Friday, May 22, 2015

The Hillywood Show's Supernatural Parody

There are special moments in the history of The Hillywood Show. They started making YouTube parodies in 2006, they found their special territory with music video parodies in 2009 with Twilight Parody, they started shooting in HD in 2010, and in 2014 they started shooting in 4K, to name a few basic ones. And in May 2015 Supernatural Parody came out and introduced the idea of working with a show/movie's cast in a wholly new (and immersive) way.

I've done it again: I've had the chance to watch some of the show Hillywood is parodying next but have decided not to. If Supernatural is about ghosts and demons, then I think I'd rather not watch. But that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying their video on it. Even to me as someone unfamiliar with the show, this parody shows itself as incredibly special. It's a major moment in Hillywood history. There are the usual great things: the sets, the costumes, the makeup (wow, Hilly keeps getting more and more unrecognizable), the cinematography, the lyrics (whoever sang this cover also did really well), etc. The unique thing, though, is the cast from Supernatural.

Osric Chau had worked with them before on The Walking Dead Parody; now he's back for the show that he is an actor on, along with Rob Benedict. And several other members of the cast have cameos in the parody. It becomes something so amazing that it makes me excited even though I don't watch Supernatural. It's like Hillywood has transcended themselves: they've always been fans for the fans and now they are including the cast as fans. Like when they were doing interviews at The One Last Party and speaking with cast and crew from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, each side mutually excited about the role of the other (in creating either the movies or the videos based around the movies). Special, very special.

And it's also going to be interesting to see how the inclusion of the cast affects numbers. Yes, numbers are not everything, but numbers are still nice. As I write, the parody is already at over 600,000 views, despite having only come out yesterday morning. Will it reach a million by the end of the day? Those are good numbers--this could be another of the videos that really increases viewership of The Hillywood Show.

Oh, yes, and don't forget to watch the two behind the scenes videos.. They're very good.

You know something else? Supernatural Parody has pretty good rewatchability. It's one of those videos that embodies what Hillywood is about: a little silliness and a little fun, but also a celebration of a certain story. Despite what you might call some dark content, it's such a light and bright and even triumphant video. Now go watch it if you haven't already and watch it again if you have.

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