There’s a lot of garbage on College Humor (today’s featured content: “Jake & Amir: Tampon”), but there’s also England’s Will Tribble, who’s been churning out some way funny 60-second live-action parodies of famous movies that deserve your love.
Tribble and his merry band of British film students are dedicated to summarizing film in one minute, in one take, with little “South Park” voices on the soundtrack blurting out key lines. The results are pretty impressive, dependent on elaborate shots that either pull backwards really fast or track sideways equally fast, with someone literally running through the plot of the movie, surrounded by impressively choreographed extras and enjoyably shoddy cardboard props.
Their inaugural effort was “Forrest Gump,” which makes sense since, uh, it’s about a guy who runs. Next up was “Kill Bill” (both volumes!), which is timed exactly to a minute, even with inclusion of both fast- and slo-mo.
But their take on “28 Days Later” (which you can watch below) is by far the most impressive, in part because out of the three, it’s the dumbest movie that was inexplicably taken seriously. The gang defangs it with some ridiculously cheery music and fantastic non sequiturs, and the fast-running zombies now seem entirely appropriate.
Tribble notes on his blog that on Saturday he got an e-mail from College Humor saying one of his videos has hit over 75,000 views, the magic number after which the creators start getting paid. The system works! Once in a while! So if you’re one of those people who enjoys obsessively tracking innovative new ways of gaining attention and money as an up-and-coming filmmaker, add that to your list.
[Photo: “28 Days Later,” Tribble style. Hat-tip to Cinematical‘s Jen Yamoto for digging up the back-story and Tribble’s blog.]