THE SPACE SHOW (WITH PHIL)
Director's Statement and Reflection - November 17th, 2018
It’s been well over 3 years since I released “The Space Show (With Phil)”. It’s kind of funny, really, to see how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. It’s also really funny to think about what came out of making this short film. From an outsider’s perspective, you’d see this film as a pretty terrible parody of 1980s sitcoms. From my perspective, it was the beginning of a treasure trove of ideas.
I created “Space Show” at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota as an incoming Junior in High School. Macalester College is host to a special tech camp known as ID Tech, known for its classes and programs based around technology and the arts. The creation of “Space Show” came out of my final time with the program, in the summer of 2015. I had been a regular attendee of ID Tech Macalester for over 3 years, and it wasn’t until August of 2015 when I had to say goodbye to the programs offered. The final week-long class I took was “Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro”, in which your group would get together to create a short video project and edit it. In years past, I had taken a similar class using editing with another program, Final Cut Pro, but this time around I was ready to take on the challenge of using a higher-level software.
Originally, the idea of doing a space-related sitcom was completely out of the question for me. Instead, I had planned on making a sitcom based around the ever-popular “30 Rock”. I pitched the idea to my group, all of which a little less than impressed with the idea. It wasn’t until a fellow member of the group, a kid named Cole Schmidt, suggested we make a video about space.
In the end, we decided to take two central ideas (Space and Sitcoms) to develop what was originally called “80s Space Show”, a 1980s inspired sci-fi sitcom revolving around a less than stellar crew. On our first day of the program, we decided to choose roles for ourselves, which lead to everyone in the group nominating me to be the captain. The name of that particular captain? Captain Stirk.
“80s Space Show” soon became a plethora of titles, as each member in the group created their own versions and stories once filming was complete. With our instructor teaching us the fundamentals of Premiere Pro, I decided to spend as much time as I could creating the aesthetic of the 80s for the piece. I worked hard to make the final product have a 4:3 aspect ratio, old scan lines, and some mild color correcting. I also added an amazing title sequence with freeze frames and everything. By the end of the week, “The Space Show (With Phil)” was complete, and I couldn’t have been happier.
"The Space Show (With Phil)" Creators:
Top Row (From Left to Right): Michael Kasprick, Kyle Odefey, Ray Ritcher,
Bottom Row (From Left to Right): Minnie Czech, Sief Hikal, Leaf (our instructor), Cole Schmidt, Haley Hein
I’ll be honest with you: “Space Show” hasn’t aged very well. If anything, it’s nothing in comparison to some of the newer projects I’ve done. But I will say this about the project as a whole: It paved the way for future stories and ideas that would last well beyond its lifespan. The titular character of Captain Stirk would soon become the basis for a multitude of stories and scripts, spawning a second film devoted to the character and scripts that never saw the light of day. It opened the door for new opportunities and new adventures in a universe that could be expanded upon. Plus, it’s silliness would add to it's charm. It was a piece that was made to be laughed at.
I’m so glad we decided to make “Space Show” over my 30 Rock idea. While the film isn’t anywhere near the work I’ve made today, I still hold it in high regards and appreciate what it represents. It was the beginning of a brand-new era of storytelling, and it’s something I can always laugh about when reminiscing. It’s a story that, quite frankly, *pews* it’s way into my heart.
- Kyle Odefey
"The Space Show (With Phil)" Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline