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Interview: USC Football Documentary Hopes to Become Feature Length Film


Going to a USC football game at the Coliseum is an exhilarating experience in its own right, but seeing a film about the culture of USC football and the act of going to the games themselves? That’s something that only a documentary could grasp, and Dalton Gaudin, a USC graduate and filmmaker, is trying to do with his first major project, “I’m a Trojan”. Reign of Troy sat down with the aspiring filmmaker to learn a little bit about the project, as his fundraising efforts come to an end on Sunday.

Reign of Troy: For those who don’t know, what’s “I’m a Trojan” about?

Dalton Gaudin: “I’m a Trojan” is an energizing documentary about the culture of college football at USC – from the fans’ perspective. Shot over the course of the past two years, this feature is an inside-look at the spectacle of Trojan football and the passions that drive Trojan faithful to attend games each week. The film features never-before-seen footage of Charles White and Traveler as well as epic music by The Spirit of Troy and TyEli – get ready to wave your victory signs in the air and Fight On!!

RoT: There’s plenty of us that have stories of going to games since we were kids, how did you go about finding people to interview for the film?

DG: I was extremely lucky when it came to finding my main subjects – all of them have become great friends and collaborators over the years. In terms of finding them, I started at the USC-Virginia game in 2010 and continued making contacts every game over the last two seasons. I literally walked around talking and filming people all of that first season looking for some of the most interesting and outgoing fans – people who wanted to be in my film – like Helios, for example, who I met in Heritage Hall all decked out in Trojan Armor. A few of the other fans I found through word of mouth – TyEli was referred to me by some guys who loved his hip hop music. I met Brian – an epic fan who hand cuts paper confetti for each home game – as I was walking by his tailgate. One of my cameramen met RJ and Shannon up at the Oregon State game two seasons ago and they hired me to shoot a commercial for their company. Horrible game but great luck for me – RJ and Shannon are the sweetest people ever and they just got married! I met all of these fans at SC games – tailgating with them, watching away games with them, laughing, crying, hugging, and just enjoying football in the Coliseum. And those are just a few of the people who make up the cast – I have interviews with THE USC SyCo, Drum Major Kyle Wilson, Hector Aguilar, Scott Biederman (who runs in front of Traveler), the Trojan Knights, and countless other SC football fans. The cast is huge and I am planning to add a few more characters once this fundraising goal is met – I am in talks with some ex-players right now.

RoT: For those interested in investing themselves, how can fans get involved?

DG: Fans can get involved by donating money on Kick Starter in exchange for cool prizes like copies of the DVD, t-shirts, posters, pins, film credits, etc. and by simply spreading the word via email, Twitter, Facebook, text, phone, carrier pigeon, what have you. I want to get this film into as many Trojan hands in any way possible 🙂

RoT: There you have it! Go make a pledge before Sunday’s deadline, go tell five other people and help out the Trojan family.

For an extended set of interview questions, visit Reign of Troy.