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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 […]

04 Me and Melissa After the Ceremony

That’s a Wrap!

I’ve graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a major in Film & Television Production and a minor in Theatre Arts. I knew that the School of Film & Television was the college that was scheduled to be the first one to confirm degrees to their graduates, but I had no idea that by […]

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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 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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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 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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LMU Regent Mentor Program

I was nominated to be one of only 22 juniors at LMU selected to participate in the LMU Regent Mentor Program. Each student is paired with a member of the LMU Board of Regents who is a working professional in the industry that coincides with the student’s major. As a film production major/theatre minor, I […]

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LMU Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

The Tree Lighting Celebration at LMU is always a special evening. There’s hot chocolate, music by LMU’s a cappella group NoteTORIOUS, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course, the tree lighting. While at the tree lighting, I noticed that there is now a cable attaching the baby Jesus to the nativity scene in Alumni Mall. This […]

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Landing at Air Hollywood

Today was a great day. A beautiful sunny day in L.A. and me getting to do what I love most, work on a feature film. That would have been enough to make it a good day, but working at the AMAZING Air Hollywood studios with such incredible people made it great. It was a last […]

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FILM OUTSIDE THE FRAME 2013 at Paramount Pictures

On Saturday I attended my third Film Outside the Frame. My freshman year, the awards were held at Warner Bros and, for the last two years, they have been at Paramount Pictures. Film Outside the Frame is LMU SFTV’s annual student film festival and awards ceremony which honors both current and former students, including distinguished […]

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COURTING CHAOS – Crewing on a Feature Film in Venice Beach

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, […]

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Crewing on Mikael Kreuzriegler’s New Film, Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER

This time the film is Mikael’s modernized version of Hedda Gabler.  First published in 1890, Hedda Gabler is a play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who also penned Peer Gynt, A Doll’s House, and Ghosts, to name a few.  Ibsen, often referred to as “the father of realism,” is one of the founders of Modernism […]

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LMU’s FILM OUTSIDE THE FRAME 2012 Film Festival & Awards Ceremony at Paramount

Film Outside the Frame is LMU SFTV’s annual student film festival and awards ceremony which honors both current and former students, including distinguished alumni, in all areas of filmmaking. This year’s festivities were held on October 27 in the Paramount Theater on Paramount Pictures’ Studio Lot. As you can see in the photo gallery below, it […]

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SHOOT THAT RAT! Update (“Is That CHOCOLATE I Smell?”)

Now that the teaser trailer is out for Mikael Kreuzriegler’s low-budget independent feature film, Shoot That Rat!, and a more extensive trailer will be available soon, I wanted to publish some additional pictures taken during shoot by Veronica Wood, while I was busy fulfilling my PA responsibilities on the set. As I mentioned in my previous blog […]

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Ashton Kutcher Came to LMU and We Didn’t Get PUNK’D

Five Star Institute was on LMU’s campus today filming scenes for the upcoming film titled jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons, James Woods, and more.  Ashton is cast in the title role and you can see pictures of him on set, along with Joshua Michael Stern, the director. University Hall was transformed into […]

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PIE Shoots “BACK TO ME” at LMU: My First Job on a Music Video Set

09/16/2012 — GREAT NEWS, PIE FANS !!! THE “BACK TO ME” MUSIC VIDEO SHOT AT LMU IN JULY (featured in the story below) JUST DROPPED ON VIMEO … HERE IT IS !   PIE, musical artists who describe themselves as “alternative rock infused with latin and blues flavors,” came to LMU to shoot a music video for […]

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