This is where you'll find all our long lost video clips that we've uploaded to YouTube at one time or another... including our little home-made music videos that not many people have seen and some extremely obscure student films from our pre-OOB days!
Everything looks more dramatic in slow motion. This is a little music video Donald compiled in his basement, working without sound and then picking the Out Of Bodie's version of "Hey Jude" and adding it later. "All the bits used were randomly strung together, so nothing was made to sync up or anything" recalls Donald, "In parts they actually do though, it's all by accident."
The song was recorded almost entirely by Dan on his own, doing all the instruments himself - a monumental task. He brought it over to Don's on his 4-track recorder where Joe and Donald added their vocals. Joe sings lead. There's a flub in there towards the end where Joe lost his place and sang a wrong verse - but you'd have to listen carefully to catch it. Only seasoned Beatles aficionados would notice.
Say It Isn't So
Another made for YouTube video of Dan's. Dan explained "Great song I wrote and recorded with my band and great friends Joe Vento , Donald Jefferes & Mark Degross back in the 1990's. This is a semi-live version 2nd version that is sung by all members together. There is a first studio version that was done by me which is totally different. It's also a great version. All the pics are hilarious and taken when the song was done around that same year."
Donald added "If you listen closely this is actually a quite different mix than the 2nd version Dan refers to. Somehow he managed to mix it in a way where it sounds like a third! I dunno, took ME by surprise!"
Waiting for Dan to arrive before the shooting of the "I Wonder" video, Donald and Lloyd shot this - Lloyd's rendition of a Joe song called "Dear Dan" - he recorded his own version and changed it over to "Dear Donald". Confused?
Dead End Delivery
Another of Dan's Hal Roach, Laurel & Hardy inspired films, about a couple of lackey delivery guys ordered to transport a corpse from funeral home to cemetery. Hilariously enough they attempt the feat on foot! This is the first time Dan used his friend Glenn to play off of - a method he would repeat later.
Dan recalls, "It was my first film and even though there was a little planning it was mostly spontaneous and made up as we went along shooting. I think this film is more powerful and universal than the others because it's silent. The actors had to exaggerate more to get the point across which made it more funny. Throughout the years I use to like the film but I didn't think it was better than "Fish Funk'. Now that I look at it recently, this kind of silent filmmaking has great potential to be the best way to go to influence audiences globally. The music soundtrack is key to making it funny. Donald's version put a different song mix midway through the film which was better than my music. It worked."
Introducing Mr Bouncy Bouncy
Not exactly a film... but still funny, no?
Work Trek/The Three Kooges
One of Dan's early School Of Visual Arts films, a spoof on the Three Stooges.
Dan recalls, "This was the wildest film I made because of the miraculous way it was made. No story plot, no set dates on when or where to shoot and no expectations for any of the actors to be there! All the actors in the film were my friends including Joe Vento at the School of Visual Arts. If Donald would have been around at that time in S.V.A. I would have gotten him to be in the film too."
"When I needed to do a scene, I'd just bump into one of the friends in the school and told them do this scene. Sometimes it was easy while other times it required a lot of coaxing and patience, even though they originally said they wanted to do my film."
"It was amazing how the film was done. My other films were planned out but not this one. I feel all films should be shot this way. As a director though you'll need to be calm during the whole situation and go with the flow. It's not my best film but it's my greatest achievement on getting a project done so quickly and miraculously."
Just playing around with a super 8 film camera again, this time at Dan's. The song used as it's soundtrack is one of Dan's spontaneous, un-named 4-track demo recordings.
Jaws (Obviously Not The REAL Movie)
A very early film by Lloyd and Donald about a father and son trip to the beach, filmed on location at Jones Beach, LI.
According to some notes found in an old drawing book, the idea for this movie was concieved on a bus while on route to Jones Beach. Not being prepared to shoot a movie featuring a shark the two actually used a shell that sort of "looked" like a shark's fin briefly, and then returned on a second visit with a more suitable cardboard fin. Lloyd played the part of the idiot son who meets up with the shark, and Donald played the part of the dad who often calls him a schmuck.
Filmed on silent super 8 film, when premiered at the School Of Visual Arts Rotunda Gallery, Donald and Lloyd actually narrated the movie live, and played the accompanying music on a boom box - to thunderous applause and laughs!
"And THAT, my dear, is what you call
an Out Of Bodies experience!"