Every once in awhile, we get to make something here at Outsider that's a bit different from our other work. It's tons of fun because we really get to explore shots and ideas that wouldn't make it into the majority of our other video pieces. Right around autumn last year we got that opportunity to make a crowdfunding video for Icehawk Gaming that fell into this category, and because the campaign hadn't gone public yet we've waited eagerly until now to start going into great detail about it. We had a ton of fun making a bombastic video showing off their product: The Middle Finger Gaming Glove.
You can probably guess the kind of tone we were aiming for with this video!
But let us briefly explain what it's for! The gentleman that designed it, John Henderson, "plays video games...a lot." He noticed that there were a lot of problems with sweaty hands, cramps, or blisters that ruined the experience of playing games. Much like every great entrepreneurial idea he saw a solution to a problem and set to work on designing a high-end glove that was comfortable, sleek, and practical. At risk of us sounding horribly cliche, he wanted to give all those problems the finger.
That's where we came in. Now that he had the product he then needed to explain what it does and why it's awesome. Doing so would help raise money for the production and distribution costs of the gloves. We hired three young actors to show these common gaming problems ruining the experience and crafted some strong motion graphics to highlight every technical aspect of the glove's construction.
The filming process was two packed days, filmed in four different locations. Our actors, Ann Trinh, Mark Hale Jr., and Devon Washington put on some strong performances showing their frustration in the common problems the Middle Finger Gaming Glove tries to solve and then the inevitable reverie the glove provides. There were a lot of gamepads thrown, a lot of screaming, and even a few tears shed throughout their performances and the result looks both hilarious and very genuine! We had such a good time working with them, John Henderson, and the ever talented make-up artist, Ludie Senatus, to really give this video some life and get some amazing footage.
We also want to give a special thanks to Brant Jones who scouted Ann, Mark, and Devon for us. They totally nailed their performances! And also a special thanks to Ohio HD Video for their equipment rental and help on set.
But I think we've talked about it enough now. Check out the video and see how it all came together! We have the original cut of the video followed by a shorter cut.