TEJADA GOES PUNK101:
Of course Group101's "Get Off Your Ass" mantra
was a perfect match for Punk Rock's DIY bent. It just took
one co-founder and one punk rocker in a mosh pit to figure
In 2003 Rachel Tejada was working as an editor/promo-producer
for Playboy TV when she was asked to go on a worldwide tour
with the punk band RANCID
as their behind-the-scene videographer.
Tim Armstrong, member of Rancid, Operation
Ivy and the Transplants,
knew of Rachel's involvement as co-founder of Group101Films
and had come to one of our screenings at the Egyptian Theatre
in Hollywood. He was very impressed with the group's overall
determination toward the movie-making process and excited
to have Rachel bring our "no-excuses" attitude out
on the road. So she packed up her laptop and cameras and was
ready to hit the road, having no idea of what she was getting
Now, after shooting over 100 live shows, traveling to over
10 different countries, and logging many many hours of tape
stock, there's a DVD of it all: “Give
Em the Boot”, distributed through Hellcat Records/Epitaph.
Check it out.
Maureen Timpa Hendricks spent a morning with Rachel recently:
MTH: Tell us how you went about covering
the tour. What resources did you use? What people?
MTH: How did your background with Group101
help get it done?
RACHEL: Before going out on the road,
Tim Armstrong and I sat down and discussed what type of
footage we wanted to get. One film that kept coming up in
our discussions was the concert documentary Woodstock, mainly
because the film does a great job of capturing both the
musical and the human side of this huge event. Researching
different types of documentaries helped put me in the right
mindset for covering the tours.
The main camera I shot with was the Panasonic DVX-100. I
think by the end of the tour I had logged over 300 hours.
It definitely held up under very extreme conditions, from
snow to humidity to the mosh pits of rioty punk rockers.
However, this wasn’t my only camera out on tour. I
actually traveled with 4 other mini-dv cameras of different
CCD sizes, and would strategically place them around the
stage during the live performances.
On a daily basis, one of my main jobs was to hunt down a
little video crew for the night. Usually it would be crew
members that worked at the venue or friends of the band,
who in more than one situation had some video production
experience - lucky for me. On the European tour I recruited
our truck driver as one of my regular camera operators and
he did a great job. I definitely wouldn't have gotten some
amazing shots without him. Thanks Malcolm!
MTH: You continued to make shorts while
on tour. What where they about?
RACHEL: I definitely feel that the Group101
mentality of “Get Off Your Ass” really helped
me get through the tours. By the time I hit the road, I
was already prepped for being a one-man crew! But really,
my background kicked in because I knew that this was such
a great opportunity and that there were many resources around
me, I just had to work them to my advantage, very much like
in the world of Group101 filmmakers.
Who participated? How did you manage to get that done?
MTH: What's next for you?
RACHEL: Yeah, we also made little short
shorts on tour with the band and crew as actors. Tim liked
saying that we were doing Group101 films, but on crack!
Because we would get up in the morning and shoot the footage
and then the band would have a full day of press or signings,
followed by them performing later that night. After the
show we would go back to the hotel and edit the film together
to show the rest of the band/crew. It was great!!
MTH: Well welcome back, we missed you!
RACHEL: Well, I just recently got back
to LA from being on tour all summer with the Transplants,
where Tim Armstrong and I shot and edited little short segments
everyday to be posted on their website.
My current plan is to continue working on a feature length
horror script I have in the works, which I hope to have
done by the beginning of next year, as well as get off my
ass and make some fun short films during this new wave of
Group 101 Films.
RACHEL: Thanks! It's great to be back!