Monday, May 28, 2007

well... its my lucky day... as well as chris'... hal stepped in and saved it. thanks hal for posting this stuff.

yesterday we realized we needed more footage..went to hal's place on
the roof and tried for magic. was fun even tho we'd been up most of
the night.....all nighters lately and deadlines have been our middle

i got to shoot some footage myself. hal gave me the camera, said i was prob a bit more "agile" and could squat down further than him and chase tim around. i think he was just being nice. that dude has alot of energy and can get in any position.

here you see tim holding out 4 fingers..this would be our way to keep
track of what footage was what.

jeremy (editor), brandon (graphic designer), myself and tim last night after the animal collective show..we stopped by to see what was happening...the look on our faces? i dunno.

would be last night to work on this baby, we thought..........the functional, american you see yourself?

i called my brother earlier, the wolf..i panicked a bit realizing we
needed two dv tapes for final process tonight/4am pick up...time to
download our video. can always depend on him to make it happen...besides, when the band is gone, that means most of my friends
are gone.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

hi. waiting for chris to get all the updated blog info and pics i emailed him a few moments ago from the current project hal's editing our first video from the song RUNNING AWAY..watching people go thru over 70,000 still images is INSANE...i'm sitting here writing as we have a 4am deadline....(btw, i learned DHL ROCKS...)..these guys have been going non stop...hal, jeremy and brandon.

the reason you have to wait? i am a dork and don't know how to post pics along with text!

so anyway, the point at hand.....i realized we never blogged a few weeks ago when working on the documentary (raise your ears and hold on to your heart..the making of the fragile army). this will be available with purchase of album. and the first time we've ever given a real look behind the scenes of polyphonic in's about 51 minutes. and raw. be prepared...still, i'd be lying if i didn't mention it is only a "glimpse." happened like this...when brainstorming dif ideas a couple of months ago for release of the fragile army album, i threw it out there maybe we could simply gather some behind the scenes footage for a limited edition piece. well, it went straight to back burner and when we got the call while out of town asking if "that footage was ready" i about died. there had never been any further discussion on the matter so of course i'd done nothing. however, i was relieved they only requested 8-15 minutes being we'd get back to dallas with only 3 days to deliver...along with the fact i'd not watched any of the footage back from when i originally captured it..which would be a time span of about one year. so of course i asked chris to PLEASE help me!! we started there, going thru footage a bit at a time at my kitchen table. hours and hours and hours of footage.

well...let's just say they (TVT) were generous and gave us a few extra days... along with yes/go productions (jason whitbeck, who made his space avail to us here in dallas immediately) and miles "genius" hargrove (editor) who, no doubt, made this documentary a reality....the whole thing would come together. somehow.

our wish was to share some of the process in a literal sense for real fans of the spree while also hoping anyone could/would relate to what it's like when you're working on something that's imortant to ya...moving forward even when your support system falls out from underneath you.

yes, we were dropped by our record label right after basic tracks were finished. it's our specialty. however, we eventually went on to find a home at tvt once album was finished...

we don't have any photos but since chris is a much better writer than i, maybe he can actually describe what those 6 days were like creating the piece...maybe, maybe not.

i learned today pitchfork ( will go live with the trailer from the movie tues morning.

til then...adios.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chris Penn here....decompressing from the aqualung that is the SportStar.....we had a wonderful time in Nashville, Asheville, New York, Norfolk, Chapel Hill, and Athens...thanks to all those that attended....if you ever get a chance to sneak backstage at the Norva it is the taj mahal of backstage areas......

Julie though it would be a good idea to steer you guys in the direction of Hal Samples blog......
gives you a glimpse into the "bubble."

great things in store for 2007 & 2008.....