Without a doubt, “Funnel Ball” is the most popular video in the history of our program. In a perfect storm of creativity, Will Nagle, Kurt Leone, Josh Mohn, and Mike Parsons created an original short film that simultaneously pays tribute to and spoofs not only “Dodgeball,” but also a slew of other Hollywood movies. Some of the movie references flash by in the blink of an eye, missed by many viewers, but there is more than enough original comedy here to make fans of those who’ve never seen a single film referenced indirectly in “Funnel Ball.”
To this day, two years later, students at MHS still make allusions to the jokes in “Funnel Ball.” People still regularly quote the movie in casual conversation. There has never been a bigger hit than this one, and it is the bar by which all other projects are judged. The only other video that can share a stage with it is the “Popsicle” boy band video, but more on that later. For now, please enjoy (split into two parts due to file-size limitations) the online world premiere of “Funnel Ball.”
We were also finally able to track down the BLOOPERS AND OUTTAKES from shooting the movie. It’s a hilarious addition to the movie itself, so be sure to check this out, as well:
Finally, we have our promotional materials that we used to promote the movie posted below. This was the first product in our history that was prefaced by a marketing campaign. By the time the movie premiered, pretty much everybody in school was ready for it. They weren’t quite sure exactly what the movie was about, but they knew that we were confident enough to promote it ahead of time, which was an unprecedented step. Anyway, here are is the trailer and the “Funnel Ball Rule” mini-spots we used to promote the film’s premiere.
FUNNEL BALL RULE: OPPONENT
FUNNEL BALL RULE: COACH
FUNNEL BALL RULE: TRAINING
FUNNEL BALL RULE: UNIFORMS
Songs used in this school project include: “Under the Stars” by Asche & Spencer … “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito … “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters … “No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper … “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor … “Peace With Inches” from the Any Given Sunday Original Motion Picture Soundtrack … “We Will Rock You” by Queen … “Sleep Now in the Fire” by Rage Against the Machine … and “Receipt” by Lil’ Wayne. All available on iTunes.