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Hi reddit. A bit about me: I was a film student at USC, then started sneaking into music festivals using all sorts of different methods, got invited on the road with Mumford & Sons, captured content all along the way and turned it into a documentary that is coming out soon. An unofficial trailer was leaked that has led to some inquiries about the film. I'd love to answer any questions anyone has.
You can check out my official site here:
Hey everyone, thanks for all the great questions! Unfortunately I've got catch a plane to Montreal for a screening of the film up there tomorrow. Woohoo!! Be sure to catch it on MTV end of August!
How are you going to feel when I pirate your movie?
Are you expecting us to believe it was leaked unintentionally?
The thing that got leaked last week has been passed around for a long time now under a password protected link. We originally cut that as a pitch trailer - never intending it to be .seen by the public. It got a load of views when it was even password protected and then, as you saw, got posted publicly by someone
Why should I pay you to see something that you decided you didn't want to pay for? What you did may not have been harming anyone directly, but now you want us to pay you money to compensate you for seeing something the general public would have had to pay to see (live) in the first place.
Do you or anyone on your block have basic cable? If so, won't cost you anything!
I work at one of the festivals you snuck into.
Would you be interested in being hired to test our security? We could always use some advice on how to improve what we do.
I personally have no issue with what you did, but you have to realize you put yourself in serious danger. You could've gotten seriously hurt.
Moreover, if there was a whole group of you, sneaking in could seriously hurt someone else. At Ultra Music Festival this year, a security guard was nearly killed after people decided they wanted to get in the festival without paying and didn't care who they hurt in the process.
You're telling a really heart-warming coming of age story, and that's great, but the whole YOLOSWAG attitude of being willing to steal, deceive, etc. to get what you want is putting all the fun and good times of these events in jeopardy. Food for thought :)
Hey throwawayfestivalguy, you bring up many great points. First off, yes, I would LOVE to consult to festivals on how to beef up their security. That basically means getting paid to sneak into festivals to find the weak spots right? Count me in.
I do not condone using any violence or dangerous measures of sneaking in whatsoever. What happened in Miami (no, I was not there), is really unfortunate and dumb. The whole point is to enjoy an amazing experience at the festival. By putting people at risk by taking it too far completely defeats the purpose.
So you snuck into festivals without paying while I saved up money to go and now you want people to pay you for your story?
I'm not telling anyone to pay for it. Get in any way you can. ;)
So is this apart of the obvious but well thought out marketing plan?
This AMA? To be honest, it's more of reaction to the marketing plan. MTV told me they were going to release all the details today, and I wanted to jump on a little early to be available for questions if there were any. It's nice to have a direct line of communication like this.
Hey James - saw the screening and really loved the documentary.
Not sure if you saw, but the trailer was on the front page of r/videos last week, and a lot of the comments were calling into question the authenticity of the movie (i.e. not all the footage was from your cameras, especially since it was being produced by MTV), and others were criticizing your methods, compared to the "legitimate" approach that most photographers have to take to earn a press credential.
What's your response to these two criticisms?
Hi Trickballin, yea - I've been sent a lot of links to both of those issues. Let me start with the first one: authenticity of the movie. 90% of this was shot by myself, and the rest of it (mostly shots that I appear in) are shot by my friends. At no point was there an external film crew involved. The entire documentary was made before MTV got involved. They are the distributor of the film. I'm super stoked we're partnering up with them to get this film out there.
As for the methods of gaining the footage and photos I did - well, I wouldn't go back and change anything. If people are angry that I didn't go about the traditional ways of things, they have their right to be angry. No one was hurt, no one was exploited...
How did you get the licenses to all of the music that is in the movie?
Was there any issues with you taking images of an event that you didn't have authorization to photograph those images in?
Licensing was an adventure all its own. Took a year of chasing down bands and getting the film in front of them. The mantra, "Don't take no for an answer" became something to live by. And in the end, some how some way with lots of help from lots of people forwarding the film on, we got the music cleared. Alex Patsavas in particular was a massive help.
Did reddit give you a bulk discount on the fees for putting you on the front page twice?
When I first hit front page a couple weeks ago for the Bear's Den music video, I honestly didn't know much about reddit at all. This time around, people are helping me understand what it is. (a wonderfully democratic and sometimes vile place is what I'm gathering..)
How good did your legal team have to be?
I imagine they have to be pretty good. Luckily they haven't had to be called to action yet :)
I mean, why a documentary about sneaking into festivals?
Hi bucketofrubble, when I was filming the majority of these festivals, I had no plans to make a documentary... I was merely using the camera as a prop just to get in and see the shows. Since I was there and I love photography and film, I ended up shooting quite a bit...
Did they confiscate any of your cameras? If so did you ever get it back?
Luckily, no cameras confiscated. I did get my memory cards taken away at a Jay Z show though end of last summer... Luckily he had seen a rough cut of this film by then and gave the CF cards back to me :)
I think I actually have a pic of you at one of these fests. It was at ACL. Can you confirm? http://i.imgur.com/mCuukUj.png
That's me! One of my best disguises ever...
Hi, did you ever consider just releasing the documentary online on a bit-torrent site? Was the reason you went with MTV the money? Completely understandable if it was, just curious if there was more to it like having their lawyers on your side. Thanks.
Yea I did consider just putting it up on vimeo for awhile. Many reasons - MTV has the platform to get it out far and wide, they can market it more than I ever could, and yes, they have a very beefy legal counsel. :) Money was never a consideration.
What was that? One more time?
What festival is the hardest to sneak into?
For me, Coachella is pretty tight on security.
What were the best and what were the worst experiences with the security team?
Best experiences - the ones the security don't know about.
Worst - would have to be getting kicked out of Bonnaroo and escorted out via farm golf cart 4 miles offsite and dropped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere..
Which camera yielded the best results?
All the cameras I used served different purposes. I think my favorites were my grandfather's Super 8mm camera and the Arri S 16mm camera I "borrowed" from film school.
What was the scariest situation you encountered?
Rod Stewart looking at me and saying, "Who the f*** are you?!"
WHAT DOES TIESTO SMELL LIKE?
Workflow was a mess. There's just no time to offload footage and get organized! I usually brought 4 cameras with me - one digital that can do both stills and video, and a few other analog film cameras. Raw footage - TOO MUCH. The original cut of the film was 3 hours long - we obviously had to cut out a bunch of stuff.
Hey "James". Long time listener, first time fan. Haven't seen the actual film yet but everyone looks really attractive. Congratulations regardless! Quick question: What do you think Joel will think of your film?
I don't think Joel (my "video art" professor in college) will know where to begin to even find MTV as a channel.