Authentic Moving Pictures!
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I’ve taken courses in Final Cut Pro (7, X), Color, Motion, After Effects, Maya, video production, camera operation, lighting, making trailers, compression, and the aesthetics of editing at Bay Area Video Coalition and UC Irvine. Here are some things I’ve made recently.
This is the newest of my film projects: a three-minute stop-motion film about a little girl and a couple of monsters. I spent three solid weeks in a tiny studio in San Francisco, frantically making nine fully articulated puppets out of clay, wire, latex, and paint, and then we shot the whole thing over the course of a weekend. Currently, the film is being edited and the score composed, but the final product should be finished soon.
Star Wars: Uncut
Have you heard of Star Wars: Uncut yet? My friend Rhonda and I claimed a couple of scenes, refilmed them, and uploaded them. Everyone got to vote for their favorites, and the best scenes (ours; duh) were stitched together for a new version of A New Hope.
We did the sets, costumes, props, sound effects, cinematography, editing–you name it. We also play all the characters (with the exception of a brief cameo by Charlie, Rhonda’s dog, as Chewbacca).
|Scene 472||Scene 78|
The Raveonettes video was very cool. Gap, Inc. hired four bands to write original songs about an assigned color, and then passed those songs on to up and coming directors to make music videos. The Raveonettes got “black and white,” and their resulting song was handed to Chris Do of Bl:nd. He wanted to use shadow puppets to play on the black and white theme, so he called in my theater company, Rogue Artists Ensemble. In just three days, Sean, Kerry, Joyce, and I built the rabbit, owl, and wolf puppets you see in the video. Then we went over to Bl:nd’s studio in Santa Monica and spent a day filming against a translucent screen to get that eerie, faded effect. We traded puppets all day, but I can tell you that jumping rabbit is all me.
Oh, and we named them: Wolf Blitzer, Owlfred Hitchcock, and George Hareison. It was a long day.
For “My Heart,” I designed and built the puppets, and directed an early version of the video.
As for the Wallpaper video, all I did was dance in the background in slow motion for several hours. Eagle-eyed viewers can spot me at roughly 0:45 and 1:30. I’m the one in a hat who looks ridiculous.
|Raveonettes: Black and White||Beryl Baker: My Heart||Wallpaper: I Got Soul (I’m So Wasted)|
I’m considered an X-Files expert in some circles.
|Interview with Reelz Channel||Paley Fest 2008 Interview||First in Line (IWTB premiere)|
|Fox promo interview (coming soon!)||Outside Jay Leno (July 2008)|
I made some other stuff, too.
Continuing the X-Files theme, in 2010 I re-cut the opening sequence to using only clips from Fringe, which I personally believe exists in the same fictional universe. The truth is out there: there is more than one of everything.
In 2011, I wrote and performed in a short, tongue-in-cheek video for Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The lovely and talented Rita Moreno (the first female EGOT!) happened to be hanging around, so she graciously agreed to make a cameo. Career highlight? Quite possibly.
In 2009, I helped The Marsh, San Francisco’s premier solo performance venue, design and install four lovely signs for the building–the first signs the venue has had in its 20-year history. I was so excited that I learned how to edit videos just to document the process. This is the first one I ever made.
|The X-Fringe||The Marsh Signs||Entourage|