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ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



About two or three years ago, a film school friend of mine, Alex, was working on his first "feature length" movie. It was called Marble Hornets and I think it was about a twenty something returning to his childhood home and recalling events that happened there. It was pretty pretentious film student fare, but I helped out for a few days before my summer classes started, and a few rare occasions after that. Everyone on the set seemed pretty excited to be making it, especially Alex. The set itself was about half a mile away from Alex's house, roughly a thirty minute drive away from where I lived at the time. It was a pretty heavily wooded area, I guess to give it a sparsely populated small town feel. Most of the movie took place outside.

After about two months of off and on shooting, Alex dropped his pet project completely. It was really sudden when he let me know about it. When I asked him why, he told me it was because of the "unworkable conditions" of where he had picked to shoot. Which struck me as very odd since he had been living around that area since he was eight, and never seemed to have a problem with it. What's even stranger is that he acted incredibly distant when telling me this news. Soon after, he started avoiding me and from what I hear, everyone else. All he did was sit around his house.

Being a film student as well, I hated to see his work go to waste and decided to talk to him about it a bit more. A few weeks after he had stopped shooting, I finally convinced him to let me come over.

Something about him was worse than I'd originally thought. He had lost a good bit of weight, and looked pretty sickly. I pretended like I didn't notice and we just hung out for awhile. Right before I left, I asked him about Marble Hornets and what he was planning on doing with all of his tapes of raw footage. With almost no hesitation, he simply said "burn them".

This caught me off guard. When I asked why he didn't just archive them for B-roll in future projects, he just said he never wanted to work with the footage again. He was completely serious about this. I couldn't understand why he'd just want to get rid of it completely. Surely it wasn't all that useless. So I asked if I could take a look at them.

He agreed, but only under the circumstance that I never bring them back to him, and never discuss what was on them with him. He also highly discouraged me from showing any if it to anyone else. I laughed at this, and said that he must have accidentally made The Ring or something with the way he was talking. He didn't acknowledge this and brought me up to his attic, where he was storing the pile of tapes.

There were tons of them. He grabbed a couple of plastic shopping bags and piled the tapes in and gave them to me, then shooed me out of the attic. Right as I was walking out the door, he said, in the most serious tone I've ever heard from someone, "I'm not kidding, don't ever bring this up around me again."

Alex's comment was so sudden that I didn't have time to react before he had closed the door on me. He transferred to an out of state school soon after that and I haven't seen him since.

I filed the tapes separately from my others, and was honestly too freaked out to look at them at the time, and eventually forgot about them. But reading about the slender man has peaked my interest again. Maybe it's what Alex was talking about that day.

I've decided to begin going through the tapes later tonight. If I don't do it now, I probably never will. I'm hoping all I find is an unfinished student film and nothing else. That would sure put me at ease now that I'm thinking about it again.

If there's interest, I'll post anything that I find on here.

ce gars fucked around with this message at Jun 23, 2009 around 23:09

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ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Not too much of a response to my previous post. However, I've made a sort of "introduction" video, explaining the circumstances to all non-SA people who may come across it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmhfn3mgWUI

I've gone through one and half tapes already. Something unusual has already come up. I'm going to finish the tape I'm on to see if there's something else like it then upload what I found.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Here's what I was talking about earlier. Plenty of tapes to go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn59FJ4HrmU

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



pr0digal posted:

From what I heard...he committed suicide not long ago...could just be the slender man playing games though

I doubt this is true, we know a lot of the same people, and I haven't heard anything like this. But I still haven't talked to him personally since he transferred.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Continuing. Another clue found.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVECb0bYq8w

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



New video. From the looks of it, Alex was expecting something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b52bwPam7O8

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



A lot of stuff going on in this clip I just uncovered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBNQZvOkSCw

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Jetsetlemming posted:

The bit about "removed the audio himself" is a bit odd, didn't you earlier say this was a bag of loose MiniDV tapes, suggesting they were unedited, raw recordings?

I assumed they were unedited, but I could have been wrong. Like I said, the only two clips missing audio were in entry 1 and entry 4. It's possible that the camera's microphone had been disabled at the time as well.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Another entry. I'm struggling to make sense of everything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GMQ_FULc4M

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



New entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQGvn82NNQw

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Entry #7. Patterns emerging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q3cQjeerNU

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Sorry for the big gap between entries. I had taken a bit of a break from watching the tapes.

Entry #8:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAL3hubpoA

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Sorry about the break in videos. Things had been slow going with the tapes, but I'm back to watching them now.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Entry #9:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT25GyRBHy8

Something was definitely getting to Alex.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



New video. Sorry it's been a while.

Entry #10:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1icUgVa7EYg

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



New video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a4Tm34wwck

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Came here to post the next entry. Looks like you guys are one step ahead of me.

ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Again, I've been beaten posting Entry #13 here. I was so tired last night when I put it on Youtube.

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ce gars
Dec 31, 2007



Talorat posted:

How come you left comments on on this one?

It was a mistake. They've been turned off now.

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