Tuesday, March 6, 2012
There's gold in them thar hills!
I hadn't made any captions for new members of the Haven in quite awhile. Then again I hadn't made many captions this year at all (I think 25 so far this year.) I was searching online for good pictures online when I came across this one. I had the overall story plot in my head, but wanted to make sure I was hitting someone's preferences before writing it up, so I took the photo and set it up visually, then went to find a recipient.
Brandi C's preferences were well within my theme for the caption, but when I saw her "2 for 1" folder .. there staring at me were a bunch of pictures with luscious lips all shiny and wet. Well, when you get a sign like THAT, I had to make her this caption.
To me, this is sort of a throwback to the captions I used to make. This one has a clear cut beginning, middle, and end. Its pretty self-contained, and you don't have to bring any fore knowledge into viewing it, and I don't see it being the slightest bit vague. Everything is spelled out and concrete.
I enjoy this caption, and I'm glad that people in general seemed to like it. I guess that I really should do more straightforward captions (and the last few I posted to the Haven have been moreso) but honestly, I like doing more offbeat and/or nuanced pieces. To relate it to comedy terms, I would rather be Andy Kaufman than Robin Williams. Conceptual rather than popular but hackneyed. In fact, if I have to be a stand up, I'd rather be Louis C.K. or Patton Oswalt than Billy Crystal.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Do you prefer your TG stories and captions to be more straightforward, or give you some twists, turns, or downright WTF moments? Are you disappointed when a caption doesn't spell everythiung out for you, or do you prefer when it gives you lots of spots for vagueness?