In this installment I sit down with Larry Longstreth. He did the short The Greatest Fan Film of All Time
Before we get started tell us a bit about yourself and your production company.
Larry Longstreth started making movies right out of high school and has been doing so ever since. He started with a crappy home video camera, no experience, and no crew. He begged everybody he knew to help him. Now, after having worked with big names and small names alike, from WWE wrestlers to Hollywood FX men, and after having pleased millions of nerdy fanboys worldwide with titles like “The Greatest Fan Film of All Time”, “Batman’s Gonna Get Shot in the Face”, “The Wimp Whose Woman Was a Werewolf”, and “Nintendo: Oldschool Revolution”, Larry and his crew don’t have to beg anybody anymore. At this point, a feature film is only a matter of time.
1) What’s with the eclectic cast of heroes and villains?
The whole point was giving the comic nerds something they’d never be able to see in a way that made it clear that we, the creators, knew our stuff and cared just as much as they do. All of us nerds argue for hours about who would win in a big fight from all these different companies but it was just never going to happen. It’s like having a commercial for both Coke and Pepsi. Not a chance.
2) It’s clear that you’re a fan of comics. How did you pick who goes into the short?
I made a list. I googled every superhero list I could find and I went onto these nerdy message boards and would ask people to list third rate superheroes that we could use. There were some characters who originally had cameos that were cut, like a few Watchmen, Optimus Prime, and Minute Man from “The Specials”.
3) What female character would you give a penis to and why?
I can honestly say that I have never thought of this and I have no idea. I suspect that Power Girl may already have one. (It’s the shoulders.)
4) What program did you use to make the movie?
Jacob Drake (Jacobdrake.com) animated it in Flash and I edited it with Premiere.
5) How long did it take to make something like this?
About a year and a half, with over 1,300 hours of animation. Crazy.
6) I’m a fanboy myself and feel that some of the battles should have ended very differently. What do you tell people like myself who say things like that to you?
Every fanboy has a million reasons why their favorites should win. I was more interested in paying tribute to the lore in general. I don’t care what anybody says. In comic book land, Superman is king. The others can be debated, but if you ask any person on the planet without a whiny nerd bias, they know who started it All. The film started with Superman’s origin because that is literally the origin of comic book superheroes as we know them. As for who beat who in the fights, I knew damn well a lot of nerds would complain, and that’s why a certain character shows up exactly when he does in the film. He represents the never-happy masses. I just tell people to relax and enjoy.
7) Did you pick the Toxie based on the comics, the cartoon from the 90′s or the Troma films?
I picked him based on the fact that he’s probably the biggest loser/outsider superhero there is. The one that makes people roll their eyes. Also, we know Lloyd, his creator, so it was sort of a nod to him.
Slightly off topic, Lloyd told me I could have the rights to do anything with Toxie if I wanted to. At the moment, I don’t… but it’s still flattering.
8) What was the most daunting task of this project?
Keeping Jacob Drake motivated. He goes from being a ball of fire to being burnt out, which, at times, is exactly what happens to fire.
9) Do you do work that you get paid for as far as movie making goes?
I have done a few things that paid, but starting with our newest cartoon, I plan on being paid for everything from here on out.
10) What plans do you have for upcoming shorts?
Dolly Oxem’s Traveling Video Circus is a live-action TV pilot we created to pitch in LA and Cleveland. It’s about a talentless comedian who leads a group of directionless hacks in what’s supposed to be this great comedy show. They don’t realize how bad they suck. Here’s the trailer:
On the animation front, I have a meeting this weekend in regards to the business side of things for a new cartoon we’re doing with Jacob Drake at the helm. It’s called “Four Tanks and a Healer” and it’s about a group of people inside an online roleplaying game. You never see the actual people. You just come to figure out who they are as people by who they attempt to be while playing their characters. It’s a brutally funny concept.
3 Random Questions
1) Can vampires have babies?
Yes. Michael Eisner had a few.
2) What sounds more weird? Eat my p*ssy. Eat my tw*t. Eat my c*nt.
To be honest, I just did an interview about a superhero cartoon. This whole question sounds weird.
3) What do you think of the following? *”*I would f*ck her so cruelly and with such unparalleled savagery she would no longer be a bitch. She would just be a quivering form of flesh and gratitude.”
I think shock value has run it’s course, my friend.