Number 5 isn’t quite the chaotic scatter that 4 or many future episodes are, but it’s still not quite as slogging as, say, Number 2 was. We skipped over a lot of the summer where I shot Tracy McKnightly (which essentially made The Tracy McKnightly hour pointless), but I figured I should include one other summer video before heading into the next semester. Essisode 5 also became one of the last VATAS for a few months back in 2008 as I dealt with website transfers and my Sophomore semester at CSF, and… and some other things. So, let’s look at this strange middle entry:
Essisode 5 was made out of a combination of boredom and necessity, and that combines to create an episode that is essentially about nothing. We don’t get any new information on Tracy McKnightly, we don’t find out anything about the upcoming school semester, and a sizable chunk is made up of a discussion on Angel Meat. But it’s much more tolerable than some of the earlier entries, and I think that there are some fantastic little nuggets throughout the piece: The Angel Meat monologue is nice, the Lobster dance, even “The Tie is FAKE!” is a nice part (although “The Pickles are Okay” had a greater impact). I also think that this episode is an interesting window into the pre-school doldrums and where I was creatively at that point: 5 is exactly as a VATAS episode should have been, but there was no meat to it. It’s essentially following a formula, but it doesn’t really understand WHY it is. It’s a bored piece that was made because something had to be made. It’s what’s done after a year of film school, and it’s mostly pointless.
Stay tuned for Number Six, which comes some four months later. Or, you can just watch it on the VATAS VIMEO. It’s up to you. Also: I’m aware that the drawing looks nothing like the actual Kurt Vonnegut.