RocknRolla Ryan Buckley, One-Take Jake LeMaster, and myself set out for Nashville, TN midday Friday (after an appetizing lunch at China Buffet), for the Full Moon Horror and Tattoo Festival. The drive down through Western Kentucky was made complete with music and musings of roadside attractions--which ran the gambit from a dinosaur nature preserve to adult videostore.
Having never visited the Music , the road crew really didn't know what to expect. What we arrived at was an interesting amalgam of tattoo artists, bikers, and horror vendors and definitely one of the most active conventions I have seen.
Friday night, as most first nights run, consisted of settling in and getting a feel for the rest of the weekend's vibe. Amazingly, we grabbed our first interview with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, who was awesome. His enthusiasm and the resulting coverage really energized and motivated us as a trio. We were most fortunate to be bunked up with Daniel Emery Taylor and his wife Ami. No, there weren't any balconies, though there were plenty of bushes around the patio area outside the hotel room.
Saturday got off to a slow start as we sat down with the great Jim O'Rear and his filmmaker friend, Bryan Wilson, both of whose sheer volumes of awesome brought the house electricity down. Somebody mentioned a storm as the cause of the blackout, but I still think it was our stellar accomplices on the other end of the little red table in our interview room. However, we capitalized on the downtime by moving footage, converting videos, and restructuring complex pixellatory algorithms. It's not production work, it's science folks.
With the power back on, literally right as we were semi-complaining, LeMaster and I moved on to the Shadowcast performance of "Repo: The Genetic Opera" in the next hall over. Some more shooting was done, including an introduction/thank you by writer/Graverobber of the film release, Terrance Zdunich. We were quite lucky to be able to talk with Terrance the night before about his amazing work, including the upcoming "The Molting" comic book series. Our coverage commenced with "Pinhead" Doug Bradley, Queen Scream-Queen Debbie Rochon, and the GMX/MTAC group who put on the Shadowcast of "Repo", which was our most populated sit-down to date.
The rest of Saturday night carried on as most second nights do: plenty of good times, party favors, and letting-loose. Sunday carried on with much of the momentum as we talked to artist Joel Robinson, "Repo" scribe Terrance Zdunich, and actor Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects). After some finishing shots for a top secret music video spoof we'd acquired starting the day before, more converting and goodbyes were made before the final send-off.
Stay tuned for more Full Moon 2010 coverage, kiddos!