In the late 1980s when my brother, Jay, and I were in college, we had a long-term loan of a VHS camcorder, which in those days was not a common household item. We each did a lot of experimenting with the camcorder and eventually collaborated on two "productions" — one of which you can watch on the web.
Manic Metamorphosis — Summer 1987
Inspired very loosely by '80s pop culture icon Max Headroom, this eight-minute VHS video short features a mutating mannequin in a series of music video vignettes. The video involved various sets, props, and special effects including stop-motion animation and claymation.
Star Trek V: The Search for Spock's Body Parts — Jan 1988
Long before Star Trek fan films became the latest rage, we produced this 20-minute spoof of Star Trek, with a cast comprised of Star Trek and superhero Mego action-figures. Shot with a VHS camcorder, the film is essentially a video comic book, with special sets, lighting, and effects.
Watch below in higher quality via Vimeo:
OR: Watch now on YouTube (Lower Quality)
Note: If you are a Star Trek fan, then you may also enjoy the audio parody I produced in the 1990s for Shoestring Radio Theatre:
"Captain's Log, Accidental" (5MB MP3 file).