Surf film-wise, Spat Out in Glory put the cart before the horse in 10,000 ways.
A catalog of these failures: Drafting the Camera Monkey as cinematographer without prior consultation with said monkey. Going to Nicaragua packing a Super 8 camera without having become acquainted with (practically) any of its functionalities. Going to Nicaragua without appropriate film stocks. Etc., etc., etc.
It's fair to ask whether this project can be redeemed. But first, an update ...
Last weekend, Spat sat at the knee of many Super 8 masters attending Pro8mm's weekend seminar on this juicy, sexy, still-vital medium. If you're in the right demographic (which is the wrong demographic to be in, incidentally, best-years-of-your-life-wise) these days you'll recognize Super 8 footage all over the TV. It's the film your family movies were shot on. Well, the format has seen a rebirth, in part due to the labors of Phil and Rhonda Vigeant at Pro8mm. These two are a couple of the primary keepers of the flame in terms of Super 8. Their Pro8mm Boot Camp last weekend in North Hollywood brought together some of Super 8's priesthood as well as the wannabes. Like Spat.
Two days in a Holiday Inn haven't been so fun since the San Marcos High School King's Page school newspaper team conned its way into the franchise's Disneyland location for an unchaperoned visit to the California state high school paper convention. (Bartles & James, Mexican dirt weed, that punker chick ... thank you forever.)
The trip (the Pro8mm trip, that is) prompted Spat to re-evaluate some of the sample footage shot in Nicaragua. You know, some of it's damn good. (Unfortunately, the first reel is best. The test reel shot on Lake Nicaragua in Granada. The one with no surfing on it.) But perhaps Spat can find a use for the other material. At the very least, the Pro8mm event got Spat psyched again. Time to load all the video from the trip and start editing some shorts. Time to haul out the story board. Time to get back in the water.
In the mean time, enjoy a trip down memory lane. The Camera Monkey's first outing with the Beaulieu 4008 ZM4. Totally f'n impressive.