Format: 16 mm
Length: 8:32 min.
Completed: 14 January 2004
A mythological organism that hunts down a pathological biologist searching for a mythological organism that hunts down a pathological biologist searching...
This was my second "Production II" class film at Columbia College. It was supposed to be a 5 minute character study film. Most of the budget was spent on film and developing (a class fee). I reused the monkey suit from my Space Coke film. The rest of the budget was spent on WWII military surplus from mail order catalogues. Some amazing deals to make the costume look fantastic. The snow shows were my great grandfathers, and the compass was from an old broken boat in my garage. Somehow all these little things in my life just came together to make this great costume. His snow goggles were about $100, the most expensive prop. The rabbit was bought for like $30 bucks from a pet store, I gave it to my little brother who gave it to his girlfriend at the time. Not sure what happened to it after that.
We shot this during the middle of winter at a place called Big Foot Beach State Park, Wisconsin. It provided some amazing lighting and a strange desolate setting full of ice, fog, and snow. There was a couple times we missed some amazing shots. There was a extremely heavy fog on the lake in the morning that we only caught the tail end of. And during magic hour we missed this beautiful sunset on a frozen grassland swamp. It was one long numb fingered day. Pick up shots were shot in my backyard, house, Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park Zoo, and around the neighborhood chasing crows. A majority of the Big Foot shots were shot in Perkins Woods in Evanston and some crazy old woman called the police saying there was an ape loose in the woods. This happened to be the second time I got cops called on me filming a movie there (first time I got arrested). Luckily, this cop had a sense of humor. He couldn't believe the call they got and when he saw us he just couldn't help but just start laughing. He even took some funny pictures for himself.
Editing this thing was one of those week long insane no sleep college experiences. The day it was due, I walked into class an hour late at 10 o'clock, I had been working on it straight for 30 hours before that. It wasn't that I waited till the last minute, I used all my available time, it was one of those projects I could keep editing forever, adding more and more details. What took so long to edit this was all of the sound was done post. I think I recorded a lot of stuff with a Dat recorder, including most of the music. I think this is were I went really balls out and taught myself how to play the weirdest instruments, a digeridoo, a nose flute, a jug, and an accordian.