Vampyre Weekend

1262_547064272016855_499445010_nThere was no way I WASN’T going to be there. First professional football game at Varsity Stadium in 54 years – a place that was built in 1911 – and completed ninety minutes before the 2nd Grey Cup was played.

There was no way I WASN’T going to document the occasion somehow. My ticket was for standing room only, but since I was armed with a professional looking camera and lens package, I just walked into the restricted area and acted like I was supposed to be there. No one stopped me.

Four hours later, I had shot over 1,300 photos – a number of them being the first photos ever taken of a professional football game at Varsity, featuring the CN Tower in the background.

I’m spending the weekend fashioning those photos into a documentary music video of the event. I’m calling it One Thursday in TO. As of this moment, I’m about 30 seconds into it, and I’m thrilled with the way it feels.

I’ve long been interested in connecting the Argonauts with other scenes around Toronto. Details on what that vision might look like have aways been somewhat less than specific, but like porn, I’ll know it when I see it.

I think I’ve glimpsed it thus far.

My goal is to finish this video by Monday morning. I need to prove to myself that I can turn around big projects like this within a reasonable period of time. Not only that, but if I take much longer, this video will be old news as the Argos prepare for their Season Opener on Thursday.

Lisa was over last night as I began noodling with it. She was with me when I picked the music – Vampyre by Toronto band We watched the bones of it come together. Hair stood up on the back of my neck. I’m soooooo excited to bring this thing to life.

When I dropped her off last night, Lisa commented that I was far too happy for 2am. I guess that’s what happens when I dive headfirst into my art.

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