The original project is written as a mockumentary akin to Tropic Thunder's "Rain of Madness", a satire of Hearts Of Darkness, in this case being a teenager-produced shoestring-budget short that chronicles four geeks and their catastrophic efforts to create a 200 million dollar film based on Skyrim with a budget of their pocket change.
The pilot episode of the webseries, which will likely be released sometime in May, based on comments by the poster of the original video, is going to be an expanded reshoot of the original video, with the subsequent episodes following up on the first's events, with the four teens becoming increasingly dejected and deflating the scope of their vision.The four confirmed games that the characters will attempt to adapt (one per episode):
Provides Examples Of:
- All Just a Dream: The opening sequence of the original video/pilot, in which the Director receives an Academy Award in the category of Best Everything, before waking up, fully clothed, with all of his friends in the room with him.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Another character trait that'll be introduced with Kyle in the web series.
- Berserk Button: The music of Kyle's Pokemon games is this for The Director. Also, Kyle's is finding out that the Pokeball that he donated was sold to fund the renting of an entire theater.
- Break the Haughty: This has been implied by the writers to happen to The Director in the series as the group's failures begin to pile up.
- Camera Abuse: During The Director's second freak-out in the original video, the filming of the scene's last shot suggests that he slapped the camera out of Steve's hand as an enraged reaction to his statement that the film would never be finished.
- Chekhov's Pokeball
- The Cynic: Steve is closest to this, with Kyle being wildly optimistic, The Director's mental delusions getting in the way of reality, and Mike caring more about actually having a project in which he can utilize his technological skills than the outcome of said project.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The sepia tone effect that was used for the flashback in the original video.
- Dull Surprise: Joel, in the original video.
- Flanderization: Oddly enough, reversed. Kyle's most distinctive character trait in the original was his obsession with Pokemon. The writers have stated that they intend to heavily tone this down in the web series, focusing on his impulsiveness and lack of concentration, other eccentricities and obsessions, and his optimism.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The characters of the original short were inadvertently this, though their characterizations were overall rather thin and vague, something that the writers intend to improve upon for the series. The characters of the series are intentionally written to fit into the four main archetypes:
- G-Rated Drug: Red Bull, to which the Director becomes addicted in the original video/pilot.
- It's All About Me: The Director. He thanks himself four times in a dream award acceptance speech, and repeatedly refers to Skyrim: The Movie as "my movie" and "my big shot." Played for Laughs, at least for now.
- Jerkass: Again, the Director. He forces his only friends to fund his movie by threatening them with a spiked hammer, sells one of said friends' prized Pokeball and uses the money to buy luxury items for himself, and takes pretty much all of the credit for their collaboration, when his friends did most of the work. And all of that is only in the original video/the pilot.
- Jump Cut: Practically every cut in the original video. Justified due to the fact that it was original a school project, and the editor (one of the writers) had only two afternoons to do the editing. This was also partly due to the camera-man stopping the take too early. The writers have promised to avoid this as much as possible for the series, since they no longer have the restrictions of the original in place.
- Large Ham: Steve as an Imperial Guard, naturally. Also, The Director as both the announcer in his dream and as himself.
- Mad Artist: The Director is a toned down version of this character, though it'll likely be amped up as the series goes on.
- Mockumentary: Naturally.
- Montage: The brainstorming scene.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The Director. This is established from the original's very first scene, in which the Director receives the Oscar in the category of "Best Everything" for his creation of Skyrim: The Movie. The announcer voice-over is done by the actor that portrays the Director, and in his brief acceptance speech, the Director thanks himself four times. And Batman.
- Take That!: At M. Nigh Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. "We could make an epic, Hollywood blockbuster, like Avatar!" "You mean the guy with the arrow on his head?" "No, that movie's stupid."
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Averted. Kyle's attempt to hit the Director with his prop sword, in the original vid/pilot, utterly fails.
- Throw It In!: Multiple ad-libs are done due to the two writers being unable to go beyond the basic concepts of the scenes due to the very limited amount of time that they had. Examples: The Director's babbling after he has downed several Red Bulls "Um. .Um. .Is that words? I don't. .I can't. .I don't know." (In response to, "I think you need to lay off the Red Bull.") "I DON'T NEED YOUR PITY!" Also, all of the dialogue during the Scrapped Scene. That which caught the others off guard the most was Kyle's DOYOOOO during the first take. The rest of the crew's reactions were apparently significantly more natural on that first take, but the camera wasn't on for it.
- Too Dumb to Live: The Director manages to rent out an entire theater, when he could've used the money that was spent on that to fund the film.
- Wham Line: From the original video, and presumably the pilot: "You haven't actually played Skyrim, have you?" Suddenly, our story transitions from an obsessive, delusional fanboy recruiting his friends to help make a Skyrim film, that he hopes will be a massive hit, to an egotistical Jerkass manipulating his only friends (all of whom actually like Skyrim) into helping him make a movie that he will take all of the credit for, so that he can receive all of the supposed fame and fortune that will come with it.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: The writers intend to introduce this trait of Kyle in the web series, as part of his expansion as a character.
- Word of God: All of the remarks about the writers' intentions for the web series can be traced back to comments of theirs.