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KatG
January 22nd, 2011, 07:46 PM
For the stated budget of just $300, special effects artist Michael Ashton wrote with Adam Royster and directed the live action digital short Lazy Teenage Superheroes. The story is about three young former superheroes who now chill with slacking and drinking and have moved into a warehouse space with their non-powered but brave mascot buddy, Ty, dealing with the occasional annoying revenge visit from supervillains. The visual effects are great. The cast, who obviously worked for free beer, is a group of new guys who are already better than half the young actors visited upon us in t.v. and film, and oddly enough the daughter of Kevin Costner, Annie Costner. Here’s hoping her dad or J.J. Abrams, or Seth Green or somebody in Hollywood starts hiring these actors or gets Michael Ashton to work on one of the many up-coming superhero movies. Or better yet, turn Lazy Teenage Superheroes into a movie, t.v. series or Web series:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN4JIz7uq40

Delmak-O
January 22nd, 2011, 09:24 PM
They sort of followed this theme in the UK tv series Misfits. 5 kids on community payback schemes are hit by a storm and get various powers. But being inept wasters they really screw up. Very funny and wrong in soooo many ways.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misfits_(TV_series)

Corporal Blues
January 22nd, 2011, 11:09 PM
Thanks for the linkage Kat!

Aside from a few exceptions that's easily as good as anything being made on tv or in Hollywood. Hopefully they'll be inspired to make a few more.

Delmak-O
January 23rd, 2011, 12:04 AM
As noted before this is a gentle rip off of Misfits. You can download the first two seasons from various spots. If they think that looks like Bosnia then wait til you where the misfits live. And it's real.

JimF
January 23rd, 2011, 09:06 AM
That was really well done. Thanks for posting.

KatG
January 23rd, 2011, 11:23 PM
As noted before this is a gentle rip off of Misfits. You can download the first two seasons from various spots. If they think that looks like Bosnia then wait til you where the misfits live. And it's real.

I don't think that you can call it a rip-off of anything as it's an old idea. For about as long as we've had superheroes, we've had spoofs of superheroes being incompetent or uninterested.(See Greatest American Superhero, also great theme song, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.) It's an old joke, even with young superheroes. What's fun about it in this one are the little touches they use, the actors and how quickly they establish the characters in the short, and that the special effects work really well despite this being about as low budget as you can get. It's not a short that contains a lot of surprises, but it's still funny and beautifully done.

I like British T.V. and would probably like The Misfits, but I would like to see this guy put to work in our oft ailing SFF media and I'd love to see these actors get more roles.

For kicks though, here's a trailer ad for The Misfits -- looks fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUMgVUmA0u0

I also like very much a British SF comedy film Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel, which is much in the same vein:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBV340x3GcA

Ramirez
January 24th, 2011, 01:06 AM
... and Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Greatest cartoon ever.

NickeeCoco
January 26th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Greatest cartoon ever.

I agree. I own every season. I love that show.

ebusinesstutor
January 26th, 2011, 10:54 PM
I was surprised at the special effects quality of Lazy Teenage Superheroes. A good first film.

Left me hungry for more. Maybe the success of The Guild will let more of these talented film makers get funding.