My brother Peter and I started Salviascope with the intent of offering complete end to end production services. So far, we’ve been doing just that in a variety of production environments: live events, documentaries, short films, and even fake reality tv. That last one might be my favorite of what we’ve completed so far. I’ve somehow become addicted to the reality tv show (I know) “Dual Survival”. It’s the best “survival” show on tv. I HATE reality tv, so if I’m watching it, well, “Mr. Satan sir, your size 12 ice skates are ready.” I had been throwing around the idea of doing a complete rip off of the show in some way. Leave it to the U.S. Army to actually give me & my brother the chance to write, shoot, and edit…
Dual Thrive-ival (password: ayre)
This comedic short is screening for troops at Army Yellow Ribbon Experience events as a way to bring levity to an otherwise somber process. The Army Yellow Ribbon Experience provides support for returning Army vets, pre-deployed soldiers, and family members of currently deployed troops. The program has only been in existence for a few years and most of the public and troops are still unaware of its existence. I’ve seen real breakthroughs for individuals. Some hated the program in the beginning, but came out loving it by the end. Others were able to receive counseling on site and everyone came away more enlightened.
Since the 2003 Iraq invasion, its been clear to me that the wars our politicians are waging in our names are fallacious on a scale America hasn’t experienced since Vietnam. Given today’s depressing New York Times article, “Suicide Rates Eclipse War Deaths For Troops“, I think we’re seeing the long term effects of these never ending quagmires. The young men and women fighting these wars pay the ultimate cost. The rest of us bear it psychically. No matter what your view of the multiple wars we’re engaged in… the Army Yellow Ribbon Experience is one of the FEW government programs actively helping the troops reintegrate emotionally, mentally, and physically. Hoorah.