Something Old Sunday #42 (The Degg Fin Trilogy Part One: Life is a false reality (1987)…

Something Old Sunday is nearing it’s end so I thought I would conclude it with a trilogy of short films. The First two parts go hand in hand but the final film is a bit different from what I had originally planned.

Life is a false reality was conceived, filmed and acted by a group of my friends one Saturday afternoon in early June of 1987. Yeah, we were all inexperienced HS students that had a dream of making a film and we did. This film was shot in order and edited in camera on a very bulky giant VHS video camera. I directed and starred as nerd Ronald Backenbaum.

If I couldn’t study art my second choice was film making. Sadly at the time my art/grades weren’t good enough to get me into Kutztown University so I settled on Radio/Tv & Film Production at Northampton Community College in the Summer of 1988. In a script writing class in 1990 I wrote the third part of this trilogy called One Too Many Smiley Faces (It had an LGBT Twist), this film never got made, and I have no clue what happened to the script.

The Second film to be showcased in a week is the retched awful puts Ed Wood to shame film called Bitchin’ the Ultimate in Heavy (1991) (I had a thing for long titles LOL) made with some family & friends, one of which that could actually act (I played a stoner & a chick in this film about a guy that turns into a pickle monster)

The Final Film Remembering Ronald (1999) was an actual attempt at making a legit short film. All the actors except my Mom playing the reporter, My Dad playing Pete Picadilly and My friend Doug reprising his role of Degg Fin auditioned for this Improvisational film. That played in a local film festival.

But first, the film that started it all:


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Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online. Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence: Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts. His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999. Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.

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