Yes, it's true. AltarTV is now a year old and we are some pretty proud parents. That's more than 100 artists, more than 170 episodes, eight original series, concerts all over the country and coverage at Bunbury, Firefly and SXSW. A solid Year One.
Over the next twelve months, we'll be shooting even higher, with a brand new logo by Shephard Fairey, episodes guest directed by David Lynch, a theme song by Radiohead, shows narrated by Tom Hanks and guest blogs by Jonathan Franzen. Those are still unconfirmed but we're feeling good.
Before we move forward, we want to look back on some of our favorite moments of the past year. Leading off it's Phil Atkins, our Director of Photography, talking Dan Andriano:
"I was a huge fan of Alkaline Trio during my late teens and early 20’s. Every failed relationship of my youth has a definitive ALK3 song tied to it in my memory, most of them written by Dan Andriano. Years have passed but I still hold on to those songs as a reminder of the person I was when I was younger, before I knew I wanted to point a camera at things for a living.
In our first year growing AltarTV, there were many great moments but when I got word that we would be doing acoustic sessions for the Revial Tour with Chuck, Cory, and Dan, things hit a new level for me. I was initially concerned that these excellent musicians would turn out to be big ego’d stars and tarnish my image of them forever, but as each one came into our office, obviously road worn and sleep deprived, it was clear that these guys were the most humble and real breed of artist you could hope to work with.
Each one gave goosebump-inducing renditions of songs that to this day remain my all time favorites we have ever captured. But I will never forget telling the crew to settle in and looking through my lens and capturing Dan Andriano bust out "Of Peace, Quiet and Monsters." It will take a long time, if it ever happens, for that day to be topped in my mind."
-Phil Atkins, Director of Photography, @PhilQuanti