March Spec Commercial Project – “The Runner” Recap

Posted by jeff | Posted in Filmmaking | Posted on 31-03-2009

This past weekend we had our second shoot for the monthly projects that we’re attempting to be a part of this year. (See January’s here and a recap from February’s shoot here – the film is still in post-production)

Basically, it was a great shoot. A small crew, a beautiful day to be out hiking/running up and down a mountain, and we got what we needed. For the majority of the day, we were ahead of schedule. I don’t know another time that’s happened…in the history of film.


Director Chuck Oldfield, checking out the shot list for our next move
Read the rest of this entry »

The New Gold Rush

Posted by vern | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 30-03-2009

I’ve been hearing about this new modern gold rush that’s sending thousands of people out into the hills near the Mojave Desert in search of near-$1000-an-ounce gold nuggets. So, as prospectors had a lot in common with hobos, I figured it only appropriate to do a little research and throw some numbers around to see if modern day gold digging would stand as a worthwhile investment of a hobos time and money.

This nugget was found in the Mojave Desert by a guy who went looking for gold:

14″ Super 3-Stage Gold Pan – $9.50
Super Mini Sluice Box – $95.00
Rock Pick – $9.95
Folding Shovel – $11.95
U-Dig-It Hand Trowel – $22.95
Read the rest of this entry »

Shoe Spot tomorrow

Posted by jeff | Posted in Filmmaking | Posted on 27-03-2009

Update on our monthly projects: we were scheduled to shoot last Sunday but due to potential rain on Mount Baldy last weekend, we moved the shoot until tomorrow.

We’ve got a great but small crew. Here they are:

Writer/Director: Chuck Oldfield
Producer: Jeff Stone
DP: Matt Snelson
AC/Craft Service/PA: Alex Garza
Grip: Mark Mendez
Script Supervisor: Bo Belanger
VFX Supervisor: David Sliviak

At this point, we’re still on the search for a runner. Go figure. It’ll all work itself out in the end. At the very least, I’ll be doing it. And you’ll enjoy more of this.


Where the Wild Things Are teaser trailer

Posted by jeff | Posted in Filmmaking, Video | Posted on 25-03-2009

Just a little tease about what I’ve been working on for the last 8 months. Where the Wild Things Are, with Spike Jonze.

Find higher rez versions on

Opening a Wine Bottle with Hammer/Drill/Screw

Posted by jeff | Posted in Bringing Back The Hobo | Posted on 24-03-2009

An attempt to open a wine bottle, hobo style. All we could find that seemed it would work: a screw, a drill, and a hammer.

Step 1: Drill the screw into the cork.

Read the rest of this entry »

SALTON SEA – Photo #1

Posted by vern | Posted in Events/Parties, Friends | Posted on 22-03-2009

I was busy filming our newest short film project, “Now By The Sea”, so I completely forgot to take photos of the trip itself. Saturday night, while Jeff was deep in the desert exploring uncharted golf courses and picking up hitchhikers, about 25 of our friends made a little old fashioned HOBO STEW, and I snapped off this pretty fellow:


I had the best stew I’ve ever made. The secret was: brussel sprouts, whole cloves of garlic, and polska kielbasa.

New Job/Promotion

Posted by vern | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 22-03-2009

I was hesitant to accept a 4 month long reality TV job, as we’re busily developing and finishing many creative Hobosoul projects. But, as I added up the numbers, if I accepted this new job and saved all of the money I made from it, I would have EXACTLY the amount of money to make the purchase of my young professional life — a RED One Camera. I accepted.


Then I got promoted to, officially, Camera Operator. The job is documenting the training of the Orange County Fire Academy recruits as they go through the OCFA fire academy. It basically looks like this:
Read the rest of this entry »

Mando Diao on Europe’s Biggest TV Show

Posted by vern | Posted in Storytelling | Posted on 22-03-2009

The band we’re working with just filmed this video live on a TV show called “Wetten dass”. They took the style of the music video Matt Wignall and I made for them a few months ago and turned it into a big-budget hoopla event. Matt put it best with “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.

Sacramento “Tent City” to close

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living | Posted on 20-03-2009


Sacramento’s “Tent City” is being torn down. A homeless encampment, which has been slowly growing over time, is being evacuated by the city.

It’s been ruled a health hazard, unsafe for human living because it does not have proper facilities. It’s been called dangerous. It’s been called closed.
Read the rest of this entry »

Salton Sea, 2009

Posted by jeff | Posted in Friends, Storytelling | Posted on 19-03-2009

Another year, another great trip to the desert. This year featured a smaller group, approximately 20, more heat, more exploring and more ingredients for the hobo stew.

Read the rest of this entry »

Bumcamping In Japan

Posted by jeff | Posted in Resourceful Living, Travel | Posted on 16-03-2009

Sent to us by David Markland of the LA Metblogs was this article…about living on the streets in Japan. Sounds like it would be much easier than here in LA…but you don’t have quite the luxury that we do in our Winnebago.

Read the rest of this entry »

“Long Term” Storage

Posted by jeff | Posted in Winnebago Experience | Posted on 09-03-2009

Dick’s been at the mechanic for a long, long time. So long that, last week, Ruben moved him into an area of his lot where cars go to die.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Winnebago Experience – Episode 6

Posted by jeff | Posted in Video, Winnebago Experience | Posted on 03-03-2009

Our first project as hobos, The Winnebago Experience, took our lives to the streets of Los Angeles. We’re ultimately going to be editing a documentary of the whole project, but for now, we’ve been slowly (key word) been leaking video onto our site and our youtube page.

Here now is it’s first premiere on our Hobosoul blog, Episode 6: Alternative Lifestyles. It’s official description: “Shortly after moving into his Winnebago, Jeff travels home to NH to break the news to his parents. Christmas morning, 2005, would be a day that Jeff’s parents would not forget.”

Read the rest of this entry »