Filmmaking

Nose Hair & Peanuts Short Plays Festivals

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The short film I directed earlier this year, Nose Hair & Peanuts,  has been accepted into not one but TWO film festivals. It’ll make its world premiere at the SoCal Film Fest and play at the Orlando Film Festival. Needless to say Mike Pusateri, the writer, producer, and actor in it, Jennifer Buhrow, the lead actress, and I are overly excited about this. As if all of this wasn’t enough we also got an amazing review at INFLUX Magazine from film critic Paul Booth. Brilliant, suspenseful and achieves two spectacular goals; one it keeps you interested even though you think you know the ending and secondly, it breaks all clichés. Highly original, enjoyable, great writing, ingenious concept and no doubt a film that should begin a run on the festival circuit. Nose Hair and Peanuts is even tied into the dialogue (something only very well written television shows manage to do with purpose). Enjoyable from […]

Filmmaking

Lighting Test For New Short Film

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It’s now official I am a couple weeks away from shooting my next short film. Details will be revealed but this will be the first film I’ve written, aside from just directing and shooting, in awhile. I have written other things but most of the films I’ve done in the last couple years are ones that were written by other people. As is evident in the picture I am going for a very film noir look with a warm overtone. It’s an aesthetic I’ve always loved but have rarely been able to do when doing other people’s films. I haven’t done a film project (or any project really) in a very long time that was completely mine. Maybe since I made my feature film Distortion. It is actually a bit more nerve wracking since it is more me than with the other projects but that is also the exciting part. […]

Filmmaking

Rain Time Tea Time

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I’m trying to do more fun experimental videos and exercises and today was a good example. It was raining pretty hard which was bumming me out. Instead of moping about it (anymore than I already was) I decided to grab my camera and shoot some of the rain in slow motion. Nothing fancy. I didn’t want to use my tripod or lights. Keep it as basic as possible. Just some cool slow motion shots at 240 fps (which caused the flicker on the indoor shots). I was making some tea at the time and as I went to the back door the tea pot was boiling so instantly I thought of a mini video. So within half an hour I shot everything in the video (plus a couple shots not used). Then edited it together and here it is. I admit it’s nothing amazing. It was just a short test […]