Kyosi approached Novelty Hat back in 2016 to come up with a concept for her upcoming single, "Just Lines." Jon Conklin and myself had been experimenting with stop motion, and decided to base the video around the visual idea of manipulating time. We pitched the idea with a full visual treatment and the artist loved it.
The idea was to seamlessly integrate long exposure time lapse footage (which resulted in some beautiful lines) with real time and slow motion footage as well. Throw in a few choice psychedelic effects for flavor, and there you have it!
I enjoy revisiting it every so often; I still find the visuals captivating and hope to explore these techniques more in the future.
2017 INDIE SERIES AWARDS - BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (WINNER)
When Kevin Davis and I were developing The Shades, this episode was almost cut. It was so outlandish, surreal, and VFX heavy we didn't know if we would have the time or resources to pull it off.
But it was just too hilarious not to try. So with a total budget of less than $1,000 we sought to make it work.
Even with my background in VFX, this project was too much for one person to handle. I brought on three other artists who thankfully believed in the project enough to work for peanuts and the promise of a killer reel piece. Post production took about 4 months of sleepless nights and lost weekends.
But it was all worth it. I think this is the first narrative piece I've written & directed that I can feel my voice in and my fingerprints all over.
I wanted it to be a very obvious homage to Indiana Jones and classic action/adventure films. I owe our brilliant composer John Koutselinis a debt of gratitude for channelling the spirit of John Williams combined with that of an old Rabbi.
Oh, and this is the piece that won me the 2017 Indie Series Award for Best Visual Effects. Which is, you know, pretty cool I guess.
What can I say about this one besides I'm thankful my very Catholic mother hasn't disowned me yet?
This episode of The Shades comes at a very emotionally heavy point in the story, and was a heady concept that Kevin Davis and I had written and re-written over and over, laboring over the best way to convey it visually on screen.
We decided to basically create something that's one part David Lynch, one part "A Beautiful Mind," and one part 80s sitcom. I hope you all enjoy the resulting absurdity, dark humor, and disturbing uses of blueberry pie.
Kevin and I are still very proud of our strange creation.
Half music video, half micro-documentary, this short explores the topic of gentrification in Brooklyn over the years while mirroring key themes in the song 'Pocket Full of Detritus' by Fred Baker, off of his 2012 independent release 'The Enemy.' The tone is both poignant and comical, as we explore the ever-changing face of Brooklyn by talking candidly with several generations of 'brooklynites,' native and otherwise.
This short premiered at the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival in the heart of Williamsburg, the perfect location to screen this tongue-in-cheek send up of all things hipster and gentrified. Some members of the audience were definitely uncomfortably wriggling in their skinny jeans.
One of our earliest shoots for The Shades, and my first time ever directing while also on camera (yours truly playing a dumb-as-bricks satanist frat boy).
There are a few production errors and growing pains that are noticeable, as the cast had yet to truly gel together, but I look back on this shoot quite fondly.
Given our financial & equipment limitations (I think our total budget was something like $300) we definitely pulled something together that has moments I'm still quite proud of; I still love the trippy opening party montage, as well as the hilarious goat sacrifice at the end.
My company Novelty Hat Productions recently had the pleasure of shooting with pro lacrosse legend Kyle Harrison for this commercial spot for GripRX.
In addition to producing this spot, I co-directed along with my partner Jon Conklin, who shot all the beautiful footage. We were fortunate enough to secure permits to shoot at the highly-coveted Brooklyn Bridge Park (which you may recognize from numerous high profile athletic brand commercials).
I also came up with the first draft of the voiceover script, and oversaw the revisions in collaboration with GripRX.
We were thrilled to helm our first commercial, and are excited to keep collaborating with GripRX in the future.