VATAS can be segmented into a few separate era groupings, and Episplode 3 marks the end of the first era: The Early episodes. These are shown through a general shakiness as to how to go about the filming/editing.creation of a VATAS episode, and a rather scattershot approach to content. Episplode 3 has these problems (what a sandwich has to do with a dorm tour, who would be interested in a dorm tour, how this has to do with filmmaking, the reason for VATAS [?], are all questions left unanswered), but it makes them its own and really revels in the fact that when filming an episode I had no idea what I was doing. Here it is, the best of the early episodes (and still one of my favorites all together), Episplode 3:
The titles for this installment are less titles, than paragraphs explaining massive leaps in time and logic, and as such they take on a very apologetic feel. In every VATAS episode, The Vvinni who edits the adventure is very different from the Vvinni who films them, and the Vvinni who acts in them, and number 3 really shows how vastly different all of these characters are. Number 3 also takes a big step in the right direction in terms of figuring out the audience for VATAS: This isn’t an audience that is interested in a dorm tour, or a look into the often messy and confusing state of a freshman year room (Chain link and a shovel?). Instead, VATAS prepares to treat these otherwise boring elements with an air of whimsy, going into bizarre time shifts and inter-cutting with live footage of me eating a sandwich (which somehow manages to be the most interesting and fascinating part of the episode. Perhaps aided by the fact that we’re told this is “Absolutely Live”). The Vvinni who filmed Episplode 3 was still stuck in the way of thinking from the previous two episodes (This will be a way for students who are interested in CSF to find out about campus, and to find out about me as a filmmaker, and for me to keep all of my friends and family up to date on my life), but the Vvinni who edited it was the Vvinni from future episodes (People won’t watch these films unless they’re visually distinct and interesting, and having large unedited segments of a film without explanation or a dorm tour just won’t work). The result is something wholly surreal and wonderful. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you breathed a sigh of relief when the Pickles were announced to be okay.