The early days
by: Brian Ernst
When I was in grade school, all I wanted was a camera. It's embarrassing to admit in hindsight, but MTV's Jackass was an early influence. Kevin Smith has said several times that Richard Linklater's Slacker was an influence for him because it was the first time he was able to say to himself "this counts as film, I can do that."
I wouldn't say that I thought as deeply about it, but I did say to myself "I can do that."
Luckily for our parents, my long time friend Kevin Pope and I were too afraid to actually cause any bodily harm to ourselves. As you can see in the examples, it also meant for less entertaining content.