When I was first asked to work on original comedy content for Kworq - I knew right away that we first needed to branch off and create an entirely new channel where an entirely new voice could be born. This began Subatomic TV. Below are the first three original sketches that live on the Youtube channel and my thought process behind why each video was created.
I wrote and produced the following sketches for Subatomic TV and Creative Agency, Kworq.
Add A Human // Alexa Can't Do It All
I have an Alexa. I found myself asking her to make me a sandwich, take out the garbage, or hang out with me on the couch. All things she couldn't do.
In addition to being upset about her lack of physical capabilities, I was also amused by how ridiculous those requests can sound, but also how probable it is that someday Alexa will be able to do them all.
Left feeling like I was both superior and completely inadequate compared to my Alexa I decided to write this sketch. What if Alexa was attached to a human who could do all the physical things Alexa could not? Like what would that be like? That is how the 'Add A Human' sketch was born.
Adopt A Stuffed Dog
First things first. This stuffed dog has a name and it's Duke. For weeks I had passed the same Rainbow store window on the upper east side and every time I passed it, this same dog was sitting there looking at me through the glass. It also helps to mention that I love dogs and I can't yet justify getting a real one. So eventually I cracked and walked inside. I went up to the cash register and said "I want the dog in the window". We've been chill ever since.
My Instagram feed was full of puppies, but I was still unable to commit to getting a real dog myself. I had recently overheard a conversation on the subway about adopting a dog from a shelter vs. going to a breeder. Even though Sarah Mclachlan's ASPCA commercials were for animal cruelty - my head still travels back to them when I start to think about adopting a dog. Having just bought a stuffed dog myself, it only made sense to make a stuffed dog adoption video.
Mo Dundee // The Human Observer
I wanted to get back to writing something with a strong character and the team was amped about it too. I revisited some old ideas I had and one about PDA caught my attention. I liked the idea of writing a character who was a self-proclaimed specialized people watcher.
I thought how could I use this character to make my story more interesting, point out some ridiculous things we as people misconstrue, and ultimately hold my audiences attention longer.
During the pre-production phase of this sketch, my partner in crime Joaquin Cavazos was using reddit to gauge opinions and get feedback on our first two videos. We received an overwhelming amount of good feedback on the way we were stylizing our videos, with a request for us to spend more time on that aspect. Collectively we decided to take this video to another level and make it look like it was shot on an old VHS camera.
A Note from Me:
I have to say it's been an incredible experience to write things and see them come to life so quickly. I sincerely believe the more you create the better you get, and I'm ready to keep creating.
PS. Having a camera person you can connect with creatively changes the game. Props: Joaquin Cavazos.
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