Theatrical On Demand

Many of you have been asking about when our documentary feature will be released. While we haven’t finalized the details or the dates, we can tell you that we are planning to release our drum corps movie this summer.  The movie will be available through a company that specializes in “theatrical on demand” screenings. We have been telling you for many months that the sound in our movie is something you really have to experience. ... Read More

A Chance to Grow Drum Corps

Each drum corps has their own style, history and rabid fan base. You can compare drum corps to professional football teams in many ways, and you could argue for days whether each group had a good year, a bad year or if they are heading in the right or wrong direction with their program. This is a competitive activity and the public likes to see a clear winner and analyze the scores. We understand that there are fans of the activity that live and... Read More

Refining the Story

As we near picture lock on our documentary feature film we have to step back and look at the big picture.  Are we still telling the story that we want to tell? Does the structure of the film work with a beginning, middle and end? We’ve taken scenes out, put some of them back in, rearranged them, made them shorter, created new scenes….all things to make the movie the best we can.  There’s certainly a specific timeline in a drum... Read More

Growing Our Audience

It’s one thing to make a movie, but if not many people know it exists then what’s the point? Our target audience for the documentary are members, alumni, and fans of both drum and bugle corps and marching band. Ultimately it’s a movie that is structured to work for a wide audience so anyone can watch it and get  something from it, but we need to primarily get people involved with the marching arts on board first.  We talk to quite... Read More

Reflecting Back & Moving Forward

The end of the year is a good time to assess what’s been achieved and what’s still left to be done.  We’ve made great strides over the last 12 months with the documentary. While we had the majority of the footage shot before this time last year, none of it had been edited together. Our post production interns were organizing the media by synchronizing audio to video and adding valuable metadata to make it easier to find the necessary... Read More

Nisei Challenge Update

We are thrilled to announce that our goal of $3000 has been reached! The Nisei Ambassadors have matched that dollar for dollar which brings the campaign total to $6000.  When this campaign was planned we set the end date for Sunday, December 22nd.  Even though we reached the matching goal we are continuing the campaign through the end date to raise additional funds for finishing the film. Here’s Mac Smith to tell you more about the last days... Read More

Live Filmmaker Q&A with Chuck Henson

Madison Scouts’ alumnus, Chuck Henson will be moderating a LIVE Q&A session with the “Scouts Honor” filmmakers at Noon (CST) on Sunday, December 15th for a “Hangout On Air” on Google+ & YouTube. If you have never heard of a “Hangout On Air,” it is essentially like a live video broadcast that will include the two directors of the documentary Mac Smith and Tom Tollefsen, as well as co-producer John “JT”... Read More

The Songs in “Scouts Honor” (so far)

Music is an essential component to “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood”. In some ways you could categorize the film as a music documentary.  It certainly follows a music based activity, and while it is essentially a character focused story we take the music very seriously in the film. Part of the idea for this film in the first place were the 5.1 audio recordings that Director/Producer Mac Smith heard from Co-Producer  John... Read More

Nisei Matching Challenge

We’re happy to announce that we’ve been approached from representatives from the Nisei Ambassadors Alumni Trust, a group that has supported our documentary film “Scouts Honor” in the past.  The Nisei Ambassadors drum corps existed from 1959 to 1971.  They have an alumni base that is still very active and have placed their trust in our vision for the film and its impact on a wider audience.   To show their continued support,... Read More

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  Artistic Director, James Mason and Executive Director, Chris Komnick make the official announcement of the Macy’s parade news. Yesterday many people sat around the TV to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a tradition that has gone on for decades. Next year the men who have donned the Madison Scouts’ uniform get the chance to put it on once again and march in that famous parade down the streets of Manhattan.... Read More

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