The montage you watched is a blend of footage that didn’t make it into the final edit of Elephant Direct. Most of these tricks got cut due to the fact that they didn’t fit into the alloted 18 minutes of running time with the particular song restraints we chose to feature or because we preferred using the Super8 or 16mm angles of various clips rather than digital. The footage was shot in Vancouver, Montreal, Albany, New York, Boston, Detroit & San Francisco. Additional filming listed by city in the credits along with the list of riders and a couple messages from Michael Fyfe.
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Jason Auger is a filmmaker from Montréal who has created a few short films before releasing REpublic nationally in 2007. For the last few years he has been collecting super 8mm cameras and projectors and has developed an increasing passion for the medium. He finds the quality to be raw, genuine, and wholesomely organic to the point where he compares the essence of super 8 filmmaking to that of a farmer carefully attending his crop until the harvest. It is a patient process, which like a farmer, the results always vary concerning different circumstances and new challenges. In 2008, Auger’s team was accepted for Color Magazine’s Shoot to Thrill, which was shot exclusively on 16mm rolls. After this point, he was convinced to fully convert over to the expensive, time consuming, stressful mediums of 16mm and super 8mm.