VICKtory to the Underdog
1. What made you choose to create a documentary film? At what point
did you decide to make this film?
We started filming random weirdness
in my life many years ago while I was touring the country tattooing. I
have a vault of tapes that would kill an elephant. I was filming some
short youtube stuff about abused pitbulls before the Vick case broke.
The project grew, the experiences got more intense, some of my friends
in LA wanted to be in the film, and presto, we found a real live movie
happening. The story is intense, definitely not Animal Planet type
2. What are your hopes and ambitions for this film?
I hope that the film is seen by people that are in some way changed or
motivated. Not to save dogs, but to do something. Something positive
in their lives and in the lives of those random weirdos that float in
and out of life like disposable ketchup packets. There is so much
happening around all of us so often that it becomes a blur, a lifeless
experience of stagnation. Stagnation is life on pause, as is
frustration. I hope that this film in some way kills that sh*t for
someone somewhere, and they do something awesome for someone or
something they don't know. Random awesomeness.
3. Do you have any formal education in film making?
I did some home porno in college. Does that count? I still have the footage.
4. Did you have an art direction when creating the footage or were
most of the scenes home movies that were edited together?
I had a very distinct direction while we were filming and while we
were editing. Much of the home movie stuff was added here and there,
and found its way into the story.
5. How did you decide what to include in this documentary?
With as many hundreds of hours as we had to argue about, it was really
more of a question of "what are we definitely NOT going to use"???
Much of the footage was not in anyway related to the storyline and I
didn't want to include random weird shit from my life more than
necessary. Shock value debauchery was NOT something I wanted to
utilize at all, but of course everyone involved in editing kept
returning to that. It is an easy jump for people who don't really know
me personally to force feed that drunken gun shooting tattooed lunatic
portrait down the throats of the viewer. It was a difficult aspect of
the project for me.
6. How did you balance your time between creating a film and your businesses?
I didn't it ruined my life and it sucked. I took on way to many things
at one time. I learned a lot from that.