For the past couple of weeks I have been following Fox’s newest reality show called On the Lot which is like American Idol with wanna-be filmmakers instead of wanna-be singers. Maybe “wanna-be” isn’t the right word for everyone on the show but it certainly describes 28 year old Kenny Luby.
Kenny comes from a small town Owego, New York, but unlike his residence his dreams are big. He got into movie-making because of skateboarding (me too!) and is proud of the fact that he didn’t go to film school. In fact, he points this out many times in the earlier episodes claiming he doesn’t need a proper education in film if he knows in his heart that he wants to make movies. But for goodness sake I wish he had gone to film school to get all of these pieces of crap that he has been producing out of his system before making a fool of himself on national television.
Now I am on his side when it comes to the notion that you have to go to film school these days; you certainly do not. There are great resources out there to help you learn the art of making movies both on the technical side and on the artistic side. Apparently Mr. Luby didn’t take a gander at these offerings all over the net and instead has fallen victim to the “lets use effects because we have them” mentality. Take a look at his first video on the show titled “Wack Alley Cab”
Note the use of “explosive” text effects, random uses of color filters, and a poor job at even setting up a story. Looks like two people needed a cab home from bingo. I wish this cab would have come over to take Kenny Luby back home to Owego.
Observe his second video aired just a few hours ago called “Edge on the End.”
Kenny, what are you doing?!?! Have you ever shown anyone your films? Do you have anyone you can show your film to who will give you some honest feedback? The whole Internet can be your stage by simply uploading it on to Youtube and shopping it around on some forums for a critique. Is there any connection to the Internet in Owego?
This is the type of work I saw at the beginning of college by students who thought making videos would be neat but never got around to doing any research into how it is actually done. It is a shame you never went to film school so you could get a dose of reality before being thrust upon the cruel world. It’s not too late now. How Kenny made it on the show is beyond me, but I guess every reality show needs someone that the audience loves to hate. Kenny Luby, you are the Sanjaya Malakar of On the Lot.