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By Bart Everson
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About this project

"You've probably never seen an episode of the best TV show in America." 

Wired magazine wrote that about ROX back in 1995, just after we became the first television show on the internet, and we're still producing shows on rox.com after all these years. We gained plenty of notoriety for our politically-charged, comedic documentation of alternative culture.

However, we weren't born digital. In fact our early shows were mastered to bargain-bin VHS tapes which are showing serious signs of age.

We managed to get our first season digitized a few years ago, and the later stuff is mostly taken care of as well.

This project aims to save our "second season of stupidity" from the ravages of time by digitizing these old analog tapes. Consider it a form of subcultural preservation.

What are these shows about?

Our second season got underway when when a bunch of us moved into a big house together. It was the summer of '93.  

Clockwise from upper left: Jenny B holds an umbrella over J's head while TBlack pretends to smoke through the arm of a recliner and Editor B videotapes it all. (Photo by Kevin Stuart for the IDS.)
Clockwise from upper left: Jenny B holds an umbrella over J's head while TBlack pretends to smoke through the arm of a recliner and Editor B videotapes it all. (Photo by Kevin Stuart for the IDS.)

 Over the course of this season we interviewed Noam Chomsky and explored how to "load" fruit with alcohol. One of us got his septum pierced. Two of us got married (to each other!) in a crazy puppet show ceremony. We braved the backwoods of Indiana to visit the longest train trestle in the United States. We learned to ice skate. We interviewed a guy who claimed to be an exorcist for the vatican as well as an operative for the CIA. (Is he crazy? We report, you decide.) We made fools of ourselves on PBS. We made roadtrips to North and South Carolina, where we confronted late-stage global capitalism. The season ended with a bang and a puff of smoke, as we burned a joint in front of the Monroe County Courthouse, a stunt that landed us on MTV and the Howard Stern Show. Marijuana was still illegal back then.

Noam Chomsky blows his nose.
Noam Chomsky blows his nose.

What are we trying to do?

A lot has changed since then. Hosts J&B live at opposite ends of the country. The house at 344 South Dunn has been replaced by an apartment complex. Marijuana is at least partially legal in half the country.

Meanwhile, video technology has continued to evolve, and that's where you come in. This crowdfunding campaign will enable us to get the second season of ROX into digital form. We'll put these episodes online, and also make them available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

On the cutting edge of interactive media!
On the cutting edge of interactive media!

To accomplish this Herculean task, we're engaging the services of a homegrown Bloomington entrepreneur, namely Lee Magic Lawmaster, the founder of MagiTech. Please note that neither J&B nor any of the people involved in producing these shows are receiving one red cent! 

Additionally, should we reach our goal, we'll stage a show at the Comedy Attic (Bloomington, Indiana) in July 2017. Those who attended our Season One Release Party in 2012 know what to expect: a live performance with specialty cocktails, plenty of surprises, and nonstop hilarity. Only this time, we'll have a better set of video clips, because Season Two is slightly closer to watchable.

Of course, advance tickets to the live show are available as rewards.

The Capitalist Girl Scout argues with the Socialist 4H-er.
The Capitalist Girl Scout argues with the Socialist 4H-er.

Budget

Here's the hard work that your generous support will enable.

Video work: ($3,175)
Collect/convert masters and/or dubs to digital AVI files using a VCR/mini-dv deck and capture card connected to a computer.
Check for errors in each episode and collect more dubs to get different copies
Using Sony Vegas, create a mashup consisting of all of the copies of each individual episode. Removing the bad parts, and syncing up the good to create a "quality" copy.
Balance audio
Color / lighting correction as needed to keep the integrity of the original work intact.
Render files as high quality MP4 files.

Master the DVD/Bluray: ($900)Create menus and title pages for each episode Render Create ISO file to which new copies can be created with at ease.

Design ($225)
box and disc art
Using pre-made designs based off seasons zero and one, create new artwork for the case(s) and discs.

Vimeo Pro ($200)
one year subscription to Vimeo Pro
This will allow us to upload large video files to Vimeo with impunity. (Vimeo is like YouTube for independent producers.) It will even allow us to start a Roku channel for ease of viewing.

(The cost of reward premiums is built into the budget.)

Appendix

For the true ROX geeks and scholars out there, here's a full listing of the specific episodes which we'll be digitizing.

  • 34: J&B's Freshman Orientation Program  
  • 35: J's Summer Vacation 
  • 36: B's Summer Vacation 
  • 37: Sloppy But Quick 
  • 38: My Mother the Doctor
  • 39: Mish-Mosh Revisited 
  • 40: The Eternal Return 
  • 41: Tying One On (B and Xy's infamous puppet-show wedding) 
  • 42: Hallowgiving '93 
  • 43: Falling Behind 
  • 44: A Leap of Faith 
  • 45: 29 Minutes 
  • 46: How to Load Fruit 
  • 47: The Nature of Reality 
  • 48: Mental Housecleaning  
  • 49: The Mystical State  
  • 50: Golden Showers 
  • 51: What's in Store for '94 
  • 52: J&B on Ice 
  • 53: Back in the Camera Again 
  • 54: Six Six Six 
  • 55: Up All Nite 
  • 56: Noam Chomsky 
  • 57: The Worm Turns 
  • 58: Coping with the Shock 
  • 59: J&B Get Baked 
  • 60: Sustaining the Buzz 

Risks and challenges

Massive hardware failure is always a possibility. It's happened before, and it would set the project timeline back substantially. But in the end, we'll still get it done.

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    We'll list your name on rox.com and we'll also put it somewhere on the disk, we promise. You'll have to buy, beg, borrow, or steal a disk to see it, but it will be there.

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