing The Drifter
  • Editing Simply Terrible Dance Moves II: Dance By Dawn!
  • Editing together blooper reels for our current sketches
  • Begin shooting The Curmudgeon’s Perspective – Season Two
  • Begin production on “Trek Talk”, a new series on a separate channel
  • Begin production on a whole stack of scripts I have floating around

These are momentous and insanely time-consuming projects. I hope to get well into them very soon.  I am still shopping around for a good, affordable editing program for my PC, and I am planning on purchasing a decent external mic and lighting kit.  I have much to do, but I’m slowly getting through it.  Thanks for bearing with me, and happy new year!

-David C. Roberson, Maladjusted Productions

Suicide

Hello, everyone! 

So the rumors are true. We have rearranged the den to make room for it.: THE GREEN SCREEN (cue heavenly choir)! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, my computer committed suicide about a month ago, so writing has pretty much been me scribbling on one of those yellow legal pads… I’m trying to figure out what to do about a computer—I try to use Matt’s when he isn’t here… when he is, he plays WoW. There’s just nothing I can do but sit back, wait for him to hit rock bottom… he’ll only quit when he gets ready to.

Regardless, there are more videos coming. I promise. I’ve uploaded Simply Terrible Dance Moves 2 into Final Cut, and I’ve started making some decisions for re-editing our very first skit, “The Drifter”. Making sort of a directors cut of that, if you will since we, in our infinite ignorance believed we could get away with using copyrighted music throughout the entire video. Ah, to be young again!

This week, we’re filming a brand new video, but I won’t tell you what it is. I will say that it is a parody of a movie that is currently in theaters.
As for the Halloween Special, we came up with some great stuff, but it was just too expensive and time-consuming to make it for Halloween. Maybe next year?

Thank you guys for your continued support! Your comments and messages really mean a lot! When I was growing up, my mother was never one of those moms to say, “Stop encouraging him!” when I would act up. She was usually the first one laughing. So I think it’s safe to say that both she and I implore you, “Keep encouraging us!” and share us with your friends!

-Dave

3 New Videos + Fan goals

Well, it’s that time of year once again: Summer is almost gone, and autumn already has its army of dead leaves awaiting their annual invasion. School is back in session… Well, it’s a depressing time. But we here at Maladjusted Productions understand that the demise of summer and return of school means that most will be looking for something to do indoors–possibly at the expense of a letter grade or two. That’s why we’re kicking it up a notch by bringing you THREE (3) BRAND SPANKING NEW VIDEOS: 

Crotch Watchers
-A comedy short that answers the question, “Why do men stuff their pants?”

Man Eater
-Our first foray into green-screen technology-turned-humorous-half-minute!

Heroic Me – “Ghost and the Angel”
-A music video directed by Matt Carroll for a local band in Birmingham.

We’ve put in the work–now let us know what you think of our videos by commenting–and if youse dig, please be sure to suggest us to your friends!

Thanks for watching, and remember: THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

-David C. Roberson, Maladjusted Productions

New Sketch, “Jock-Blocking” is Online!

Heya, gang! Your friendly neighborhood Dave here with news that our latest comedy sketch, “Jock-Blocking” is available for viewing  on Facebook as well as at the listed links below!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this video, be they positive or negative, so let the good times roll and let the opinions flow!

COMING UP IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE:

“Crotch Watchers” written by Chris Riggins & David C. Roberson
“Simply Terrible Dance Moves 2”
“The Drifter: The Director’s Cut” written by David C. Roberson

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/davidcroberson

-David C. Roberson, Maladjusted Productions