Jason Scott is the creator and webmaster of TEXTFILES.COM, a website dedicated to collecting the files and related materials from the era of the Dial-up BBS. This website, originally built from files he collected as a BBS user in his early teens, has expanded to many gigabytes of data
and now recieves thousands of visitors a day.
Inspired to create "the ultimate BBS list" from the hundreds of lists on his website, he suddenly started recieving dozens of stories from BBS users and operators who found their old BBSes listed. Recogizing a missing piece in the story of computers, Jason used his dormant filmmaking skills (Emerson College Film Degree, 1992) to create this documentary.
Originally slated to be 100 interviews and a year of filming, the BBS Documentary has taken three years and 200 interviews. Between travel by airplane, train, and a fleet of unhappy rental cars, Jason has travelled roughly 25,000 miles to record 250 hours of footage, from which the documentary has been edited. Along the way, Jason has lost a lens cap, tungsten light, cell phone, dust screen, tripod foot, prescription sunglasses, 7 hard drives, one rental car, and 30 pounds.
Jason created the animation for a short film called "Conspiracy Rock", directed by Scott Rosann and Michael D'Alonzo. The film eventually played on the Comedy Central network and was part of a Shorts exhibition at the 1999 Sundance film festival. The BBS Documentary is his first large-scale film project.
Jason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling his production company, Bovine Ignition Systems, at 617-COW-TOWN.