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Things have been quiet around the Bombdotcom Productions offices (which is perhaps best described as the "Video Projects" folder on my D drive) of late. But that's not because we're lazy, it's because we're doing other things. And only some of those things are lazy things.Check It Out!
Check out this hilarious video I found:Ode to 2004
Bombdotcom Productions was founded in the Summer of 2004 when we shot Lord of the Rings: EXPOSED for a faux exposé contest over at Film Fights. It was also our most productive year, with a total of five films (six if you count the trailer for Samuel Butler Runs Across America), including the behemoth that was Hopscotch Hotshots.The Importance of Tolerance
It was at the premier for that film the following bit of spontaneous lunacy (featuring Stephen "Box Jacobs" Gashler and writer-director Patrick Svensson) took place, which I edited for our 2004 DVD album. It includes a closing credits sequence that serves as a head count to everyone who made that awesome first year possible.
Wednesday's screening of The Importance of Tolerance as part of the Tower Theatre's Open Mic Night seemed to go over fairly well. However, it did confirm something for me that I'd always kind of know: this one's for the insiders. If you've been a part of or near the Mormon community in your lifetime, particularly during your youth, this is going to make a lot more sense to you.
The style that I adopted in writing and directing this project was one emulative of short, instructive, and intendedly uplifting videos produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Is it parody? Is it satire? Is it spoof? I'm not entirely sure. However, it is a comedy. If you don't understand what iconography we're cashing in on with this shot of Daniel praying in a grove, you're probably going to be missing out a lot.
I'd love to be able to show you what these videos look like, but the dedicated piracy artists that populate YouTube seem none too eager to upload the contents of LDS Family Home Evening Videos. Especially, I'd like to share "The Joy of Missionary Work," which had particular influence on the style of this film. I assembled a brief primer over at my personal blog that might give you a little bit more of a clue as to what we're drawing on.
Much thanks to everyone who worked on this project. The film just wouldn't be the same if my long-time friend William Stewart hadn't traveled to town to start. His chemistry with our own Joseph Schlegel was a wonder to behold. Also, WiL Whitlark wrote a positively wonderful score and theme song featured on the soundtrack here.
John here. I've just finished putting the last touches on what we're calling the first final edit of The Importance of Tolerance. It's been a long time in post-production, but I'm feeling really good about where it is right now. WiL Whitlark has composed a beautiful soundtrack for the film and I'm eager to show it off to you.Son, you best keep that fork of yours.
But first, if all goes according to plan, we'll be premiering it at this Wednesday's Open Mic Night (February 20th) at the Salt Lake Film Society's Tower Theatre, playing alongside an assortment of other local filmmakers' shorts. Admission to the screening is free and--in its freeness--is so totally worth it.
If you miss it, I expect to have the film posted online within a week. However, this may be your only chance to witness it on the silver screen.
What: World premier of new short film The Importance of Tolerance
When: February 20, 2008, 9:00 PM
Where: Tower Theatre, 876 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Why: To grow your faith and support your filmmaking community.
How: By any means necessary.
If you attend, please feel free to seek me out, say hello, and exchange a few words.
UPDATED 2/20/2008: The Tower Theatre is no longer charging admission. It's free, baby!
I remember an oft heard complaint in the first half of the year 2003 was that basing a movie on a theme park ride was a terrible fucking idea. Then the movie made a zillion dollars, buoyed by a good performance by Johnny Depp which convinced the public that the film wasn't complete shit (even though it was still mostly shit).The Mustrack Soundstache
Well Walt Disney Corporation, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer, I one-upped you. For I made a film based off a novelty poster, a move even stupider than basing a movie off of a theme park ride. I haven't made as much money as theirs did, but I didn't spend as much as they did either, so I think it's a wash.
The film was done as an assignment for my beginning film class at the University of Utah in the spring of 2005. The assignment was for an entirely in camera film, no editing allowed. Hence some of the rough edges. So please forgive me internetland.
The tracks I wrote for The Mustache are now available for listen. I would embed them here, but blogger is refusing patently to do so. So all I can do is link you to the film's page and hope to God you click. Maybe you click out of pity. Maybe out of love. Maybe just out of curiosity. But click, click! Click, you masses!
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