My buddy actor Miles and I had been shooting interviews for a gig and ended up having this location for 2 months. One of the people we interviewed was an old gospel singer and happened to have a collection of Bob Jones University films from the 60s/70s. These religious propaganda films were what gave us the loose idea of making a dark answer to them.
What followed was a grueling 2 months of shooting. Without a crew we were moving at a snail pace, working long hours with really minimal results. Operating and pulling focus at the same time resulted in having to do far too many takes on some particular shots. And of course, we shot a handful of scenes that didn't end up in this cut.
Editing was just as bad because in the end I had about 35 hours worth of takes to sift through. And after finally getting through roughcuts of every scene a power outage corrupted my principal external hard-drive as well as my main hard-drive via my operating system. I still don't understand how it took 3 weeks to get everything back online but thinking about the fact that all the footage had to be re-encoded, I had to reinstall OSX about 10 times, and I had to manually reconnect half of the clips in my timeline, it starts to make sense.
So I decided to put up a bunch of my new and old music for download. I spent a few months this winter working on what I'm calling Memory Sudoku. It's eclectic. I originally wanted to do a half Drum and Bass and half House album but the tracks that made the cut delve into a few more genres. The result: Memory Sudoku.
I put up the rest of Hot Garbage for download too, all at my soundcloud page.
EDIT: The free Dish Network video is no longer available. For those interested in seeing the film, here's a discounted link to buy the full 55 minute version: http://gum.co/UfsU/sobschafer
For anyone who has wanted to watch SOB and the Legend of Alan Schafer, it's currently streaming via the documentary channel's section on the Dish Network online for FREE! I don't know how long this will last.
I've done a good bit of work on this project. Did some shooting last fall, been in LA helping edit for the past month and a half, and you know I had to make a cameo in the money plea video! I doubt anyone reading my blog has much money, but if you do, consider donating! Also, I shot their opening with my 50mm prime on the old T2i. Nice look for a hundred bucks, huh?