CW50 Detroit Web Producer
If you remember Michel Gondry’s 2008 movie “Be Kind Rewind” you’ll be familiar with the concept of the sweded film. A Fresno, California based group of filmmakers has been busy sweding the hottest movie trailers of the last year or so. They’ve done a homemade version of “The Avengers” trailer, “The Dark Knight Rises” and most recently “Iron Man 3.”
The shot-for-shot Iron Man homage is about as accurate as you can get with cardboard, markers and various items you can find around the home. A few of the many notable moments include re-creating the Stark home being destroyed by a toy helicopter’s missle, covering the camera lens with blue plastic to simulate an underwater scene and the hastily obscured hairspray flame thrower. Oh and don’t forget the inspired music and sound effects simulated human beat box style.
A fact I didn’t realize about a sweded film is that each scene should only contain one take. When a trailer is sweded it’s not as evident, but in a feature-length swede the effect is hard to miss … and, of course, funny.
Dumb Drum is spearheaded by Graphic Designer Roque Rodriguez and Filmmaker Bryan Harley. They also host Swede Fest. The sweded film festival has recently marked its 10th iteration drawing more than 500 guests. Swede Fest 11 is coming May 2013.
George Fox is a Spartan, a Michigander and Web Producer for CBS 62/CW50 in Detroit. When he’s not working on content for the CBS Local websites, he’s probably hanging out on the boat, at deer camp or spending quality time with the fam. Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeJFox.