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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Filmmaking | 35 comments

Awkward State Greetings–The Making Of

Awkward State Greetings–The Making Of

Several weeks ago, I heard that some politicians with nothing better to do were working on a bill that would make the high-five the official state greeting of Missouri.

It would be the first official state greeting of any state, actually.

I found that pretty amusing, and after some brainstorming with my family and a couple of friends, I wrote the script for this video rightchere:



Hopefully I didn’t offend any Missourians or anybody who just really loves high-fives.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you guys a small look at the making of this video…



It’s nice to have an enthusiastic cast.

My brother and I arrived in the little town of Guthrie, Oklahoma somewhere around 9:30 AM, met the friends we had roped into acting in our little blockbuster, and stuffed our gear and my costumes into their Buick. We drove to our location, unloaded, and had a stimulating conversation about native colloquialism. (If “y’all” means “you all”, why can’t we say “wall” for “we all”, anyway?)



First shot!

First shot!

At some point we became productive and started setting up the first shot. I began to realize why wearing a trenchcoat in the late spring humidity of Oklahoma is not done by the general sane public.




Our happy camera guy.

Our happy camera guy.

Some people have asked questions about the gear we shoot with. Currently we’re using a Canon 60D with a Canon 50mm prime lens. That fluffy thing on top of the camera is an extraterrestrial parasitic caterpillar who feeds on Canon cameras. Any suggestions on how to make it go away would be appreciated.

Actually, it’s a Rhode Videomic Pro shotgun mic, with a fluffy windsock. Unfortunately the windsock doesn’t work as well as we’d like it to, which is why our videos occasionally sound like we’re shooting in a tornado. Which in Oklahoma wouldn’t really be that unusual.

Audio is a super important part of filmmaking, and we unfortunately don’t have the means to make stellar audio right now. We’re hoping to upgrade some gear here pretty soon.


Also, we have a Sony ND filter for our camera lens–it’s like sunglasses for your camera. We were having issues with it when we shot this video, and weren’t able to use it–because of that we had some pretty serious issues with overexposure.

For our outdoor lighting, we have a 5-in-1 reflector we bought from Amazon several years ago.




We shot the Eskimo Nose Rub scene as a thunderstorm was blowing in, so fortunately our actors nailed it in just a few takes.

We had lunch at a local diner while it rained. Then Jonathan and I went driving around Guthrie looking for a place where we could change into our suits for the final scene.

Needless to say, we were the best-dressed guys in the Homeland bathroom men’s restroom.

Guerrilla filmmaking at its barest.

Guerrilla filmmaking at its barest.

We shot the last scene outside what used to be the capitol building of Oklahoma. We got some odd looks from a hippie-ish passerby, but no one asked why two guys in suits were repeatedly high-fiving on the steps of a Masonic temple. The end result was really cinematic looking–we were very happy with these shots.



This was a really fun shoot. Again I’m reminded of the importance of just getting out there and doing. You will learn so much more by getting your hands on a camera and making videos than from any book you could read or online course you could take. Life really is the best professor.


  1. That’s fantastic, mister. Glad to see you didn’t stop making videos.

    • Never! 😉

  2. *claps* That was hilarious. I loved it and I /love/ hearing about what went on behind the scenes.
    Thanks for sharing!


    • Oh good! I always like behind the scenes stuff, so I thought it’d be fun to start doing some of that myself.

  3. I’m offended. I like Eskimo nose rubs.

    • I’ll remember that. :p

  4. That was amazing, Braden! Absolutely awesome and hilarious! I love seeing how creative you get with your videos. And, honestly, do they really have nothing better to do in Missouri? *shakes head* Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes, as well. That was fun to read! And you’re right: why can’t we say “wall” for “we all”? 😀

    • Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. And I’m glad that you agree with me. Wall should start a club or something.

      • Iffin y’all are starting a club, I’m coming! That is, if all y’all will let a Yankee in your midst. However, I do think it should be called “W’all” rather than just “wall”, since the first brings curiosity to a person’s mind, while the second more effectively conjures up images of bricks and plaster.

        Just sayin’.

        • … aaand if w’all say use that helpful little apostrophe, I guarantee TH’ALL will come flocking to join us!

  5. Too funny. I’ve always wanted to do this. Just need my author sisters to write me a script!!!!

    • It’s a blast! Throw chocolate at them. Occasionally that works.

        • Two things you ought to consider before you embark upon said chocolate shopping spree:

          1. Confirm the type of chocolate (solid, dark, filled or otherwise) which will likely produce the greatest sense of amiability in your chosen victim, uh, I mean accomplice

          2. Proceed with great care, enlisting the help of professionals if possible. The art of bribery is a delicate one, especially if the particular case involves reluctant females and chocolate. For examples of incorrect methods and disastrous outcomes, refer to a most insightful documentary on this website, know as “Guy vs. World”

  6. Haha! That was great! I’ve watched your videos for a long time, and they’re some of my favorites on youtube. 😀

    Have you ever considered making a full-length movie? If you did, I would totally watch it.

    • Heh, well… we need to get a little more practice before we attempt that. 😉 But I hope to someday.

  7. The more important question is that if “y’all” means “you all” WHY THE BLAZES IS “ALL Y’ALL” A THING.


    I liked this video! Cool to see some behind the scenes stuff.

    • I was born in this state and I still have no earthly idea. I weep for my countrymen.

      • Thankfully I was born in a saner state.

        and now I live in the south.

        darn it.

        (at least it’s not Louisiana)

        Speaking of accents (sort of), I realized after a second viewing that you emphasize “high-five” differently. O.o My house puts the emphasis on “five.”

        It’s like the two ways of saying Taco Bell. It took me several times to realize why it sounded funny. :p

        • Haha, really? High-FIVE. Huh. :p
          Are there really two ways of saying Taco Bell?

          • Some people put the emphasis on taco, some on bell. My family does bell. The Lucchis emphasize taco. Not a huge emphasis (similar to high-five), but a different one.

  8. That was a really good movie!! Much better then some I have seen. I also watched the bloopers. Very funny!
    I really liked ‘The Dangers of Homeschooling’ one you did too! I about died laughing.

      • Heheh, thanks, guys! Honestly, I don’t like that particular video a whole lot anymore… but we’re planning on rebooting it soon with Dangers of Homeschooling II. 😉

        • Well, we’ll look forward to that one. 😀

          Out of curiosity, what is it you don’t like about the first one?

          • Meh, I just feel like it wasn’t done that well. Lighting and color correction is horrendous. And I feel like I kind of come across a little snobby.

  9. That video was hilarious! And the insight into production was interesting.
    Hmm… I wonder what my dear little state of Indiana would do with a state greeting?

    • Heh, thanks!
      You ought to take a poll. And let us know. :p

  10. That was brilliant. I loved getting to see behind the scenes, it’s always fun to see that. 🙂 Dangers of Homeschooling II? That would be awesome.

    • Thanks!
      We hope so. 😉

  11. At least Missouri did not decide in favor of a hug variation as a state greeting – particularly “The Glomp”… Hugs are awkward.

    I also seem to recall a most enlightening video that confirmed this unsettling opinion of mine.

    • Hugs are most definitely awkward! 😉

  12. The best way to get rid of extraterrestrial caterpillars is to spray them with anti-extraterrestrial caterpillar spray. The best place to that is on Mars but Earth has some nice locations though it’ll cost you an arm and a leg (they’re delicacies). And my last name is Guthrie! (I suppose I’m not Anne Non a miss anymore). W’all like your videos they crack us up! XD

    • Wull thank ya! And if I was a caterpillar, I might have an arm and a leg to spare, but as it is… I guess I’ll have to go without.

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