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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Being Bobo Puddlegum
"The reason I will not exhibit this picture is
that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
For at least a year Bobo Puddlegum and I have been kicking around ideas for a machinima loosely based on the 1999 black comedy-fantasy ‘Being John Malkovich’ – a film which, seriously, if you haven’t already seen you really should make the effort to track down and watch.
It is brilliantly original, funny and, in parts, really quite bizarre.
Just like Bobo himself in fact!
However due to schedule conflicts, other project commitments and RL generally, none of these ideas have managed to come to fruition.
Three nights ago though, I had a dream!
Usually my dreams involve giving finite but infinitely-expanding blowjobs to respected UK physicist Brian Cox – a name which has more Freudian connotations and psychoanalytic comedy-value than anyone truly deserves, no matter how bad their karma. Whenever I dream of Cox, I always wake suddenly when, just as I approach the event horizon, Brian prematurely ejaculates down my throat at the speed of light.
I dream some weird shit sometimes.
But this particular dream, which dear reader I assure you I have no intention of boring you with, managed to combine elements from Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’* with ‘Being John Malkovich’, Bobo Puddlegum and, significantly, the forthcoming 2012 MachinimaUWA V machinima contest.
Like I said, I dream weird shit sometimes.
Because of encouragement from Iono Allen, Glasz Decuir and Tutsy Navarathna, last month I finally committed to entering a machinima into the UWA 5 contest.
The dream of three nights ago provided the broad conceptual subject matter for my MachinimaUWA V entry. No! It doesn’t star Brian Cox (although I am sure I could find an opening or two for him!) but rather a film which is to be entitled “Being Bobo Puddlegum”.
Bobo & I will need to work out the details and finalise a script. We’ll also need to know what the MachinimaUWA V theme will be. However, there are some things which are already clear:
1) It will not be disrespectful to other peoples’ art work. Although, most likely it *will* be irreverent this will be done in a respectful and humorous way.
One day I intend writing about the work of SaveMe Oh who frequently walks the precarious tightrope between irreverence and disrespect. The debate rages which side of this equation she most often falls!
2) It will not be a porn movie. I cannot rule out nakedness – Bobo’s natural state – but it most certainly will not be pornographic and very unlikely to have any sex scenes.
I understand and accept the fact that this almost certainly means that this particular film will be of no interest in certain circles. This is fine.
3) It will essentially be a comedy. We hope. Or light-hearted, at least.
With all that settled, Bobo & I thought it only right to give Jayjay Zifanwe fair notice to organise a Plague Doctor, because that pandemic pestilence that is the Puddlegum’s are about to befall the previous piety and purity that is MachinimaUWA.
Bobo & Pixie Puddlegum xx
* 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is subtitled 'A Trivial Comedy for Serious People'
The 'Being Bobo Puddlegum' poster created by Bobo Puddlegum.
All other images by Pixie Puddlegum.
The 'Plague Doctor' performed by Tutsy Navarathna at Innsmouth region