Soon after college, mental illness interrupted Bud Clayman’s dreams of a filmmaking career. Thirty years later, he’s making the movie of his life, OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie. Read more about the film on OC87.com.
Sometimes Buddy feels alone and socially disconnected.
Buddy and Director Glenn Holsten set up “Buddy-cam” for the first video diary entry. During the year and a half of OC87’s production, Buddy recorded many entries and excerpts of them are in the film.
After months of pre-production planning, it feels good to start shooting.
Even during routine tasks, dark and intrusive thoughts can dominate Buddy, sparking anxiety and uncertainty. He self-coaches his way through it.
Buddy is mic’d up for the scene about his workplace and coworkers.
Buddy interviews his father, Mort Clayman, at Jules Jurgenson Corporation.
After a video diary.
Not far from his Center City apartment, Buddy heads up Locust Street with crew in tow.
Buddy takes psychotropic medications several times a day. They help manage his symptoms.
After being introduced to fitness boxing in L.A. by General Hospital actor Maurice Benard, Buddy enters the ring back in Philly for a lesson.
After his first lesson, Buddy and boxing coach Mr. T hang out.
Buddy at a favorite eatery, Little Pete’s. In the film, this is where we see him using “coping cards” to get through a spike of social anxiety. The cards were created by his Asperger’s consultant, Cathy Grayson. Buddy keeps them in his wallet for quick use anywhere.
Buddy and friend Linda at Doc Watson’s for karaoke fun. Buddy rocked the house with “Get Together”
On location at his high school reunion, Buddy checks in with the production manager Chayne Gregg just before just before meeting with friend Jon Wolfman for the first time in thirty years.
Visiting the neighborhood where Buddy and Jon once lived as roommates.
Buddy confronts Jon about a devastating incident that has haunted him for decades. They are in front of the house where it happened.
Taking a break while recording a narration voice-over.
Dr. Grayson describes the connection-and distinctions- of Buddy’s OCD and Asperger’s.
Psychologist, Jon Grayson, PhD describes a metaphor of Asperger’s. He believes it’s like being inserted into a strange, unfamiliar culture where it is difficult to recognize and interpret social cues, rules, and intentions.
A glimpse of the kitchen.
Lila, an interior decorator, shows good form in sinking a hook for Buddy’s artwork. As a mother-and-son team, they worked together to organize and decorate his apartment.
During a night out, Buddy and friends get ready for cheesesteaks at Geno’s Steaks, a Philadelphia landmark.
A month prior to the OC87 Lost in Space shoot, Buddy is measured by costume designer Andrew Basile, who created costumes for the characters Good Buddy and Bad Buddy.
Preparing for performance, Buddy is fitted with neck irons for the campy OC87 Lost in Space segment that he wrote. Lending a hand is propmaster Steve Pannepacker.
The green screen set of OC87’s Lost in Space segment. Later, special effects artists superimposed an alien planet landscape.
Director Glenn Holsten watches Buddy nail a scene.
Just before one of the last video diary entries.
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Bud Clayman is the publisher of OC87 Recovery Diaries. The website is an outgrowth of the autobiographical documentary film, OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie
. Bud created, co-directed (along with Glenn Holsten and Scott Johnston) and was the principle subject of OC87, which had its theatrical premiere in 2012 and can now be seen on Amazon and YouTube. The film chronicles Bud’s ongoing battle with mental illness. OC87 Recovery Diaries expands on that story by allowing others to share their own stories of empowerment. His vision is simple yet challenging: to have a world free of mental illness stigma.