Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

I found Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? on Short of the Week, the film was categorized under found footage and so I assumed that Jason Willis the filmmaker, had complied found footage to make the short. He commented on my pervious post, in which I had claimed the work was entirely found footage, and it turns out he actually shot all of the cat clips himself. I’ve watched a lot of old educational films, my personal favorite, “Parent’s How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex.” Most are ridiculous which is why Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? is so believable, it feels like an educational film. The filters don’t just mask the different types of media (Jason shot on both the 5D as well as his iPhone) but also give the video that dated educational film style which worked perrrrfectly with the narration. An official Sundance selection, this is one goes out to all the cat lovers!


One thought on “Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

  1. Jason says:

    Heya Alex!

    I’m the guy who made this short and (because I shamelessly have a Google alert set up around it) figured I’d comment here both to thank you (thanks!) for your kind words & to let you know (amateur filmmaker to amateur filmmaker) that there’s actually no found/ archival footage in here at all — well unless you count that shot of the atomic bomb that I doctored up.

    BUT that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t still SuperCheap to make: I shot pretty much the whole thing using a Canon 5D Mark III (there’s some iPhone footage in there as well) at my house & in the houses of a few friends over a couple of weeks. Because I did most of the other junk too (editing/ music/ post processing/ prop making/ whatever) the final out-of-pocket cost was just $25 total, which I spent entirely on purchasing catnip for the, you know, cast.

    So yeah, just wanted to shoot some “Hey! Make a movie! It’s easy and fun!” type encouragement your way. And hey! Very glad you dug the film — thanks again!

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