We’re getting excited for the Philly Geek Awards, and we’re really proud of all of our nominees. The Viral Project of the Year category is a particularly fun one.
One viral project in particular discusses the unfortunate employment of Andy Reid and perhaps led to one of the biggest inside jokes Philadelphia saw this year.
I sat down with Start to Film’s Shawn Caple to ask him a few questions about his parody insult to Mr. Reid, and what it means to him to be nominated for a Geek Award.
What came first? The video idea or the song?
The song came first and I was approached to film it under a short timeline (half of a Sunday afternoon) and just the equipment I had. It’s funny to think what I COULD have done had I had a full day to shoot it! I wanted to shoot at an Eagles location but Joe Conklin told me that any official Eagles location was off limits. So I thought about a tailgate. We found one near that stadium.
As for the three girls, I had more than one because I wanted one of each hair color and to keep things fun and interesting. We never got a girl with dark black hair though. Joe’s daughter is the blond. The glasses were just enough of a touch to reference the original Taylor Swift music video. I hunted up to the last minute before shooting to find those. Very happy with them.
Then we just got fans involved because… it’s the Eagles, fans HAVE to be in it! They are the most energetic of any sports team!
Philadelphia’s funny man Joe Conklin has a cameo in the video. Did you approach him, or did the two of you collaborate on the project?
We absolutely collaborated on the project. His daughter sang the song and he was in need of a filmmaker for it because he believed it was a hot topic. I knew he was right and jumped at the chance to work on it.
Do you think your viral video led to the unemployment of Andy Reid?
The news coverage that the video received was just stating the obvious. He was just not a right fit for the city anymore. He has talent and did a lot of good but he lost his touch.
This video is nominated for The Philly Geek Award’s Viral Project of the Year. What does this mean to you?
This will be my second nomination. My webshow Underbelly was nominated for an award at the first annual Geek Awards for best new webshow. Justin Silverman, Frank Patterson, Newt Wallen and I won and it was a surreal moment. I hope to win again. The competition is tough this year so we shall see.
Is there anything From Start to Film is working on that you’re particularly excited about?
I have a few pilots up my sleeve that need some funding and filming. Underbelly is getting a reboot as the gang works out schedules. And I’m writing a children’s film for an Amazon Studios submission. Aside from that I am working on an trailer trash anthology film called Midnight Show with Newt Wallen and producer Eric Wilkinson.
Best of luck to Shawn and the rest of his filmmaking team at this year’s Philly Geek Awards.