I was away this weekend in Barryville NY. Toxifying, exercising, and detoxing myself with substance and movement. I feel good.
And got other new happenings.
Last week I completed the shooting and editing for the song titled DSL for comedy rapper Dirty Phatty. The project took a long time from transvestite scenes with John Malmborg to smashing a computer in a Slingerlands. The best part was when we trespassed onto Latham Circle Mall now set for demolition. Originally Phatty had arranged for himself, John, and other friends to use Zero Gravity Laser Tag on Central Ave as a set for shooting. The owner never showed and we were faced with a dilemma of canceling the shoot or pushing onto to somewhere else. I suggested we use the mall and John quickly agreed. We rode in a single car and pulled into an empty parking lot. There were signs telling us the mall was closed. Determined I got out and pulled on the door entrance. It opened and I decided we came far enough to go in.
Inside were more warning signs to stay out. We entered the food court and found a wet, dark, moldy back room. I plugged in a strobe light and fog machine and got to shooting. The setting was grimy and worn down, not at all the kind of atmosphere I thought we’d be getting for this shoot. Then again this shoot had a lot of loose knit plans so there was no harming this project in any way. But it was very dark and I had to fumble with cameras, dim lights, and the smoke direction. It’s times like those I really need an assistant at video shoots. Also I had to make sure no mildew or water got on my electronics either.
The recording was going great for an hour, until an old guard or custodian opened the door to the room. I wasn’t even aware someone entered until Phatty greeted him and everyone else a sick stricken stare. All I heard was…”Get da hell outta der!” One can only imagine what he thought hearing dick sucking lips behind a door. He being alone and opening a dark smoke filled room with strangers…this was a brave guard.
Then he asked why we were even here. I said that the mall was closed being torn down so we didn’t think anyone would mind us being there.
“Wha da Hell are you talkin about we’re not close? We got da movies and JC Penny here! People still come here!” In this sense I feel a little bad since this guy may have been working at the mall for a long time. But I felt indifferent since we were achieving an artistic dream.
Hushed and fast we picked up my gear to make a get away. The man went on saying how unhealthy it was in the room. Phatty asked, “will I get sick?” A sarcastic joke, I kept my mouth shut and hurried. The guard first tried to make us leave out the back door so fortunately we weren’t 14 and disobeyed. Then he shouted he was calling the Latham police. But he followed us so much I don’t believe he ever did or was going to call them. It was just more important to get us out of the mall.
As we walked across the mall court he followed us shouting to leave and about cops. When we exited the mall everyone laughed and did their best impression of the old man. Also imagining if we ran into him at another mall with the signature get-da-hell-outta-here raspy voice, accent possibly from Cohoes. In reality we really could have been arrested if the cops For the rest of the shooting trip nothing else quite as exciting happened after but it was a great laughable memory.
Other new items include me landing a job at Lauren Photo Studios as a school photographer. I interviewed for the second time today and got approved for acceptance. I haven’t accepted the position yet but most likely will thursday. I start August 6th as a trainee. It’ll be great to get steady pay now and I can learn more about shooting equipment and technique from portrait experts.
I’ve received invites to show artwork in other venues and received word the a video of mine will be screened at the World Music and Film Fest August 25th. Also I’m working on getting outside artists to join the new show at HIE Studios.
Nothing else definite to report on until next time.