Local movie crew shoots comedy bits in downtown Hudson
by SOPHIE KRUSE | Reporter Published: June 14, 2015 12:00AM
The crew from The Weirdness Really Bad Movie took to Hudson on June 10 to film a handful of their pieces that will be accompanying their showing of "Charlie Chan's Secret," which will run June 20 and 27 at 10:30 p.m. on HCTV.
The Weirdness Really Bad Movie is on its sixth year of production and "Charlie Chan's Secret" will be its 66th show. The production is produced, written and edited by Dave Binkley of Akron and features around 30 others who help act and create the humor pieces.
The crew channels the style of humor popularized locally by Ghoulardi, Hoolihan and Big Chuck and Lil' John.
Once a month, Binkley chooses a movie from public domain and writes a series of sketches and segments that play off of the movie and the location they will be filming at. He said the crew generally gets together one day to shoot the hosting bits and another evening to do the sketches. The sketches are unscripted but the bits use cue cards just so the actors can be sure to remember accurate information they're relaying about the movie and location. After shooting the bits, Binkley edits and puts them together so they will be shown at different parts throughout the movie.
While one new movie is shown a month, it repeats the week after.
Holly Schilthelm from Hudson has been in many of the productions and said the humor plays off things that happen in every day life.
"We find a lot of humor in everyday jobs," she said. "It's like we're doing dinner and a movie, without the dinner."
While for this movie they chose to shoot in Hudson, Binkley said they have filmed at a number of different locations in the area, from including stores, cemeteries and haunted houses.
Others involved with the June 10 shoot were Rick Elliott, Lynn Vanca and Tara Oplinger, all from Akron.
To find out more about The Weirdness Really Bad Movie or to see some past sketches, visit www.weirdnessreallybadmovie.com.
The HCTV schedule can be found in each Sunday edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.