The Original Wayne’s World.
The local cable access studio provided a new playground. Complete with broadcast quality video production toys and a live broadcast 3-camera studio, a new layer of natural ability and passion was revealed. Amazed by how technology could be applied as a creative tool, I jumped all-in to learn every aspect. Not only operating the gear… but understanding the scientific and technical aspects of how it worked.
Inviting my closest friends to join in this new creative wonderland, we developed an unscripted interactive call-in talk show. Every Friday night at 8pm, Hang Loose Live would broadcast live on-the-air.
No script, no structure, no topic, no explanation. Four wild and crazy guys, hundreds of assorted props and a direct phone number to the live studio listed on the screen.
This early experiment in interactive ad-lib television, encouraged the viewer to call-in and participate in controlled chaos. Hang Loose Live enjoyed a consecutive 130-week run, before the team packed away all the props, including the iconic Iron Fist Ernie and an inflatable Ronald Reagan.
Nightmare on Sesame Street
While Hang Loose Live was on the air, the team was inspired to produce and shoot a short film. Using well-crafted life-sized Bert and Ernie Halloween costumes, and advancing the Iron First Ernie storyline from Hang Loose, Evil Bert was introduced in the satirical horror film Nightmare on Sesame Street.
This first venture into more advanced production and storytelling was more self-taught student film than polished production. In 2019, over 30-years after the original production, I remastered a VHS copy of the film into a restored HD version, applying decades of experience to update every possible element for a new audience.
My first passion at the time was acting on stage and screen, which lead me to earn a basic degree in Theater Arts. Video production was more creative hobby than career goal, and focus continued to perform in several college theater productions, while auditioning for greater commercial and feature film roles.
In May 1987, I received the call to become an extra in the Prince concert feature film, Sign ‘o’ The Times.