Provided you read that as “nineteen ninety hate” and not “one ninety nine hate” the title sort of makes a false suggestion. You’re probably thinking I’m referring to 1998. It’s kind of like this thing I heard at a party recently. You say, “Spell ‘top’” and they all like “T-O-P” Then you say, “What does S-T-O-P spell then?” They say, “Stop.” Then you ask “What do you do at a green light?”
Perhaps you had to think about that a moment, and if so you see what that trick does. So let me explain what I mean by “nineteen ninety hate.”
Contests have been a part of the ATW history since Alpha… uh, that is Sniffles (sniff). The fact is that while the intent was to make a public access show, our first completed project was a piece that Miguel and I did called “Chris and Miguel: A Hate Story” circa 1994. That’s the explanation. Hope I was clear.
There are lessons that we learned from this endeavor, and should probably keep in mind today. Having a hard deadline pushed us to get things done. We either had the tape in the mail by June 15, 1994, or we weren’t in the contest. Sadly, we spend most of our lives without hard deadlines. And giving ourselves hard deadlines is kind of a moot point, because they’re probably more soft than anything.
What I remember about that time was a unified sense of purpose. We woke up and we tried to figure out what needed to be done for the project. We didn’t sit around worrying about whether or not we had people to play the different parts. We just had people to play the different parts, because we had to.
We’ve had this sort of sense of purpose at various points throughout our time as amateur videographers: Summer Project ’95, Episodes 1-6 of Sniffles (sniff), Season One ATW, and the first six days of shooting Season Two ATW. Our downfall is that it doesn’t turn on and turn off on occasion. Our downfall is that when it turns off, it turns off for a long time. Just look at the time span between what I listed above. It’s usually years. You don’t find too many success stories that read, “Well we kind of worked on it for two months then took about ten months off dabbling a little here and there, then worked for two months, then took a about a year off dabbling again, then got serious for six months, then got mad at each other for a bit, then half of us started working with someone else a few years later and did alright with it for a while and then just dabbled with things for a few years, and then got serious for six days, and then I don’t know what we did.”