Saturday, September 10, 2005

Karl Krogstad

I was a cook to make ends meet. In this position in a major metropolitan area you are bound to meet young actresses. AKA Waitresses. I did. Knowing my aspirations she pointed out to me one day that one Karl Krogsted was holding forth with film making classes. For only 200.00 dollars. So I went and met Karl. I explained to him my desires to work in the film industry but I had no experience. Would my 200.00 dollars get me work? Sure he said. We were in his garage/ editing studio in south Seattle not far from where I live now. I was inspired by the sync block / moviola editing stuff he had there. (blinkin lights) and gave him a check.
The man changed my life. Literaly. His symposium was basically a horses mouth course on guerella film making.
Karl made animations of GI Joe dolls and other items of that ilk into amusing short films. all fairly strange. My favorite being 'The Black and Decker Hedge Trimmer Murders'.
I became involved during the big MTV video craze. Back in the day when the videos were short stories that told a story. Beginning Middle and End. It was the 80s.
My first shoot with KK was a spec vide of a Rolling Stones tune. Chicks in monk costumes dancing around to Mick singing. I got to be a lighting guy.
I had back ground having been a roadie for a rock band and hanging their lights. but this was for camera.
Remember this was the early 80s and the creative heyday of music videos. MTV actually showed videos. So I felt cutting edged. It was great and with Karl I went on to work an a plethor of other shows. Mostly as his sound guy, schelping a boom and a Nagra around the greater Seattle area. A pilot of cute street kids in the market called Poineer Kids, Post Production Sound on a feature called Strings, a number of local band videos, Reddress a couple of guys from the original Heart etc etc and on and on. A documentry on film (Karl's Film) called the 20th Century Art. Met a bunch of filmies and really enjoyed my life. The Starving Artist.e
Next...Karl Continued and Jeff Meyer's Amanda


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