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  • Directors: Paul von Stoetzel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055EHV9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Scrap is a feature documentary which follows the history of two eccentric builders and their amazing structures which were both built by a single man. The Forevertron, located in Wisconsin and built by Tom Every, is recognized as the world's largest scrap metal sculpture which was created to send his soul into space after he dies. Bishop Castle, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and built by Jim Bishop, is a ten story castle that he has been erecting without any outside help since 1969. The film focuses on the eccentric architects of these structures, as they are as fascinating and awe inducing as their creations.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Greer on July 27, 2011
Format: DVD
Art never stands alone; it's always created, and we always experience it in context. What then of art that is so big, the only possible context is the entire life (and family) of the artist?

While "Scrap" may nominally be a documentary exploring two such monumental works of art, and two uncompromising artists who have been driven to commit their entire lives to the projects, it actually strikes me as a piece mainly (and more interestingly) stepping back to explore that context in a way which might be difficult if not impossible in any other medium. "Scrap" explores these men and their worlds as much as it explores their art - their uncompromising vision and approach to life which gives them and their work focus, both for better and for worse.

Jim Bishop started working on his Castle in 1969, and has been at it ever since. With his own hands he has built his dream stone by stone, eschewing heavy equipment for sweat and ingenuity (as he describes it: "engineering without money is ingenuity").

Tom Every (a former key designer of Wisconsin's famed "House on the Rock") has likewise been at his own project for decades; the "Forevertron" is a massive steampunk scrap metal art installation that he began before "steampunk" was even a thing. Stretching out over acres, Every (adopting the persona of "Dr. Evermore") blends the reality of his work with fantastical story, making us sometimes wonder where one ends and the other begins (at the very least in his own mind).

Both of these men are uncompromising individualists. Their magnificent obsessions have produced work that in itself is truly impressive and inspiring, and that's even before you consider how much they've done on their own with so little.
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This DVD gave me great insight into each of these men's private lives. The movie was very interesting in terms of giving us "the rest of the story" that the public does not learn from just viewing their work. The most telling scene in the movie was the segment where Tom Every's wife walked up to him to fix his blanket as he was sitting in his wheelchair (in a snowstorm) giving an interview. His reaction told the whole story. I now have GREAT respect for the wives of these two men. This documentary sheds light on the work these selfless women performed in a truly thankless environment.
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Would love to see better filmmakers handle something like this. The film chronicles strange and wondrous man-made structures but never really gets to the heart of what drives such unique and painstaking creativity. The makers of Scrap could have certainly taken a lesson there. I once saw a 22 minute episode on tv about the maker of a hotdog stand shaped like a hotdog that was more entertaining. Advisable only for background watching. Pity.
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For many years I have followed the building of BISHOPS CASTLE. Jim Bishop is a man with a mission and a great inspiration for anyone taking on a project the requires iron will and long standing stamina, Jim certainly has both. This video shows some of his inner thinking and a peek into his personal life through his wife and sons eyes. Jim sometimes gets a bad rap from U tube but after seeing this video you get a real respect for the man and his family. A very informative video and one place I intend to go is to see Jims Castle in the very near future.
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