How The Film Came About
From the outset of the Project I filmed as much as possible. Since I had no idea what twists and turns the Project might take I wanted to have the option of perhaps creating a film later.
With a simple handheld camera and even my phone at times I captured footage from meetings, interviews, rehearsals, events, and performances. I’d often setup the camera, turn it on and go about my business hoping I remembered to turn everything on. I once filmed an entire performance from side-stage forgetting to turn on the mic!
Fortunately once performances began in 2014 a professional videographer came onboard and technical snafus lessened; sadly tech problems never disappear, they only seem to get more complicated!
In July 2014 with videographer Richard Montague in tow, I traveled to New York City to film at several locations a few days before a performance of My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg in my hometown in upstate New York. While in the City we met-up with Clay Walker the man who took the now infamous photo of David being arrested in 1988. Standing in front of Trinity Church, where David was arrested, an idea popped into my head … construct a film around the story of the photograph.
In or Out?
Fast forward to September of 2016, a few weeks following my retirement: I holed-up at a remote house in the hills overlooking the beautiful Methow Valley in Eastern WA State with the intent of figuring out if I could pull together a film from the material I’d gathered; I had to rule the film idea “in”or “out”. One problem, I’d never made a film before! With no budget I’d have to do everything myself: direct, edit, edit and mix audio, write a script, and finally narrate the thing. Like everything else in the David Serko Project adventure, if I wanted it done, I’d have to do it myself.
With a rudimentary knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software I began assembling a visual story drawing from live performances, interviews, old family movies and so on. As I worked, I recorded an extemporaneous voice-over narration for each scene. I later transcribed what I’d done made a few edits and later recorded the voice over narration in a professional studio. I returned home two weeks later with about 50 minutes of a semi-coherent film… the film was “in”.
Six Months later…
By February of 2017 the film was down to 38 minutes complete with a music soundtrack, including the song “Dance of Love” written about David by Ron Cadmus (another Project discovery) with a terrific vocal track by Broadway performer Michael Demby-Cain. With the able assistance of my pal Eric Perlman we mixed-down the audio tracks and color corrected the entire film, it was finished February 13, 2017.