October 2: As the last shoot of the film The Windmill
Hot Dog Eating Contest is now just a page in the journal of "Footlong".
...oh, and if you're wondering how Chris did in The Windmill Hot Dog Eating
Contest on October 2nd...
well, you'll just have to wait and see the film.
September 30: Well, well, well, looks like the boys haven't had
enough of hot dogs. They just keep going! However, they have announced their final
shoot of the film: The Windmill Hot Dog Eating Contest. I don't think you'll
want to miss this!
press release and digest all the details.
September 28: Chris and Gerry sent out an email recently to all
those involved with Footlong, updating them on the progress of the documentary.
Read it here.
August 9: The Avid editing system has been built, and Chris and
Gerry are now high-on-life and drunk-on-possibilities. In a phrase, they're
editing fools. All that stands between them and a finished hot dog documentary
is, uh, a few hundred hours of raw footage.
July 24: Keeping the buzz alive, Chris and Gerry were recently
interviewed on WOR am radio in New York City. And Chris has written an
article for LCD, a magazine published by WFMU radio out of Jersey City,
on what the boys have gone through thus far in the Footlong process. For
those of you not in the Jersey City area (which hopefully means everyone...
for your sake), drop the boys a line and they'll be more than happy to
fill you in on the article's highlights.
July 4: Post-Production Heaven. Two years after they begun shooting
Footlong at the Nathan's National Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island,
New York, Chris and Gerry are in the process of building their own editing
station to minimize costs and have the ability to soon release Footlong
to you, the general public, as soon as possible.
And then there's the money issue. The guys are still looking for help with
the finishing funds. Not much -- about what it cost George Lucas to feed
his Phantom Menance crew breakfast on their first day of production. Chris
and Gerry have been consolidating funds by eating only hot dog buns and
ice tea mix.
The film should be finished in a few months with the help of a music supervisor
and an additional editor.
April 25: Chris and Gerry lectured at Alfred University, April
23, on the art of filmmaking, including an overview of their up-and-coming
feature length project, "Footlong." Chris had this to say about
the Alfred U. experience:
"Everything went very well, we even sold three t-shirts,
and want to thank those supporters of our project. It was a really amazing
experience all-around, and we're willing to do it again, anytime, any weekend."
April 16: Footlong is to be the subject of a major
newspaper article appearing next week in New Jersey's Bergen Record.
And by "major" we mean "with photos."
April 6: The van has been parked. The photos have
been developed. The countless souveniers painstakingly gathered from coast-to-coast
have been put up for auction on eBay. Yes, it's the start of post-production
for Chris, Gerry and the post-prod Footlong crew. Check in with foot-long.com
as we try to make this arduous part of the filmmaking process as exciting
and fun as dancing naked in a feather factory.
March 27: Holy crap! foot-long.com was named Best Film Site in the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive
Festival's Web Site Competition! Unfortunately, no one from our site was
able to attend the Austin four-day festival to accept the plaque in person,
but we thank the judges for this very kind honor. And who knows... perhaps
next year, Footlong: The Documentary, may take the SXSW Film Festival by
March 17-21: The Footlong crew (Chris, Gerry and photographer/cameraman
Kevin Miller) took to the road and did New Orleans up right.
3/20 - Chris left a message this
morning on the foot-long.com answering machine:
"We partied last night... Kevin collected
a bunch of beads... he flashed his (bottom) to everybody... and we haven't
decided if we're going to Atlanta yet or not... all we know is we're coming
home soon. (laughter, pause) Ok, we're not going home ever again. We're
staying in New Orleans. We're living here. We've all been offered jobs
at Lucky Dogs and we're going to stay. Talk to you later."
3/19 - The boys are in the middle
of the French Quarter in New Orleans. This from Chris:
"We've been shooting all day... we're
not done yet, but we're DAMN close. We're having a great time, but we do
feel the need that we should be completely wasted at all times. So, hopefully
you'll put this on the web site so all the distributors will see just how
drunk we want to be." (Note to distributors: "Drunk" is
a film term that means "filled with creative thoughts and concepts.")
3/18 Gas Station
Story II: Arriving in Alabama, the guys filled up the van with gas,
pulled forward to let the next vehicle get to pump, and were gathering
up gas money when they suddenly heard the gas station owner scream, "I'm
goin' ta call tha pole-eece!" Seems she thought the fellas were trying
to speed away without paying. Well, if you've seen the Footlong van, "speed"
isn't the right verb.
Two things were determined today --
1) the gang is going to stop in
at "The Varsity" fast food place on their way home Sunday to
grab a few hot dogs, and
2) as soon as the boys get to New Orleans on Friday,
all three plan on drinking. Heavily. (Special note to Footlong investors:
"drinking" is a film term that means "scoping out potential
shooting locations that all happen to be inside adult beverage establishments.")
Chris called foot-long.com headquarters shortly after leaving Jersey City
limits to say that the gas attendant who filled the Footlong van noticed
the web address on the side of the vehicle and asked if the guys were filming
a movie of pornographic nature. The guys smiled, paid the fine fellow for
the fuel, and said that was exactly what they were doing.
March 8: More photos of the footlong gang's
recent travels are up, including shots from the Hot
Dog Ministry in Columbus, Ohio, and the Hot Dog Wars in Atlantic City!