What he lacks in intellect he more than makes up for with his good nature. He’s a lackey, really to Lane.
I guess you would call Lane his ‘friend’ – more like fiend though, as Lane is a borderline sociopath. He thinks he is superior to Russell, but Lane only excels as most tyrants, in a bubble of protection.
Still, the odd duo somehow managed to be more than just a college assignment, as creator (who also plays Lane) Jason Stogsdill explained to me.
“It was in 2000 when my friend, Chris Stephens and I decided to do an improv. It was just something we thought of doing on a pure whim. Our friend recorded the whole thing on a handy cam. After doing our little skit, we checked out the video and we began laughing over our antics. It was that time that Lane and Russell were born. It was the start of our decade-long affair with these characters.
Back then, we entered our university’s film fest. The short film we created was really rough. The camera we used was far from being state of the art. We were amateurs, but we had a lot of fun doing the film. We didn’t really give it much thought because we honestly didn’t know how people would react to it. To our amazement, we won the Best Narrative Award for the film. We also received a standing ovation. People loved it! Since then, people would ask us to do Lane and Russell. We’d find ourselves doing a skit and people would be laughing at our characters. Finally, we realized that we have fully developed the characters. We have fully defined their personalities and have established their story.
In 2008, we finally decided to make a fully produced short film out of these characters. We sat down, wrote the script and assembled a group of amazing artists to help us with the film. In late 2010, we were able to shoot a quarter of the film but with no budget to support us, we had to put production on pause. This is why we have started a campaign to help us create the funds we need to finish the film.”
Give them a few bucks and join in on the indiegogo campaign! We have officially earned “Delivery Man” status as of today. Together, we can keep Lane & Russell alive, and maybe someday I will be able to review the full film and figure out what the HELL that hot dog stand symbolizes? Is it like the allegory of the cave? Is it a nod to Peanuts? Is it just there to drive critics like me bat-shit-insane? I need to know, so shell out some cash and let’s make this film a reality for Jason.
Click on the “Viper” chick below for the official campaign page: