So excited to share that the "Wallykazam!" launch campaign won a gold award at PromaxBDA this year for best Children's Spot or Campaign. It was a fun project and one of my favorites! Go team!
A little while ago, I talked to Backstage about Good Grief, the new web series I directed and produced for UCB's web series team circuit. Besides the web series, we also talked about ways actors could prep for an audition and what I look for during the casting process. The interview went live today-- check it out!
Good Grief was a ton of fun to film and Backstage was invaluable in casting our supporting roles as well as a huge number of background and extras. Big thanks to Melinda for reaching out about doing an article, and to Veronika for help with casting itself. We found the super funny and wonderful Elizabeth Heidere (who plays Susan) thanks to Veronika and her team!
And if you want to watch the series, here are the links:
We had another Squirrel Friends shoot this weekend. Can you guess what we took apart for our new "What's Insde?" segment? Here's a hint: it no longer recieves calls.
Guys! Splitsider released a list of the "11 Best Video Sketch Groups on the Internet" and SCRAPS was on it! I'm really honored to be among groups like BriTANick, Captain Hippo, Five Second Films, and more. Go check out the full list!
I'll be attending Kidscreen this year! It's Feb 5-8th, and I can't wait to meet the many producers, directors, creators, and broadcasters who are going. More to come!
Racist Zombies, the spooky short I directed for The Charlies, won Best of Fest at the Arkansas Shorts. (It screened there last year, and I guess they announce yearly awards?) Yahoo!
Added a lot of great new SCRAPS work, Nick Preschool work, and my big project for 2011/2012: a music video for Buried Beds, called Breadcrumb Trail. (You remember those photos of scratch-on-film animation in my apartment. That one!)
It's probably my favorite project of the past year. Process-wise, it was a complete beast, but very worth it: I can't be happier with the final look.
Little Moon Lost played this weekend at the Crown Heights Film Festival here in Brooklyn. It was part of a really diverse selection of children's films, some of which were created by kids themselves. The screening itself took place in a candy store on Franklin Avenue. Check out the jars of candy right to the left of the movie screen: sweet!
Little Moon Lost played this weekend at the Black Bear Film Festival in Milford, PA. Lovely autumn weekend for a festival!
New project I'm working on with Kristen... here's a sneak peek. We're shooting some simple stop-motion in my living room. In the keyboard picture, you can see we're using one of my gym weights to weigh down our background paper. Indie filmmaking!
Little Moon Lost won Best Children's Film at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival! What a great way to end an incredible trip.
Each award was made locally by a glass artist. Had to pack it carefully for the flight home!
Today was my film talk at the Vancouver Public Library. I screened the film, had a Q&A, and passed the prop around. After, I took a look around the Children's Room: part normal library, part interactive play space, akin to a children's museum. Definitely worth a visit if you're an educator and/or children's media creator. Big thanks to the library for hosting me!
If you happen to be in Denver, Racist Zombies, a short from The Charlies, is playing at the Laugh Track Comedy Festival tonight. (Ironically, it's playing at the Oriental Theater. Hmm.) Here's an interview they did with us about it!
In less than a week, I'll be flying to the Pacific Northwest for the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Little Moon Lost will be screening on Saturday, August 18th at 11:30am at the lovely Kiggins Theater, a restored movie theater from the 1930s. It's a free screening!
Plus, on Thursday the 16th, I'll be giving a film talk for grades 3-6 at the Vancouver Public Library. As libraries go, it's pretty famous: it's been named one of the top ten children's rooms in the country.
Earlier today, Little Moon Lost screened at the San Diego International Children's Film Fest! Last weekend's screening was part of Comic Con (wowsers), and this weekend it was held at the Museum of Photographic Arts. I brought the moon with me for the trip.
Little Moon Lost took Best Short Short at the Lancaster Area Film Festival! And look: it played at a real-live movie theater, across the hall from The Avengers! Swanky.
Catch it next at the Nickel Independant Film Festival in Newfoundland, Canada! It'll be playing Friday, June 22nd, at 8pm.
Yet another new comedy video from SCRAPS: Baby Congress! I directed. Man, those babies were a blast to work with. Stay tuned for more great work from SCRAPS all summer long... we've got some fun stuff in the works.
This weekend I'm headed to Lititz, PA for the Lancaster Area Film Festival. Little Moon Lost will be playing at noon on Saturday. Looking forward to films, farmer's markets, and more. Get tickets!
Here's a sneak peak at a new project. This past weekend I went upstate to my hometown of Port Jervis, where fellow producer Kristen McGregor and I shot a documentary about three brothers who've started their own holiday: Brother's Day. They've been celebrating for over five years, which is kinda incredible given that the oldest boy is only ten.
Best cast & crew pic ever! Happy Brother's Day!
If you're in Pennsylvania this June, Little Moon Lost will be playing at the Lancaster Area Film Festival. It's only three hours from NYC and it'll be playing on Saturday, June 2nd. Road trip?
Just got word that Racist Zombies was accepted into the Los Angeles Comedy Festival & will be screening in late April. Neat!
The New York Times wrote an article about one of my favorite comedy venues, The Creek and The Cave, in Queens. It's where The Charlies did some of their first shows. We happened to be performing there in January, when the NYT reporter was visiting, and we got mentioned in the article!
Little Moon Lost will be screening at the Epiphany Children's Film Festival in NYC on March 9th. More details soon!
SCRAPS, my UCB Beta Team, had a stop-motion shoot today to create bumpers that will tag out our future videos. Instead of shooting only one video, we decided to shoot a few and rotate their use depending on the sketch. We shot three versions: hair, meat, and metal, all playing with different types of scraps/materials. Here's a still from the hair shoot:
We used a spray bottle filled with watered-down glue to help shape the hair scraps and keep them from blowing away or moving too much. Totally gross, but totally worth it. Look for this bumper and others on future SCRAPS work.
2012's off to a great start. The Charlies had a sold-out show in the Chicago Sketch Fest, Little Moon Lost is just starting to hear back from festivals (more about that later), and my UCB Beta Team is gearing up for its first video.
Speaking of which, after several meetings and a spreadsheet of over two hundred names, my Beta Team has a new name: Scraps. Watch for our videos on UCBComedy.com and Youtube. The first one will be up in mid-February. Spoiler alert: I'm directing.
Little Moon Lost will be screening at the Soho House as part of the New Filmmakers program on Wednesday, February 1st. I'd invite y'all, but it's a private screening for "Club Members and Invited Guests." Next time, guys, next time.
Spending my winter vacation with a scratch-on-film project. Hope to post more about it soon.
More good news to share. Starting in 2012, I'll be joining one of the UCB NY Beta Teams as a producer/director. The team's full line-up is listed here and I can't wait to get to work. Our first videos should start rolling out in February.
Racist Zombies, the spooky Halloween video I directed for The Charlies in October, was accepted into the Arkansas Shorts festival. If you're in Hot Springs, AR on January 7th, you can see it play on the big screen.
Exciting news! My sketch group, The Charlies, had a sketch trending on Funny or Die today. We released Racist Zombies this morning, receiving over 2,500 hits in less than 24hrs. I'll post the video shortly, but wanted to share the news.
My latest short, "Little Moon Lost," is really close to wrapping. To think, at this point last year we were in the middle of location scouting and casting. We've come a long way: got a great edit in the works, as well as fantastic original music. I'll post an update soon. Meanwhile, here's a still: