You know what I’m like. Always losing things, and then finding them 14 or more years later.
First it was Big Day Out. Then my long-lost footstool turned up on eBay. (Have I told you about the footstool? Remind me and I’ll take you through it all in exhausting detail later.) Now something else has arrived.
Back in 2002, Al had just got a camera and we excitedly made a series of five admittedly mediocre films with the title “AlCam”. The most ambitious, and possibly least terrible, was AlCam 4, where our theme was “culture” and we attempted to cover art, fine dining, foreign travel and music, among other things.
The finished movie was transferred to Super 8 tape on the camcorder, and then all the files were deleted because they took up lots of space and in 2002 disk space was expensive. Then Al, er, misplaced the tape. I had big plans to put all the AlCam movies on DVD, and in 2003 I did just that. In order to get the movie into a digital format, I gave Al my copy of the film, which was on VHS. Al then also lost that.
The result was that AlCam 1, 2, 3 and 5 have all safely been stored on DVD ever since. AlCam 4 was never seen again.
Until, that is, Al started going through old tapes when he had a clear-out over Christmas, and sent me this picture from the little screen on his old camcorder.
In it, we see a youthful Al and Chris introducing AlCam4, complete with branded t-shirts, in front of a very hi-tech bluescreen background. It’s been found. And when I get the time, I’m going to put it on DVD. Not because anyone wants to watch it – I don’t particularly want to watch it. But because it’s been an unfinished project for 20 years and finishing things is important. Especially to me. I’ve had an empty DVD box on my shelf for two decades and I’m damned if I’m not going to take this opportunity to finish the job.
To answer Kev’s next question in advance… no, Al still hasn’t found “An Evening with Kev and Chris”, now missing in action since 2003. Sorry.
11 comments on “Another lost classic”
This is the kind of nostalgia that needs to be recorded. The next time I’ve jonesing for a Chris and Al fix I’m coming to this page.
That’s the right thing to do. Get your sorry ass over here. Or over there, there’s some Chris and Al over there too.
Now you’re talking. The chances of a reunion are slim to none (at least judging by all the mud-slinging in the tabloids) so I should revel in this while I can.
Too right. The fans keep talking about a run in the West End or a tour of the regions, but I can’t see it happening. Not while the legal battles over royalties are still ongoing, anyway.
Yeah, the regions. Woah gotta keep those regions happy. All those regions.
…. what regions?
The regions. As in, places in the UK that aren’t London. You live in a region. I expect you have a charming regional accent.
Nothing about me is charming.
You’ve met me, right?
I’m afraid I’m not sure. I had a lot of my old memories deleted so that I could have the full 44-disc box set of Frasier installed in my brain instead. I get a lot more use out of it than the random shite I used to keep in there, but it does leave me at a bit of a loss in situations like this.
Whilst you’re rummaging around your brain, can you take circa 1995 Roz and send her my way into the real world? I’ve got some “things” I need to run through her, I mean in her, I mean past her.
(phew, almost looked like an amateur there).
That whole “nothing about me is charming” thing is starting to make sense.