ThinkFilm has nabbed worldwide rights to "Awesome: I F***in' Shot That," a kaleidoscopic Beastie Boys concert documentary shot mainly by 50 fans on hand-held Hi8 cameras at New York's Madison Square Garden, according to president and CEO Jeff Sackman.
The film was directed by Beasties rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, using his favorite alter-ego, Nathaniel Hornblower. "Frantic" is the word Yauch used to describe the footage, which he assembled from material recorded Oct. 9, 2004, by fans, six Beasties friends using DV cameras and two high-quality tour video cameras offering bird's-eye and long-distance views.
..."Pre-production was like three days," said Yauch, who was inspired by logging on to message boards where his young fans posted. "Some kid put up video from his phone at eight frames a second," he said, and that inspired his low-res video/high-quality audio vision. None of the 50 cameras was lost to fans, Yauch said, "but granted, we took their driver's licenses."
I wonder what kind of a camera requires a driver's license to operate it.