Jordan Owen and Davis Aurini claim to be making a full length feature film, a documentary about the wickedness of Anita Sarkeesian called The Sarkeesian Effect. Dave Futrelle asks whether this isn’t all just an elaborate practical joke, because the two are hilariously incompetent at making simple videos. Their latest is a poorly lit, static video of the two of them justifying donations to their Patreon account, in which they used a directional microphone that only picked up Owen’s voice, so every time Aurini speaks, there is no sound, just his face flapping.
I suppose one could argue that it was an artistic decision to improve the quality of the content by erasing the pompous racist and leaving only the slow-witted dullard.
But just to make it even funnier, after that example of technical incompetence, I tripped across another video of Owen, furiously cussing out Sarkeesian for — can you guess? — technical incompetence. Or maybe an excess of competence. She released an outtake of her kickstarter video that shows her playing video games, and Owen rants about continuity errors — she was wearing different fingernail polish in one scene — and tries to discern whether she was being recorded with her game controller off. It’s raving about the most trivial possible subtleties, and it’s clear that he has practically been watching the clip frame by frame, taking notes.
And irony of ironies, he rages that it’s too good, that it’s got transitions and text annotations, and was clearly professionally edited, so it’s not really an outtake. Errm, guy, I’m not a video person, but even I know that an “outtake” is simply a part of a movie that doesn’t make it into the final cut. It can be nicely edited as part of an earlier draft that was removed before final release.
But I just had to laugh at the goon who doesn’t know how to light a video and screws up the audio royally trying to find something technical to complain about in Sarkeesian’s work. Unfortunately, I can’t answer Futrelle’s question — if this isn’t a colossal Poe set up with years of elaborate posing by Owen/Aurini before they started this project, then they have to be two of the worst stumblebums to be playing with a webcam on YouTube.