Special Features creates a fully improvised summer blockbuster straight to DVD. Each member of Special Features have studied every screenwriting book from Joseph Campbell to Tommy Wiseau, and bring you an unscripted, summer blockbuster that is packed full of extra features and off the cuff-the-cuff comedy. Every movie quote is said for the first time and plot lines are created on the spot. Grab some popcorn, and watch a DVD like you have never seen before.
My work with Special Features includes writing, acting, and production of a monthly improv/ sketch show. Read more about Special Features here.
WHAT IS THE RIP-OFF SHOW?
The Rip-off Show is, at its core, a comedy show. Contestants are comedians (stand-up and improvisors), they write jokes, and they perform a set during the intermission. But if a thing can have two cores, the second core of TRS is a gameshow. Three comedians are pitted against each other in a game of wits and humor and speed in games like “Juggalo or Cat?”, “The Price is Weird”, “Love Me Tinder”. The prize? A very bad DVD from host Geoffrey Gauchet’s ex-wife’s DVD collection she left, or from the $3 bin at Walmart. Sometimes that’s the same thing!
window.postMessage() to communicate with the pop-up window.
The second app is the Host App, which is served via the producer’s node.js server. It runs on an iPad to give the host as much control as possible, while still off-loading some tasks to the producer. It communicats directly to the node.js server via WebSockets with the help of Socket.io.
The third app is a Cordova app running on an Amazon Kindle Fire HD7 for each of the three contestants. It runs local code, but reaches out to the internet on start-up to get the local IP of the node.js server. It then uses Socket.io WebSockets to broadcast to the server, and receive feedback.
These apps all allow for real-time communication between host, producer, and contestants, such as contestants buzzing in and their name lighting up on the projector screen and the host’s iPad. And with the exception of the two internet calls mentioned above, can run 100% offline, provided a local network exists.