Aug , 09
“Before he has a chance to think too much, struggling filmmaker Michael Davis throws himself wholeheartedly into crafting a celluloid valentine for Stacie, his very recent ex-girlfreind and soul mate. What could go wrong? Even Michael couldn’t have predicted the unbelievable twists and turns he would capture on his camera in the following days, which would eventually evolve into the feature “For Love & Stacie” – at once a courageous, cathartic, hopelessly romantic testament to the lengths to which we will go for love, and a darkly comic, almost-too-honest, painfully familiar odyssey through the kind of misery and psychological debasement that only a loved on is capable of inflicting”
So it’s been quite awhile since I made my feature doc For Love & Stacie, though it’s won a handful of awards it’s yet to make me rich … or even buy me a taco. With that in mind like most “artists” it’s become more important to me for it to be seen than for it to make me money. Of course it would be nice to have both but as the latter hasn’t happened I’ll just have to push for the former. Basically I’d rather give it away and hope its seen by many rather than continue to try and sell it and have it only seen by a few. All that said, here it is, free on the internet for the world, or at least a couple people with too much time on their hands, to see in all it’s original glory. Well, not “all” it’s original glory, had to compress it quite a bit to get it online but you get what I mean. I only have two favors to ask if you watch it:
1) Post something about it! Somewhere! Anywhere! Even if you hate it and want to dog it that’s fine with me. If you love it tell the world. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, your blog, message boards, whatever. Since it seems impossible for a little indi filmmaker to make a dime doing this (at least for this little indie filmmaker) it would mean everything to me and I’d be ever grateful just to know it’s been seen by many and hopefully liked by a few. So give it a mention and share the link.
2) No SPOILERS! Again, you can crap all over it if you want to when you post but do me the one honor of not giving anything away to those who haven’t seen it.
That’s it, if ya really REALLY like it you can find it for sale on DVD or a much higher res download on bside.com but honestly at this point it would actually mean more to me for people to post about it than to buy it.
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/loveandstacie
MySpace : http://www.myspace.com/loveandstacie
Look forward to hearing what you think. There are some tidbits about the film on it’s MySpace page but in here I’ll only say that For Love & Stacie went from concept to completion, by that meaning literally from the day I had the idea till the day it was shot and completely edited in six months. The total budget was 3k. It was filmed on Canon XL2’s (oh how I wish I had my EX1 back then!) and edited in Sony Vegas. Any questions just ask, but if your question has spoilers I won’t be able to answer! For full cast and crew visit it’s IMDB page:
Thanks a bunch and hope you like it.
P.S. Okay, a friend of mine nicely pointed out that since my electricity is about to get cut off because it’s two months behind and I don’t have rent, mayhaps it wouldn’t hurt to put up a donations page for those who enjoyed it and would be willing to make a little donation. I can’t imagine anyone would but if you do well God bless ya, a penny would make me smirk, a buck would make me smile, 5-10 and I’ll do a happy dance, and anything more I think I’ll just spontaneously wet my pants. Know that anything I manage to get back from this will go to rent and the pile of bills I’m behind on. If it ever gets more than I need (like that’ll happen) it will help me payoff some equipment. So if your feel so inclined just click the link below to PayPal and pick a number! I seriously find the quality of my life is just so much better when I have the lights on!
Jul , 10
For this one I should warn ya that depending on your musical tastes you may want to turn your speakers wayyy up or wayyyy down (I turn em up). This vid came together pretty quick after a call from Director Kevin J Custer who was coming to town in three days to do a music video shoot with the band Black Tusk from Savannah who were here for a gig. He was going to direct and edit the piece but needed me to DP, dig up a location, light, equip and crew the shoot, not an easy task with so little notice but as ya can see we pulled it off. Kevin was great to colab with and he did a frikkin amazing job on edit. All the guys in Black Tusk were awesome and gave 110% each and every take.
This was shot on an EX1 with the trusty Letus35 Extreme.
Funny side note, about six months later I was asked to shoot some bands for Roxwel at Emo’s. Showed up for the gig while the bands were doing sound check and much like Norm on Cheers walked in the door and heard “RAY!”, Black Tusk just happened to be in town again and were on the bill. I’ll suppress my desire to break into a Disney song (“It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all …) but the happenstance of working with them again randomly was not lost on me. I’ll post a link to it once it goes live.
Here’s the link to the the Interview segment I shot and edited for Roxwel:
And the other funny thing about the interview is the bit I included at the beginning where Athon is saying “Is the camera on? Is the f*cking camera on?” was him giving me sh*t (forgive the French) because while we were shooting the music vid, just before we were supposed to take a break for pizza, we did an entire take, great shot down the neck of the guitar, looked awesome, Kevin called cut, band put down their instruments and I realized much to my horror that the camera must have still been rolling from the last shot so when I hit record at the beginning of this shot I had actually paused the camera and hadn’t recorded it. After fessing up and a good bit of ribbing from Kevin and the band we re-did the take and thankfully the pizza wasn’t too cold by the time they got to it.
Last but not least if ya started digging this band like I did you’ll wanna check out their live performance without the previous intercut interview: