2018 Toronto International Spring of Horror Film Festival
When Ted Schaefer reached out to me and explained the concept, how could I say no? A horror-comedy about the devil stalking the members of progressive metal band Valence, dueling each of them till their heads explode.
Though there was no budget, this VFX-heavy comedy music video quickly became a labor of love. I helped produce the shoot, acted as VFX supervisor on set, and had an absolute blast crafting all the B-movie-inspired visuals in post.
Cinematographer Sol Schechman came up with a custom rotating rig for RED cameras, so naturally we had to use it for something. Cue Jon Conklin coming up with the idea for this surrealist dance video for artist Skyes, and things just fell into place.
I VFX supervised during production and also did a lot of test shoots beforehand to make sure there were no technical unknowns; we only had 1 night on location to shoot everything we needed.
This was an amazing collaboration of some of our closest friends and overall was one of those shoots you always look back on fondly for how fun it was.
ROLE: Series Co-Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer, Editor, VFX Supervisor
2017 INDIE SERIES AWARDS | BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (WINNER) 2016 NexTV Web Series & Indie Film Competition | Quarter-Finalist 2016 Memphis Comedy Festival 2016 Orlando Film Festival September 2016 Writers' Guild of America West "Hotlist"
The Shades is a dark comedy/ satire of religious extremism and the American dream that I co-created with longtime friend and collaborator Kevin Davis (Visibly Shaken Productions). What started off as a one-off comedy sketch quickly ballooned into a bizarre fantasy suburbia, inhabited by all sorts of kooky religious zealots.
We self-financed an award-winning, 8 episode web series as a proof of concept. But we believe this barely scratches the surface of this concept's potential.
With the final installment finished and about to make it's festival rounds, we hope to find partners and develop The Shades as a half-hour single camera comedy.
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.