IN THE BEGINNING....
When the commercial track was finished and a mutual appreciation of our talents was established Frank mentioned that he needed a short film to show at a Chicago Trade Show featuring "UNDERGROUND MERCHANDISING" for Hagstrom Guitars. My Partner and designer at Gryphon Productions, Ray Favata and our Cameraman Tom Mangravete took our cameras to the Garrick Theater and with what I like to call "CAMERA EMPATHY" we filmed the madness that took place every night. We contributed our services and on no budget we tried to interpret the craziness on stage. All montages were done by rewinding and reshooting my Cinema Beauliux 16 mm camera. This technique which Frank called "Montage-A-Go Go" set the style of filming I used for the next two years. Shooting without sync sound and post scoring gave us all maximum creative freedom. Frank and I then edited the footage with Frank adding Black and White weird stock shots and scoring with "MONSTER MADNESS". We produced this short film which eventually won "THE GOLDEN EAGLE" at the CINE International Film Festival.
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TWO YEARS AND 14 HOURS OF FOOTAGE TO GO