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
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: 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 Direction), Korn (“Freak On A Leash,” Best Short Form Video, co-directed with Todd McFarlane and Graham Morris), and Janet Jackson (“Rhythm Nation 1814.” Best Long Form Video) — an MTV Video Music Award for Jane’s Addiction (“Been Caught Stealing”) and a total of seven MTV awards for Smashing Pumpkins ...Read More
YES, That’s ME On Stage at the 2013 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Awards!
JANUARY 10, 2013 -- LOS ANGELES, CA This week’s certainly been busy, in part, because I was lucky enough to score a gig as an onstage audience member (thanks, Gotham Casting!) for the 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards, Wednesday night at the Nokia Theater. As events played out, I ended up inviting a good friend, Shannon Wagner (who appeared in a couple of my early films in high school) as my guest, so she could join me in the onstage audience. On Monday, we had a rehearsal from 6-8pm, and then returned to the Nokia on Wednesday at 10:30am to prep for the 6pm broadcast (so it could air live in prime time on the East Coast and, later, at 9pm PT on the West Coast). When I first saw the stage at the Monday rehearsal, I was totally blown away. It was an impressive sight and helped to build the feeling of excitement and anticipation. The onstage audience consisted of four boxes of theater seats. Lucky for us, Shannon and I managed to score front row seats in our box. Looking out into the crowd, it was awesome to see the seat markers for people like Robert Downey Jr., Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, and, of course, the lovely Emma Watson ...Read More
Crewing on Mikael Kreuzriegler’s New Film, Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER
JULY 21, 2013 -- LOS ANGELES, CA (LMU) This time the film is Mikael’s modernized version of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Ibsen, often referred to as "the father of realism," is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. After Shakespeare, his dramas are the most performed works is the world. As if the material wasn’t reason enough to work on this film, it was also a chance to work with some of my LMU friends. Among the familiar faces were actors Kris Park and Laura Long who starred in last summer’s production of The Gods of Garbage (originally titled, Shoot That Rat!). I was on the Grip and Electric Team. I even got my first battle wound on this set, rigging a light which hung from the greens (catwalk above the set). When we were shorthanded on crew, there was a lot of swinging (doing multiple jobs on set) going on, so I also operated the boom mic which made me very glad to have participated in that workshop with Oscar-winning sound engineer David Macmillan when I was a freshman, because he showed us how to properly hold and maneuver a boom mic. I even had the chance to be directed by Mikael and appear in the film as an extra ...Read More
COURTING CHAOS – Crewing on a Feature Film in Venice Beach
AUGUST 24, 2013 -- VENICE BEACH, CA On location in Venice Beach – working on a feature film – not a bad way to spend your summer vacation! For the last few weeks I've had the privilege of serving as a PA, and even an extra, on the set of New Zealand writer/director Alan Clay’s Courting Chaos. Over the next few weeks, I’ll also be working as a Post PA for one of my LMU professors, who is editing the film. Alan’s first feature, Butterfly Crush, won a string of Best Feature Drama awards at US Indie festivals last year and was released in North America by Vanguard Cinema and Indie Rights and he has a NZ/Australian co-production feature film called True Believers, from his novel ‘Believers in Love,’ in development with John Cleese attached. Courting Chaos is a romantic comedy set in Los Angeles, about an innocent Beverly Hills girl, Ginger, who falls for a Venice Beach street clown named Chaos. For the relationship to succeed, she must overcome her inhibitions and become a clown herself. The film features Rachelle DiMaria (Ginger), Alastair Bayardo (Chaos), Nancy LaScala, and Jessica Howell, along with a talented supporting cast ...Read More