FLASHBACK FRIDAY 03 - “DOG BOY AND STRONG MAN”
Oh sweet student films…
Back in my college days my best friend Nick shot a black and white film by the name L’Invitation. It tells the tale of a love triangle involving a Gypsy, a Cannibal, and a Bearded Lady. Of course what carnival love triangle story would be complete without a few supporting characters, such as a Strong Man and a Dog Boy in a cage.
What’s crazy is that I showed up to set on the first shoot night with a full head of hair. Somehow I was bamboozled into letting my friend Gage shave my entire head with a Bic Razor so that he could tattoo my head with a Sharpie. Needless to say my folks were not too pleased.
For anyone who may be curious the liquid dripping down my body is Hershey’s syrup, the go-to blood of choice when shooting black and white.
On a personal note this photo really bums me out because I realize that I’ve gained at least 40 pounds since this photo was taken. What the hell happened to me, I gotta get back in shape, it’s embarrassing. Damn you metabolism!
Anyway, if you’d like to see the film, it’s on Nick’s Vimeo. Here’s the link.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY 02 - “OUR FIRST POLAROID” - CIRCA 2002
This is the first photo ever taken of the two of us together. I was working at our college’s “film cage” at the time and Vicki had come in to pick up her Bolex 16mm camera. I believe our friend Gage took this photo. Behind us you can see the sign-up sheets for the various film and video equipment. Vicki’s name is somewhere on that wall.
This is embarrassing to admit but I’m not sure if we were going out yet or not when this photo was taken. However, I do know that I framed this photo and gave it to Vicki for her birthday later that year when we were together. We still have it today, the frame is a replica of a clapboard used in films.
Little known fact: When Vicki started to “like” me she asked me to be in one of her films. Of course I obliged as I had been obsessed with her pig-tails for quite some time. My role was “The Drug Dealer”. I believe tic-tacs in a plastic baggie were my “product”. As Vicki was shooting my scene I remember wearing my bright blue Sports Authority T-Shirt and thinking “wow, this is not believable at all, I hope Vicki doesn’t fail”.
WILD PACK OF FAMILY DOGS
I know I’ve posted this here before but I figured I’d post it one last time seeing as it is filled with several Christmassy things, including, but not limited to…
a. A Reindeer Mug
b. Vintage Christmas Lawn Ornaments
c. A Christmas Tree
and most importantly…
d. My Dad playing a disgruntled mall Santa
Enjoy the video and have an awesome holiday and a very happy new year!
Over and out!
Past Christmas Classics: RETRO SANTA ON GEOFF’S HEAD
No. 03 - “CHRISTMAS DREAMS AND LASER BEAMS”
This one’s pretty similar to the first one but I figured I’d post it for two reasons…
1. I’m rather fond of the title
2. It’s the only one left
Past Christmas Classics: SANTA SHAKEDOWN (Freeze Frame)
In this scene The Santas can be seen initiating young Rudy into the gang. The initiation process involves forcing Rudy to eat lots of cookies and drink lots of milk while Uncle Santa films the whole thing.
As I look at this freeze frame I can’t help but think that it looks like some sort of scene from some underground “snuff” film. I literally feel “dirty” for having had anything to do with this.
Past Christmas Classics: “THREE BUDWEISMEN”
Pros: The weight bar with the milk jugs is a nice touch.
Cons: Whatever naked Ken & Barbie thing is happening on my friend Geoff
Past Christmas Classics: “BIKE VERSUS WHEELCHAIR”
Again, not quite sure what I can really say about this except that it’s pure Christmas magic.
Past Christmas Classics: “THE CHRISTMAS COOLER CHASE”
I don’t even know how to describe this except to say that it’s with the same two partners in crime who were responsible for Santa Shakedown. My favorite part is the Santa that we duct taped to my Huffy.