Still from Chris Hamby’s short animated feature, “Trump’s Bad Hair Day” (2006).
NOTE: The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” does not endorse any of the candidates for the office of President.
“Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.” “State of the Union.” “All the King’s Men.” “The Candidate.” “The American President.” “Trump’s Bad Hair Day.”
In relation to this evening’s Republican presidential candidate forum, the author of “Silver Screen Reflections” will talk about another film.
This is about an award-winning short animated film that was created by the same person who brings you a new blog post every week, related to classic, cult and contemporary cinema. Let’s take a trip down “memory lane!”
“Trump’s Bad Hair Day” (2006)
Nine years before controversial celebrity businessman Donald Trump decided to throw himself into the political spotlight, he devoted most of his time to his TV show, “The Apprentice.”
With his outrageous comments and being the top joke on David Letterman and Jon Stewart’s late night shows, this inspired a young freelance filmmaker/videographer from Walkersville, Maryland to make a short animated film on Trump’s trademark “toupee” on his head.
Mr. Hamby’s inspirations for “Trump’s Bad Hair Day”
I created “Trump’s Bad Hair Day” while I was a junior in high school. I was inspired by a clip that was shown on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” where Trump’s hair looked like it had a skunk’s streak on it.
I was also inspired by the animations of Terry Gilliam, the only American cast member of “Monty Python,” who was famous for his animations in the group’s sketch TV shows (“Flying Circus”) and films.
Chris Hamby accepts MHz Networks’ “Shortie” short film award for “Most Promising Filmmaker” in 2006.
MHz “Shorties” Award:
In late 2006, I entered my short film into the “Shorties” short student animated film festival, sponsored by independent public television station MHz Networks. I was one of the finalists in the awards ceremony, and was invited to the Media and Public Affairs building at George Washington University for the screening of the finalists’ films.
On an interesting note, the auditorium where the event was held was the same auditorium that was used for CNN’s political discussion show, “Crossfire” from 2002 to the show’s cancellation in 2006.
By surprise, I had won the 2006 “Shortie” award for “most promising filmmaker.” It was an interesting achievement, and my friends enjoyed the hilarious moments of “Trump’s Bad Hair Day.”
Chris Hamby is holding his MHz Networks’ “Shortie” award at the MHz “Shorties” film festival afterparty in 2006.
Did “Trump’s Bad Hair Day” inspire you to become a better filmmaker/post-production editor?
Since the making of “Trump’s Bad Hair Day,” my skills and expertise in the field of filmmaking (and videography) has improved over the years.
Whether you enjoy short comedic animated features, love politics, hate politics, or if you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, “Trump’s Bad Hair Day” will not disappoint!