There is a cleanup ritual I do after each major project brought to completion in my studio. It involves bleach, sage-smudge and alcohol (lots of alcohol.) In the aftermath of the second Jagged Spiral album, I was performing a purge when I discovered a stack of data disks. Many were unlabeled, or marked with cryptic runes. Old projects, pix and backups of who-knows-what. One CD caught my attention. It was labeled in green marker: “FortWorld.avi.”
Fort World was a video project I helped to create as part of the 48-Hour Film Festival. For those who don’t know, the 48HFF is a movie-making marathon in which teams create a short film (around 4 to 7 minutes) with specific required elements, and they only have 48 hours from concept to completion.
The group I worked with was called Chiaroscuro Productions and consisted of a rotating band of folks: the members of Jagged Spiral, our friends, and our significant others (called “The Spiral Wives”). Over the years this group existed, we took turns as producers/directors and everyone pitched in and we gave up one weekend of our lives to complete 3 entries in 4 years.
The Fort World project was done back in 2008, and I hadn’t heard anything about it since the showing at the festival. After 4 years, it’s probably safe to assume no one else is going to post this video to the web, so I pushed a couple buttons and you can see the results on youtube at the link below, along with our other efforts: