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!
Feb , 12
Artist : Joel Melton
Song : Little Girl In An Airstream
Album: Little Girl In An Airstream
Director: Raymond J. Schlogel
Production Company : Underground Planet
Let me start by saying that Joel is just a frikkin amazing artist, been a fan of his work for years. Not surprisingly we’ve been talking about doing a music video for him for years. Those talks revolved around another song of his that is still one of my favs but sadly the budget for the concept I wanted to do never came together (though I’m still hoping to revisit and do that one someday!)
Fast forward to a month or so ago when Joel sent me over this tune. No surprise, I loved it. He told me his real life “little girl in an airstream” girl, Jane, had some ideas she wanted to tell me about they dropped by for a cup of coffee and conviviality. Being a fan of randomness and non sequiturs I was giddy when she said she wanted to dance with a chicken and eat fried okra off of his guitar (in the spirit of full disclosure I should tell you that I just suppressed my desire to make a bad and obvious pun and opted to use the word “guitar” instead of “instrument”)
After nearly a week of beautiful weather here in the good ole ATX (that’s Austin to the uninformed), on the day of the shoot the morning started out with rain mixed with sleet mixed with snow. Thankfully after about an hour standing under a car port it cleared up enough to start filming. At this point I don’t think I could tell the details of the shoot any better than Joel did on his Facebook page that night. The following was his recanting of the days events. I can attest first hand that there were no liberties taken with what went on that day and the first time I read his post I laughed so hard it hurt:
Little Girl in an Airstream’ video shoot commenced with me doing several takes singing and preening while Jane and her make-up assistant did their thing.
FIRST entry of the ‘Little Girl’ on filem(Jane Jennings) was a provocative dance with a large white hen from the Comanche/Apache lady that lived on the corner of the Airstream Trailer park. The lady asked me when I told her we needed to borrow one of her hens, “…Now what you guys actually DOING with MY chicken?” “Well, just dancing while holding it closely.” I answered. She scowled and stated, “I DO NOT WANT MY CHICKEN stressed in ANY WAY!” “I promise the chicken will be carefully and respectfully danced with…” I said in my best snake oil salesman voice.
Let me tell you guys this was a WILD CHICKEN. The Indian ladies boyfriend went and fetched the white layin’ hen…it flopped and pecked at him.
The music started and Jane was offered the chicken…AMAZINGLY it calmed right down and was the perfect little hen as Jane “Little Girl” danced and wiggled to the music. If fact a local resident who was watching remarked, “…I think she is a chicken whisperer…” It was SO RELAXED IT SHIT SEVERAL TIMES ON Jane’s apron…but “Little Girl” carried on as if NOTHING was happening out of the sort.
And then IT HAPPENED. At a moment “Little Girl” was holding the large white hen aloft…PLOP. YES, it layed an egg that bounced off Jane’s apron and splattered under the steps of the Airstream. Jane continued dancing. The chickens ASS started bleeding and it dripped blood on the apron while the film was rolling. Blood splotches, egg drippings and chicken shit…DID NOT STOP Jane from dancing. It was actually VERY FUCKING COOL.
The owner took the chicken back to its coop and then about an hour later came back and stated with a straight face to all of us still shooting video. “… I cleaned its ass and we put Preparation H on it and it is feeling better…” ~ Joel Melton
As for the technical, shot on a Sony PMW-F3k, edited in Sony Vegas and additional CC with Magic Bullet Looks.