“Miss Pacman” Custom Video
UPDATE: Now available! It’s pretty rare nowadays to see something totally different in the “superheroine” genre, but I’d have to say this certainly qualifies. decendingskulls has kindly offered the following write-up for his new custom video, which evolved into a group project with Alex David and bpd.
Guest Post by decendingskulls
“And now for something completely different…”
Thanks for the opportunity to do this write up HM. I had been thinking of treating myself to another custom video when just then I saw Alex David’s new custom video page on SHG. I’ve been a huge fan of her as a producer and actor for a long time so I wrote to her right away.
I wanted to do something different this time and stray from the super heroine theme just a bit. I was thinking of parodying a video game character for a change of pace. One night when I was writing an e-mail to Alex, I had enjoyed a few too many drinks and I surprised myself and actually proposed to her the whole premise for a Miss Pacman custom.
There is a precedent for this, at least in my world. Ever since I was a kid I was strangely intrigued by the game’s concept – the way the arcade art over-sexualized her and then placed her in a maze full of hungry ghosts. One of my favorite elements has always been the power exchange as the hunter becomes the hunted.
So my concept was that Alex would be playing the arcade and get magically transported into the game world. As Miss Pacman her costume would be a yellow swimsuit, heels, gloves, and a bow. Once inside the game she would take on the persona of Miss Pacman, playing along with the game’s rules, delighting in her victories and even teasing the ghosts who were too inept to catch her.
Just like in the game she’d have multiple lives to spare, and it’s a good thing too, because being caught by a ghost is always a death sentence. Their touch can drain her of her life, and they also employ a variety of life-draining attacks like bear-hugs, dog-piles, low-blows, groping, and more. If she dies, she will rematerialize at the beginning of the maze and get to try again. However if she loses all her lives, it’s game over…
Alex proposed the idea to bpd and to my surprise they were both on board within like 48 hours. This is like a dream come true for me because I’m such a huge fan of bpd as well. Alex and I started working on the script together and started shopping the costumes. We agreed to do it as a collaboration, meaning Alex could add some things of her own that weren’t in my original concept. For instance there’s a beatdown scene that was all her idea. I didn’t really see the ghosts as brawlers (my concept was to de-humanize them so they’re more like monsters, which is why they don’t speak by the way) but I went along with her ideas happily. She really helped draw out all the different possible scenarios that would keep the movie interesting and helped it get from concept to full script in very short order, collaborating on various perils and dialogue lines.
Alex even agreed to let me make the music for the movie. I used garageband loops because that’s all I have but I’m pretty good with it. Making a score was a fun challenge for me because it’s the first time I’ve ever done it. I wrote the score based on scenes we laid out in the script and then later reverse engineered the timing once I got an early copy of the movie. This script was a unique challenge for music because of how much the mood can change. One minute she’s triumphantly kicking ass and sending ghosts fearfully running for their lives, the next minute she’s surrounded by menacing ghosts and kissing her ass goodbye. I wanted the music to reflect the mood as best as possible, in my own way. Since it’s a movie about a game, we decided the musical genre would be a combination of cinematic and electronic. I used a slightly fast 130 bpm to convey frantic energy, so it’s very different from the usual slow plodding scores.
The thing that blows me away is not only did Alex go for the idea, she went full-throttle with it. She put this awesome maze set together, put together these amazing ghost costumes, and created an amazingly sexy miss pacman costume. Then she put in a very long day of shooting and acted her heart out. Meanwhile I still could not get over that I even managed to get someone on board with the idea in the first place. She listened to and indulged every minute detail that I suggested. There were certain poses I’m partial to that I requested. You’ll probably know them when you see them. It’s not finished being edited yet but what I’ve seen of it so far is just above and beyond amazing to me. bpd did his thing as he always does and just killed it. I asked for some POV shots? I got gorgeous POV shots. It’s a beautiful thing man. And the special effects he’s putting on the video look amazing. The whole look of it with the silver maze walls and the colorful costumes is so vibrant and such a refreshingly different look and vibe. To top it all off, it was incredibly affordable.
What a fun experience. I just wanna do it all over again. Thank you so much Alex and bpd.