TROOP 4 VIDEOS
The Troop 4 videos are currently offline, but I'm working on getting them online over time. Here's a summary of the B-movie history which involved over 80 minutes of video content and 300 visual effects shots total, horribly goofy acting, and plots that made zero logical sense:
GOD & COUNTRY
Based on a troop award that was attended more by church members than scouts, and largely insubstantial, this simple 3-minute video dates back to 2002. It's notable for being the first T4-related video I ever recorded.
TROOP 4: UNCENSORED, PT. 1
The original Troop 4 video... with missile strike, aircraft theft, questionable merit badges, a surreal news broadcast, and a strange car chase... Dates back to 2003, to excessively fulfill the requirements of the Cinematography merit badge. Other scouts might have recorded a simple 2-minute knot-tying demonstration, but I felt that a 9-minute action-comedy would be better. Then I added the airfield scene later that year... and in 2007 made a few additional changes to several VFX shots, and also added some new music. Even more changes are now being considered for the upcoming online release.
TROOP 4: UNCENSORED, PT. 2
A trip to the deserts of West Texas... accidental misuse of gasoline resulting in an explosion, giant bugs, aliens, hallucinations, two lost scouts, and a climactic battle against cub scouts which makes no sense whatsoever. I'd like this video online soon... I've been re-editing it lately with over a dozen new or enhanced VFX shots.
TROOP 4: UNCENSORED, PT. 3
Recorded on location, in Hawaii. Featuring a battle of foam balls, a plane crash on a remote island, lost scouts, poison berries, dinosaur attacks, evil Minhthien with a FundLaser, and a volcanic eruption and aerial dogfight at the end... and Jacob as the evil "El Fatso". (and bring me a roasted rat!) At a staggering 27-minute length, it's easily the longest Troop 4 movie.
GOD & COUNTRY FLYING CIRCUS
Not a Troop 4 video, technically, but it featured a mix of former Troop 4 scouts who attended the God & Country program. Notable for the Bible study/gunfight, scouts with superpowers, and spoofing of random TV shows. Also, there was a Minhthien music-video tribute that ended with me getting 'stabbed' in the head. Which arguably explains a lot about me. (laugh)
TROOP 4: UNCENSORED, PT. 4
I never realistically thought I could make this feature-length story into a video, so I turned it into a comic book. So... it'll be in the comics section. It's generally referred to as 'Troop 4: Diamond War'. It was meant to be a sequel both to the popular Arkansas comic and to the Troop 4 video series.
TROOP 4 TV: SEASON ONE
Intended to be three 7-minute episodes, a catastrophic hard drive failure destroyed key footage and reduced this $700 mini-epic to under half its intended length. It currently exists as three episodes of 3-4 minute length per episode, constructed from video that I was able to salvage.
Memorable scenes included an exploding house, a campsite tsunami, an alligator attack, and more... Still, the 8 1/2 minute movie is a tragic fragment of the 21-minute epic I had intended to create. A recent 12-minute re-edit has added back some of the surviving lost material, but not a lot.
TROOP 4 TV: SEASON TWO
There had been discussion of a Season Two, with Albert Rivera directing. Because Rivera has drifted away from Troop 4 lately, his video and video game will probably never see completion. But my versions will!
I'm making Season Two as a cartoon and I'm happy to say that all of the voice-acting audio related to this project and the Troop 4 adventure game, is in the can. So both of these projects are in a good position to move forward.
TROOP 4 TV: SEASON THREE
And we return to the world of live-action video with this bayou hiking trip gone horribly wrong. It's the story of scouts enduring the horrific consequences of the damage they've caused to each other and everyone and everything around them. A desperate last-minute reshoot that attempts to bridge a few narrative gaps, just might make this the longest Troop 4 movie of all of them, with an estimated total length of 30 minutes.
NONE OF THESE VIDEOS IS CURRENTLY ONLINE, but I would like to get them online by end of year 2016 and I will if I can cover the remaining costs of the new projects (and recutting the old ones) and if I can do the remaining post-production and animation work required, which is probably still in the 150 hour range. I'm sending out emails requesting digital signatures from key people who still have not signed release forms, but even for the scouts I *have* contact info for, it's hard to get anyone to read the agreement, much less sign it.
GUYS, YOU HAVE TO SIGN IF YOU WANT THESE VIDEOS ONLINE.
It may be a while before online release, we'll see, but there will be some local screenings a bit before that happens, so if you are in the Houston area, keep an eye out for that here.