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Machinima’s ‘Real Fake History’ Gives Pop Culture The Ken Burns Treatment

30 June 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

As we learned from one of Community’s best ever episodes, Ken Burns’ heralded documentary films are also ripe targets for parody. Now, Machinima is taking aim at Burns’ signature filmmaking style with a series called Real Fake History, a mockumentary that pretends pop culture stories are historical events.

Each episode of Real Fake History dives into a different pop culture franchise. Across ten installments, the series will visit everything from Starship Troopers to Game of Thrones to Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. The first episode, however, treads upon the familiar nerd territory of Star Wars by examining the Battle of Endor. Narrator Phil Morris (Seinfeld’s Jackie Chiles) leads the way, The Guild co-star Jeff Lewis provides the most comedic punch, and, as you might expect, the camera slowly pans across every single image it encounters. It’s pretty fun stuff, though the commenters seem more interesting in explaining how, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Sandeep Parikh, Mel Cowan Are Bored, Argumentative Cops In ‘Code Five’

27 January 2015 2:52 PM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Digital star and producer Sandeep Parikh has a new web series out that’s sure to give you some comedic insight on just exactly what policemen do when there’s nothing to do. Parikh and comedian Mel Cowan star as two cops who are just trying to pass the time during their routine, unexciting shift in Code Five.

Created by Parikh and writer Ed Brubaker, Code Five introduces viewers to Triggs (played by Cowan) and Sam (Parikh), who are on what the series’ description calls “the longest stakeout ever.” In the debut episode, Sam asks Triggs to listen to his “bustin’ in” speech to see if it’s threatening enough for a cop. Triggs meticulously picks apart Sam’s inflection during the crucial last bit of the speech, and then the two try to come up with better (but very unimpressive) alternatives.

Parikh has lots of previous experience with comedic web series. »

- Bree Brouwer

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