Code Monkey Like You

20 Dec

Wow, we only have two Lollipop Tuesdays left together. 

Are you sad? I’m not sad.   Tell ya what – I won’t miss scrambling around the Sunday and Monday before, trying to consider whether or not I can assemble a tub of Jell-O in time or whether this is the week I take a shifty looking stranger out to dinner  or whether I finally let one of my readers pepper spray me in the face. 

Yes, that’s real.

So, I figure that with only two left (and now, only one), I kind of owe you something epic.  And while skydiving crossed my mind, I can’t imagine that’s affordable, able to be done in the winter, or in the best interest of my well-being. So instead, I directed a movie.

Now, I didn’t direct this in a weekend.  In fact, I’ve been working on this for over a year and finally got it finished.  It started out as a small summer project that my friend asked me direct.  It kind of snowballed into this…thing.  We decided to film it so we could throw it on YouTube, and at some point thought that maybe we could raise some money for a charity while we did it.  

There’s a lot of other fun stuff in there, like 3 different editors, a producer moving halfway through the process, a budget of only $300, so on and so forth – but this isn’t a post about the trials and tribulations of low budget film-making.  It’s post about how I directed my first film project.  In true nerdy nerd fashion, it’s a script based on the music and ideas of Jonathan Coulton, who has a sort of cult following among the geek world.  The script is weaved around concepts from his songs.  The name of the production company is Vs. the Universe.  It’s slogan: Geeks Making Art.  And along with showing our 20-minute venture on YouTube, we’re also running a 30-day campaign for Child’s Play Charity, which works to put video game consoles in the hospital rooms of sick kids so that when they’re hooked up to machines and tubes and contraptions of all kinds, they can get lost in the idea of racing a go-kart instead of focusing on the pain and the confines of their hospital bed.

Oh, and Dave’s in it.

Yeah, that’s right: if you watch this sucker, you get to see Dave.  My Dave.  Dave from the story books of The Jackie Blog.  He plays Mr. Kenesaw.

So thanks for reading all year long.  I can’t believe I’m almost at the end.  One more Lollipop Tuesday to go – and an announcement of the winner of the Best Macaroni and Cheese in the World Contest, who will be the proud owner of a $25 Visa Gift Card.

While I work on that, check out my first attempt at film directing.  And if you feel so inclined this holiday season, consider a donation to Child’s Play Charities. We offer fun incentives like writing a song or a puppet show just for you.

That’s right: just for you.

So here’s my first attempt at directing, my first attempt at a fundraiser, and my first attempt at a musical.  Oh.  Did I mention it’s a musical?  Also, there’s a naked butt in it.

Happy Lollipop Tuesday, ya’ll.  Enjoy. 

Head over to if you’d like to see the incentive levels and make a tax-deductible donation.  We’ve already met 10% of our goal! 

8 Responses to “Code Monkey Like You”

  1. Lori December 20, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I really enjoyed it! Also, Dave really channeled Lumbergh in his character. And there was a red stapler.


    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      we do love our pop culture references. thanks for watching 🙂


  2. mistressofpoetry December 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    That was a really really good film.. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It had me on the edge of my seat there towards the end, screaming at the screen lol….


    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

      hey, thanks! 🙂 I really appreciate you taking the time to watch it.


  3. pegoleg December 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Wow, this is really, really good, Jackie. You should be so proud! It took me all day to get through because work tends to intrude on my blogging life (hate that!), and I have no idea who Jonathan Coulton is, but still – great!
    Dave is a cutie-patootie, by the way.


    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Isn’t he?! 🙂 Thanks for checking it out. I figured I put a few of my readers in a pickle being that most read while they’re at work and can’t really sneak in a 20-minute viewing session on top of that.


  4. Marylou December 21, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    And for those of you who read the comments… that naked butt? Belongs to my husband. *so proud*


    • Jackie December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      I’m so glad you’re taking so kindly to it 😛


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