See what happens when a jerk plays Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots too seriously.
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I mean seriously is there a cooler game out there (other than Twister or Candyland) than Rock 'Em Sock 'Em? My friends have been wanting me to do a video with this game for sometime. It sits in the middle of the table in my studio, and it is the first thing people notice and touch. They bypass all my equipment, my plush Garfield, my Darth Tater (Mr. Potatohead special edition), my guitars, etc. and head straight for the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em. It's a classic! And NOTHING beats a good robot! In fact it's so popular with the acquaintances that I actually had TWO separate video ideas for it. The other one is pretty much all After Effects and will take forever so, I'm not sure if I'll ever do it... but we'll see.
So, lemme answer all your technical queries. I filmed the slow motion in 720 60p, slowed it down to 24p using Cinema Tools in the FCP Studio package, and scaled up to 1080 in the sequence. You'd be surprised at how well scaling up 720p actually holds up, if you treat it with care and loving mouse clicks.
The barn was an actual barn, courtesy of the Legg family.
I did NOT actually sever Ben's head and install a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em metal neck piece thingy. Instead, I took the long approach and created that scene in After Effects CS5. I wish I had done a few more various shots that would've made me spend less time in post, but I was a dumb dumb. Along those lines, I committed the cardinal sin of special effects... I forgot to get a blank background plate!!! SO, what I had to do to create a background behind Ben's punch-lifted neck was create one in Photoshop from a couple of frames where Ben had moved out of the way enough to have something to work with. So, yes, the space behind Ben's neck is ALL Photoshop baby! The Rock 'Em Sock 'Em arm attached to me was simply an overlay of macro shots going from the locked arm position to the extended (punching) arm position, and I animated and color matched all that junk.
The plank a swung at the barn was found on location.
Written and Directed by Page Lynch
Page Lynch (loses the game, wins the war)
Benjamin King (wins the game, loses the war)
Sigma 30mm f1.4
Dear reader: You couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
Thanks for watching Rock 'em Sock 'em Jerk, jerk!