For those of you who aren’t aware, we are making a documentary about Augustus Gladstone, a peculiar guy we discovered in Portland Oregon. As a few of you who read my tinselman blog are probably aware, I’ve been planning a film like this for awhile now; we were looking for the right subject almost a year ago but had no luck. So we regrouped and changed our strategy and that’s when, through sheer happenstance, we discovered Augustus on YouTube.
I’ve now visited Augustus twice in the burned out hotel where he lives. On both occasions I’ve talked with him for hours—he loves to talk. In a way, he’s very old fashioned and seems out of touch with contemporary life. He pines for the manners and morals of yesteryear. At the same time, he loves reality television and adores big hollywood film stars.
When I asked if we could bring in a crew and follow him around for awhile, he didn’t even try to contain himself. For him it seems to be a dream come true!
I hope this blog will mostly be an insight into our day to day production on the film. We’ve decided to go with a very small crew. Augustus likes to move around a lot and we can’t afford to be cumbersome. We’ll talk more about the equipment and crew on a later post. For now, welcome to the blog… we hope to see more of you!