Saturday Night Live, Existentialism, Political theory, McSweeney's, Beyonce, & The New Yorker
February 22, 2017
A Saturday morning not too long ago, a friend texted me to ask if I’d be interested in helping her out with a class project that involved wearing a lobster costume.
Without many details, I signed on to the project. Who wouldn’t want to wear a lobster costume?
About an hour later, we met up, and I found out that my friend was making a short film for her class.
I wasn’t exactly sure what the plot of the short film was meant to be, but it included a person costumed as a lobster. I was the only speaking character in the film… but the details about my lobster transformation were still a little fuzzy.
“Dancing Lobsters,” it turned out, was the working title of the film. As we began working on the film, I learned more details about my character.
I was basically your average college student who falls asleep watching Netflix in the middle of the day and wakes up seeing lobsters everywhere. Typical, you could say.
There was even one great scene where I went into ETC (the convenience store on campus) and opened a fridge to get a Red Bull and then THERE’S A LOBSTER. It was so dramatic.
What’s more terrifying than opening a fridge in ETC and finding a human lobster? Running through the woods being chased by a lobster, apparently.
I was finally confronted with this lobster at the end of the short film, in the Greek Theatre. The setting absolutely made for a dramatic throw down.
The grand finale of the film? Not only was I being chased by the lobster, but get this, I actually WAS the lobster. Meta, right? I wasn’t just confronting a lobster in the theatre, I was confronting myself. DEEP.
I wish I could say that the film was publicly accessible on YouTube for you to watch, or so that I could become a indie short film sensation, but alas, it’s not.
But. Don’t let that stop you from incorporating a lobster costume into your daily wardrobe.
Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.
Why UR?I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.