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Tie-Man (pt. 2)

Let’s talk about Tie-Man: The Movie.


Some of my friend’s ears may perk up at those words. This was an honest to god attempt at making a long-form movie with all of my High School Friends, shortly after graduation. Some may think this was a serious attempt at movie-making, but it never was. It was just fun, we knew it was gonna look like shit (although we tried to get a hold of a better camera for it), but to me it was practice. All of this was practice. Practice that included having fun with my friends as I made these little shorts over the years. I would try new angles, attempt different types of scenes, and attempt to make my friends laugh.

This is a project that I bit off more than I could chew on. First off, I had written in multiple effects sequences that, despite being unemployed in purgatory (that period of time between High School and Film School), would require me to buy materials in order to make cheep, crappy models as well as build a large clock out of wood. Honestly, had I enough gumption, I could’ve done it, but there were other things in the way.

I wrote the script in like two weeks and let everyone know that I wanted to make a practice movie. I cast my friends in various parts and we were rearing to go once summer was to begin. We purchased some costumes from a thrift store and ordered some masks, and on top of this, my friend Andrew wrote 2 sequels to my script (and later on wrote some episodes for a web series) we were going to film along with it .

You can see the original script here (fair warning, it is garbage): Tie-Man Script

The first mistake I made was replacing Kyle who played Tie-Man in the original unfinished short with Billy Root, who was a friend of mine that also had an interest in film-making. The problem with Billy was (and is) that Billy was never available for anything. Ever. So dealing with getting not only him to come shoot, but my other (sometimes often flaky) friends as well turned out to be a giant pain in the ass.

In the end we were able to shoot four scenes, but our second mistake was using Andrew’s camera, who’s storage glitched out on us when we tried to receive the files. On top of all the flakes and bad files, my High School Sweetheart and I broke up around this time, and she was one of the cast members.


The project was doomed from the get-go. If Andrew’s scripts ever pop up I’ll be sure to post them. For now, here’s the single remaining scene surviving from the grand epic, Tie-Man:

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