Most of you are probably under the impression that YOMYOMF came into being when we started up this blog back in 2009, but now new evidence in the form of a previously thought “lost” instructional film has surfaced that traces the origins of our humble little enterprise back to 1980 and something known as “the YOMYOMF Initiative”. Don’t believe us? Then check out the film, which we present for the first time in 32 years:
The idea for this video was born when I realized there were a good number of “older” (a.k.a. people over 25) YOMYOMF supporters who weren’t as well-versed in the ways of YouTube—things like how to subscribe to a channel or navigating playlists, etc…–as some of our younger supporters were. So I wanted to create an “instructional” video for these older viewers, but do it in an entertaining way with our distinct YOMYOMF style. That’s when the idea of doing a spoof of the Dharma Initiative orientation films from Lost somehow entered my mind. Here’s an example of one of the original Dharma Initiative films so you can see what we were trying to achieve:
I knew our spoof would only work if I could get Francois Chau, the actor who appeared in the original films, to be in it. But fortunately for us, in addition to being an amazing actor, Francois is also a generous and supportive person and when I asked him if he might appear in our video, he immediately said yes—without seeing a script or hearing my concept or any hesitation whatsoever.
The next step was to write the script itself. I originally asked some writer friends who were both fans of Lost and more talented than me if they could take on this task, but scheduling issues got in the way so I ended up writing the script myself–after doing some quick research on all things Dharma Initiative in order to do a proper spoof. You can decide how much of it I got right.
But if the video works at all, it’s because of the talent of the great people who donated their time and skills to bring this project to life with no time and no money, I might add. You can see all their names below, but special thanks to Tom Clancey who directed the video and my fellow Offender David CP Chan who did all the fantastic visual effects and graphics work–without which there’d be no way we could’ve pulled this off.
So on behalf of everyone at YOMYOMF, we hope you enjoyed the video and we wish you good luck. And don’t forget to visit our YOMYOMF Network homepage by clicking here. While you’re there, why don’t you click the subscribe button per the instructions in the video so you’ll always be on top of all the content we create?
Go on…click the subscribe button now.
Francois Chau as Dr. P. Chang
Jaeden Chan as young Justin Lin
Philip W. Chung
Executive Produced By
Director of Photography
David CP Chan
Graphics/Visual Effects Artist
David CP Chan
Executives in Charge of Production
Philip W. Chung
SPECIAL THANKS TO
ACI Institute (Arcadia campus)