YES!!!! Drown is finally finished and online! Two long days of wrinkled palms and electricity way too close to water. And totally worth it!
Tyler Walker – Memories of Home
In the future all Astronauts will be able to dance like Michael Jackson.
We had so much fun shooting this video… with the possible exception of Tyler and the dancer. They may not have relished sweating to death in a cumbersome spacesuit quite as much as Marshall and I enjoyed watching them. In a more formal world Katie Soloker (who played Spacewife) would have received some kind of trophy for Most Fun. Despite looking unapproachably model-hot and sultry in the freeze frame above, Katie is better known for being cute, bright and adorably colorful. I doubt she recognizes herself here.
I just found this on Rafa’s vimeo page. Its a little behind the scenes footage from Exposed. Rafa (Rafael De La Uz) was our cinematographer, said it was his favorite scene. I’ve never seen this clip before… fun to see all of us working together. I’m in the brown fedora. I don’t remember being so talkative.
I have a lot to say about this video. I love it, and everyone who helped me make it. But if I don’t get just a little more sleep, I’m going to pass out on my keyboard. I’ll dream of a nice intro paragraph while you watch the video:
Alright, I’m awake again. A little more about the bender…
Schaffer The Darklord, STD for short, is a nerdcore rapper. We know each other because we both host burlesque shows in NYC. Only so many people can work craigslist, typographical fonts, or having sex with your own clone into a song. STD is on this select list. He’s very refreshing. By STD standards the Bender is pretty straight forward, a song about going on a three day, life-ruining, drug-induced bender.
My concept for the video was pretty straight forward as well, lets pack in every hedonistic drug induced fantasy of mine… then make it all go horribly wrong. STD was charmingly cooperative.
Marshall Rose (the cinematographer) and I came up with a couple old school frills to spice things up. The X eyes, for example, are not a post production effect and aren’t contacts. We did that the old fashioned way, lighting and camera tricks. The shots of Schaffer flying through the city on the glowing box involved a lot of ratchet straps, a safety harness, and streets quiet enough not to ask for a permit. Cause who would give a permit to a guy strapped to the back of a glowing box?
What else… Oh yeah, lots of hot girls, cause who doesn’t like hot girls? I for one, like each and everyone one of the girls in this video. Even the ones puking in the bathroom. “Hey girls, I’m making this awesome video. I’d love you to be in it, so wear something really sexy and oh yeah, you’re going to be leaning over a toilet the whole time, are you cool with that?”. Boo Bess (who played the ‘swamp thing’ and got the longest uncut shot in the video) is actually very attractive… nothing some really bad make-up and lipstick on the teeth won’t fix. Troopers.
We created this trailer to raise interest in our cross-country road trip screenplay, Revolver. We wanted something to present to investors, and a picture is worth a thousand words. The Revolver trailer won at the Golden Trailer Awards in Los Angeles, officially making it the world’s sexiest preview for a yet-to-be-made film. Step inside my world…
If you’ve seen the feature film $9.99, you’ll recognize this immediately, sort of. A Buck’s Worth was the short Tatia Rosenthal made to raise interest in $9.99. It is basically the first 5 minutes of the full length script, but with different models and different actors doing voice. It was my first time doing stop motion cinematography. I had a lot of fun.
Stop motion is a very different creature than the rest of the film world. As the cinematographer I’d show up for an hour or two in the morning, light the scene and set the camera, then leave for the day. While I was gone Tatia would crank away into the wee hours of the night, one frame at a time. On a very very good day she could blast through 9 seconds of story! For me it was sort of a perfect job, for Tatia?… who knows, all stop motion animators are a little crazy.
Here are two scenes from Exposed, an independent thriller I recently directed. It was shot all on location here in New York City. The first clip is pretty gentle, the second is little more creepy. Weirdest of all… I just realized that one of the actors in both scenes is wearing a shirt of mine. Perhaps subconsciously that’s why choose these two scenes in particular?
A sizzle reel for Burlesque Star Veronica Varlow (includes some of her footage from Revolver above). We shot it to send to clients, but since its been on YouTube its pulled in over 90,000 views.
She is fantastic performer. Even has her own army. Seriously. They call themselves The VKA short for Veronica’s Kissing Army.
This was a viral spoof I produced and directed to promote the Lovely Mistresses Pin-Up Calendar. On the day of its release, it was youtube’s eleventh most favorited news clip in the US and the top rated political clip in all of Canada.
Lost to the Lonesome, directed by Zina Brown
“Lost To The Lonesome” sees… Billy and the rest of Pela as traveling revival salesmen, traversing that old timey www (the wild wild west), peddling their personal brand of elixir, converting the masses. Or, really, slaying the masses. Cool video…”