Reflecting Back & Moving Forward

The end of the year is a good time to assess what’s been achieved and what’s still left to be done. ?We’ve made great strides over the last 12 months with the documentary. While we had the majority of the footage shot before this time last year, none of it had been edited together. Our post production interns were organizing the media by synchronizing audio to video and adding valuable metadata to make it easier to find the necessary... Read More

Nisei Challenge Update

We are thrilled to announce that our goal of $3000 has been reached! The Nisei Ambassadors have matched that dollar for dollar which brings the campaign total to $6000. ?When this campaign was planned we set the end date for Sunday, December 22nd. ?Even though we reached the matching goal we are continuing the campaign through the end date to raise additional funds for finishing the film. Here’s Mac Smith to tell you more about the last days... Read More

Live Filmmaker Q&A with Chuck Henson

Madison Scouts’ alumnus, Chuck Henson will be moderating a LIVE Q&A session with the “Scouts Honor” filmmakers at Noon (CST) on Sunday, December 15th for a “Hangout On Air” on Google+ & YouTube. If you have never heard of a “Hangout On Air,” it is essentially like a live video broadcast that will include the two directors of the documentary Mac Smith and Tom Tollefsen, as well as co-producer John “JT”... Read More

The Songs in “Scouts Honor” (so far)

Music is an essential component to “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood”. In some ways you could categorize the film as a music documentary. ?It certainly follows a music based activity, and while it is essentially a character focused story we take the music very seriously in the film. Part of the idea for this film in the first place were the 5.1 audio recordings that Director/Producer Mac Smith heard from Co-Producer ?John “JT”... Read More

Nisei Matching Challenge

We’re happy to announce that we’ve been approached from representatives from the Nisei Ambassadors Alumni Trust, a group that has supported our documentary film “Scouts Honor” in the past. ?The Nisei Ambassadors drum corps existed from 1959 to 1971. ?They have an alumni base that is still very active and have placed their trust in our vision for the film and its impact on a wider audience. ? To show their continued support,... Read More

Tales from the American Film Market

While we have our own ideas about how to get this documentary out to the masses, we decided that it would be valuable if I traveled to Santa Monica, California to attend the American Film Market which is often referred to as “AFM”. ?It’s essentially a trade show for the independent film industry. AFM lasts 7 days, and it’s an important event for foreign film buyers, distributors, sales agencies, financiers, ?film producers,... Read More

A New Phase for “Scouts Honor”

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve entered a new phase with “Scouts Honor”. The movie has been handed over to another picture editor to work on the cut. Up to this point director/producer, Mac Smith has done almost all the picture editing and he got the project to the point where we were could screen it at the Madison Scouts’ 75th Anniversary Event last month.   We like where the movie is now, but we know that it... Read More

Scouts’ Alumni interviewed on the Marching Roundtable

We were very pleased this morning when we heard the new podcast episode from the Marching Roundtable. ?We knew it was going to be about the Madison Scouts’ 75th Anniversary Event and we knew who they interviewed about the festivities, but we had no knowledge of what was talked about specifically during the 45 minute interview. Tim Hinton from the Marching Roundtable interviewed Robert Pilot (70’s Madison Scouts’ alumnus), Chuck Henson... Read More

The Advanced Screening at the 75th Party

This past weekend marked a milestone for both the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps and the “Scouts Honor” project.? Alumni, current Scouts, families, friends, and supporters descended on Madison, Wisconsin for a celebration of the Scouts’ 75 years of continuous operation.? Numerous activities were held, including a golf outing,? amazing displays showcasing the Scouts’ history, and a banquet on Saturday night featuring... Read More

Introducing our Composer

There are lots of ideas, considerations, decisions, and experiments when it comes to putting a movie together. In many ways a movie and especially a documentary doesn’t become a movie until hundreds of hours are spent in the editing room. ?While “Scouts Honor” is a music centric documentary we’ve always had ideas in the back of our minds about how to supplement the drum corps music with musical score. ?We wanted to contrast... Read More

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