Where it all kinda began…

Okay, so this wasn’t the first video we ever did, but it was a huge turning point in the direction that we took our videos.

The Day In Hot Springs was created primarily as part of an assignment for Ms. Starr’s English 2 class. Jesse and Taylor were given the assignment, which was to make a video showing what they do in an average day in Hot Springs, since Ms. Starr had gotten tired of every student complaining about how there was nothing to do in Hot Springs.

Then, while sitting together on a lunch break, Jesse and Taylor suggested to Justin that he could help. After all, he’d been doing a couple videos before this project rolled around. He agreed.

Now Taylor and Jesse had a few great ideas for scenes, but nothing really to tie them all together. Just the idea to do a video showing not only what we never did, what what could never actually happen.

So Justin gathered all their ideas, added his own, and came up with a approx. 14 page rough script. They invited their friend (and Taylor’s then-bf) Jim to join them, and they all set out to make the video.

Day one of filming, which was on Thursday, May 18, 2006, produced only one useable scene, and the best two events of the day (both of which involved Jim falling and getting hurt) weren’t even caught on film.

The next two days were spent filming all the other stuff. They called upon friends Josh “Tater” Tatum to play a comical version of himself that was in reference to “Taterfied,” Scott Akers to play the peanut butter ninja (was was originally going to have a showdown with Jesse actually slinging peanut butter and jelly at each other), Matt Luebeck as the “old man on the rock/Mt. Dew Monster,” and Jake Pannill as Indiana Jake, a reference to another video involving the same character.

Basically, a Day In Hot Springs was supposed to be Skeeter Bite’s greatest hits, though the hits had yet to even be completed.

Justin worked through a grounding to rush the video to completion. By the end of filming, Taylor was very aggravated, and everyone else was getting tired and just wanted to get finished. After filming was done, the video was quickly edited together on Sunday evening, and Justin went home before even reviewing the footage.

Fortunately, Matt and Jesse watched it through and caught a lot of mistakes Justin made, including a couple scenes where he forgot to cut around certain footage and left the outtake footage on there! The sloppy edit is still in the archives here.

The video was shown in class and got a near-perfect score; it was docked only a point because it was way too long. Later edits to the video, as Justin tweaked and perfected, made the video more manageable than the original, which had no music and poor editing, and made it seem to drag on forever, even though later edits ran much longer.

In 2007, Justin did a finalized edit, which is the version used in showings today. It contains all the correct dialogue, edits, and music that had been missing or had been changed since the original edit in early 2006. A “YouTube only” edit of part 4 of 5 of A Day In Hot Springs is on its way, eliminating the background song that gets filtered when the video is posted online.

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