Kirby Ferguson is perverted. And a geek. Both in good ways.
The Canadian-born graphic designer directed Nerve‘s Sex Advice From… profession-on-the street interview series and brought a NSFW song of deviant lovin’ to life from “acclaimed cabaret duo” The Wet Spots. Under the banner of Goodiebag, Kirby opines fast and clever on movie fonts, YouTube commentors, Joke Pirates, and waiting for things to get done on the computer.
In the summer of ’07, Kirby’s Yo! Gah! – a short film about an annoying New Age enthusiast who’s mortally inflexible – landed him first prize in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations‘ online video contest, Exposure. The CBC awarded Kirby a shot at a full-fledged online series and gave him $25,000 to create a pilot. He spent $12,00 of it on Macs vs. PCs.
It’s a gory Westside Story remix (complete with snapping!) that escalates the age-old Mac vs. PC battle to the level of choreographed musical / grindhouse flick. (Note: You’re missing the good stuff if you stop watching before the 2:00 mark. My fave scene comes at around 3:30. MacBooks make for one helluva blunt object.)
Pretty awesome, eh? Goodiebag veteran Stephen MacLeod wrote the score to the fight scene. Those spot-on Broadway showtunes are courtesy of The Wet Spots own Cass King and John Woods, and Drawn By Pain‘s Jesse Cowell is the short’s skilled DP. And how about that cast and special effects make-up job? Unsurprisingly, Kirby told me those were the two items on which most of the budget was spent.
Unlike like Seinfeld’s short-lived pair of Microsoft ads, Macs vs. PCs is a one-shot deal with no sequel. If CBC picks up the series, Kirby plans to produce a variety show. One week he’ll be on camera with an astute opinion and kickass supplemental graphics (a la Goodiebag), and the next week he’ll screen a short film of his own creation.
So, if you like Macs vs. PCs send it to your friends. If enough people tune in we could all be blessed with more perverted, geeky, and consistent creations straight out of Kirby Ferguson’s bag of goodies.