Wait for the Drop” is a documentary that follows the life of Evan Slagle as he tries to establish himself in the world of DJ-ing. DJ Vibe Lime (Evan) began DJ-ing about 4 years ago and has been working his way to recognition by playing local clubs in Baltimore and expanding his reach to areas such as DC and South Carolina.

The documentary was a project for my Documentary Traditions class at Loyola University Maryland.

Cast- Evan Slagle (DJ Vibe Lime)
Directed, Filmed, Edited by Stephen Celano

Filmed on
Canon T2i/550D 18-55mm and 50mm f1.8
iPhone 4S

Edited in
Adobe Premiere CS5.5 and Adobe After Effects CS5.5 

Presented by Take2Films

Documentary Update #6: The Release

Well, it has been a long time coming but at midnight on December 14th I released the final cut of Wait for the Drop. As of now (8:40pm) the film has over 500 hits on Vimeo. That’s an unreal number for me considering many of my videos don’t reach 60 in the first week and seem to peak around 400 after a year. So that might put how crazy this is in perspective. 

The response to the documentary has been fantastic, and I would like to thank everyone who linked the video on there pages (there is no higher compliment). It’s nice to get wrapped up in the praise and the view count but any video always seems like a work in progress. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I set out to make the documentary but I couldn’t be happier with result. My goal is and will always be to tell good stories and go beyond simply “looking nice.” There’s definitely work to be done in process of storytelling and really constructing a strong narrative but time should effectively take care of that. Until then I’ll take some time to soak this one in but I’m sure in a few days I’ll be ready for the next project.

…I wonder what it will be. 

Documentary Update #5: The Drop

Three months into the production and we’re a mere four days away from the release of Wait for the Drop. Releasing a film is always an exciting time for me. It presents a good opportunity to gauge where I’m at as filmmaker. Have I improved? Is this one better than the last? All questions that I get to answer but the viewer gets to answer as well. 

Documentary has been a really interesting genre for me to work in. The need for a strong central character and solid narrative direction have never been more clear to me since working on this project. Having said that I now see somethings I wish would have gone differently. Clean editing, music and some nice effects can’t fix character or lack of direction. 

So in four days, you can be the judge.