Offline by Matthew Santoro

Posted on Toolband/Army today is a quick article talking about a new Sci-Fi movie from Matthew Santoro called Offline. The movie, as well as looking pretty cool apparently takes some influence from Adam Jones:

My goal was to make a dark and gritty sci-fi/horror based cybernetic dream experience type thing with a couple of good friends, a camera, some duct tape, and a computer. Pure Gorilla as they call it. Adam Jones was a huge influence during this creative process. I look at him like a master Jedi and director/creator of all things awesome, his work pretty much speaks for itself. I remember as a kid watching the TOOL videos that Adam directed and being completely enthralled almost mesmerized like a moth to a flame. I’ve never seen anything like this before but I know one thing… I like it. His work opened my mind to another plane that I didn’t even know existed. Later in life we became friends and when I told him I wanted to direct my own film he gave me an important piece of advise that I’ve kept with me everyday of production. He basically said to look at every shot like a piece of art. If your going to put your name on something make sure its something YOU are happy with (emphasis on YOU) because if you truly consider it to be a piece of art then in a way it is a reflection of yourself.

The movies looks great and a trailer can be seen here.

Possibly the most important part for Tool fans is the following snippet:

Look for more of Matt’s stunning art in a future Tool project (i.e. “the big thing”)

To me this suggests to me that the “big thing” will be some form of DVD.

24 thoughts on “Offline by Matthew Santoro

  1. thepot23

    should be noted that he is also in the process of completing the “20 minutes/40 years” music video from isis’ new and fucking amazing album “wavering radiant”

  2. hellboy1975hellboy Post author

    [quote comment=""]should be noted that he is also in the process of completing the “20 minutes/40 years” music video from isis’ new and fucking amazing album “wavering radiant”[/quote]
    duly noted.

  3. eleventy4

    Oh my crap.  I hope this big thing is the Live Tool DVD, and he helps produce some bonus features, or interviews, or the DVD menu, or… something.  I would die of pants-shitting excitement.  Probably from pooping out vital organs. 

    Maybe it’s just a music video for The Pot or Rosetta Stoned, which would still be awesome.  But one can dream…

  4. tooltour93

    [quote comment=""]Oh my crap.  I hope this big thing is the Live Tool DVD, and he helps produce some bonus features, or interviews, or the DVD menu, or… something.  I would die of pants-shitting excitement.  Probably from pooping out vital organs.  Maybe it’s just a music video for The Pot or Rosetta Stoned, which would still be awesome.  But one can dream…[/quote]I neww something big was coming besides the summer tour I thinks its 02 tour dvd 

  5. junior

    [quote comment=""][quote comment=""]Oh my crap.  I hope this big thing is the Live Tool DVD, and he helps produce some bonus features, or interviews, or the DVD menu, or… something.  I would die of pants-shitting excitement.  Probably from pooping out vital organs.  Maybe it’s just a music video for The Pot or Rosetta Stoned, which would still be awesome.  But one can dream…[/quote]I neww something big was coming besides the summer tour I thinks its 02 tour dvd [/quote]

    It’s not a DVD and it’s not a live show.

  6. sampson

    [quote comment=""][quote comment=""][quote comment=""]Oh my crap.  I hope this big thing is the Live Tool DVD, and he helps produce some bonus features, or interviews, or the DVD menu, or… something.  I would die of pants-shitting excitement.  Probably from pooping out vital organs.  Maybe it’s just a music video for The Pot or Rosetta Stoned, which would still be awesome.  But one can dream…[/quote]I neww something big was coming besides the summer tour I thinks its 02 tour dvd [/quote] It’s not a DVD and it’s not a live show.[/quote]

    he didnt say it wasn’t the pot video? haha

  7. junior

    [quote comment=""][quote comment=""][quote comment=""][quote comment=""]he didnt say it wasn’t the pot video? haha[/quote]

    It’s not the pot video

  8. BellJH

    Wow that film could be great as long as it has a decent plot. The setting and atmosphere look awesome.

    “If you’re going to put your name on something make sure its something YOU are happy with, because if you truly consider it to be a piece of art then in a way it is a reflection of yourself.”

    Thats some good shit.

  9. tooldude

    [quote comment=""]Junior, I saw on Matt Santoro’s website he has done a lot of web design projects. Is there something in the works for toolband.com?[/quote]

    there have been talks about an update for toolband/toolarmy for a while now… that would be my guess as to what “the big thing is”…

  10. walterwalter

    i sure as shit hope it ain’t the pot video (which, junior’s comment didn’t clearly rule out to me) and not some bullshit web redesign.

    i’ll be happy if toolarmy/toolband/dissectional is redone, but fuck, who cares?  unless it’s so good it makes me want to cry.

    danny has said before that tool would love to do a “The Wall”-like movie…  junior’s comment also did not clearly rule that one out, if by “it’s not a DVD” he only meant it’s not a live DVD. 

  11. sampson

    [quote comment=""]mmm…  that’s true – that’s neither a DVD, nor the pot video…[/quote]

    quite perplexing…. what will it be :O

  12. danielkauai21

    [quote comment=""]don’t believe the hype…[/quote]

    What hype? Junior and Blair have confirmed something big is coming. Blair mentioned it last year. Lets summarize what has been ruled out.

    1. It is not the summer tour
    2. It is not a website update
    3. It is not a tool movie
    4. It is not the pot video
    5. It is not a live show

    Feel free to confirm or deny list above Junior. (Please do)

  13. andSometimesY

    [quote comment=""][quote comment=""]don’t believe the hype…[/quote] What hype? Junior and Blair have confirmed something big is coming. Blair mentioned it last year. Lets summarize what has been ruled out. 1. It is not the summer tour 2. It is not a website update 3. It is not a tool movie 4. It is not the pot video 5. It is not a live show Feel free to confirm or deny list above Junior. (Please do)[/quote]

    Could it possibly be the new album? I mean, they didn’t say when the big thing was coming, did they? Maybe a single from the new album? What if there is a new member of the band? (Devo or Adam Monroe come to mind) Very unlikely, but that would be huge news for us Tool fans. If junior isn’t lying about the things he says it’s not, then there aren’t many things that could be considered BIG things. A website re-design is worthless to me, since I rarely use the site, and I’m sure there are a lot of others like me in that regard, so I doubt that is it. Maybe a book of Tool’s artwork? Not many things come to mind other than those that junior denied.

  14. danielkauai21

    quote] Could it possibly be the new album? I mean, they didn’t say when the big thing was coming, did they? Maybe a single from the new album? What if there is a new member of the band? (Devo or Adam Monroe come to mind) Very unlikely, but that would be huge news for us Tool fans. If junior isn’t lying about the things he says it’s not, then there aren’t many things that could be considered BIG things. A website re-design is worthless to me, since I rarely use the site, and I’m sure there are a lot of others like me in that regard, so I doubt that is it. Maybe a book of Tool’s artwork? Not many things come to mind other than those that junior denied.[/quote]

    I agree the website update really does not mean anything to many people. You suggested that the big thing may be a new member, I dont see that happening. The main reason being is that I doubt they will ever have a new member. Plus there is no reason to announce a new member for a 3 week tour. Also if they did have a new member the only way it would happen is if they had a new album. Im keeping my fingers crossed for a new album because every other industry is collapsing and they are aware of it and may want to release one more thing before everything completely collapses.

  15. junior

    [quote comment=""]quote]What hype? Junior and Blair have confirmed something big is coming. Blair mentioned it last year. Lets summarize what has been ruled out.
    1. It is not the summer tour
    2. It is not a website update
    3. It is not a tool movie
    4. It is not the pot video
    5. It is not a live show
    Feel free to confirm or deny list above Junior. (Please do) [/quote]

    I don’t think I denied all of that stuff.
    This “Big Thing” business has been brewing and being bantered about for almost a year and a half, now. I started having my doubts nearly a year ago, and stopped waiting for it some time after that, to the point where I’d nearly forgotten about it, or at least stopped thinking about it, until just recently when Blair mentioned it at one of those fantastic Monday night jams at the Baked Potato, or maybe it was in the back hallway of the Knitting Factory in between the areas where the ceiling is dripping a mystery liquid into garbage cans (and possibly being collected for some unknown purpose or maybe just so the floor doesn’t get wet).
    If I recall correctly, this all started when Blair hinted that something would be happening on the 17th of January 2008, and once it started to get bounced around the internets it became dubbed a “Big Thing” (not initially by Blair, mind you). He has started to call it that (somewhat sarcastically, I think), but he was not the originator of the term. Either way, I think he’s still referring to the same thing that was originally scheduled for 17 January 2008, but maybe he’s moved on.

  16. BellJH



    ‘While not a total impossibility in my mind, still the news was rather startling… stunning might be a better word, knowing the attitude of the band in question about certain things. Even to those with only a superficial interest in the band, I’m fairly certain that the decision seemed a bit odd… if not disconcerting, and I couldn’t help but wonder what caused such a change of heart?’

    If that comment from Blair is relating to the ‘Big Thing’, then I’m pretty sure that rules out a website update and a video for ‘The Pot’.
    Also we know it is not the Summer tour anymore, which leaves us with either: 
    1) some kind of official movie about the band 
    or 
    2) some kind of full-length live CD (in interviews they always seem to be very opposed to a live CD). 
    Or possibly something else that we haven’t thought about yet (perhaps a ‘Best of’ album? haha). Why can’t Blair just mention what it could be, instead of building up all this ‘suspense’! 


  17. hellboy1975hellboy Post author

    I think the reality here is that there are several things in the works from Tool, and I guess we can debate endlessly what we really consider to be the big thing.

    Will there be a Pot video and DVD? Probably.  Will it contain live footage?  Perhaps, but I suspect if Tool had anything of reasonable quality we would have seen it by now.

    Will there be a website update? Inevitably I’d say to. I’ve considered this a likely possibility since a smashed computer was posted on Toolband once.  People may find it hard to get excited about a new website, but if they could get something the quality of nin.com, then that would be somewhat exciting.

    As BellJH points out the other possibility is a Tool Movie.  I’d be a little surprised personally, though the idea sounds great.  Perhaps a little too big.

    Then again, with Tool, we can always expect the unexpected.  As to what the Big Thing is, I’d suggest you guys are being optimistic expecting Junior to do a reveal in the comments here…

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