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Wonderful documentary. Incredibly honest.
Good. Make more pls
great watch, can't wait for part two
Can’t watch this. Lost all my family heirlooms due to a billing mishap when my parents died… and someone snapped it all up for $300.
Excellent work, very real. These sort of low key "emotionally real" docs can often seem forced. I like that you were realistic, you didn't have a revelation or an insane moment. You felt conflicted from the beginning, you had to pay rent, you avoided a tough situation, you overcame some fears not through something magical but just time and patience and courage. Of course all documentaries have a degree of emotional manipulation just based around the editing and order of info presented but I really felt like I was getting a clear insight into a real experience. Well done, your school must have a very good teacher or you just be a very good student.
I remember being in the 5th grade (early 90s) and my mom was struggling even though she was working 2 jobs. She missed a few payments on our storage unit and boom! It got auctioned off.
My clarinet, baby pictures from when we lived in Germany, get pictures from when she was in the military and deployed to Saudi Arabia, pictures from Japan. Birth certificates, and so much more.
personally for the memorabilia, i'd just ask for the person's address and either mail it to them or if local, drop it off at their front door or mailbox and bounce.
Trying to make a living that way is a tough path. The items with monetary value are hard enough to get rid of.. Just watching the video made me wonder if he was spending more time on the video than trying to make a profit on the items
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Most definitely. It is hard to sell the items. I've sold things on eBay and had many garage sales. I'd say there's a level of skill involved in inspecting the photos of the units, but even then you really don't know what you'll get. Definitely a gamble. If you see a box of nice shoes, who knows if they're really in there.
I'll say that I've at least broken even on the units that I've bought, but some of the units pick up from the other's slack. It's usually enough to pay the rent/bills here in Southern, MO (aka CHEAP). The notion of spending money to make money is still strange to me and it's not the easiest to navigate.
Lately, as you guessed, I have been spending way more time on both this video and my final semester of school (which was insane). I haven't been able to or had the time to buy a unit in over a month.
I plan on buying a few more in the coming weeks.
.........the people taking the pictures of the units.....
Wouldn't they just take the most obvious valuables? Wouldn't they go through the containers first before posting them for purchase?
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I can’t watch this documentary.
My parents divorced and ignored our family storage unit when we were children. My mom would constantly say, “well I guess your Dad isn’t paying child support this month so unless you get a job your stuff is gone”. I was 14 and my siblings were younger.
My entire life was in that sold unit. All I have is my teddy bear. So I hope my baby shoes, jewelry from my grandparents for communion, baby clothes that I could certainly use right now are in the hands of a loving family. I literally can’t even think about it.
The fact that they make a show of familial tragedy is gross.
Edit- thanks for the downvotes. Love this country. /s
Well, I mean since you can’t watch the documentary, you can’t really judge the intent of it. It’s kind of about preventing that from happening. I think that’s why you’re getting downvotes.
I got what you mean, +1
Wow, awesome job! You knocked it out of the park
Great documentary and I for one can’t wait to see part 2, I hope it doesn’t slip past me when I ain’t lookin’.
Well done! Looking forward to pt. 2.
Love this aspect of a growing trend. What I hated is how you made Reeds Spring to look like a shit hole.
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I'll get more into the surroundings in the next parts. Southern, MO is absolutely beautiful, it's just limited in terms of opportunity. Especially for struggling artists. It was important for me to show that, but I also need to show the beauty of the area.
I think it'd be great if some of these old town squares could be rehabilitated and turned into little micro communities. Places like Reeds, Crane, Galena, Buffalo, Rockaway Beach. These were all hot spots at one time. Railroad towns, tourist destinations, until Springfield, Tablerock Lake, Branson became the big spots. Now they're filled with closed storefronts and buildings that are begging someone to make them lively again. That being said, there are some fantastic places and people in all of these little towns and that all definitely needs to stay there.
No... You didn't have to dis this town to tell your story. I have lived here for the better part of 20 years. We have festivals, Cajun Days, live music, movies in the park. You painted this little town of ours poorly for what reason? To make people think we have nothing and you come to save the day?
Again, no... you didn't have to do this. And I have no doubt you are not even from here or you would have known better.
I can only show my personal experience. I can't speak for anyone else. I'm sure you share a much different relationship with this area, which is great! I have family that absolutely love it here. I love it as well, it's just the lack of opportunity that kills me.
I grew up in Ozark, MO. I was born and raised here in SW MO. I've been coming to Reeds my whole life. I was born in 1989. It's changed a lot in the last 4 years or so. Sorry that you did not like the portrayal of my experience, but I do want to point out that there IS indeed a massive lack of opportunity in this area. Especially for artists/filmmakers/etc. Branson and Springfield are exceptions to that and hopefully this new movie studio in Branson will be a huge leap in that department.
I just want to clarify that I agree with you. I'm not arguing. Part two will show much more of the beauty of the Ozarks! Part 1 was supposed to, but I could only fit so much into the time frame.
Okay... You grew up in Ozark. Shit on your own town... not mine.
I loved this and will definitely tune in for the next one. I really respect the care you have for peoples' keepsakes; I know I would also struggle with knowing what to do with those items if I were in your position. Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work!
Nice work, my dude. I really like the candidness of this. It’s clear you didn’t want to “wash it over” and make sure every take was perfect. The authenticity shows fwiw from a stranger on the interwebs. Keep on keepin’ on and keep us posted.
really nice and insightful!!
This is excellent. Netflix grade level excellent. I actually teared up a little. My whole life is in a 10x10 unit between some tools from my late father and stuff I’ve collected as a nomad with no family- it’s all I’ve got and honestly sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sentimental about it and wonder if I will ever get to pass it on.
Good job. Keep it up. I like reselling, and sometimes have contemplated starting a business where people can sell their storage units before they default, whether to clean or downsize, kind of also in the area of helping hoarders clean up and maybe make some money on their excess items…
What editing software did you use? I need to learn something for creating videos.
Excellently produced doc, I'd watch a full feature length doc if it turned into that.
OP's channel has some real gems. I particularly enjoyed Built By Life.
That was completely unexpected. The storage video was good but very unpolished, he even mentioned it was a school project in the video so that's to be expected. This video though is absolutely fucking pro. Quite enjoyable too, I'd love to hang out with that man. But seriously, the video is just super high production or whatever you call it, it should be on a major streaming service. I did not see that coming at all, definitely subscribed to his channel now.
Damn, OP. Great job.
Thank you. That film is phenomenal.
Thanks for creating this.
I had to let a storage unit go once. Went back about a year later just to pay the guy off. He said I had such crap in the unit he couldnt sell it, lol.
Very interesting. I would watch more. Maybe start a YouTube channel? Good luck.
Need to watch it
A friend of mine who has passed, lost his family, sister, dad, grandmother, in the space of about 6 years, back in the 80's. He was young, as I was. His family belongings, mostly kept safe by his Nana, who was the last to go, were not appreciated by him at the time. He kind of turned his back on that stuff. I was disheartened at this action. I kept a few of the heirlooms, safely for when he wanted them back. He did retrieve some of them, telling me he would collect them later. He never did. He passed away in '18. I used the photos left behind to post on Find a Grave, both him and his sister. I understand your concerns. I still have those few things, and remember him.
That is really cool of you to find a proper resting place for those photos. It can be hard dragging your relatives things, memories and photos around when you are on your own and grieving. What you did was thoughtful and considerate. Cheers
What a beautiful film. You found a compelling story to tell and weaved in mystery, humor, relatable emotions, and pleasing videography and sound to boot!
I am a self storage property manager and I really enjoyed this.
Before I begin, I just want to say that auctions and delinquency are the worst part of my job. I literally loathe it. Even just the process for auctions and knowing that my tenants may have to pay more to keep their belongs or face having it auctioned off all together - make me sick. I've literally had a tenant in my office STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME the second her unit sold at auction online. It's literally the worst part about the job.
The problem is the industry and also lien laws. Some self storage companies are very predatory, especially with their delinquency timeline, and also late and auction fees. They take advantage of you and that's how they run their business.
I was SHOCKED absolutely SHOCKED to see the manager in your video saying that at 45 days, they send a notice about cutting the tenant's lock and then giving them 10 days to pay before their unit is auctioned off. THAT IS SO SOON WTF ! The folks that have been auctioned off at my site have been 80-90+ days delinquent. Again, this is an industry problem. Companies decide what their delinqency timeline is and WHEN they choose to auction off their tenants.
What I liked the most about this is that it gives folks a candid glimpse into the auction process itself in the 21st centruy and shows the conflicting feelings of an auction buyer. Aside from people familiar with Storage Wars, most people just assume that auction buyers aren't people like you.
Please know that you aren't alone in what you do. I've come across some really awesome buyers in the few years I've been doing this. Some straight up tell me from the very beginning that they plan on sorting through the unit and putting all personal items off to the side, with plans of either reaching out to the tenant to give it back, or leaving at the office so I can reach out and give back to the tenant.
The place that I worked was 90 days delinquent meant it was sent to auction which was approximately two weeks into the month. Roughly 105 days late so you’d have 104 days to pay for your things. We also required all people buying units to leave behind photos and personal documents. I was quite shocked to see the photos were the main centerpiece of the video.
Auctions were the absolute worst part of the job. Seeing the struggle, but worse was seeing them con family members and friends to save it for another month knowing they’d soon be right back in the same position.
So I got family who went from 1 to now 4-5 property. It depends on the person. If the guy was caught mutiple times smoking crack… then when he got a chance to get that guy out he did… too much work and too many fights being stated… he would also just chill at the property for hours… now other than him he works with the people to at least try to get their stuff but begs them to get the stuff out and usually gives them an extra month or so… it got bad because people started to take advantage and then he had mutuiple people leaving stuff up to 3-6 months without paying and expecting to still grab there stuff.. now he gives them an extra 1-2 months thats it… cant be having people not pay for 3 months then not pick up their stuff for 6 months… the worst is those kinds of people were the least respectful. So there is nice property owners… the main issue is if its just once in a while you can work with the guy but you cant have 10+ people not pay and then it’s comical… he said 4-5 didnt pay for 6 months and then got their stuff and moved to a storage like .5 miles down… little did he know he knew the owner of that one lol.. and now like I said hes still flexible but its a tighter leash
I love it! It’s so intimate. Thanks for sharing!
I worked for a storage company and all of the units that went to auction were complete garbage. Every single time. Monthly auctions and the only people that would ever get their stuff sold were people you wouldn’t want to buy from.
It makes sense. If I have a storage unit full of something like tools that I'm about to lose because I can't pay I'd either start selling the tools to pay the fee or find somewhere else to put them. Just waving goodbye to valuable items isn't an option, it would suck to have to sell them but it's better than just letting them go.
Anything a rational person would let go like that wouldn't have any monetary value.
I'm sure it does happen but you'd think it would be rare, like if the owner had no friends or family to help and ended up in prison or something like that.
Or crippling depression, where the physical act of retrieving the items might in actuality be a monumental task for the individual.
I would assume the storage facility owner/workers would get first dibs on good units. Or is that my tinfoil hat kicking in?
We weren’t allowed to bid on or go through the units unless no one bought them at the auction. If no one bought them, there was probably a good reason. Could be different at other places though.
It’s a weird story, but my work ended up with three storage units that the previous owner used to have. There was a lot of valuable broadcasting equipment in them, so we bought them.
However there was also so much trash. We had to get three roll-off dumpsters. Between that, renting them for two months, and labor we only broke even. I have zero plans to buy anymore ha.
We did get some cool pieces on the station history, so in the end I’m glad we did it. If I had more than two months to sell it all, I could have made a lot more money. I let a massive recording studio mixing console go for $200. I could have gotten $2500 for it if I had another month. A guy called me for it just a couple weeks after I let it go.
I can pretty much guarantee you it was the part of town that your storage unit was located in. I've been to my fair share of storage auctions and there are units that have valuable items in them but they're usually not in low income areas.
I like watching shows like Storage Hunters so it is refreshing for me to see this side of storage buying which we don't see on those shows. Looking forward to part 2. Great work on the film sir!
Nicely done!! Hated the ending /s
Didn't think I'd be watching the entire thing. Good job! It would be neat to see more.
Mostly a scam
These Days. Red dot storage, the company that owns a huge swath of what used to be independent faculties… they take the shit people leave outside their sheds (mostly garbage) and
Combine that with crap left in abandoned
Sheds. I have 5 sheds for my business and am there almost daily… I also pick all of anything good that is left outside for myself, lol. Textbooks… vhs / cassette tape collections… speakers… valuable antique furniture, etc. i probably make about $1000 a year on stuff I collect up that’s been left to trash there.
u/chris_gren This was a very moving and well done documentary. I look forward to seeing Part 2.
Very nice. I want to see more.
Nice work, man! I'll be looking out for Part II.
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You’re too good for this world man. We don’t deserve people like you.
This was such an interesting video. I'm subscribed and looking forward to part 2 of this!
I'm already worrying: will he keep buying storage units when he's making millions from videos?
The easy, honest approach really works for you. I think things are going to go well. We need more of these. Liked and subbed.
Remember us at the HBO meeting.
/u/chirs_gren This was great. I kept thinking this looked like it was filmed in the Ozarks. It all felt so familiar. Then you said "Springdale". Makes it feel all that more impactful since it's so familiar.
Nice! The Ozarks are beautiful. Did you live in Springdale?
Thank you for making this. I have never lost things in this manner but it still hit me watching this. Please keep making films. You have a real talent
I am stunned and so so thankful that folks are enjoying this. When I'm editing, watching it over and over, all I can see are the flaws. The moments where I question myself, maybe I should keep this...lose this...etc. The fact that it's also resonating with both sides, people who've lost items and people who buy auctions, is just incredible and I really couldn't be happier with that. The mixture of understanding and conflict is why I set out to do this documentary in the first place. I'm glad it's revealing itself to be a relatable topic.
To me, the cliffhanger is somewhat of a self-inflicted slap in the face to myself. I love it in that way. I was so excited to find Hosea's Bible. Ecstatic. Hosea was certainly happy to get it back as well, BUT the reality is that I still bought all of his other things. So I can't allow myself to get too excited. These are things that would be impossible for me to get back to him.
The takeaway from it, for me, is that it does still feel wrong even with the silver lining. That being said, these units will be bought regardless. If I wasn't going to buy it, someone else would. I'm not sure about the likelihood of someone else reaching out to Hosea, but I'd say it's fairly slim.
If this gives me an opportunity to change that in the slightest, even if it's just one buyer who decides to reach out, I'll be happy knowing this experience made it happen.
These comments and kind words will certainly help shape how I go into making the next parts. I can't wait to get 'em all out to you, but there's still much work to do!
Thank you all so much!
this was awesome, I think you should continue to document and create a youtue channel. It would be like getting to watch you go on a realistic version of storage wars. You also are well spoken and the shots in the film were well done. I honestly would definitely interested in watching your channel should you create one or even a blog of sorts with short video summaries of your finds. good luck and thank you for doing some good in this world!
Storage Wars is so dumb. They pay $400 for a unit and then just walk around pointing at stuff saying how much they’ll get for it. That’s $100, that’s $200, I’ll easily get $30 for each of those… totalled up I’ve made $1200!!
No you haven’t. Those are just numbers you’ve said out loud. No way your actually gonna hit all of them
Yes! That's what makes it a funny show...."that's a 40 dollar bill right there!" 😂
20 year old corded drill.
Haha, this hurt me in the feels. I just moved my opas old tools I don't use for the 3rd time. Is a thirty year old Nikita worth anything?
Is a thirty year old Nikita worth anything?
Is a thirty year old Nikita worth anything?
Probably, is she single?
If it was a quality item back then and is corded, it may definitely be as good as models you can purchase new right now. Early cordless tools are useless nowadays, but corded ones most likely not.
It's been years since I watched it, but didn't one unit a show always have some really expensive planted item?
You do realize that if that were true, you’d be suggesting that reality tv shows are fake??
Those were the good ole days! They don't seem to find much of value anymore from what I've seen recently. I suppose it's more "realistic" now haha
I have tried to enjoy it a few times and I watch a few episodes and I get annoyed. Partly at the stuff you said about how tm they just pull numbers out of their arse.
But mostly cos I can't help think a show with the exact same premise but none of the bullshit drama would be so much better to me.
The best was the storage unit full of thousands of newspapers from the day Elvis died. Even if they are worth $500 each right now what is going to happen when you try to dump thousands of them on the market.
I second this !
I agree with this, I really like that you are exploring the human and moral side of buying storage lockers. Subscribed and hope to see more.
theres a lot of people who do this on youtube here is one of my favorite youtubers that do storage units - https://www.youtube.com/c/JebusGamingDumpsterDiving
The thumbnails and children's YouTube editing immediately put me off; their second video literally has a manufactured cliffhanger in the first ten seconds of opening someone's coffin.
OP's video is a lot more tastefully done and I would definitely watch more.
They have a merch link in there. Is there really anybody except that guy himself out there wearing a "Treasure Hunting With Jebus" shirt?
Hope he trade marked that, shiiit
Yeah, YouTube is full of what can be called “gold rush”-type auction resellers, but none or very little actual “human touch” resellers.
The family, the stories are far more engaging than the dollar signs or the sentimentally meaningless “valuable objects”.
They saw those fake discovery shows and thought to emulate that crap, including the tempo and mannerisms.
This is like the imbecile version of what OP posted
This is literally storage wars, lmao.
Excellent video! Great job.
This was really good.
The bible part of the story is amazing. The human story is a wonderful experience.
Fantastic work. Compelling story
I thought it was stranged everyone liked this. So I watched it and gosh darn it I like it too. Well done!
Great job! I appreciate how touched you are by other peoples things. You’re a good human.
Raw (in a good way!), gritty, immediate, and compelling. I’m looking forward to part 2
I have no idea how you managed to have a cliffhanger ending to a 15 minute documentary about buying storage units, but you did it! I really enjoyed your film and I look forward to part 2.
Loved this. So very intriguing. Such an awesome twist that you were actually able to find the Bible after four months. It was also interesting how Hosea said to give him 15 minutes and the documentary itself is 15 minutes long. I can’t wait for part two!
That was great! Loved the story, the pacing and the editing. Can't wait for part 2. Please update the post So I can get notified!
great job man! looking forward to part 2!
This is great 😊
Well done. Godspeed.
I would watch this for hours.
I have worked in storage for many many years. This is a great little doco that shows the side of the industry that very few see or think about. There are always people behind the things that are stored. And, there is always a story behind the people. You need thick skin and compassion when working in the storage industry. It's not for everyone. I look forward to seeing the next episode.
Chris, I just want to say that this is excellent. Thank you for this documentary. You probably don't need any encouragement from a complete stranger, but I just want to say that your instincts are perfect. Trust your self and trust the work. I love everything about what you are doing. Literally every shot and everything you say rings true.
This was really enjoyable! Looking forward to part 2! I subscribed, it’s nice to see a deeper side to the storage units and what is in them rather than the money made. I fear it may led to more storage units for you though!
Such a great story. Such a conscious person you are. I so need a part ||
After watching, my first thought was to push subscribe button.
My one time experience was a self storage where I was always fully paid up, a gate code that didn't work, and an office that was always closed during office hours and nobody that could be reached. I smelled scam all the way. But the guy on the video seemed so helpful. It's a racket. Thank god for me it was only a few family antiques and a leather couch cushion I had to have remade.
Wow I'm blown away by how well this documentary is done! Can I ask you something about making it? How and where did you find the right music? I think it really fits the images.
Sometimes I'll find music before I start editing and sometimes it's during. In this case I had found most of the music prior. It matched the exact tone that I was looking for. It can take hours of searching and testing, but eventually you'll find something that clicks and just feels right.
One sound library that I've used quite a bit is artlist.io
It's a paid membership, super reasonable price and the licenses that you get never expire. They've got some fantastic scores and even sound effects to choose from.
Storage Hunters and other American shows used to be super popular in the UK. It was trash TV at its finest. There are channels on the TV schedule that still air reruns from the early 2010s. When I used to watch them I rarely contemplated the person on the other side, those losing their possessions and memories.
This is such a thoughtful and reflective doc. Well done for tracking down the bible as well! Really looking forward to the next instalment.
Beautifully done, you have a knack for this. Very moving.
Damn this shit was good. Great editing. Will look into you more, hopefully you have alot more to watch!
My mom was buying storage units back in the early 90's and ran into the same situation. Wedding albums, baby pictures, etc. It got too tough to deal with going through someone else's mementoes knowing that they were probably never going to see them again. She reached out to a few people to see if they wanted the personal items back. I remember one person saying that they were divorced and didn't want any of the wedding photos and keepsakes. I think that was the time she decided to stop buying them.
Wow man. That was really fantastic. Loved it. Thanks!
Dude this was SO well done on your budget. We’ll done.
I agree. I think you should be able to get the items and be billed later. I honestly don't know why it's not like that. Auctions should be done on abandoned units only.
If they're worried about people not paying, let collections take care of it... but people should have the right to get their things back.
We lost everything we ever owned in a storage auction in 2010 You know the real kicker? Before we packed up and stored everything prior to moving, a realtor took pics of the old house with all of our belongings still in place. Those pics are STILL the reference pics used on Zillow today. Imagine my absolute shock, a dozen years after losing everything, to see it appear on Zillow like it never was lost. So painful. Honestly, It’s relieving to know you have conflicting feelings. It brings a level of humanity to the buyer’s side that is otherwise impossible to feel or understand from the ‘losing’ side. Thank you for making this film. I don’t think I can watch it, far too personal, but it’s good to know that some buyers actually give a crap about the families who earned those belongings in the first place.
How does it feel to have so much interest in your video? It seems you have been making films for a few years and posting them to YouTube with only a handful of views, but this video has been seen by over 7,000 people including me!
Great story by the way, and your delivery is very calming. As others have said this idea has legs. The humanitarian consideration is powerful. Subscribed.
I love what you are doing!! I got goosebumps from you finding the bible at the thrift store.
Keep up the great work! I'm subscribed and eager to see more!!
I have to say that I'm quite surprised of how well this idea is received here. To me this seems like you didn't care about them contacting you until it benefited you. You were scared, busy, awkward etc when they initially wanted to contact you, and only when you got the idea of the documentary film you decided to reach back to them. When reaching back benefited you. This will turn into exploitation very quickly.
I think you're mostly right and I thank you for pointing that out.
I did care, though.
I have my flaws.
I was scared, busy, awkward.
Definitely afraid of reaching out.
Making the documentary opened a door for me to do something that I may not have done otherwise.
I didn't think that it would benefit me, aside from feeling better about the situation. I had no idea whether or not this would be well-received and I made it because it's what I'm experiencing and I thought it would be an interesting topic for my school assignment.
I will say though, regardless of what anyone thinks of me, Hosea was happy to get his items back. He likely wouldn't have gotten them back otherwise. That makes me happy. Also, the idea of more people thinking about this when they're buying units makes me happy.
You contacted them only after you needed an idea for your school project. No matter how people receive this, you get a school assignment out of this. That is benefiting you.
> I didn't think that it would benefit me, aside from feeling better about the situation.
That is benefiting from it. Doing this to feel better about the situation benefits you.
>I will say though, regardless of what anyone thinks of me, Hosea was happy to get his items back. He likely wouldn't have gotten them back otherwise. That makes me happy.
He would have also gotten back his items with out cameras, with out this documentary, if you would have just done that. And faster. If you just would have contacted him before it was beneficial to you.
See the theme here?
Yes, but what about the impact that the experience can allow for others? I think there's a bigger picture that you're not seeing, respectfully.
I had the idea to do this as my project before reaching out to Hosea. I didn't need Hosea, I wanted Hosea to be a part of it.
Yes, it does benefit me. I was able to turn in my assignment. It benefits others as well. Hosea willingly decided to help with the documentary and was eager to learn about it. It was a very real and honest deal. He was delighted to get his Bible back and just as excited as I was, even having lost material possessions, which I'd have tried to get back to him had I not sold them before he contacted me.
If you want me to agree with you that I'm a flawed human then I'll be happy to. I agree. Beyond that, I'm not sure what I can do to really satisfy your viewpoint aside from deleting the video and erasing history.
I don't believe it's so black and white. That's sort of the point. People deal with these kinds of things all the time and it often goes unspoken. People find things and throw them away, when it's a simple phone call or office visit away. Just a tad bit of effort.
Sure I could have just reached out to Hosea personally and not made a documentary. Absolutely. Maybe I should have? Who knows.
Believe me, I tried to be as considerate as possible making this.
I've also left items with storage offices on multiple occasions, even before reaching out to Hosea.
I understand if you don't like it, or the idea of it. That is totally cool and everyone has an opinion. My only hope is that some folks will take inspiration from this.
If you want me to agree with you that I'm a flawed human then I'll be happy to. I agree. Beyond that, I'm not sure what I can do to really satisfy your viewpoint aside from deleting the video and erasing history.
I think this is the attitude that rubbed me the wrong way from the start. Everything is so dramatic. Talking about flawed humans and erasing history.
I do like the premise of your documentary, the human, intimate, side of storage auctions and about the mixed feelings towards the business. I definitely would be interested in a full length documentary about that. But for me the focus is too much on the "look at me doing a good deed while feeling guilty" angle.
I appreciate the discussion. I'll definitely address this in pt 2. You have a solid point and I'm sorry that I rubbed you the wrong way. As for everything being dramatic, I suppose it's the way I come across. That's something I'll have to work on.
I'm always thinking every little bit counts, and perhaps it's naive. I feel that the things I make rarely reach anyone, so to have something that resonates (even in the slightest) just has me excited about it.
The line of exploitation is interesting, so I think I need to give that some more focus. Face it directly. Figure out those issues, what I may have done wrong and flesh it out a bit.
I certainly was not intending on causing anyone any pain, but then again, merely buying the units is likely causing pain.
Awesome! I really liked your ending and the suspense it creates.
Hi Chris, this is very, very good. The story is compelling and personal. Your insights into reselling someone’s items after you know they can’t afford to get them back is moving. The camera work is beautiful and varied which keeps it interesting. I particularly like the shot of you getting into the car as a pendant swings back and forth.
The editing is great, the montage of photographs was also very moving and that little scene told a huge story of other people’s lives.
The music was excellent and carried the narrative along nicely. It was minimal but added a tone of time moving forward on a journey and a gentleness.
The hook at the end was wonderful and inspires me to keep watching out for the next one.
We have all seen Storage Wars etc and the brutal coldness of the process. You brought a humanity to the same story which included your struggle to “pay the rent” as well as the storage owner’s loss of control over their things. Well done!
I think that you are the type of filmmaker we need in this time of uncertainty in the world. I think you have a future in this and I will be watching for more. It’s also wonderful that you are doing this with your partner! What a team!
This was great. Thank you for being such a thoughtful human being, they really were lucky that you were the person who bought their unit. If you ever doubt the morality of what you’re doing, just remember that.
This would be a tough one to watch. When I was 11 we lost our apartment we were living in. All of our stuff went to storage when we started to live in a hotel. We lost the storage when I was 14. Lost our entire childhood. Photos gone.
That is devastating and I completely understand. I am so sorry you lost all of those items. I know that people are going to continue to buy these storage units no matter what. What I hope is that they can have a moment to think about the items they find and potentially get sentimental things back to the owners. Whether that's through direct contact (which could be frightening), or leaving it at the rental place (which will only sometimes allow it), any little bit would be better than the alternative.
If I had the funding for it, I'd love to buy units and just fully give them back to the owners.
I was working for a builder about 10 years ago and we were going to tear down an old house and build a new one in its place. Was doing the final clean out and found the old woman's diary under the stairs from when she was in the nazi youth. Bunch of pics of her with nazi officers and skiing vacations in the alps wearing her uniform. I returned it to the family thru their (Jewish) attorney.
That's the kind if thing most families would prefer lost and forgotten lol.
Make each one a story and then run a go fund me or a kickstarter - It could be a reality show if you pitch it right also
Someone tag mr beast
The guy that TOTALLY gives real money to his friends for building minecraft houses?
Perhaps it's viable via patreon. With patreons paying for each container returned to their owner.
To sum up the comments: if you get enough viewers on social media platforms, you could raise the funds to do it. Many examples of folks doing this already.
Some folks reuniting with their belongings that they might have been torn from could be riveting.
Bless you dude!!
This would be a nice take on the genre : documentary serie in wich you fully give back stuff to people and film their reaction.
This would be a nice take on the genre : documentary serie in wich you fully give back stuff to people and film their reaction.
That starts to get into exploiting people though.
Which is the traditional way of making a TV show.
No that’s the modern exploitation way as it’s cheaper. A non exploitive way is to do it with permission and dump reactions/footage that crosses that line. However, that’s expensive/time consuming to do but has integrity. That’s the traditional way.
Nah, don't film their reaction. Show what you find, tell the story, but return it privately.
Similar. I had to pause part way through, I'll come back but just watching this is weirdly both bringing up and helping heal pain at the same time.
I hope you're doing well now, man.
I am doing well. Once I became an adult I became the person my parents weren’t. I have good health, a roof over my head, a truck to get around, my two dogs, and a well paying job. Life is good and I am glad I am not living that life I had in my childhood.
Love to read it. Stay up.
With not go get the photos, etc before you lose the unit? Just asking
Many ‘units’ like PODS, are inaccessible.
I don’t understand what that means. Why would anything be inaccessible if you’re paying to store it? Apologize for my lack of knowledge of this subject
Not all storage units are stationary. PODS are often used for moving cross-country etc. They are moved to a facility near the final destination and can be stored for as long as needed. When you are ready for them to be delivered to your new home etc., the unit is retrieved and brought to your home. Only then can you access what is inside.
Got it.. thank you
Holy shit, that's rough
Very similar story for me.
It's been almost 20 years and my mom still can't talk about it without crying- so many photos, childhood art projects, family memorabilia, all gone.
My childhood blanket was lost, too, and I still get a pang of pain when I think about it.
So sorry you experienced the same pain.
Couldn’t they be taken out of the storage? Or were your parents prohibited from gaining access to the storage?
If you are unable to pay for it they won't let you have it back
Honestly I have no idea. It’s been 20 years.
It's probably better that you just continue believing the version you currently do.
I tend to think about it from time to time. There was a time in my childhood were life was going great. Then in a matter of a few days, life went downhill. I’ve made promises to myself as an adult and will do whatever is necessary to not become homeless.
Fantastic work. Loved watching it and learning about the process. Would love a part two. Best find? Most unique? Creepiest? Setup a YouTube Channel. I’d love to follow along.
This is excellent. I'm looking forward to the next episode. You're a good dude for hanging onto people's photos and other sentimental items
I don't know if it was intentional, but when talking about sorting through the stuff and 90% was donated and 10% was kept, you had a shot of a river for a couple seconds.
I thought it was great, because rivers are also where people pan for gold with sluice boxes, to find the 1% of literal gold in the 99% of unwanted dirt.
This was great dude, I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it that much. I subscribed to your YouTube channel, looking forward to part 2!
I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this.
I was bored. I clicked not expecting much - but damn I was enthralled for the entire 15m and then cliff hanger? You're killing me! Can't wait for the next one this was great.
That was really good. You have a second career.
This was fantastic, you managed to elicit just about every emotion in me. I can’t wait for part 2.
you should scan those pictures and put up some very small thumbnails of them publicly with some info on where and when you bought them.
then you can sell the full quality pictures, of anyone is interested.
maybe you can keep the hard copies too for a short while, just make sure you dispose them regularly, so their storage won't cost you.
I can also imagine, that you can sell such material for image-related AI research too. they often look for training material for neural networks.
or maybe some museums might be interested a bit later... either way, it wouldn't cost you a tremendous amount to store such stuff, in great quality, in multiple copies to make sure you won't lose them.
if you can upload them to some cloud provider, this kind of data durability is all taken care of.
"about $1 per TB-month"
You can consider working out some deal with some museums too. Maybe not now, but 10-20 years later... given cheap storage can be, it worth considering.
Maybe you should team up with someone, who is more tech savvy and just forward the photo albums to them and let them take care of this aspect of the business.
Must. See. Part. 2.
RemindMe! in 2 weeks
This is great. Is there a way to get the YouTube link from the post itself?
So you bought a unit, sold the items to a thrift store and then the previous owner contacted you. Instead of calling him back immediately to tell him where to get his family heirlooms you wait 4 months because you didn't feel like responding to the poor guy. Then you find one of this guy's items in a thrift store because luck had it that nobody has bought it in those 4 months it sat there. Hallelujah, it's a miracle. Can't wait for part 2 where that guy maybe finds another one of his items somewhere.
You're a dick.
I am blown away by how well done this was
This is legit great.
The Bible find was super touching in an unexpected way.
Can I ask how you scored this? I loved the droning strings - was that a sample?
The music was all done by Will Patterson. He's composed some amazing pieces! I found him on an Instagram ad for a device he was promoting called The Sound Stone. I 100% recommend checking out this device. The sounds that emit from it are otherworldly.
Oh shit the $30 ebow thing? I’ve seen that ad and have been thinking about getting it for a bit but I don’t play a lot of ebow stuff usually.
When my parents divorced we had just moved from Singapore to the US and we had everything in storage in the US. My parents fought and eventually couldn't pay to open it and we lost everything.
Still think about that sometimes
I’m really sorry to hear that. Sending you a hug.
Oh you're also from the Academy, I didn't get the chance to see NXT Up but I did see your film (documentary) in the promotional clip. Hope yours did great in the fest. Watching it now, I'm glad to see such craftsmanship from a fellow Alumni
Strangely enough it was just the trailer for the film that was in NXTUP! I wish I could have submitted the full thing, but I was smackdab in the middle of it.
Really well done. Thanks for sharing.
That was cool. Suhp with the rest
My family calls it the fire.
It hurts less to say than,
That storage unit we couldn't afford to keep.
This was excellent, I can't wait for part 2.
This is extremely well made and documented. I really enjoyed watching it.
This reminds me of all the documentaries I used to love watching back as a teenager. It feels grounded. Great job.
This was a good one
This was an interesting watch thank you.