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The Hollywood Masters Comes to NETFLIX !

Starting on August 1st, three seasons of The Hollywood Masters will be available for streaming on Netflix! “Personal. Provocative. Hollywood’s greatest successes reveal the secrets behind their careers,” teases IMDB. Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, Sherry Lansing, Judd Apatow, John Singleton, William Friedkin, Michael Mann, James L. Brooks, Billy Bob Thornton, Hans Zimmer, Hilary Swank, Sean […]

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IT’S LIKE POETRY: The Saga of Darth Lucas

Mashups and fan videos have always fascinated me, particularly ones relating to Star Wars.  So, as both a Star Wars fan and an editor, I guess it’s kind of a no-brainer for me to create one myself. I wanted to take George Lucas’s often mocked quote which compares the parallels between the original and prequel trilogies […]

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STAR WARS Comes to Seattle’s EMP Museum

It’s really no secret that I’m a massive Star Wars fan. So when I heard that there was an exhibit filled with original Star Wars costumes at the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum at the Seattle Center, making time to get over there was a no-brainer. Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and The Power of Costume […]

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PRIEST 2.0 (Short) Wins First Honors: LAIFF “Best Student Documentary,” NOFI Selection

I just learned that Priest 2.0, the short version of my new documentary about the life and times of Father William James Fulco, is an Official Selection at both the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, where it won “Best Student Documentary,” and the NOFI World Festival of Student and Non-Commercial Films. Forget what the fine people […]

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The Art of Movie Trailers (aka Learning How They Make Magic @ Mark Woollen & Associates)

Fifty Shades of Grey.   Gone Girl.   Birdman.   The Theory of Everything.   Boyhood.   CitizenFour.   The Social Network.   Black Swan.   The Tree of Life. ALL of these wildly diverse Hollywood hits share a wonderful common connection. Have you watched a movie trailer that really drew you in? And, when it was over, you knew you just HAD to see the film? […]

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The Hollywood Masters: Season 3

A new season of The Hollywood Masters began last month, moderated again by The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway. First to come to LMU was one of my personal favorite actors, Ethan Hawke, followed by producer Gale Anne Hurd of The Walking Dead and Terminator trilogy, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and this week Sean Penn was our […]

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It’s STRICTLY TEXTUAL

Recently, I took a stab at directing my first rom-com, Strictly Textual — a contemporary look at relationships in our digitally-driven age. This was a shot at going outside my comfort zone, not just in terms of genre, but also in directing a short film written by someone else. It’s one thing when you direct a story you […]

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The Hollywood Masters: Season 2

The Hollywood Masters, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway, returned to LMU this semester for Season 2. Galloway was recently named LMU School of Film and TV’s Cosgrove Family Distinguished Visiting Artist for 2014. Once again, I was part of the production crew and it was awesome. This season our guests […]

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Interviewing MEL GIBSON at Icon Productions for My New Documentary, PRIEST 2.0

Production on my new documentary, Priest 2.0, is in full swing! For reasons that will become clear soon enough, earlier this month, my crew and I went to Icon Productions in Santa Monica to interview its founder and the director/producer of 2004’s powerful The Passion of the Christ — the one and only, Mel Gibson. Behind-the-scenes tales of the making of The […]

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PLAY DATE – A Short With a Purpose

I’m grateful and proud to have had the opportunity to work on a wonderful film this summer. Currently in post-production, Play Date, is an important film that is trying to make a difference. 5% of all of the fundraising campaign proceeds for this film went directly to the OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center) in Santa […]

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My First DIT Gig on a Feature Film

Film editor Rachel Pearl, one of my past professors from LMU, recommended me to another director this summer. Rachel had gotten me the gig working with her on Courting Chaos last summer, and now this summer we had the chance to work together again. Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbar was directing a feature, Muslimah, and I got […]

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HELL NIGHT (Director’s Cut) Trailer

As soon as my third year at LMU came to an end last month, I got right to work on the “director’s cut” of my 300 film, Hell Night, to submit to film festivals. The version I turned in for my LMU film production class had to be under 10 minutes, forcing a couple of my […]

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The Hell of HELL NIGHT Post-Production

Hell Night, my junior thesis film, is currently in post-production. When I completed the first rough cut of the film — which can’t exceed 10 minutes, including credits — it turned out to be 14 minutes, without credits and the very brief opening scene that I have to re-shoot. I’m very happy and proud of the work, […]

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The Hollywood Masters Come to LMU

Being a film student at LMU has afforded me opportunities to experience some truly fascinating film industry events up close. Recently, I’ve had the good fortune not only to attend, but also to be part of the production crew for, The Hollywood Masters — moderated by The Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway. The Masters consists of 90 […]

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HELL NIGHT – That’s a Wrap!

I just finished principal photography on my junior thesis film, Hell Night. Or, at least I hope it’s finished. There’s one important and very difficult shot that might not look the way I was hoping it would, so there’s a chance I might shoot it again. Making this film was quite an experience and there […]

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COURTING CHAOS World Premiere

It’s been a busy time, but one of the cool things I was able to do recently was to attend the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival where Courting Chaos had its World Premiere and was named Best Comedy Film of the festival. It was also nominated for the People’s Choice Award and the voting has […]

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My Fall Semester SFTV Film Projects

Last semester was a busy time. I worked on several film projects, for both my cinematography and directing courses, as well as those of my fellow film students. Cinematography — Short Film in 16mm Here is my first cinematography project. The initial assignment was to take seven outdoor stills that told a story. Then, we used those […]

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2014 People’s Choice Awards

Awards Season is upon us and, once again, I attended the People’s Choice Awards, courtesy of Gotham Casting. The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards were held last night at the Nokia Theatre, hosted by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. Plenty of A-listers were there to accept their awards like Sandra Bullock, Adam Sandler, Britney Spears, Robert […]

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David O. Russell Talks About AMERICAN HUSTLE and Much More

Last night I attended another screening at LACMA, this time with some fellow LMU film students. Many of these screenings, including the one last night, are presented in partnership with Film Independent.  This time, Film Independent uploaded a video of the entire discussion conversation between LACMA’s film curator, Elvis Mitchell and American Hustle director, David […]

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Michael Mann Talks THIEF at the Aero Theatre

I love attending the screenings at the Aero Theatre and am constantly amazed that every single one of these film events aren’t SRO. How is it that this theater doesn’t sell out when there’s a chance to participate in a Q&A with a director like Michael Mann? Thief was one of Mann’s films that I […]

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