Cold Day in the Sun

Today could be a bad or a good day for DOFF.
I don’t know, I’m still thinking about it.

This morning I showed DOFF (the first rough editing) to a professional editor (a very kind person) just to have some feedbacks.
I received (thank god!) a lot of interesting advices that certainly will help me to focus on a better direction.
But i probably reiceved some bad news too.

One Step back:
This is my first long movie. (I’m currently a photograper)
I’m trying to use non original Foo Fighters’ tracks and most of the tracks in the movie are just played by tribute bands.
The charachters in DOFF are just fans and their passion for the band.
I haven’t any contact with Foo Fighters yet, at the moment, they don’t know anything about this movie and, as I said in an interview on FFIFC, once I finish DOFF, the first step will be to try to contact the band to have the permission to use their songs. (it will be great!)

I do not earn anything from this movie, but I’m hoping (if it comes out a good job) to have the opportunity to submit in some awards.

In order to better explain the story, as well as to make the film more complete, in a very small part of it, I’m using some materials about FF that I found on the internet.
For example i’m using some videos found on YouTube: few seconds from the Loollapalooza concert, few seconds from the Garage Tour, few words from that wonderful interview by Sam Jones to Dave Grohl in Off Camera (very short sections).

The editor I just spoke with gave me a bad news.
He’s not a lawyer, but he has got the feeling that it may be easier to get the liberatory from the band, than the one form the other brands owners (Youtube, BlackBerry, lollapalooza’s multiple owners, Sam Jones etc.)
In other words, he believes that I will never have the rights to use that material! Even if it is a very small part of my movie…

From the beginning of this project I knew that, sooner or later, I would have had to deal with this part.
I have voluntarily decided not to deal with it before.
For one simple reason: while not having a production or a law firm behind me, if I had considered this problem before, I would not have ever even started!
It was a risk that I was conscious about.

Which brings us to the second part of this story:
Once this meeting was over, I received a phone call from a friend and collaborator: “Hello Stefano, do you remember the videoclip we weren’t hired for, after many meetings, because of budget reasons? The video has been made by another production, but by using our  ideas!”

It happens, and honestly I do not give a shit.
This episode can be added to others, such as when the Adv agency tried not to pay the agreed  fee; or when a big brand re-used the same campaign shooted by me years ago, without paying the rights and without even telling me.
I am aware that these shitty things are quite common all over the world, but sometimes I think the shit stinks in Italy more than elsewhere…

These two facts’ timing is quite symbolic:

– On one hand I have a work that has been made with passion and heart, that I hope will open a little window toward the future.
A huge work, a kind of mission impossible, which  I’m very happy to do, even if everything can be stopped by bureaucracy.

– On the other hand, the dishonest way of working  that is carried very often now.
A tired practice of an industry (like many others) now wrecked by a huge economic crisis in a total absence of human, ethical and professional values, with very few perspectives toward the future.

Honestly i don’t know what to think about all this and maybe i don’t want to think about it at all.
It’s sad and kind of reassuring at the same time, the failure rate in both cases is high.

People often ask me:
“Why are you working on DOFF? What’s the reward?”
And i’m very embarassed and with a sense of guilt (i’m 39 not 19) because I know that the only right answer is:
“I want do it. Making DOFF is my first reward!”

Am i a looser for these feelings? Maybe…but, as far as I can see it, being a looser has never been so cool.

In a big adv agency in Portland there is a big mural: Fail Harder.

As a reminder to employees that failure is acceptable as long as you do it in a spectacular way.

And sure i’m trying to do my best.
Fail Harder it’s a good option, even if sometimes i feel that is the only option.