Here's where I answer your mail! What would you like to know?
What is the Walt-O-Matic?
Are you still making videos?
Yes! Do not let the dates on the videos fool you;
they are near meaningless. We have a lot of footage that we simply
haven't been able to make available before. There are at least two
new filming projects actively in the works as of April 2006.
Why are some episodes labeled explicit?
Who is Uncle Danny, and why is he addressing Alex?
That is Danny Adams
. He moved
to Northern Virginia for a short time, and while up here wanted videos to send back
to his neice, Alex, so she'd remember his face and voice. I used to film his video
letters, but once he started letting me direct, things got out of control.
Did Uncle Danny Really Mix Those Chemicals?
Uncle Danny is alive and quite well, which would mean no,
he did not. While those were the real containers, filled with the real substances,
they never, ever came in contact with one another nor were opened at the
- Episode 1: Self
Defense actually won a sizeable award, taking first place in a video competition,
allow us to buy a better camera for future shows.
- The dates on the videos are rough approximations of when they were
shot. The times are inside jokes, for instance, while I was
writing the XML for Episode 9, a friend showed up and I encoded
his birthday in the time stamp.
- The fastest I've ever produced a video, from concept to rolling
out the final footage was just a smidge under an hour for
Episode 6: I Told You So.
- The fire in Episode 8:
Optics and Magnification is not a digital effect. Just off camera are a
number of people with fire extinguishers at the ready.
- The reason we never see Uncle Danny cut the egg in
Episode 2: Green Egg
is because the knife really did slip and cut his finger. Several times.
He refused to attempt it any more and we had to stop production while I sawed it in half.
- At the end of Episode 10: Lemon
Perfume, the last puff of smoke from the bowl was totally unexpected; watch for it
as the credits finish rolling.
- While getting ready to film the opening sequence for
episode that never aired, the stereo was turned up too high by accident and really
did startle the child. As such, we cut to the interview, which was a mess in its
own right. The skit was canceled due to lack of cooperation due to distractions.
- In the outtakes from Episode 11:
Baby Sitting Frog, a cat accidently enters the scene on the viewer's left; all you
see is the tail. The camera crew noticed it before the puppeteer, and the attack was
improv'd before cut was called.
- In Episode 1:
Self Defense Gone Wrong, one of the off camera crew can be seen in the
mirror as Uncle Danny comes back from his break.
- The spelling of Merf, in Episode 3:
The Etymology of Merf, was suppose to be Mrrf, named after the database
file extension it really came from.
- In Episode 9: Salt and Pepper
the spoon is really blown out of Uncle Danny's hand, furthermore the explosion was
so loud it startled an off-camera crew member, who said something so profane the
scene had to be cut shorter than desired during editing.
- In Episode 11:
Baby Sitting Frog, just before the frog offers a beer, you can see three
cans of compressed air on the table in the background; these were used to
make the visible frog burp moments before.