Ten Years of Obscure Studios

It all started with a dream on a cold winters’ day 10 years ago. We were in high school then and we wanted to make a movie. An off-the-wall musical about a pirate, a blind woman, two Siamese twins, the Pope, a giant squid and some very angry Canadians. A script was written and then rewritten. Music was procured. The cast was selected. A few test scenes were filmed. And then nothing.

Gollandtsy! Gollandtsy! was never made, though rumors would stir up every few years that it had been glimpsed somewhere in the woods north of Flagstaff. But something was born. Something beautiful. Obscure Studios, founded to produce the musical in 2004, went on to make other projects a reality. From Reilly’s Dorm to the Big Night to Cold Read to Border Line to the one where Jonny narrated Will’s thoughts while he sat on an office chair. People grew to love the stories and the characters.

Fast forward a decade. On this 10th anniversary of Obscure Studios’ founding, the gang is scattered across the country. River and Katie are married with a daughter. So are Nathan and Danika. Jonny is off doing God knows what in the Pacific Northwest. He and the afro parted ways a few years ago — it now runs a record label in Nashville. Will and Yannick are still in Flagstaff. Sarah went off to seek her fortune somewhere near Alderaan. JACKson makes a living as a professional photobomber.

Obscure Studios’ video output has dwindled since the glory days. But don’t count us out yet. We may be separated by miles and years and new commitments, but the spark of our creativity has not gone out. No, Obscure Studios is a survivor. Don’t be surprised if you see something new from us in the future.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll celebrate us turning one-tenth of a century old. Check out our old videos, revel in the memories of the good old days and keep your eyes open for the biggest comeback since Star Trek II.

Hold on to your hats — the obscurity is on the move.

– Jonny, Will, Julio and the Whole Darn OS Family


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