Sometimes making movies is a huge struggle, and then other times, genius kid pyrotechnics experts just appear out of nowhere. We have come to prefer the later scenario, especially since last November when we were working on pre-production for Christopher Columbus Saves the World.
We were searching for a field location which we could use to stage a number of outlandish science experiments (running Andrew Mackin through a maze of mousetraps, launching him into space in a refrigerator – that type of thing). We were lucky enough to stumble on a family in Malibu on a location scouting forum, and they were willing to let us use their huge backyard in exchange for some kind of bartered service.
They mentioned they may need some website consulting (which is usually my queue to offer Alex up as a tech guru and wash my hands), but then they mentioned that their son, Tyler Barlow, might need some help with a science video. Naturally, our curiosity was piqued. What kind of science video, we asked with some trepidation. Oh he likes to build smoke bombs and blow stuff up in the backyard, they replied.
This was a pretty awesome coincidence for us because one of the things that we wanted to shoot in their backyard was aforementioned refrigerator space launch, which ideally would entail the detonation of a smoke bomb of some kind. This, we had previously neglected to mention. Lucky for us it was far from a deal breaker. We agreed to shoot and produce The Boom Show, a little science experiment video for Tyler, in exchange for using their yard in CCStW. Tyler also agreed to help us out by manufacturing a few smoke bombs, which add a nice little production value boost to the movie.
So without further ado, check out Tyler in his element, mixing dangerous chemicals like the awesome mad scientist that he is. You might also recognize Scott Pretty of Weekly Meeting as one of Tyler’s lab assistants. Enjoy!