SXSW 2016 Short of the Week Los Angeles Film Festival 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival 2016 Sydney Underground Film Festival 2016 The Smalls Film Festival 2016 Denver Film Festival 2016 Idaho Horror Film Festival 2016
When New Media LTD reached out to me to VFX supervise their psychedelic horror adventure music video collab with Fort Lean, how could I say no?
It mixes everything I love about old school practical effects and new school digital compositing. I think we crafted a really great look and style with this one, and it's just so damn fun to boot.
This short had a tremendous festival run which jump started New Media LTD's high end music video directing career. Looking forward to my next chance to work with such a talented group!
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.
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.