Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bob Thiel Flails Away In Jerusalem



Dude! STOP flapping those arms around!  You jerk around in such dramatic gestures that we wonder if you have Tourettes Syndrome. 

Your videos continue to be a comic fest.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tourette's Syndrome? More likely Jerusalem Syndrome!

Anonymous said...

You weren't kidding, the first twenty seconds are comical.

Byker Bob said...

After about thirty seconds, I realized that some of the farmers in our old local congregation back in the sixties displayed better public speaking skills in some of their first speeches in Spokesman's Club than this poor dude! And, Jeez oh man! Can't he come up with a better opener than "Grretings, friends around the world"? My goodness, the Festrunk brothers knew how to use their arms more effectively than this!

Note to anyone attempting do it yorself ministry for the first time: Take drama classes at your local community college to prepare yourself. Then become active in your local theater group. If you are going to incur the expenses of a trip to Jerusalem, at least rehearse your speech for a few days prior to recording. Review the final product, and if you detect some weak areas, do additional takes or use overdubbing. Above all, if you don't have a personality, at least have the good sense to imitate someone who does!

I hope Rod Meredith and Doug Winnail get a chance to see this! They won't know whether to laugh or cry.

BB

Joe Moeller said...

He is not really in Jerusalem! It is a poster that he bought that he has tacked up in his backyard. Or at very best, a green screen!

Joe Moeller
Cody, WY

RSK said...

Yikes, Bob!
-Frame the damned camera so you actually look your viewers in the eye (instead of staring at their crotches from below like this. There's a rule of thirds, Bob, use it.
-Use a single still shot (at least) of SOMETHING to put your captions over instead of subjecting us to your constant sidestepping and page turning. Even The World Tomorrow (with HWA) did that!
-Buy a real wind filter (they're cheap!) and put it on your mic. And tuck the stupid cable into your shirt so we don't have to watch it flop around!

Byker Bob said...

Joe, if you are right, then I am partially responsible for this abortion! You might remember several months back I suggested that he obtain such a background rather than using his office. I refuse to take responsibility for the execution of it, however!

BB

Anonymous said...

When I first watched Gerald Flurry on TV (for curiosity's sake to begin with, subsequently for laughs) I realized that his basic principle was:

IF I JUST USE THE SAME CATCHWORDS, PHRASES, AND ARGUMENTS, I'll be just as effective and powerful as HWA.

All the others out there think the same!

Wrong!

Anonymous said...

I don't know what was more entertaining -- the post, or the comments.

Thanks everyone for my laugh for the day.

Anonymous said...

How come the wind you can hear doesn't ruffle his hair?
Maybe it's another Festivus or Christmas miracle!

Anonymous said...

I kind of feel sorry for Bob. The first 60 seconds are the most embarrassing things I have ever seen a COG preacher ever say. Mumbling and stumbling around because he could not think of things to say and then when he did it was inaccurate.

RSK said...

Yeah, that's a chroma-keyed screen. Or at least I hope it is, because if its a live background.... look, Bob, if the CCOG is leading the final phase of the work, get one of your final phasers to at least run the camera for you so you don't look like a drunken midget with St. Vitus' dance.

Anonymous said...

OK Gary and other critics, post a video of yourselves and let's see if you can do any better.

RSK said...

I'm a television director by trade, chump. This is very basic Shot Composition 101. Whats your excuse?

RSK said...

I could make Bob look 100x more persuasive just by setting up his camera properly before he starts recording, even more so with a simple b-roll and graphics still dropped in here and there to cover his fumbling and flipping. You'd think a man who has time to read so many Catholic writera could read the first few pages of "Video for Dummies".

RSK said...

(Of course, if Bob read me saying that, he would probably try to weasel out of it by saying "weeeelll... isn't the message more important than the aesthetics?" No, not really. You didn't see Herbert Armstrong on the World Tomorrow ducking down to flip pages while looking up at a camera mounted too high with a mic cable dangling haphazardly from his tie. You know why? Because Herb needed to look competent in a visual medium in order to draw viewers. If you repulse them immediately with your bad production, they're not gonna hang around and listen to your message. Fact of life.)