Time Loses All Meaning – Deleted Scene

Many of our fans have been anticipating the release of our film. Earlier this month we posed a challenge to our fan base. We told them if they would help us get our total number of followers on our?Facebook fan page?to 4,000 that we would post a deleted scene from our drum corps movie. Our fans really rallied because it only took a few days for our total number of fans to jump from 3,500 to 4,000 on Facebook! Our film has been crowdsourced from the... Read More

Growing Our Audience

It’s one thing to make a movie, but if not many people know it exists then what’s the point? Our target audience for the documentary are members, alumni, and fans of both drum and bugle corps and marching band. Ultimately it’s a movie that is structured to work for a wide audience so anyone can watch it and get ?something from it, but we need to primarily get people involved with the marching arts on board first. ?We talk to quite... 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

Anatomy of a Teaser

We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on our teaser trailer that we posted a month ago. It’s very cinematic and the credit truly goes to Nathan Haugaard for his amazing Steadicam work. Many of the crew members that we’ve hired were drum corps veterans and Nathan is no exception. His enthusiasm for the activity could not be contained. Not only was he excited to shoot with us, he quickly learned where he could and more importantly couldn’t... Read More

Will you excite one person?

One of the questions that we are often asked from our supporters is: “What else can I do to help?”? Well, one of the simplest ways does not cost a penny and takes just a few seconds.? Of course, we are talking about building our support network by letting your friends, colleagues, fellow music and film lovers, and families know about “Scouts Honor.” Since the inception of this project, we have been overwhelmed by the support... Read More

Assembling the Rough Cut

Screengrab from a scene involving Hunter & Madison Scouts' visual staff member, Nick Monzi in Mac's Final Cut Pro X project.   We must have hundreds of hours worth of HD video and audio for “Scouts Honor”. ?Our crew shot on and off for just over a year (from July 2011 through August 2012). ?Months were spent combing through the material and now we are assembling it into a story. ?There are many hours of great material,... Read More

Campaign Progress & Updates

Our current fundraising campaign, called ?The March To The Rough Cut?, is going very well. ?We launched it one week ago on January 30th and have had great response from our fans. It gives contributors the opportunity to personally shape the final product of ?Scouts Honor!? ?For all information regarding ?The March to the Rough Cut? please visit our campaign page. ?And be sure to help spread the word to your friends and family. ?Every $10 contribution... Read More

Expanding Our Audience

One challenge that we face with our documentary is finding ways to expand our audience.? It’s pretty easy to get people who have a close association with the Madison Scouts, whether they are marching members, staff, alumni, or parents of members excited about “Scouts Honor”, but we know that this story will connect with others outside of the drum corps community if we can make them aware of it. In 2011, when Tom and I decided to... Read More