I often wonder if things would have been different if I had gone to film or art school(?) When they finally decided to kick me out of high school I was already playing in an active band.
At that time in S.Florida cover bands were in demand and money could be made playing in bars and clubs throughout the tri-county area. I just did not have the funds to further my education. Besides, what I was learning and experiencing couldn't be paid for. Connections and improving my musical skills with lots of free time to persue, plan and produce other intrests I had in the arts.
The first full length film I put together was, and when I say put together I'm describing exactly what I did, an adaptation of H.G.Wells "The War of the World's" via Orson Wells famous radio broadcast that was like no other. A collage of moving pictures, film, video, TV, still photography, illustration & animation all juxtaposed to a soundtrack created with a drum machine, band instruments, sound bits, sound FX and an old scratched up Lp which I had since I was a kid of the Orson radio broadcast which I had sent away for through an add in the back of Famous Monsters Mag. The first time I forced some people(who weren't friends) to watch it a comment made by one of the viewers became my standard description of the finished product.
"This is like a 'what if Ed Wood and Andy Warhol got together to make a film' movie". Ahhh, film critics ! You got to love them. Occasionally accurate with their reviews.
To celebrate the release of my first finished film feature I packaged about two dozen DVD copies in plastic cases, complete with artwork done as (impressive)D.I.Y. as could be. Then I borrowed a car and drove around town putting a copy of my 'straight to DVD' movie in the return slots at all the Blockbuster, Video Rental type stores I could find. A few days later I followed that up by visiting the stores who had recieved a copy of my film via this unorthodox release/distribution. And wouldn't you know it, much to my suprise, logged into their systems and on the shelf ready to be rented stood my first full length feature film.