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February 22, 2013 5:35 AM   Subscribe

Darwin Deez gets himself inserted into various stock footage shots for a touching and hilarious effect.
posted by fungible (50 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought the joke would get old, but it got better and better. Super enjoyable video and not a bad song. Thanks for posting it.
posted by Didymium at 5:49 AM on February 22, 2013


Heh. Great use of stock footage. Better than a bajillion bank, health, or financial planning ads.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:50 AM on February 22, 2013


He has stupid hair. No, seriously. I understand the young people are all about irony and absurdity and all that happy horseshit now, so yeah, cute video, but that FUCKING HAIR.
posted by KHAAAN! at 5:56 AM on February 22, 2013 [9 favorites]


He has stupid hair. No, seriously. I understand the young people are all about irony and absurdity and all that happy horseshit now, so yeah, cute video, but that FUCKING HAIR.

posted by KHAAAN! at 8:56 AM


Ha-ha!! Eponyst...

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KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
posted by bitteroldman at 5:59 AM on February 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


His bird-like head motions, the horrible hair and that nasty alterna-pop voice were huge turn-offs, like, make me look for something to throw type turn-offs, so I turned it off.

The compositing was really great, though!
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:03 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


He's like Weird Al Yankovich. Without the weird, the Al or the Yankovich.
posted by chavenet at 6:05 AM on February 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


The 'couple' pouring the champagne at 53 seconds was some hideously stilted stock footage. It was like they were preparing for a scene, rather than acting naturally.
posted by Brockles at 6:05 AM on February 22, 2013


Ooh, I like the song but it's the video that really makes this work.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:06 AM on February 22, 2013


That one model, about the third one in...Asian/Latina-ish....She is everywhere.
She's like the 'Oh, it's that guy' from the movies.

Courtesy of google reverse image search, and my cyber-stalking tendencies, I learned she goes by 'Maridav'.

It is hilarious looking through a portfolio for a stock-photo model. Hundreds of shots taken in anticipation of meeting some future advertising need.
posted by exparrot at 6:10 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


The 'couple' pouring the champagne at 53 seconds was some hideously stilted stock footage. It was like they were preparing for a scene, rather than acting naturally.

If you look closely, you'll see a lot of such issues with a lot of these clips. I saw a lot of actors stealing glances at the camera, which is a huge no-no for these sort of "reality" clips. I'm betting a lot of these are lower-cost outtakes or second/third takes. Otherwise, this could have been a very expensive video.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:11 AM on February 22, 2013


Courtesy of google reverse image search, and my cyber-stalking tendencies, I learned she goes by 'Maridav'.

This Maridav lady is the most accomplished person ever.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:14 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


There are like zero interracial stock couples, dang
posted by dismas at 6:16 AM on February 22, 2013


I saw a lot of actors stealing glances at the camera, which is a huge no-no for these sort of "reality" clips.

Most awkward Valentine's Day couple ever?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:17 AM on February 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


I like everything about this. Even the stupid hair.
posted by Drab_Parts at 6:20 AM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: irony and absurdity and all that happy horseshit
posted by Segundus at 6:21 AM on February 22, 2013


That was cool. I've never done compositing like that but I'm willing to guess that 10% of the scenes took 90% of the time.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:37 AM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like everything about this except for that stupid headband. Stupid hair I can get behind, but, ew.

He's like Weird Al Yankovich. Without the weird, the Al or the Yankovich.

Oh, I don't know. It's good, but it doesn't quite reach that level of perfection.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:37 AM on February 22, 2013


The last 30 seconds made the video for me.
posted by quodlibet at 6:39 AM on February 22, 2013


This Maridav lady is the most accomplished person ever.
The problem with having Maridav as a new girlfriend is all your mates roll their eyes and go "er.....yeah...right" in when you mail them her picture. That and the whole giant wardrobe thing.
posted by rongorongo at 6:39 AM on February 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Deez's nuts!
posted by porn in the woods at 6:41 AM on February 22, 2013




That and the whole giant wardrobe thing.

Maridav makes some interesting fashion choices, that's for sure.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 6:51 AM on February 22, 2013


I think we need a post on Maridav. She looks like she must have some stories to tell.
posted by Brockles at 6:52 AM on February 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Really nifty (and I liked that song much more than I expected to).
posted by uncleozzy at 6:53 AM on February 22, 2013


This might need a NSFW warning: sideboob and walruspenis.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:10 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I thought the video was hilarious, especially the shots where he was just a blur in the background! The song...meh.

Stock footage can also be used to creepy effect simply by playing the whole thing, not just the half-second we usually see

Eww, you're right! that guy in the red shirt around the 1:00 mark is super creepy. funny stuff, though!
posted by foxhat10 at 7:14 AM on February 22, 2013


I hear what he's saying about people who always have a red cup in their hand. Doesn't anyone know they come in black, too?
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:18 AM on February 22, 2013


Really enjoyed this, both the song and the video!
posted by whitneyarner at 7:28 AM on February 22, 2013


At 2:00 there is stock footage of someone punching a hay bale. I understand that the idea is to cast a wide net with these things (yeah, we got that B-roll), but come on.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:31 AM on February 22, 2013


Man oh man, this is great. Not the song, the song kind of sucks, but the video is fantastic.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 7:45 AM on February 22, 2013


Red cup in hand. (Indeed the must numerous)
Orange cup in hand.
Yellow cup in hand.
Green cup in hand.
Blue cup in hand
Indigo cup in hand. (Vacant niche)
Violet cup in hand. (Up and coming)
Black up in hand. (We have switched to bras and white cups)
White cup in hand. (This is what to search for it you want black cups!)
posted by rongorongo at 7:49 AM on February 22, 2013


Oh, and some of the exterior shots with kids on picnics and whatnot gave my a Slenderman sort of vibe. A whiny hipster Slenderman.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 7:49 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


> At 2:00 there is stock footage of someone punching a hay bale. I understand that the idea is to cast a wide net with these things (yeah, we got that B-roll), but come on

Clearly you don't suffer from hay fever. That guy is a hero, man. A hero.
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:50 AM on February 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


Clearly you don't suffer from hay fever.

Hay fever. Not a fever. Not (primarily) from hay. Who comes up with these names? It might as well be called laser dropsy. Much cooler.
posted by The Bellman at 8:15 AM on February 22, 2013 [7 favorites]


Darwin Deez is great.
posted by threeants at 8:15 AM on February 22, 2013


This is hilarious, but... seconding bonobothegreat

Came in here looking for the NSFW tag when the sideboob, nekkid couple, girl-on-top-action popped up.
posted by E3 at 8:18 AM on February 22, 2013


I was into this, then I hated it, then I loved it. At 2:21 his legs get amputated below the knee!
posted by looli at 8:18 AM on February 22, 2013


Deez is nuts!
posted by orme at 8:28 AM on February 22, 2013


that FUCKING HAIR.

I learned it from you, Dad. I learned it from you.
posted by surplus at 8:29 AM on February 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


You need to see him live to get the full hair effect. It somehow works in person.
posted by orme at 8:30 AM on February 22, 2013


I'm amused by the people complaining about his hair and clothes. It is almost as if the people in the stock footage have come to the Metafilter message board to complain "He isn't perfect like us. He doesn't fit into our videos. Freak! Go away!"

It's his hair and clothes and awkwardness that makes it work.
posted by eye of newt at 8:40 AM on February 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


Totally fake I can see the pixels oh wait
posted by ook at 8:42 AM on February 22, 2013


Maridav's Shutterstock portfolio.

Her iStock profile page.

It goes on and on.

Honestly, someone should do an FPP about the world of stock photography in general. What is it like to do all these photo shoots? How do they decide what to do? Inquiring minds need something to read when the blizzard hits on Sunday.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 10:08 AM on February 22, 2013


Those list Maridav as the photographer. Is she the model, too? Have we got some amazingly subtle Cindy Sherman thing going on here?
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:21 AM on February 22, 2013


That, or one exceptionally focused photog.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 10:25 AM on February 22, 2013


Thank you, Darwin Deez for making "photobombing" irrevocably Jump the Shark (or the Walrus). Actually, it was always Over the Shark, this is Jumping Into the Shark's Mouth. (And what does he even need the girl for when he has that guitar, an iPad Mini and a bowling ball?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:43 AM on February 22, 2013


A lot of these stock video people sort of meet all of the ostensible requirements for conventional attractiveness but just have some vague... misshapenness.
posted by cmoj at 11:13 AM on February 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is Alicia somewhere in the video?
posted by vespabelle at 1:34 PM on February 22, 2013


Maridav's ankles were used to illustrate and actual Toronto Sun news story.
posted by salishsea at 2:04 PM on February 22, 2013


dismas: "There are like zero interracial stock couples, dang"

0:42, 0:43, 0:53, 3:01
posted by hydrophonic at 4:09 PM on February 22, 2013


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