Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. I am with an electro-glam-cabaret-rock-band. Can I participate in Juketrain?
Yes. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of the music style you play. There are some challenges due to location, though; Currently Juketrain is being shot in Lithuania. If you happen to be passing by on tour, please let us know and we can arrange a meeting.
Some of the musicians featured in Juketrain just happened to be in Europe on tour. Others had the Baltic States included on their tour dates (Lithuania is one of them) and we arranged a transfer on the train so we can film them. On some occasions, bands have come to Lithuania just to perform on the train.
Whatever your case, just remember you are welcomed to join in any time of the year (as much as Covid-19 would allow, of course).
- 2. How can I get in touch with you?
Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. So far we managed to reply every e-mail within the space of 48 hours, but we are looking forward to beat that record.
- 3. Are there electric outlets available on the train?
Yes and no. Most electric outlets available on board of the train are designed to charge your average phone or laptop. When it comes to power a guitar amp or a synthesizer, things become really tricky.
That is why the vast majority of performances are acoustic. We use batteries to power up audio and video equipment, but those batteries (at least for now) do not have capacity to power something larger like an amplifier.
Now consider this; rethinking your music in acoustic terms represents a challenge to connect with your audience while providing a new experimental angle to your music. Something to think about.
- 4. How long is one trip’s duration?
Juketrain is shot in a number of routes and trains ran by Lithuanian national railways. The itinerary and duration depend on the availability of trains and the logistics related to your band. The bigger the band, the more complicated the shoot and the longer it requires to setup.
Sometimes, we would just jump right in and shoot things as they happen without much preparation. Other times we would have enough time for a more elaborate shoot. All in all, the most important is to have fun with it.
- 5. Is there an audience present during filming?
This might be the case, depending on the time and the route of the train. We shoot at times when trains are almost empty or just around 50% occupation. In this way we have space available for the equipment. Bear in mind that In order to film with full audio, video gear and the band’s backline, we need, at the very minimum, half a carriage.
We understand limits the number of people in attendance, but is a compromise we are obliged to do, at least, until we’ll be able to build an especially designed carriage for musical shows. We welcome any desing ideas!
- 6. I would like to participate as part of the audience. How can I find information about it?
Yes by all means, you can participate. All you need to do is to buy a standard return train ticket and hop on! At the beginning of the season we’ll publish the list of shoots in our website. We’ll announce at least a week before and indicate the route and the duration of the trip.
It is important to note, you are paying only for your train ticket. The show on board is totally free of charge.
- 7. I would like to do Juketrain in my country. Is that possible?
Although we haven’t actively pursued it as a goal, from time to time we received proposals to open chapters of Juketrain in different countries. So far we have received invitations for Germany, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Ukraine.
We are ready to provide you with all the instructions and advice necessary to carry on the job, should you feel ready to accept it!
The most important thing, however, is to count with the collaboration of your local railway company. You cannot (and we can’t stress this enough) you cannot jump into a train willy-nilly and start filming without express permission from the railway company.
Most countries have strict rules about what you can and what you cannot do on board of a train, let alone filming on a train. So, it is important to have the railway company onboard and observed the local rules that might apply to your particular case.
If you want to do Juketrain in your country, we suggest you begin by getting in touch with your local railway company’s PR department. They might be able to advice you in regard of the company’s policy and whether there is a space available there for a project such as Juketrain.
- 8. What sort of equipment do you use to film Juketrain?
We use a variety of cameras and sound equipment. Basically, whatever is available at one time. All the people working at Juketrain (Juketrain’s Navvies) are volunteers. We do this job without profit and out of our own pockets; therefore, we can’t afford things like fancy RED cameras. We work with the equipment we have at hand, the one we use daily in our professional life.
- 9. Are you sponsored by any camera manufacturer?
- 10. Would you like to be sponsored by a camera manufacturer?
Yes please, and thank you very much :)
- 11. Are you shooting during the Covid-19 pandemic?
No we are not. It’s been a long wait for everyone, but we need to be patient and wait for the safest time to re-start the season. Hopefully it won't be much longer.