The end of the year is just around the corner. All of the big movie studios are bringing out their heavy gun blockbuster movies. For some of us, we might go and watch one of these flicks on the big theater screen. But if you are like me, you prefer to stay at home and watch a movie with the family around. The big question now is: what movie to watch? Which is worth while investing my time in? You can spend your time watching a few trailers, reading reviews, asking friends and so on. Or… You can watch the movie trailer mashup for 2015, that Sleepy Skunk curated.
It takes a real talent to take what is already very good to begin with, and elevate it to a whole new level. After watching this mashup I felt like I had to watch all of the movies in it! I know otherwise, I would never give a single glimpse on any of the movies inside it. I was captivated throughout the whole of it. I now have the opposite problem, I don’t have enough time to watch all these great movies.
Watch the movie trailer mashup below. Read the short interview below, if you want to hear a few words from its creator, Sleepy Skunk. Enjoy.
Can you share a brief intro about yourself? Your name, background, what are you doing these days?
“My name is Louis Plamondon, I am 34 years old and live in Toronto, Ontario, where I work full-time as a film trailer editor since the end of last year. Prior to that, I worked several years as a Sr. Associate at a Big Four accounting firm by day and would spend all my spare time editing at night and on week-ends.”
What’s up with your “Sleepy Skunk” nickname?
“While working in the corporate world, I wanted to keep my editing passion confidential for many reasons – the main one being that when an employee is regarded as having a strong passion outside the firm, it can be misinterpreted as a potential lack of commitment. I created a cartoon character (Sleepy Skunk) and once the brand took off, I realized people had a much easier time remembering that name than my actual name. The prospect of a brand that doesn’t age and that I can perhaps pass on or sell to someone else down the road also makes this a good idea. My real name is nowhere to be found in any of my works.”
How do you decide what to include in your movie trailer mashup? There are surely much more movies than the ones you include?
“I create a list of the 500 most profitable movies at the North American box-office, which you can find on boxofficemojo.com and I start taking them off the list as I add each clip. With so many releases every year, it’s impossible to include them all and it can be creatively detrimental when you have a trailer that has absolutely nothing to offer to what you’re trying to do with your piece. I make sure that the Top 100 is included, but sometimes a movie gets booted out when I feel the clip doesn’t work. For example, Sponge-Bob Square-pants made a huge amount of money this year, but I couldn’t fit the trailers anywhere. So I had to leave it out. It’s more interesting to watch a mashup that uses movie clips as tools to create something interesting than an exhaustive parade of movie clips that aren’t adding up to anything interesting.”
How much time does it take you to create, and what tools do you use?
“I feel it takes me longer every year, but November is the movie trailer mashup month every year. So you could say one month (with some breaks in order to regain my sanity and have perspective on the work I produce). I use Final Cut Pro X. My first mashup was done on Final Cut Express back in 2010. You can see an improvement in quality because the amount of tools and options have become better over the last five years.”
You have hundred of thousands of viewers for each compilation, do you make a living out of this?
“I do make a living out of this. Professionals from the movie industry will gladly spend 6 minutes of their time every December to watch at least one of these retrospectives, and so when introducing the “Skunk” to various producers and directors, I have often been met with a warm reception. I wouldn’t say that these mashups are what gave me the work, but they certainly operate as an immediately available demo reel if someone considers the possibility of hiring me on a project. You could say it’s the modern resume for creative people.”
Why only once a year? Why don’t you share anything throughout the year?
“When I started, I used to do a theme-based mashups. There’s one about Alien movies, and Superhero movies that did quite well. However, less content was going around being pushed out back in 2011. Sites wouldn’t be as likely to share a themed mashup these days, unless it was impossible to ignore. My time throughout the year is dedicated to my work with clients. This end-of-year movie trailer mashup is my personal treat. No revisions unless I want to make them. I have ‘carte blanche’ on it. You can see my work through the channels of my clients, however. I did an Avengers 1995 parody mashup for Vulture and an Avengers / Spider-man team up for ScreenCrush that each garnered 1.5 million views each. They do give me a lot of freedom. I think that’s the best part of any job – when people start trusting that you know what you’re doing and that your knowledge and instincts will result in something great. I truly hope everyone gets to that point in whatever it is they do for a living.”
How can people get in touch with you?
“They can email me at email@example.com.
Another way that this skunk can be reached is through his YouTube channel, assuming he is not sleeping :). I would like to thank Louis for sparing his precious time and sharing his thoughts. I just can’t wait till next year’s movie trailer mashup. Keep up the great work!