Dan Harmon Poops

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Channel 101's latest batch for this month is here and shows Car Jumper and NY Stories are still deservedly top finishers. 

As always, if you’re not familiar with Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab's independent monthly short form series that's been running for more than a few years, then please do acquaint yourself with hours of hilarious awesomeness.

My characters aren’t losers. They’re rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else’s rules.

Harold Ramis

Today, we mourn of the loss of Harold Ramis, one of the most influential comedy directors of all time

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“True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure - the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. But this? Using scissors to cut off the tip of a slice of pizza? I don’t know what this is. ”
― Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

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“True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure - the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. But this? Using scissors to cut off the tip of a slice of pizza? I don’t know what this is. ”


― Robert McKeeStory: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

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Community Intro with JUST the Greendale 7

(I’ve been thinking about possibly doing a “current cast” version and a “full cast” version as well, but baby steps ya know?)

Inspired by this scene in Easy A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFXz9BQJ3c0

YOU GUYS! I’M STILL ALIVE AND STILL A FAN! I SWEARSIES! 

Seriously though, the new season has been epic so far!!

So, due to some personal life stuff I haven’t sat down to make a video in… well a long time. So sorry this is small, the idea came to me and I needed to get back into the groove of things.

I absolutely adore the cootie catcher intro, but I also kinda wondered what it could potentially look like if actual scenes from the show were used. I looked around on youtube for a while and didn’t happen to see one. I saw lots of mash-ups though.

(these are my personal faves)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD8WOzRG8ik

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tAb1tFm_v8

and now I’m even thinking of making one in the style of the walking dead, just for giggles. We’ll see.

awwwwwwesome sauce as the kids used to say. Community attracts the best editors on all the Internets.

I've recently studied your story circle and by extension Joseph Campbell's Monomyth. I found it interesting that your story circle seems to incorporate Campbell's steps perfectly until you hit steps 6 (Take) and 7 (Return). Based on your Channel 101 tutorials, you state that step 7 includes both Campbell's "Rescue from Without" and "the Magic Flight" and occur after the return threshold. This seems out of sync with Campbell's stages, which occur before the return threshold. Thoughts?

By my interpretation, which could be flawed, I didn’t think Campbell was implying that every story includes a “magic flight” and a “rescue from without” followed by a crossing of the return threshold. I think he was suggesting that stories, in general, follow a path of descent and return, and that along that circular path, which [when complete] includes a return, the phenomena we see recurring from culture to culture include heroes being chased, being whisked away, etc. I assume he described those phenomena before describing the return threshold in depth because the return threshold is the more fundamental concept. As if to say, “be it by magic flight, which we see in these examples, or rescue from without, which we see in these examples, one way or another, the hero tends to return, so let’s discuss the examples and significance of returning.” I’m sure I was only trying to make the same point in my tutorials and if I confused you at all I’m sorry.

Campbell talked often about the futility of what he characterized as opacity in mythology. To brutally paraphrase him, a functioning religion (or story) is a window to something invisible, something all around us that we fail to “see” before a crafted frame says “look here.” It’s one thing to stain a window’s glass, to help us experience light, but when we paint the glass solid, by standing too much on ceremony, or by interpreting myth too literally, our story or religion will separate us from the unknown and each other rather than connecting us.

The ironic thing, or I guess the least ironic thing ever, is that Campbell’s wisdom makes a pretty great window, and his step-by-step analysis of mythology has come to be used as a “how to write” handbook or a “what all stories have to be” doctrine. But he never intended that, and he certainly wouldn’t have wanted some fat drunk college dropout boiling his monomyth down to a paint by numbers kit on the internet. The people that created and passed down our timeless stories didn’t do that. They followed their instincts, their fears and desires. They opened their flawed souls and let their gods shine through them. In the modern world, where writing is a recourse to revenue, we are pressured to short-cut the shamanism, like an aspirin company synthesizing tree bark. We attempt to bottle and sell simulated stories and religions, myths that may or may not be connections to the unknown but first and foremost make their deadlines and get our readers or viewers through the day. This is not a bad thing, I’d rather live in a world where a story can make me a provider for my family than a world where I’m just the slowest dishwasher.

But in these moments when we’re blocked, or in the moments we are staring at a board full of diagrams, moving characters and motivations around like chess pieces, trying to “solve” a story as if it were math homework, paralyzed by the academia, it helps to remember that any act of creation, whether folding a paper airplane, baking a cake or writing an episode of SVU, is, by definition, a religious act and a subversive one. We reach out with ape-like hands and filthy minds and we mock and challenge all that came before us by making something be there that was not there. We change the history of the world, we change who we are and we change everything that touches what we make, so we may as well also always change the rules by which we make them.

by now you’ve probably realized I’m not really just answering your question but am using it to deal with insomnia. But to try to bring this around to you, now that you’ve studied Campbell, you’ve got what’s important about it. Heroes go Somewhere Else and Heroes Come Back Different. Everything else is yours to interpret.

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Samaya and Neema
- Charity Gibson via Collar Camera Sweepstakes.

This will one day happen with my dog and cat.

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Samaya and Neema

- Charity Gibson via Collar Camera Sweepstakes.

This will one day happen with my dog and cat.

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Lenny and Murphy
- Elizabeth Reynolds via Collar Camera Sweepstakes.

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Lenny and Murphy

- Elizabeth Reynolds via Collar Camera Sweepstakes.
Hi Dan - Community is my favorite television show and Grantland is one of my favorite websites, so when Grantland posted an article about you today I read it. And also the article Alex Pappademas wrote about you a while ago, I read all of its words. I think I am like you, I am the most brilliant amazing person I know. And also an egomaniac asshole. But I'm only 21 years old. What advice do you have for a 21 year old version of yourself?

Skip the cocaine.  Best case scenario, you become a bad person for a half hour and then need more coke; worst case, you end up homeless or dead.

Don’t judge things that make you jealous and don’t lie about the jealousy.  Just say you wish you had something and figure out if there’s a way to get it.

Good writers hate bad writing but hating bad writing doesn’t make you good.  Writing badly does.

Luck and talent are the same thing, and neither of them have anything to do with your value as a human being.

When someone gives you a compliment, and you tell them they’re wrong, you’re not being humble, you’re being rude.

People attempting to prove you’re a bad person will shut up if you admit it, and they’ll leave you alone if you ask them to help you be better.

You’re going to marry Erin McGathy so try to be up front about that with all the women you date for the next 27 years.

You can’t control the outcome of your actions, so make your actions fulfilling.  That way, if the outcome is shit, you weren’t a total sucker.

Brush your teeth at night and cut down on the carbs.  Gawker and TMZ don’t scour the archives for your only hot photo.

I don’t know why it didn’t let me post all five, so, here they are in a separate post.  Sorry.

Some Community whiteboards for episodes 1 and 2.