Conceived and shot 2003. Re-edited in 2012. "Like A Tree" is my first short film, with a friend of mine named Joel Legros. The story was his idea. I had just gotten my first mini DV camcorder (a Canon GL1) and we were excited to give it a go.
NOTE: Please note that the censored areas of the video are movie posters or company logos which we did not have permission to use (of course, as this was shot on zero budget), and I did not want to have the video removed from YouTube for copyright infringement. The original video (without the censoring) can and will be seen elsewhere. I'll update the video info as soon as that happens.
Also, I wanted to censor all copyrighted images as a personal statement against the SOPA act which I am VEHEMENTLY against!!! It is such bullshit that one has to censor copyrighted images even if they were in the background of a stupid short film that's less than 3 minutes long. There's no way we (at the time, and presently) could have afforded to get the rights to use those images from the film companies/distributors, even though we paid for all of the posters seen in this video, and paid for the two bottles of water seen. It is my belief that if you pay for something, it should be allowed to be "seen" in a video, short film, or any type of independent film. If anything, it's just free advertising for the companies involved in the creation of that object or piece of art.
Copyright has gotten way, WAY out of control. Greed, greed, greed, greed, greed. Nothing but greed. And it's fuckin' lame.
So that's another reason I wanted to censor the imagery.
I plan on posting a video about censorship and copyright soon, and why it is so wrong and so stupid.
In the meantime, please enjoy the mindless entertainment that is "Like A Tree."
FYI-- when Joel says "it's like a tree" at the end... here is what he means: when you are parched/thirsty... and you first ingest a refreshing beverage, you can feel the water running through your body, like the roots of a tree. I never thought about that, until he brought it up... and it made me chuckle, so we decided to make a short film describing the refreshment.
Thank you for watching and for reading this description, Chris Caulder