Heavy Metal…revisited

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Video | Posted on 30-07-2008

The short film that’s been in post-production for a record amount of time…

Heavy Metal.

A little teaser for you, a real interview that aired on “Out and About with Roger Moore” in 2006.


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The “Best-of” in Craigslist Responses

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 28-07-2008

Posting on losangeles.craigslist.org is a treacherous beast.

It’s a place where many seek work, both talented and not-so-talented. In some ways, it’s the place to post. One ad, one hour, you’ll get hundreds of responses. Like I said, those hundreds of responses are generally, well, untalented people and unhappy people.
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Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #3.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 28-07-2008

This post is continued from Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #2.

We’ve just been offered a ride to Roseburg, OR from Myrtle Creek, OR (where we had the van towed). We aren’t sure if we’ll be able to get onto a bus, but at this point, it’s our only hope. We head to the car to get our bags.


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Mini-Home

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living | Posted on 25-07-2008

Part RV, part mobile home. All self-sustained.

These little numbers are the best of all worlds. Portable. Fully solar. Fully functional. Stylish.

They’ve got water inputs and storage tanks, yet can compost their own material. Off the grid, completely, if you want.
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Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #2.

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 23-07-2008

This post is continued from Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #1.

I last left you when I was stranded on the side of the road in Some-wheres-ville, Oregon. Nothing nearby, no clue what our next move should be.


(photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The motel nearby is our only semblance of civilization, the SUV Samaritans said they knew the owners, pointing out that they were Indian, “but okay”. We lock the van down and head over.

They were Indian, in fact, but they were not, in fact, okay. They were a-holes. The woman was on the phone the whole time we talked, ignoring us. She mumbled something about “not coming to America”, and shoos us on our way. There are no maps in this place, just cheap, out-dated crappy food.
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Writers block and a bump in the road…

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 21-07-2008


(This post comes by way of DeAndra on now defunct A Man Called Jon blog)

For any of you that have been following the Hobosoul blog, you know of the misadventures of the Vanagon (if you haven’t, check it out… thehobosoul.com/blog, Vanagon: A Sad Story Part I).  Who knew it would cause writers block. I had taken my script and notes with me that weekend to get some work done on the road trip home, so naturally I tried to work on the bus…that lasted all of about 12 minutes. I tagged some pages and called it a day.

When we finally arrived home on Sunday night, all I wanted to do was take a shower, I couldn’t even think about Jon and how I could make his story better.

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Hobos and the $10k Film Project

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 21-07-2008

I know we teased to it, and I know there’s a link on the right, but I don’t know if we ever updated you on the link to the new blog.

There we’ll give you updates on the travails of low budget filmmaking, both the good and the bad. We hope to have some casting tapes, location photos, and all other things as we attempt to make our first feature film for less than $10,000.

www.thehobosoul.com/featureblog

An RV Travesty

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 21-07-2008

The only good news in the hobo world right now seems to be coming from another continent.

Wrecked

This guy, with his handicapped placards, has been camped out on Washington Blvd in the same place since we’ve moved to this side of town. I once was jealous of his primo spot, now I’m glad and realize why we don’t park on major roadways. Here’s hoping he’s safe and sound, somewhere.

Found on la.metblogs.com

Vanagon. A Sad Story, Part #1

Posted by jeff | Posted in Storytelling, Travel | Posted on 18-07-2008

I’m going to have a hard time writing this blog, because, well, I just had a weekend I never want to repeat. Sometimes I think of it and laugh, others, more often, I think of it and can only sit shocked. Stunned. Amazed. Sad.

DeAndra and I flew up to Portland, OR so I could buy a car. A 1982 diesel Volkswagen Vanagon, a van I’ve been lusting over for the past month and a half. It’s white, with a great brown stripe down the side. It’s been meticulously cared for, honored, and pretty well kept in the past few years. For it’s condition and it’s type, it was a good price.
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Malawi, Africa – Part 1

Posted by vern | Posted in Travel | Posted on 17-07-2008

The internet has found Malawi. Here’s a quick photo update of our adventures in Malawi, Africa.

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“Filmmaker: Natural Habitat”
My camera has seldom been off. Malawi is far more beautiful than I imagined. So far, I’ve shot 100 gigs of HD footage, a roll of Super 8, and about 200 still shots. Melinda’s been using a field recorder to capture the song and sound of Malawi.

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“The Baobao Tree”
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Pullman Hobo Fest, Chicago Sept 6-7

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 10-07-2008

Somehow I got on a mailing list…and this is what I received. Thought I’d pass on the info since I cannot be there…For those who don’t know, Chicago has long been known to house many hobos…well, back in the day, at least. With all those hobos and Polish food, it’s sad to be missing out.

Pullman Hobo Fest
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Current Status Update

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 09-07-2008

We’ve got no money.

In the entire scheme of filmmaking, we’re broke.  The SAG agreement for “Ultra Low Budget” films is “less than $200,000″.  Right now, we’re at 5% of that.  We haven’t yet done out our full budget—but basically, we’re already in the red.  Just thinking about where to spend that money…runs us out of money.

So, here’s some things that have happened in the past week to make us smile:

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LA Times, On RVs Again – They’re Onto Us

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 09-07-2008

In the neverending saga of the fight against people living in their motorhomes, Los Angeles and Venice Beach are launching a full-on attack. There have been complaints and movements like this before, but this one may be it.
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I’ll be back August 18.

Posted by vern | Posted in Travel | Posted on 07-07-2008

I’m leaving this evening on an exciting little trip:

First Stop — 3 weeks

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Malawi, Africa
Filming a documentary for the non-profit org., Water Wells For Africa in Malawi. Something I’ve always wanted to do. We’ll be living in remote villages where the land is our bathroom — just like the good old days in the Winnebago.

Second Stop — 6 days
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Hobo…housing?

Posted by jeff | Posted in Friends, Storytelling | Posted on 03-07-2008

For the past week, I’ve been a grounded hobo. House sitting, a hobo’s best friend. No cops to bother me, no street sweeping to worry about (although, to be fair, I still have to move Dick), warm showers, electricity. Would I take it permanently, not yet. But it’s nice as it goes.

Hello Venice Beach. Here’s my view. You can start being jealous.