Sunday, June 04, 2006

sass mouth

I was editing a segment with my friend Tracy for the video and had to pull out some parts where I was giving her some crap. I ended up dumping some of them into a clip and was going to post them here. I called to ask if I could then realized it was pretty much just me ripping on her for three minutes and decided against it. She left a message saying it was ok before I had a chance to get back to her so here's a link with her blessings.

Remember these are just a rough edit of blooper footage so it's nothing fancy. :0)

Tracy's Bloopers



At 5:46 PM, Blogger mindakms said...

Okay, so you want to know if I thought that was funny or not? My son was telling me through the whole thing, "Mom, QUIT wheezing!" You know, the wheezing laugh where no sound is coming out.
I know you aren't going to mock CM through the whole film, maybe you won't mock them at all, but a girl can dream...on planet Jar-gon.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger ScrapScene said...

The clip was funny, I can't wait to see your movie. Looks very intriguing!

At 10:15 PM, Blogger wes said...

Good Grief Minda,

You read this thing more than I do! ( and lets face it, if I can get only one person to read this thing it makes it all worth while... )

I pretty much mock everyone because there's so much of human nature to laugh at... especially myself.

Thanks for your interest Minda. You rule.


At 2:43 AM, Blogger Kell said...

Amen! I mean come on if we didn't laugh at ourselves, or mock other people how boring would life be?? hey heres a thought, Scrapbook about that! haha how boring it would be if we didn't make fun of ourselves.

and I am sure more and more people read this they just are too chicken to comment! keep up the good work.

At 7:11 AM, Blogger DZmama said...

Wes and Tracy,
I love both of you ! It's only by God's great plans (Jeremiah 29:11) that God has crisscrossed your lives in the making of "Scrapped". Addendum to Psalm 135 "Praise the God who. . .uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things here on earth."

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Great stuff! I agree that a ton of people are reading this, especially after your convention Fuji tour. I noticed that you bleeped out CM as the makers of the punches Tracy was showing. Trust me everyone that has ever heard of scrapbooking knows a CM product by the classic blue color alone : )

Now my question is are you going to be interviewing people from the newbies of the scrapbook direct sales arena or is CM the only special one?

At 6:00 AM, Blogger wes said...

re. interviews with companies, the focus is interviewing people and the concepts not really the products. WHat makes it into the final edit is more her explaining about acid free and sorting pictures before you just jump in. I know Tracy personally and Creative Memories ground zero happens to be about an hour from my house so she's in it as the only person I knew at the time that sold products and CM was the only company that agreed to let me behind the scenes to show how big the products industry is.

I'm trying to make the focus more the concepts and people so I've got people that do digital scrapbooking, the hard core CM photo safe stuff, chunky / craftsy style, etc.

I would have to say CM is the "special one" because the only other company that returned my calls was Scrapbook Adhesives and they don't sell books and paper. I was actually turned down twice for any connection with CM for months until a couple weeks before I started shooting and had already used a home equity loan to fund the project. For the first several months of working on Scrapped I sent out a dozen info packs to comanies looking for product sponsorships and / or funding and literally couldn't buy a sponsor. Nobody returned my calls and you can't just put someones product in a movie and not expect to get sued if they don't like the spin of your movie. Believe me, if you're shooting scrapbooking with a 12 gauge people tend to shy away from being associated with you.

Once things became popular companies wanted to get on board but by then it became a relationship of sell commercial space which I'm not doing / don't want to do.

People might get in a tizzy because I have CM products in the movie but I also have other things, they're all incidentals. I'm not going to play the balance game and support one companies products over anothers. I'm not trying to sell tools, I'm trying to tell a story and encourage people across the board to scrapbook.

I'm probably not as big a deal as you might think. :0) I asked a local scrapbook store if I could come in for 15 - 20 minutes to take some pictures for an article and they said they were too busy because they had a scrapbooking celebrity coming in the next day so I called another one who cautiously let me in. Sure, her store got in the article and the products got in as window dressing but the story behind the scenes was I took anyone that would have me.

The big exception has been Fujifilm who has helped me promote the project because it's different and it will evetnually encourage people to print out their digital pictures because it's about scrapbooking. I have in the past directly encouraged people to go online and print their photos out from digital to paper and suggested doing it at or, places that use their crystal archival paper because well, it's archival. I've never recieved money from them and they don't give a rip if I have their products in the movie or not. They've just met me and seen what my visoin is and have been behind it 100%.

In the end I'm sure I'll have people razzing me about who / what made it into the movie but if they stop and listen to what actually happened and the long, furstrating, uphill battle it was to even pull this thing off I hope they will be grateful that their favorite passtime got some exposure for the core values of what it is and got more people involved.

Rest assured I'm not cashing in or selling out and yes, even bleeping out their name most everybody can guess it's Creative Memories, especially CM corporate. How jazzed do you think they are that I was teasing a consultant in the middle of a sales routine? Are you jealous that I'm not rheeming you and other people's products? ;0)

I'll just make an open offer to you Melissa. Send me a product and I promise to publicly mock it and it's sales people here on the blog.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger wes said...

I guess I should add also that I am very happy to have CM products in Scrapped because they took a huge chance on me and even now are taking a huge chance even being affiliated with me right now and not actually seeing the movie. When they decided to let me and my crew in they treated us like Kings and gave us the run of their lab and factory for a whole day knowing we were a low budget project, knowing they would probably only get 10 minutes of airtime for 6-7 hours of accomodating us, knowing I was a sarcastic screwball and that I was taking a light hearted outsiders perspective on a subject that 90,000 of their consultants hold sacred.

They're a huge company with huge branding and they had ( probably still have ) no real reason to associate themselves with me or Scrapped until I've established myself so I've got to hand it to them for being good sports with Tracy letting me tease her and Rhonda Anderson letting me interview her and putting outakes of me suggesting they come up with embellishments and papers of crime scenes and handcuffs. It's really a 180 from their image as serious, hard core, photo safe scrappers.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger wes said...

I guess I should also add thanks for chcking in Mellisa! I hope I didn't scare you off with five pages of answers for a one sentance question. DOH!

I'm just trying to be thorough because email and stuff like this is horrible for clear communication. It's hard to read how much emotion someone is putting into something so you need to guess if it's sarcastic, has a deeper meaning, etc. and SO MUCH of it has to do with the mood and frame of mind when the viewer is reading it.

I hope I didn't come off too salty!


At 6:13 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Totally understood and I think taken as intended : )

My question came out of my interest of who you were able to interview and if you are being taken seriously by the big wigs of scrapbook land. It amazes me that more companies did not see the value in what you are doing and that in the end you got the mst respect from a company that is what most people think of as the largest but most conservative group of scrapbookers.

I will gladly send you product or personal layouts for you to mock here : ) I have a feeling though that you will be a little busy the next few months though to deal with a little person like me : ) Best wishes to you and your family. Thanks for doing this project and for your humor : )


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