This is a project that comedian Neil Ross and I collaborated on a few years back. Before comedy was being used much as a tool to deliver serious messages about the environment I, like so many other people, was becoming fatigued by the never-ending bad news on one-hand, and on the other, a sense that the world still was asleep about the big issues that the planet now faces. I had the idea that it would be fun to try to create a new genre.
Working with an SD palm-corder and cutting in iMovie 6 (!), this was my initial foray into video producing, directing, shooting, and editing. Other than normalizing sound and consolidating the mini-episodes into a single timeline, I've left them intact—warts and all—to stand as a snap-shot of my earliest experiments in the medium. I hope they retain a certain naive charm notwithstanding.
Although we abandonned the project soon after, there remains a little web site in its honour at emtv.ca. Mixing comedy and environment proved to be a good idea, probably an eventuality. For now, everyone is doing it: funnyordie.com/videos/170f627ee7/stop-the-environment
The great lesson for me however was the respect I learned for those who do this type of work professionally.
Many thanks to Neil Ross, Cara Reeves and young John Sibbald and his friends.