Here’s another old Henceforth Classic, from my high-school/basement days: Teh Cld Wr. Although, interesting fact, Teh Cld Wr (though shot my senior year of High School in 2007) wasn’t completed until I was in my second semester of College (winter of 2008). Another interesting fact: Teh Cld Wr was the first film that I’m credited as directing on my IMdB Page (the film that got me my IMdB page was Andrew Gingrich’s Wholesale Souls, though). So, Teh Cld Wr occupies an interesting place in the Henceforth mythology and chronology: A bridge between the years I discovered my craft and the years I honed it, and for the longest time throughout college I was known for making Teh Cld Wr. That’s the preamble and history for the video, so now let’s take a look at the film itself:
The early henceforth films were plagued by a number of problems, many of which are found in every film people have made with their friends in basements: Sound quality, a lack of expertise in editing, general low-quality. So these are given problems, and even among those the only glaring issue is the sound (I was rather ambitious with editing, and I do think it’s a notch above most of the other films that my fellow high-schoolers were making). The early henceforth films can also be marked as having a bizarre grasp on color correction. Part of this was intentional, as was the choppy nature of the film, but even so… it gets a bit tiresome. Also, because of the choppy nature of the project, many of the best gags are cut out (and because of general disorganization, an entire segment on the Vietnam War was cut out. Oddly enough, the Vietnam War segment was the reason I decided to make this project).
But there are also some good nuggets in here, and I don’t think it’s completely a waste like some of the other early films are. The part about the arms race (1 apple, 2 apples, don’t use the apples) is still one of my favorite scenes ever, as is the part regarding the Berlin Wall (“I can’t until the late 80’s” is a gem). I also think the acting is remarkably decent, given how old we were and how little experience I had with directing. So, although this isn’t my best work, and I’ve grown by leaps and bounds since the creation of this (or at least I’ve gotten better at hiding my mistakes) this will forever be attached to me and for a good amount of people it will be the earliest film of mine they can see. And I think it’s a fantastic film for that purpose.