This was a short film, my very first, made while a student at Vassar College back in the spring of 1995. Shot on 16mm with two non-sync magnetic soundtracks, and cut entirely with only a single workprint -- using "cut-and-splice" editing and no post-production mixing -- the film seems primitive compared to today's era of hi-def video and digital editing technology. And I'll be the first to admit that the film ain't perfect. Still, though, I'm proud of it, and it's been screened at various film festivals and television stations throughout the country, and once it was even screened in Australia!
I really have to thank the performance of actor Alex Ferrari, who at the time was a 19-year old sophomore, willing to spend four of his weekends shooting the damn thing. My film partner, Seth Granger, also worked his ass off, and put up with my (many) tantrums during filming. And finally, my film professor, Ken Robinson, I have to thank, for his instruction and guidance. (He once told me that I was "the most stubborn sonufa bitch" in the class -- and I still regard it as a really cool compliment.)
While recently at Disney, I was able to play with some of their film transfer and editing equiptment. Having a few hours of free time one day, I made a new digital transfer that, while not perfect, was light years ahead of the original transfer made at Vassar. You can see a pretty good version of it on YouTube at the above link; be sure to select the "watch in high quality" option at the bottom right of the viewer.
Creating this page is a trip down memory lane. I dug up some old material from my time making "8:00 a.m." at Vassar years ago, and thought it'd be fun to include here (if only for my own amusement/vanity).
Running time breakdown; planning the film to go in sync with preselected music.
Prof. Ken Robinson's final grade for the film, May 1995. To anyone who knows Ken's standards, this is a thing of pride.
"Low Budget, High Hopes", from WHAT'S HAPPENING AT VASSAR. Winter, 1995.
Vassar campus newletter announcement. September, 1995.
A litte profile of me in The Courier-News. December, 1995.
Another snippet in The New Jersey Star-Ledger. Spring, 1996.
Seth Granger helping to set up a shot. The location was actually a classroom in the old Avery Building that was decorated as an apartment for the film. It was later used as an office for my senior film project, VINCE GERMAIN.
Alex Ferrari napping between setups.
SMPTE/RAVA Award notice. Summer, 1995.
The Fellowship Award notice. May, 1996.
An interesting footnote: In September 2004 I received an email from an independent filmmaker in Poland asking for the remake rights! God knows how this individual came across my little film from such a faraway land, but apparently he liked my story idea so much he wanted to use it as the basis for his next project. It has to be one of the nicest requests I've ever received...though I STILL have yet to get my DVD copy.
Another interesting footnote: Doesn't one of the guys in the following commercial look just a little familiar?