Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Of Course" - Golf Cartoon

I’m always on the lookout for new, original golf media creations. After all, there are only so many books I can read about the swing plane or bios about some old golfer. This week I’ve gotten to take a look at not one but two such creations. The other one is a book about golf poetry I will review shortly. I stumbled onto a production group called Skadaddle Media from the tweet-wire. They think of the relationship with their audience in terms of a Jager Bomb. Oh, and they also like to needle Bubba Watson. One of the things they’re working on is a golf cartoon called “Of Course”. It’s about a regular foursome, and about the conversations they have on the course. The animation is primitive, but the real entertainment is in the verbiage, as they strive to capture the very personal nature of some of our conversations during a round of golf.
I spoke to Todd, who’s one of the creators and voice actors in the show. He refers to it as “Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments of intimacy”. The core of the show are the comments we make during a round but which we probably won't make under any other circumstances, and topics which definitely falls under the “What happens on the golf course stays on the golf course” category. And then we come home and the wife asks what we talked about, and the answer is “Nothing”.
He also explained the production process, which I found very interesting. They record the conversations in the cartoon while actually playing a round of golf. They have microphones on them on the course, and then they edit the sound and put the cartoons on top of them. They have a basic topic in mind for a particular show, but most of it is ad libbed as they get into character and tee off. He said they found this method to give it a very authentic feel, much more so than if they wrote a word-by-word script. Also, it gets them on to the fabulous Eagle Falls course at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Palm Springs Valley, and if that’s not a good boondoggle I don’t know what is.
The show starts March 1:st on The guys are clearly huge golf fans, and I encourage everyone to check them out on line and when the show starts.
Of Course (including trailer) -
Fantasy Springs Resort -

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