Format: 16 mm
Length: 2:54 min.
Completed: 4 December 2003
A computer nerd is deleted by a computer program after downloading a virus from his personal computer that upgraded him into a computer.
This was my first "Production II" class film at Columbia College. It was supposed to be a 2 minute 'character in transition' film study. At the time I had a post-audio editing class where we had to redesign the sound to the 1984 Macintosh commercial with the chick with the sledgehammer. Somehow that and internet porn became the themes that I worked into a joke I had about catching an STD from your computer because there's a lot of viruses out there.
The entire budget (my class fee) was spent on two rolls of film and developing. All the sets, props, and costumes I scrounged up for free. For the 'Macintosh Armor Suit" I went to a local Mac computer repair shop, Nabih's in Evanston. I walked in and asked, "Can I have any old Computers your gonna throw away?" The old dude said, "Yeah, we have a ton of them, but I'm not giving them away for free." I replied, "What? i'm doing you a favor by recycling your trash." He wouldn't budge so I went to their competitor Lapin Systems. I asked the same thing, and the young dude got all excited and led me to their basement. It was, literally, filled to the brim with hundreds of old Mac computers. They said take as much as you want. Score! I spent the weekend gutting and cutting these computers up so my brother could fit inside.
This only took a day to shoot. The first part of the day was shooting Jordan transforming into a computer in my cramped bedroom. We barely had enough room to get the Bolex film camera back far enough for a decent frame. The next part we shot in Mike's beloved garage (he spent too much time in there).
We were supposed to use the computer lab on campus, but I needed to work on this thing more hours than I could get in there. For some weird reason they didn't want us taking our footage home, so I snuck it out on a portable hard drive hidden in my back pack (didn't have an ipod). I edited this film on the computer screens that are in the first scene, and yes I can watch porn on two screens at once - for double my pleasure.