Home Video Prep and More Screenings

While the 2015 drum corps season is in high gear, we’ve been getting material ready for the home video versions of our documentary film “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood.” We captured hundreds of hours of video and audio during our various production phases and much of it didn’t end up in the finished product. There were also a lot of scenes that were put together that were ultimately removed from the final film. Many of these are being compiled into a series of deleted scenes which will end up on the “Ultimate” Bluray edition of the film. Those along with other bonus features have taken more time than expected to prepare, but we wanted to give you a quick update.

We’re pushing forward with self distributing the film which has it’s own sets of challenges. Soon you will be able to preorder the DVD and Bluray on our website, and there will be a digital version available as well. Hopefully, the downloadable and streaming versions will be available on multiple platforms. We are still working out those details.


Camera operators Matt Noren (Left) and Nathan Haugaard (Right) with Director/Producer Mac Smith

The option of screening the film in your local movie theater is still available and will remain that way into 2016. We firmly believe that the best way to experience our documentary is on the big screen with theatrical surround sound, but we also know that not everyone can see it that way. Therefore the next best thing will be to watch it at home or on the go.

Meanwhile, we’ve had a couple of noteworthy screenings over the past few weeks. Director/Producer, Mac Smith was able to travel to Southern California for a Gathr Films screening in Burbank. The audience was a mixture of drum corps fans, Madison Scouts alumni, crew members and old friends. Mac hosted a Q&A after the film which we broadcasted via Periscope and plan to post on our YouTube channel very soon. It’s always great when one of us can get to a screening to hear the comments, see how people are connecting with the film and answer questions.

Another screening just took place in conjunction with the Madison Scouts’ home show, “Drums on Parade.” An alum of the corps arranged for this special screening at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, and the venue was full of Scouts alumni, and friends of the corps who cherished the opportunity to watch the film and recollect on their own experiences with the Madison Scouts. Over two dozen alumni gathered at the front of the auditorium after the film to join each other, arm in arm and sing the corps song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s certainly rewarding for us when we hear reactions from alumni of the corps. We did two interviews with journalists from the Madison area leading up to this screening. One with Rob Thomas from the Cap Times and the other with David Klein from Lake Front Row. Our crew is very thankful for the press that we receive about the film.


Madison Scouts alumni singing the corps song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” after the Barrymore Theater screening

If you are considering the option of requesting a screening for this coming Fall, maybe as a fundraiser for a performing arts group, we encourage you to start planning now. It often takes a few weeks for Gathr Films to confirm the requested theater, so it’s best to give yourself at least a 12 week window between the time you request the screening and your actual screening date. The promotion is largely on the shoulders of the person who requests the screening, so pull together a team to help you get the word out because these screenings only happen if enough tickets are presold. A helpful tool to utilize is the Facebook group that we started for “Movie Captains.” Take some time to read through the posts and the comments. You can see what has worked, and not worked for other people. It’s also a great place to ask questions to current & former “Movie Captains,” but also to us, and representatives from Gathr Films.

We appreciate your support and your help getting the word out about our documentary film. Not only are you supporting an indie film, but you are helping to grow the drum corps activity by letting more people know about our movie.

Have a fantastic summer!

The Scouts Honor Team

2 Responses to “Home Video Prep and More Screenings”
  1. Lewis Bosworth says:

    When will the documentary be available for purchase? How can I find out?

    • admin says:

      We are working out those details now. Stay tuned for announcements about the home video release. We’ll post updates here and on our social media channels.

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