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My Old School Documentary Premieres

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

For over one year I worked closely with executive producer Scott Gabrielson to create a film tracing the history of the largest abandoned school in New England, located in our hometown of Woonsocket, RI. We were granted exclusive access into the building, and gathered numerous interviews with former students, teachers, and city officials. We completed the project in September 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/myoldschool/my-old-school-woonsocket-high-school-documentary" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">check out the Kickstarter HERE). For my work, I was interviewed by GoLocalProv, READ HERE

My Old School premiered October 5th 2013 to a crowd of over 400! Reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly positive, and we are so happy to be able to give this film back to the community. This was Uncommon Sense Production's first feature length documentary - we're already brainstorming ideas for the next one. For now, check out the film's official website for merchandise and and in depth look at the project we invested thousands of hours into.

 

-Jason Allard

 

To learn more about the project and to purchase a DVD, visit:

www.oldschoolwoonsocket.com.

 

My Old School - KICKSTARTER

Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We need your help to finish our project! We have donated all of our time and resources to complete this project and we can't afford the costs to distribute and premiere this film. We want to give back to our community, and we need your help to ensure this historic building's past is preserved. Your donation will help with the post production and distribution process. This includes promotion & premiere fees, projector rental, ticket printing, DVD printing, and film festival registration fees.  


CLICK BELOW TO HELP US OUT ON KICKSTARTER!


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/myoldschool/my-old-school-woonsocket-high-school-documentary

BIG Progress on the Film - My Old School

Posted by [email protected] on April 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Our documentary is officially titled My Old School. I had thought of some other ideas like "I am the Old School" because of the unique personality the building has, but decided it didn't bring out the nostalgia enough. We want people to connect with the film even if they aren't from Woonsocket or Rhode Island, and everyone always says "I remember my old school" or "At my old school...". So, we went with My Old School.


Updates on the Uncommon Blog will be pretty spaced out from now on. Production of the film is kicking into high gear. We've filmed over 25 former students so far, with a whole lot more to follow. I'm in charge of all the editing and post production, so I'll be keeping busy. For more updates on the film go like our Facebook page and check back at the official website at www.OldSchoolWoonsocket.com. I update those much more often - that's where all the news will happen.


We're aiming for a September 2013 release.


Website: www.OldSchoolWoonsocket.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OldSchoolWoonsocket


Thanks for checking,

Jason

Documentary is IN PRODUCTION

Posted by [email protected] on February 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We were granted FULL ACCESS to the abandoned Woonsocket Middle School! So far, we've spent two full 8 hours days inside filming, and it was FREEZING. Since we went in winter, and there's no heat or air circulation in the school, it was about 20 degrees colder than the outside temperature. That made for a day of filming with a temperature of about 10 degrees. I had to put hand warmers on some of the cameras to prevent the screens from locking up.


With that being said, I've never seen anything like this building. I went to school there, but as an abandoned structure it has a whole new life. Everything was dead quiet, dark, and covered in dust. I went in with a crew of four, and we could hear every footsep...even on different floors. I can't wait to release this film, although it might be a long time away.


We're in the process of scheduling interviews with former teachers, students, historians, and city officials to craft the narrative portion. As it is now, I'm focused on cinematography, crew lists, lighting, audio, and primary filming. My executive producer, Scott Gabrielson, is focusing on organizing the shoots, connecting with potential subjects, and handling the business side of things.


EDIT: We now have a Facebook page for the film:


www.Facebook.com/OldSchoolWoonsocket

A Trip to Italy!

Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently went on a trip to Italy with my girlfriend, Amy. Of course, I brought a bunch of cameras. We were stationed in Rome and visisted Viterbo and Florence. I captured as much as I could, but didn't want to experience the whole trip through a viewfinder. So, I put together a quick video of our trip!


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Movie Pitch to Woonsocket City Council

Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a few months since the last update, and a whole lot has happened since then. After scouting the abandoned Woonsocket Middle School I teamed up with veteran filmmaker Scott Gabrielson of the local EverDot Studios to create an outline for a documentary. The film, tentatively called "The Old School Project" will trace the history of the school. The cornerstone says 1914, so we have a lot of work ahead of us. 


After I took a peek inside the school I knew there was a story to tell. Papers were strewn everywhere, desks were left untouched in some classrooms, and I could see the writing still on the board in some cases. So, I created a teaser trailer and movie pitch document for the Woonsocket City Council in an attempt to gain access to the closed school. The doors have been shut since December 2009 and since then has been on lockdown with 3 security systems. We would be the only film crew granted access.


We presented the idea to City Council last night and are waiting to hear back. I think it went pretty well! For now I have to get ready for a trip to ITALY! You can believe I'm packing as many cameras as I can.


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Abandoned in Rhode Island

Posted by [email protected] on April 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

For as long as I can remember I've been interested in abandoned locations throughout the world. Places like Grossinger's Resort, Chernobyl, Pripyat, and the old Six Flags in New Orleans really pique my interest. Maybe it's from all the zombie movies I've watched, or maybe it's my psychology background, but I love to imagine what the world will be like if people just dissapear. Morbid? Nah. Try to imagine you wake up 10 years in the future and everyone has been gone just as long. That gas station down the street from you wouldn't be a gas station anymore, it'd just be a representation of a lost civilization.  If you walked into a Target you'd hear birds chirping in the rafters. A slight breeze would rustle the leaves that have been blowing in through the broken doors over the past few years. Afterwards you'd head down a silent Main Street and wade past the weeds growing through the cracks in the street. The house you grew up in would have a collapsed roof with raining dripping down onto the floor that used to be yours. And the library card you have in your wallet  would never be used again. No more cars, no more electrcicity, and plenty of quiet. All the buildings make a peaceful return to nature, and in a few thousand years you can barely even tell we were ever here. I think that's what gets me about the abandoned places I like to explore now. Mankind has only been around for a blink on Earth's gigantic timeline, and these old places remind us of that.


Abandoned Mondays - To celebrate these places I've tracked down a number of abandoned locations throughout Rhode Island and decided to make online shorts that cover their current state. Some will be somber and some will be pretty upbeat. I'm aiming to get the biggest places the state has to offer. Below I've included the first two videos in the series. The first place I visited was the Enchanted Forest Theme Park in Hope Valley Rhode Island that has been deserted since 2005. The second video is of Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, RI, derelict since shortly after WWII. Enjoy the videos and post up a comment if you have any questions or suggestions!


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