LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: RUBY SPARKS Directors, Faris & Dayton
JULY 23, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX) On Friday, I taped my second appearance as a student-host on FXM Presents’ LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL. Our guests were Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton – the directing team of this year’s upcoming, RUBY SPARKS, the much-anticipated second movie from the multi-talented co-directors of 2006′s Best Picture nominee and multiple Academy Award winning, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Best Original Screenplay, Michael Arndt, and Best Supporting Actor, Alan Arkin). There are very few directing partnerships out there. Valerie’s and Jonathan’s is even more unique — because they’re married. Their remarkable body of work spans almost the entire media spectrum. Beyond feature films, their music videos have garnered several Grammy Awards – Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Californication,” Best Direct ...Read More
My 2 Weeks on SHOOT THAT RAT! Mikael Kreuzriegler’s Feature Film
JULY 5, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES, CA (LMU) In June, I had the privilege to work on Shoot That Rat! – a feature film directed by LMU professor Mikael Kreuzriegler. It’s a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) ultra-lowbudget film, starring Kris Park and Laura Long, and was shot entirely on RED. Stylistically, according to Mikael, Shoot that Rat! is filmed in the tradition of Wong Kar-Wai, Ingmar Bergman, and RW Fassbinder and a significant portion of the film was shot in long, single takes — practically all of which were created right here on the West Side on one of LMU’s soundstages, dressed to look like a junkyard! I was a Production Assistant, aka “PA”, and contrary to popular misconception, the job only involved getting coffee for someone once. As a PA, I was responsible for all kinds of tasks which were unpredictable, and often small, yet essential to the production ...Read More
LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: Behind the Scenes, Hart Hanson
APRIL 3, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX) The latest taping of LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL featured Hart Hanson, creator of some of the most watched primetime television of the past decade – including FOX’s long-running hit, the crime drama, "Bones". I wasn’t scheduled to host this day, but our director, Josh, invited all of the student hosts to be on the set. I jumped at the chance to meet the award winning writer and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 50 Power Showrunners of 2011. Kyle, Sarah, and Christina were the lucky student hosts. While we were all enjoying lunch together, Hart Hanson surprised us by arriving early for his interview. After a quick round of introductions, everyone settled into their positions for the taping ...Read More
HOT OFF THE SET OF LMU SFTV’s “VIRTUAL INC”
APRIL 1, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES, CA (LMU) Last October, while working as a grip on the set of a new SFTV student film production, VIRTUAL INC (original working title, A DREAMED REALITY). I also had the unexpected opportunity to step in as an extra. It was a privilege to be asked to wear both hats (especially THIS one) on the same shoot. The film will soon be screened for LMU faculty and at festivals. Stay tuned for a link to this intriguing glimpse of one man’s quest for escape from his dreary life in a not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, until the final cut of the film is available for public viewing, here’s the updated trailer in which, if you watch carefully, you can find … ME !Read More
LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: My First Interview — Chris Parnell !!
JANUARY 4, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES, CA. The second 2012 episode of LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL — featuring gifted actor / comedian, Chris Parnell, and my first on-screen turn as co-host — will be airing soon on the FX Movie Channel! You might already know Chris as Dr. Spaceman on 30 Rock or Fred Shay on Suburgatory. Or, you might be one of the millions who enjoyed his legendary raps from 10 years (!!) as a regular on Saturday Night Live, as well as his memorable impersonations of Tom Brokaw and many others. But, for the past two years, Chris has been the voice of ISIS comptroller Cyril Figgis on FX’s innovative, animated comedy series, Archer. Archer gives us an eyeful into the secret world of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its employees, including the world’s most dangerous secret agent, Sterling Archer. It’s a witty, raunchy spy spoof, that’s hysterically funny.Read More
I GOT IT !! FOX MOVIE CHANNEL’s LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL !!!
NOVEMBER 29, 2011 -- LOS ANGELES, CA. I'm so STOKED!!! I've just been cast, along with several other film students, to co-host Fox Movie Channel's Hollywood-insider series, LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL. Each episode will feature three of us, eagerly picking the brains of Hollywood’s best and brightest about, what else? … life after film school! My co-hosts and I will be bringing you up-close-and-personal interviews with some of today’s most respected players in feature films and television. Previous seasons' have featured stars Michael Chiklis, Stan Lee, Kevin Bacon, Seth MacFarlane and Wes Craven — just to name a few. We start shooting the 2012 season this month. Episodes start airing in January. Stay tuned here for news of upcoming guests, air dates/times -- and be sure to check out the trailers and past-season highlight clips in the blog post ... oh, did I mention I was STOKED???Read More