VFX / Mograph Demo Reel
Look! A bunch of shots from different projects, set to catchy music and going by super fast! Hire this guy today!
editor, vfx & graphics
10-episode Genius Kitchen series in which cats watch videos and choose their favorite tasty treats!
Kids Eat Candy
10-episode Genius Kitchen series in which kids watch videos and choose their favorite tasty treats!
The Cheesiest Show Ever
10-episode Genius Kitchen series in which you watch videos and they mostly have cheese in them!
The Strip List
10-episode Genius Kitchen series in which our hosts introduce videos and gradually undress for some reason.
Untitled Mundo Sisters Project
I'm not going to be the one to announce anything here. This space will fill-in with details whenever someone else makes them public.
"Untitled" Netflix Documentary Series
I didn't actually sign anything, but I'm going to play it cool anyway, because I think some other people did.
I understand this is a feature film of some kind.
An Act of Terrorism
I understand this a short film of some kind.
In this grindhouse-flavored thriller, a group of college pals meet up for some reason, and then things turn deadly!
VFX, online editor
End credits for a short film. Cat is my favorite client; we've never met!
Dir. Catherine Black
Kia Dealer Meeting 2017
When Kia gathers the owners of their dealerships in Las Vegas to reveal new cars and revel in old cars, Special Order is there! This year, the video presentations took the form of a 200-foot, 22,000-pixel-wide video wall. I was the main animator for one video, edited a couple of others, and provided support and green screen work to several others.
VFX, editing, animating, and so much rendering
Tin or W Productions Card
Made for my pal Jim Wareck's production company. I learned a thing or two about digital painting with this.
Gangbusters! Winter Walk-in Video
10 minutes of holiday cheer and crab animation. Fun to animate, satisfying to look at, pretty much the opposite of a Shrek movie in every way! We play it while people are taking their seats at the show. Usually with louder, more aggressive, and less christmas-like music.
Special Order, Inc
Since 2014, I've been a regular freelancer for this video production company whose clients include Visa, Intel, Kia, the World Bank, Lowe's, Motorola, Sprint, VICE media, and the United Nations Foundation, among others. I keep the data organized and flowing, along with more substantial work in editing and compositing. Major and/or interesting projects are called out separately on this page.
Editor, VFX artist, post production supervisor, DIT, de facto IT dept.
As of this writing, I have produced 142 weekly installments of this live variety show at the Clubhouse theater in Los Feliz, California. Presenting the finest in LA's stand-up, improv, sketch, and auction-based comedy along with themed shows including the Green Screen Show, Bat Night (performed in environmentally-friendly complete darkness), The 1st-8th Annual Los Feliz Invitationals, the Night of a Million Daves, and shows completely hosted by a robot called Leopold.
We also produce demo videos of our performers on demand, for the likes of Rick Wood, Chloe McGovern, Brent Pella, Zach Ames, Joe Quint, Janine Hogan, Gerard "Dean" Peters, Michael Magid, Jonathan Grant, Vince Caldera, Christina Catherine Martinez, Subhah Agarwal, and improv teams Daddio, the 2004 San Antonio Spurs, Threedom, Substitute Teachers, Cute, McFly, Cool Cool Cool, G'ART, Logan Everett, Mm-mm Delicious, Calico High School, and the sketch team Slumberfest.
Set List at The Pack
Another weekly comedy show in Los Angeles, at The Pack Theater. Booked comics and lucky audience members perform improvised stand-up comedy as though it were their written material, based on short prompts written by myself and the host, Jason Van Glass.
Writer, producer, show tech
Theater is a Weapon
More from the Antaeus Company, as 2016 draws to a close.
Dir. Diani & Devine
Gangbusters! Pac Man Promo
There's no real reason for it. Sometimes it's just nice to make a thing.
Animation and everything else.
The final form of the documentary about the Congo that I worked on in 2014 came back to me for finishing, along with titles, credits, and subtitles.
Dir. Erin Heidenreich
Online editor, graphics
A Happening of Monumental Proportions
I did some opening and closing credit graphics for this feature film.
Dir. Judy Greer
Brand New Old Love
A fun feature film starring Aya Cash, Arturo Castro, Josh Brener, and Brian Doyle-Murray. I'd spent so much of the previous year on commercial and documentary projects that it was exciting to return to a scripted comedy.
Dir. Cat Rhinehart
Assistant Editor, DIT
Relatively Prime Season 3
This season's Kickstarter video was more complicated than the Season 2 pitch, and done faster. Some art by Lewis Sequeira for season 2 was reused, new art and a brilliant fake etsy page were created by Natalie Hazen. It was instantly added to the Kickstarter staff "projects we love" section.
Editor, animator, some of the art
Taming of the Kickstarter
Another promo for the Antaeus Theatre Company! This time, supporting their Kickstarter campaign to build a new theater. Maybe I should add a counter to this page for how much cash my videos have raised on Kickstarter...
It's the Hike Mic!
Promo / festival submission piece for LA's premiere outdoor traveling open mic, co-produced by Jason Van Glass and myself.
1800 Seconds with Guy Branum
Stand-up taping at Meltdown Comics.
Edited a couple of short videos shot at QA's Hollywood gala in the Dolby Theater.
Demo videos for Comedians
One popular feature of my weekly Gangbusters! show is the super cheap videos we make available to our performers. Some of the performers and acts we made look good in 2016 included Heather Thomson, Rick Wood, Paul Cibis, Hana Michels, Matt Merchant, Dan Braswell, Jay Light, Ify Nwadiwe, Miles K, Mike Upchurch, Brian Biancardi, Lisa Chanoux, Jace Avery, Phillip Binder, Adam Cozens, Brandon Scott Keller, and improv teams Great Personality, Barbershop, The Show that Shall Not Be Named, Spanglish, Loserlebrities, Between the Lips, Hobbledehoy, Threedom, Strawberry Boss, Tiny Backpacks, Zut Alors, The Feel Good Not Bad Death Laser, and Erwin Street.
A YouTube Red Original Series produced by Big Breakfast, the production company responsible for College Humor. Kind of like a comedic Black Mirror. I assisted on five or six episodes, and edited one called "Uber, but Like, for People."
Editor, assistant editor, VFX
Antaeus Theatre Company: Turn off the Dark
Another video for my favorite theatre company. This one features actors burning themselves, more nudity, and the implied use of 'salts' as a swear word!
Talk Show the Game Show the TV Show
Guy Branum's terrific stage show in which low level celebrities compete before a panel of judges to determine who is the best talk show guest should be a TV show, so I produced a 4-camera shoot of an episode at Meltdown Comics which convinced a production company to make a studio pilot for TruTV without paying or involving me. So it seems like that was 2015's deadbeat project. I still believe in it though. I've also written a four part series of articles on how to make a sellable pilot presentation.
Producer, editor, camera op
Kia Dealership Conference 2015
Another round of videos shown during the conference keynote, introducing new models of Trail'ster, Optima, and others. This time, each video was also a 6k projection mapped arch. I was the main editor and compositor for one complicated video, and made on-site refinements to half a dozen others.
Post-production Supervisor, editor, VFX
Antaeus Theater Company: Shirtless Actors Prepare for Picnic
A Promo for a local theater company full of terrific actors! Also, topless dudes!
Directors: Diani & Devine
Nintendo E3 2015
Several videos for Nintendo's YouTube channel, including fan reactions to the upcoming games Star Fox Zero and Super Mario Maker, as well as a 3D booth tour video (watch it on your phone or iPad!) and highlights of E3 2015 and the 2015 Nintendo World Championships.
Editor, assistant editor
The Big Fish
This was a sizzle reel for a reality TV series about a disastrous stand-up comedy venue, its host, and the barflies who love to heckle it. Unfortunately, a show about people doing comedy badly is a tough sell, and then the bar shut down.
Gangbusters! presents the Green Screen Show
A little highlight reel from the Gangbusters! January 2015 green screen special.
Editor, live green screen magic
Cocktails and Dreams
Another maniacal project from Mr. Show writer Mike Upchurch, who has inserted comedian Chris Fairbanks into the movie Cocktail. In this one I just provided some notes, advice, and animation for the logo.
VICELAND: Black Market: Dispatches: Poaching Pangolin
An episode of a documentaryish TV show where Vice sends a film crew to Africa to film some poachers. Apparently you can watch it here. Let me know how it turned out.
Moto E Press Conference-in-a-Box
A series of six videos delivered in seven versions each for different international regions. Edited and colored 3 of the base videos, devised a workflow for the vast quantities of subtitles.
Untitled Jonathan Katz Documentary
Organizing and preparing this documentary in Avid 7. I'm not going to describe the content of this one yet, because I don't know who knows what about it so far. It's either going to end up slightly sad, or pretty funny. Maybe both!
2015 Documentary 2
Backing up media and producing dailies in Premiere Pro for this forthcoming documentary that I'm not going to describe publicly yet, because I don't know who knows what about it so far. It's going to either turn out to be sort of sad or sort of uplifting. Maybe both!
Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War
I helped this documentary, edited in Final Cut Pro, to get to its distributor by spending a few days meticulously managing their media down from 16 hard drives to one.
Demo and Booking Videos for Stand-up Comedians
I still shoot and/or edit videos for comics that I know, sometimes to help fund my weekly show Gangbusters!. Subjects include stand-ups Devin Field, Ron Swallow, Tom Seiniger, Kevin Lee, Nevin Sharma, Chase Bernstein, Pedro Salinas, Jesse Gordon, Brandon Scott Keller, Chloe McGovern, Brett Wheeler, Alex Hanna, Miles K, George Chen, Brodie Reed, Justin Williams, Rich Slaton, Nick West, Robbie Goodwin, Sam Jae, Trenton Willey, Keith Carey, Jeffrey Jay, Rye Silverman, Aaron Klopfer, Rachel Crowe, Shannon Noll, the Improv teams Little Ditty, Joe Hates Us, Gossip Ghost, Vaguely Nefarious, Hugs & Chaos, yay!, and Crucifictorious, and storyteller Andrew Solmssen.
Antaeus Theater Company: Dogs and Cats Steal Shakespeare Roles... Actors Furious!
A Promo for a local theater company full of terrific actors! Also, cute animals!
Directors: Diani & Devine
Kia 2014 Dealership Conference
This was a series of videos that played during the keynote speech, including 6 presentations from dealerships around the country and another to precede the reveal of the new model Sedona. Each piece was created for multiple screens that wrapped around the audience (at a combined resolution of 18632 x 1080) for a total of 23 videos delivered. I also helped the other 5 editors & motion artists on the Special Order team in the completion, encoding, and delivery of their portions of the show.
Editor, graphics, keying, etc
Silver Star Mercedes Benz
TV commercials for an LA-area dealership.
I helped Special Order to create a presentation that played out on a combination of large projection screens and 10 iPads wielded by dancers on a stage.
DIT, assistant editor
Relatively Prime Series 2 Kickstarter Video
I made a video for my friend Sam without either of us flying across the continent to be in the same room. This is my third animated collaboration with Lewis Sequeira. Between the hand-drawn style and the kind of improvisational animation techniques, I think this is probably a lot better than last year's space video. (The campaign was a success.)
animator, editor, writer, & drew most of the inanimate objects
Sons of Congo
A documentary shot in Congo. I just whipped up some dailies for translation / transcription.
Dir. Erin Heidenreich.
The Birthday Present
A short film with clowns.
Dir. Will Reese.
Blu-Ray & DCP preparation
Antaeus Theater: The Curse of Oedipus
A promo for a local LA theater company full of terrific actors. Also, Michael Dorn performing in Klingon!
Directors: Diani & Devine
Nintendo Treehouse Live @ E3
25 hours of streaming video presenting Nintendo's upcoming products, broadcast live from the floor of their booth at E3. You can read about this job in greater detail on the blog.
Signal flow engineer, graphics, playback, robot camera op
A Quiet Night In
A 168-hour Film project, in which shorts inspired by bible verses are produced in 1 week or less. Nice folks, manageably small scope, and a short film that was actually short. In addition to cutting, I also did some light sound and color work and cleanup VFX.
Dir. Wynne Dawson.
De Puta Madra: A Love Story
I met these filmmakers on the internet, and did the end credits for their award-winning short film.
Dir. Catherine Black.
My annual short film for a craigslist client that turns out to be a deadbeat. Although the director predicted a 10-minute runtime, the first assembly of this 17-page script clocked in at a substantial 25-minute short film. Edited in Avid, with some After Effects work to change eye colors.
Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse
A comedy duo make do at the end of the world. A feature film followup to THE SELLING. Based on the script and what we've shot so far, I like this one a lot.
DIT and assistant editor, not to mention camera car driver, grip, and extra.
I made this collection of slates on set one day, and they sent it to their kickstarter backers.
I've been consulting on a documentary for perhaps three years now, with director Nicole Day. In 2014, we made a teaser-trailer for it, which was later used as the pitch video for a successful Kickstarter
Generally helpful, Editor
Scream Voice Hates Speakerphone
A movie parody starring Nicole Day, on Funny or Die
Editor, role of 'Denise'
Jim Bruce: I'm Dying as Fast as I Can
A stand-up comedy 1-hour special. Although not the lead editor, I did a substantial amount of editing on this, in addition to sound mixing, some color correction, editing the special features, designing and authoring the DVD, and designing the DVD label and packaging.
13 Facts About Space That Will Make Your Head Explode
This embarrassingly-titled cartoon for Cracked.com has racked up more than half a million views around the internet. With art by Lewis Sequeira.
Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse Kickstarter Campaign
The terrific filmmaking couple Diani & Devine produced over 30 videos to support their fundraising campaign. I'm in a few of them. (The campaign was a success.)
A pilot directed by Mike Upchurch, starring Matt Peters and Davey Johnson. I made some BEES which zip around at the end.
Visual effects (BEES)
Shadow of the Monarch
Kind of a Bourne situation with a lot of homeless people, and butterflies, and secret agents, and cops and stuff. Edited in Avid.
Sales / Sizzle / Pitch reel for a proposed television show.
Editor, After Effectsionist
Good Morning Tri-State
Dir. Jason Woliner. Pilot for Comedy Central.
Demo Videos for Stand-Up Comedians in Los Angeles
Sometimes I shoot and/or edit videos of other comics, because it's a helpful thing to do and not much trouble.
Subjects include: Ben Bizuneh, Josh Eanes, Asterios Kokkinos, Joseph P. Larkin, Jamar Neighbors, Pat Regan, Jason Van Glass, Finn Straley, Paige Weldon, Robin Higgins, Andrew Solmssen, Lydia Popovich.
Fiat - Adam Carolla Web Campaign
A epic fantasy shot in China, in Mandarin. So I don't really know what it's about.
The Jacket and The Dress
For years I'd wanted to make a Reading Rainbow-looking animation of the story of a particularly hapless French astronomer of the 18th century. And then, with some of my pals, I did exactly that!
Writer, animator, background art
John Ungaro's Short Film
Dir. John Ungaro.
Die, Orphans, Die!
This is a half-hour comedy pilot written on spec with Josh Eanes about a man who kills orphans for money.
This was a short film by a deadbeat client who talked a lot about starting a pick-up artist type website. For fun, I composited blood splatter effects over certain shots.
Editor, visual effects
Modern Family: Lesson Learned
A spec script written with Josh Eanes.
An award-winning short film about a marriage in trouble.
Dir. Hollis McLachlan.
Better Radio Live
Actor, writer of one really good joke
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robot Edition] Book Trailer
Dir. Barry Rothbart.
Dir. Matt Walsh.
Pie Head: A Kinda' True Story
Dir. Hollis McLachlan.
The Nick Show Kroll
A documentary about Joseph Campbell, shot on RED and Canon 5D.
Off-brand Star Wars jokes with some really nice production value. Shot in
Maximum Fun Dot Org
This year, MaxFun donors received a series of exclusive Rifftrax-esque short films as a thank-you gift for their donations. I edited together the Jordan, Jesse, Go! short, Mind Your Manners.
Seamless, Peel Dir. Adam Lisagor.
Editor, camera assistant
Put This On
Editor, assistant editor
Jawbone Lookout, Quora Dir. Adam Lisagor.
Assistant editor, visual effects, editor
In The Moment
A spec feature film script written in 48 hours or less. Probably not a viable script, but one with some good ideas I'd like to visit again one day.
Kindle Spec Shoot
Dir. Scott Huff.
Being Geek Dir. Adam Lisagor.
Acting Like Children
Bear Down Podcast
Dirs. Matt Besser & Neil Mahoney.
Online editor, VFX coordinator, VFX editor, end credits
This Show Will Get You High
I was brought in to this project late, after the initial version had been turned down by the network. I recut some scenes, edited others from scratch, and created several versions of the show for different channels. A 30-minute version did make it to air on Comedy Central. The hour-long 'TV Special' edition is embedded below.
Dir. Emily Lou.
Freakdance: The Forbidden Dirty Boogaloo
Editor, visual effects
Spike TV and ex-Navy Seal Cade Courtley show you what to do if you get stuck in an Irwin Allen movie. As one of two assistant editors, I worked nights with a specialty on ingest. We shot over a dozen video formats, supported five edit bays, and managed upwards of 80 drives. Syncing sound, multiclipping footage, producing manageable and useful file structures and Final Cut Pro project files, all in a night's work.
Better Radio: Season One
Writer, director, performer
This was a series of video shorts by John Hallmann. I… I don't even know.
Live! On Sunset
Possibly the only job for which I was head-hunted.
I worked for one night on this feature. They had weeks of effects to do one or two days before , and were producing in 4k. Turns out it takes a long time to render much of anything at that resolution, and by morning it also turned out that the shot(s) they'd assigned me had already been done.
What started as a plan for making a quick and easy green screen web show turned into a thing with 5 seasons of mythology and all manner of complications. I Co-writer, director, editor
Matt's new roommate isn't as awesome as he'd hoped. Written by Matty Smith.
From what I could determine 4 years later, Duncan Trussell was producing sketches for this show, which was on Fuel TV. I did one shot for him, which was of a fire burning in the background of a shot. Breakdown
I think this was supposed to be a collage film about a jazz musician. The producer, as I recall, offered something on the order of $18,000 worth of work, and this dog is all we actually did.
I never even met anyone on this one, it was just email tech support to guide the production through Compressor and DVD Studio Pro. The knowing observer might recognize this block of entries as one of my Craigslist periods… Dir. Sara Millman.
MnR Dance Factory
This LA dance studio paid some guy to edit together home video footage of their graduation show, except he didn't. Two or three days before it was due that guy paid me to do it for him. Portions of the three hours of finished material seem to be on youtube, including this puppet tool-based intro.
The Heirloom Incident
A guy in Minnesota shipped DVDs of his short film to me in LA for coloring. Dir. Mark Cartier.
Real Streets: Miami
Another Silver Machine production. Here I was on hand to guide editors unfamiliar with Final Cut Pro, and to swoop in and save the day after after a RAID failure.
Overnight tape ingestion for the production company Silver Machine. This was a show for the American cable channel Discovery, which was shot in Los Angeles, in PAL, so that it could be more conveniently edited in London. One full PAL DVCProHD tape is almost exactly as long as one episode of HBO's Entourage.
I spent quite a bit of 2008 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre LA, and paid for my classes there by shooting and editing videos. Including improv, sketch shows, guerilla music videos, the original Tournament of Nerds competition, and some stuff that I really did not understand.
Editor, camera operator
The Tale of a Suicidal Narcoleptic
I joined this feature film shortly before a festival deadline. Fresh eyes to help get the running time down, which would in turn help them get into the festival. I did, and they did. Dir. John Flores Additional editing
This wasn't a video, but it was a cool job. Project Nightlight is an anti-child abuse organization that posted billboards all over LA county. It was my job to take an alphabetized list of their locations and document as many of them as were still standing. It made my photo library-based screensaver really weird for a while.
Mapping mastermind, photographer
Paul Allen, PA
The true story of the best damn PA the Tonight Show has ever had. Dir. Kourosh Pirnazar
Just your basic hip hopping supernatural murder mystery thriller romantic comedy, from crew suein', check bouncin' Criscione Labs. I was their DIT and on-set editor, and had a confused and costly idea that it would be "honorable" to see the project through to completion even as the finishing deadlines wooshed by. I also did color correction and a lot of digital acne removal, but deleted it all when the Producer refused to pay.
Editor / Loader (P2) / VFX Artist / Colorist
I'm not sure what exactly this feature is about, but I came in to sort out a lot of timeline problems and Final Cut Pro settings, and then I started to do a stark black and white color grade. Dir. Giovanny Blanco FCP Consultant / Colorist
Who're ya gonna call? What if they're busy? And so are they? Them too! The Paranormalists!
Zombies Ate My Prom Date
An HDV feature about high school, dating, dancing, and zombies. And thai food. Dir. Alex Yi
A practical experiment in heating a small space with movie lights. Also, a short film that looks deep into the heart of a problem gripping our nation's youth: having 80oz of beer taped to your hands. Dir. Kourosh Pirnazar
An HD feature written, directed by, and starring Barry Canty, concerned with life in the melting pot of Los Angeles. And sex scenes for his character.
The Horror Convention Massacre
There's a maniac on the loose at the Cinema Wasteland horror convention, and guests, patrons, even hotel employees are getting chopped up into little bits! The DV feature debut of Old School Sinema. Complete post production (including edit, VFX shots, audio mix, DVD authoring and print materials) was completed in one month, working from a shoebox of miniDV tapes and no script. Dir. Joe Ostrica.
Editor, re-recording mixer, DVD author, print design
The Thing in the Woods
An HDV feature by Joseph J. Toretti, shot in Jimmy Stewart's hometown of Indiana, PA and Pennsylvania's Indian Caverns.
Bud Light/Maxim Exposure Tour: Cleveland
It's like this: companies want to sell things to trendy club goers, so they throw a party. They hire some models, and stand them up near the entrance to the party with a number of other locals who are given fake cameras with working flash guns. Club goers enter, grope models, have flashbulbs fired at their eyes, and then go drinking. Later in the night, slides (shot months in advance) are projected featuring trendy club goers, but nobody knows the difference because trendy club goers all look rather alike.
Role as 'paparazzi,' load-out grip
A reality TV pilot shot in Vermillion, OH. As far as I know, never made it to air.
Stealth CPS Advertisements
A couple of pastiche commercials in the style of really low budget late night cable TV ads for terrible products - in this case, an automobile cloaking device.
Writer, director, camera, editor, & VFX
Collaborative Creative Commons Project 1: The Contest
2002's 'The Contest' is dragged out and chopped into a variety of 1-minute versions, each telling stories progressively less like the original, then released via Creative Commons licensing, allowing YOU to edit your own version and tell whatever story you want.
Editor, DVD author
My Soul to Take 1 & 2
A pair of DV horror features from Waterstreet Productions, starring TV's Nick Mancuso as the demonic Father Adam.
Owen Cleaveland must decide if he's going to join the family carpet business, how to give his uncle a proper funeral, and whether 'balling' his cousin-by-marriage is still incest in this 35mm senior thesis film of USC student Michael Rochford.
Loader (Panavision G2 and Panastar), boom operator
A DV feature by Carnegie Mellon University theater directing major Virginia Case.
Animal Crackers (In Production)
A short mock-documentary following the premature transition of animal cracker carver Anthony Biscali from apprentice to master, as he tries to live up to the reputation of his recently departed master.
Camera Shy Paparazzi Live DVD
Concert film featuring the Camera Shy Paparazzi and the first appearance of bassist Colin Toomey to benefit the Albert Schweitzer Institute. DVD also features CSP music videos and the special “It’s Camera Shy Paparazzi Week!”
Camera, editing, DVD authoring
Three Short Stories About Suicide
A short film Joey Cassel regarding the intertwining fates of the patrons of the Jolly Donut.
Gaffer, boom operator, video assist
A short film by M. Thomas Hoover concerning an angel, the devil, and the evil that men do. A senior thesis project for Robert Morris University.
Gaffer, transportation, day-saving makeup
An HDV short by Hollis Jean Zemany, with Nazis! One piece of a triptych of post-modern tragedy.
Gaffer, editor, Nazi wrangler
An HDV short showcasing the acting of AC Earing and HJ Zemany in a combined 13 roles.
Director, editor, VFX supervisor and artist
An HDV short by Hollis Jean Zemany featuring a 1920's era film look. One piece of a triptych of post-modern tragedy,
Gaffer and 1st AD, editor and VFX artist
A short film directed by Bernadette Gillota during the Cleveland Ingenuity festival, to be shown at the 2005 Ohio Independent Film Festival.
16mm science-fiction short starring Thomas Coriale as a man recently released from control by otherworldly ‘passengers,’ trying to piece together the missing days of his life.
Co-writer, visual effects supervisor, video segment producer, original music
Sony NAB Contest Entry
Flurry of special effects and a touch of bootlicking that won me a free ride to the NAB2005 convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Visual effects, camerawork, role of ‘Me’
Care and Maintenance of your Shrinkwrapping Equipment
Animated :30 spot detailing the ‘correct’ way to adjust the roll of shrinkwrap film. Based on a card in the style of airline instructions based on photos of a perhaps well-meaning but especially inept co-worker.
Animation, lineart, original music
Full Frame Documentary Film Fest Fellows Program Commercial
Short video shot during the 2004 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, promoting the student (fellows) program. Features Michael Moore, Harry Shearer, Ken Burns, and thousands of attendants packed into theaters in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
The Piece of Apple Pie
Short film technology demonstration of virtual sets featuring over 100 shots of three actors taped separately on a small greenscreen set. Virtual hopperesque diner created in Alias Maya, composited with Adobe After Effects. Also featuring ADR voice recording and original score.
Director, editor, 3D modeling, compositing, sound recording and mixing, original music, previsualization
WeeklyDV.com short film entry. Briefly tells the story of a would-be filmmaker getting all set to make his next blockbuster, then getting rained out and deciding to play video games instead.
Camera, editing, role of the filmmaker, and one gratuitious effect
WeeklyDV.com short film entry. Tells (poorly) the story of a man who offers ridiculous excuses for being late to a meeting. Co-Produced with Kevin Berridge, and set to Camera Shy Paparazzi’s ‘Don’t Trust the Kids.’
Story, camera, editing, crazy last minute effects
Buckman Cinemas Preshow Slides
Series of 20 slides shown in a loop prior to 4th Wall theatre club performances of SEX (a.k.a. weiners and boobs), at Quinnipiac University.
Liam O'Brien's adaptation of John Dos Pasos' trilogy. A series of monologues delivered before a chroma key backdrop. Backgrounds were filled in with topical and period stills and video clips from multiple tape and chyron sources. Segments were taped and keyed live in a series of three camera studio shoots.
Hell is Other People Stan
Unproduced script and storyboards that remind us that even the Devil is in Hell. Intended to be produced with virtual sets or as animation.
Music video for Camera Shy Paparazzi. Taped during their Around the Boards guest appearance, this video consists of things moving around in the greenscreen behind the duo as they perform their “perfect pop song.”
The Bekaanian Works
Russell Anderson’s proof of concept Full Motion Video adventure game for Flash concerning the real life mystery of Oak Island and starring Sean Cody Grindle.
3D modeling and texturing, grip, role of ‘Video Store Customer’
After School Special
Unproduced script. Parody of typical after school special in which a boy is rewarded for keeping his word at all costs, even if it means the death of a fellow student!
Camera Shy Paparazzi Week!
After CSP appeared on every Q30 show in the same week, this special was produced from recordings of live shows and their Around the Boards appearance. Includes their second of three first-place-winning QU open mic night sets, an opening set for pop-punk act Allister, and a performance at The Space in Hamden, CT.
2003 - 2004:
Around the Boards
Three seasons and 32 episodes of a popular hockey-themed talk show occaisionally interrupted by special effects sequences, unusually themed episodes, live music, season ending cliffhangers, and guests of the local, celebrity, and fictional varieties. Shown on Quinnipiac University closed circuit television, Connecticut public television, and the internet.
Executive producer, director, technical director, set design, lighting, editor, graphics, audio, web development, dvd development, and undoubtedly more
2003 - 2005:
Visual Effects Demos
A series of tech. demos, ever increasing. Includes multiples of me walking through the same shot, conversations between multiples of myself, superhero powers such as energy balls and fire, Spider-Man webbing, lightsaber effects, a Dragonball Z parody, crushing Russell August Anderson with a 16-ton weight, television monitor looks, TV powering off look, view into a film projector, Metal Gear Solid VR Mission wireframe look, wire removal, 3D element/live action integration, gunfights, motion graphics, the public service Russell, the ‘fear gas’ effect of Batman Begins, and more.
Camera tricks and a more-than-healthy dose of Adobe After Effects
i love myself
Russell Anderson’s creepy short starring David Brand as a man not sleepwalking but sleepcommittingsuicide.
Consultant, unused visual effects
Hobbamock Takes a Holiday
Z-Rob VanSchaick’s retelling of the indian legend of the Sleeping Giant mountain, and the only poor dope who didn’t know to not stand on the giant the day he woke up. Starring David Brand as the Mountain.
Role as the aforementioned dope
Dane Anderson’s music video of Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ song ‘Mad World.’
Provided footage from the notArt Meaningless Symbolic Stock Footage Library
Music video for New Order’s ‘Blue Monday.’ Co-produced with Adam Brooks for the sake of on-beat editing (every 27 frames). Starring David Brand as Russell Anderson and Jeffrey Aronson as Mike Kataja, based on a true story.
Co-director, camera, editor
Neat first-person climb of the Sleeping Giant mountain on a home-made camera rig followed by my slightly embarrassing introduction to Adobe After Effects. Set to Robert W. Smith’s ‘The Ascension.’
Ridealong and interview with Hamden, CT local geocacher Phiil Bacon. Co-produced with a girl I don’t remember, whose credit has been lost with the video itself in a crashed hard drive.
A popular short with a popular twist and a popular special effect. Guest starring Russell August Anderson. Produced in 48 hours, with the last-minute musical additions of Yoko Kanno’s ‘Tank!’ and Kevin Manthei’s “Bestest Friend.”
Director, camera, editor
Public Service Announcements typically shown at QU club fairs encouraging students to join the QU film club. Five spots, attempting to lure new members with the promise of viewing classic and out-of-the-way films. Or the promises of a) watching Citizen Kane every week b) being more fun than the (currently) fictional QU Satanist Society, or c) Living a more exciting life (in split screen) for reasons we can’t explain.
Frantic internet searching and editing the morning of the club fairs.
One on One
Short basketball contest featuring Mike Kataja, Steve Udal, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Produced to fufill “basics of camera movement” assignment and to play with Adobe Premiere for the first time.
Quest for Candy
Nearly five minutes of running around campus, all for some Peanut M&M’s. Features exactly one (1) edit. Co-produced with Adam Brooks. Crossover video with ‘Vending Machines: Machines of Death.’
Director, lighting, camera, and cameo
Vending Machines: Machines of Death
Russell Anderson’s faux-news package about the epidemic of vending machine-related deaths. Crossover video with ‘Quest for Candy.’
Concept, role of ‘Arben Anison’
Recapturing the Sins
Russell Anderson’s tale of the seven deadly sins, flavored by Sartre’s ‘No Exit.’
Crazy crazy camera rig, poor lighting
2002 - 2003:
Live music showcase featuring unsigned acts from the New England area and beyond. Shown on QU’s Q30 and CTV. Includes episode featuring Sean Kelly of The Samples, available on their DVD ‘Seventeen.’
Lighting, camera, technical director, graphics, director
The Hockey Roundtable
‘Crossfire’ meets ‘NHL Tonight,’ starring Joseph P. Tasca, Glen Scott Giangrande, and Bradley Weiner. The predecessor to the much more entertaining and beloved ‘Around the Boards.’
Technical director, director, camera operator, chyron graphics, tape op
2001 - 2004:
Quinnipiac University campus-only weekly half-hour news production.
Contributing segment producer, lighting, technical director
Susan S. Bransfield Campaign Video
1-hour panel chat show highlighting the admirable policies of Mrs. Bransfield in her run for First Selectman of the town of Portland, CT.
Advanced Placement United States Government Political Campaign Ads
:30, :60, and 2:00 advertisements co-produced with Luke Meeken. Shot guerrilla-style with the largest camcorder I’ve ever used, positioning Jeff “Susan” Aker (our teacher) against the deceased William Henry Harrison (our nation’s ninth president). Second set of spots co-produced with Ben Henri pitting the questionably virtuous James K. Polk against the even less virtuous Darth Vader.
Writer, camera, editor
Minimum Wage, Fingertips, The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
Music videos made in class to songs by They Might Be Giants and “Weird Al” Yankovic showing complete disregard for the amount of time necessary to visually express an idea in comparision to the amount of time necessary to verbally express an idea. Not actually...good.
Like, pretty much whatever, you know?
1999 - 2001:
Usually consisting of photo montages backed by popular songs and on-screen punchlines of in-jokes. Including multiple scholarship consideration projects, sports team year-in-review videos, compilations of student work for Solon High School teachers, and a gift from the SHS Athletic Director to his wife.
Nothing you can’t do yourself with iPhoto these days
Bad Driving: As Seen on TV
Repurposed footage from movies and television shows combined with “helpful” voiceover explaining the rules of the road via clips from Ronin, The Blues Brothers, Thelma and Louise, Riding with Death, and more. All in order to win $20 and pass driver’s ed.
Editor, voiceover, renter of videos on 2-for-1 day
The Adventures of Peter Meadowdale
Phil Machi’s film noir spoof starring Phil Machi in a Phil Machi production written by Phil Machi featuring Phil Machi and the Phil Machi singers and dancers with a special appearance by Phil Machi. And introducing: Phil Machi.
Editor, foley and voice over recording and mixing, 2nd unit camera, Phil Machi
1997 - 2001:
Solon Community Television
Over 350 hours of programming including live concerts, sporting events, lectures, and student programs.
Director, technical director, chryon designer and operator, editor, teleprompter operator, camera operator, etc* *