sooooooooo its Monday a.m. 3/12 and i get a call from Eric De Fino of Raygun Films...
he says... "Wallee, the Couger has landed and we leave on Friday !"

it looks like another awesome road trip....
John Mellencamp had been a long time fan of Turner Classic Movies and decided he wanted the same Directors and Writers that shot the TCM promos to shoot his next video.. BUT, he can ONLY shoot on Sunday and it has to be at his studio in Bloomington IN.

He found Eric and Scott and they GOT BUSY !!...


fast forward to Friday afternoon... like ALL TV/Film productions everything seems to firm up last minute.. you need contracts signed, funds transferred, everyone's time schedule is on the change, etc etc... thats just the way it works.. 

Eric calls me and he's trying to book flights ASAP, but with the winter storm up north we decide to drive so we dont get stranded somewhere crazy like Boise Idaho...
Eric, Dwight, and myself leave at Saturday 1am est.. drive 8 hours and get to Bloomington at 9am..
i drove most of the night and "BIG E" drove the last hour and as we get into Bloomington Eric says,... "If i don't find a Starbucks I'M GONNA TAKE A HOSTAGE !!"

sorry but that to me was the funniest thing i heard on the whole trip... OK, maybe not the funniest... we had a good laugh about something else Sat. evening but you'll never get it out of me... 

Thats my new favorite saying.. "I'm gonna take a hostage..."

sooooooooooooo,... we roll in at 9am.. check in grab some food and GO TO WORK !!
we build and light a beautiful set on Saturday shoot some b-roll stuff and FINALLY at 11pm get some sleep...

we shoot John all day Sunday,... he's a very nice person and is super excited about this video... we "wrap" 11pm and decide to drive back home...

wooooooooooooooooo 8hours of sleep in 3 1/2 days...
YOU GOTTA LOVE OUR BIZ !!!

check out Erics myspace,.. he will get the video up sometime soon
http://www.myspace.com/rayguncreative 

here are a few production stills from Sunday,.. we were under a crazy time constaint so i didnt get to take to many

THESE GUYS ARE AWESOME....

the video.

John Mellencamp - The Americans from Raygun on Vimeo.