These are videos I've made from my pieces with various degrees of success.

SYNOPSIS:

A screenwriter gets an offer from the Devil that no one can refuse... but refuses it anyway

PRODUCTION NOTES:


Shot in one day 2007. This was my first attempt at directing.  And considering it was my first time at bat, I’m pretty happy with the results.  Both Scott Ford And Jamison Challeen did fine jobs and I was smart enough not to get fancy with the shooting. (The image quality kind of sucks though because I was using an earlier version of iMovie and because I didn’t save my video masters, I had to pull the file off of YouTube before I nuked my page.  Don’t ask.  Long Story.)

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

Scott’s homage to the late, great Burt Lahr halfway through.
The last shot that I almost wrecked my back getting.

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA.

Thankfully, you may not notice it because of the effed-up image resolution but there’s one shot where you can see me in a mirror holding the camera.  But don’t think of it as a mistake, think of it as Brechtian.  Yeah...that’s it, Brechtian!

SYNOPSIS:

As three friends enjoy afternoon coffee, one of them makes a startling confession.

PRODUCTION NOTES:

Shot in 2008 at The Coffee House in Ashland, Or with Wendy Spuregon, Jamison Challeen and Orion J. Bradshaw.
Actually, it was shot twice at the Coffee House in Ashland, Or.
Because SOMEONE had the “Genius” idea of doing one full chunk of the script in one wide master shot on the outside deck. And when SOMEONE looked at the footage and realized that it looked less like a comedy scene and more like surveillance footage, SOMEONE had to reassemble the entire cast and make arrangements to shoot inside The Coffee House again!
It’s not enough to have an idea.  You have to have a good idea.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

A twist (ish.) ending.

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA:

Unnoticed by me during the second shoot was the noise made by the compressor next to while I was holding the camera.
The spit take doesn’t quite work because Jamison was concerned about getting coffee on Orion.  I should have been far more insistent that the gag outweighed the possible mess.
(As Ridley Scott put it on the “Alien” commentary. You need to make sure you got it because what you get, you’re going to wear.)

SYNOPSIS:

Three men recount their trials fighting for the holiest of holidays.  Dedicated to Bill O’Reilly and John Gibson.

PRODUCTION NOTES: 

Shot in 2008. This was my response to the nonsensical “War on Christmas” that Fox News fights every holiday season.  It’s also the only time I stepped in front of the camera for one of these.  I had originally written the role for local Ashland actor, Don Dolan and envisioned the character as a WWII vet.  But Don was unavailable so I took over.  
The bulk was shot at Michael Bingham’s house and all the Xmas decorations in his living room are real. The shot of him by the Christmas tree may be the closest I get to a Was Anderson like frame.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

The sudden appearance of a Chainsaw.
My brief homage to the late, great Paul Lynde.

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA: 

The fade to me after Bingham’s last line is a beat too early for my taste.
I misspelled the title. Yes, Santa.  All I want for Christmas is a line producer.

SYNOPSIS:

What do you do when a way too happy couple interrupts you dinner with too much kissy face? Break them up using modern technology of course.

PRODUCTION NOTES:

This piece was performed in 2010 as a staged reading at the Camelot Theater in Talent, Or. And was directed for the stage by Michael Meyer.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR: 

The set in the background is for the then current production of “I Hate Hamlet. 

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA:

I misspelled Amy Katrina name in the credits as “Any”. Yeah, I need a line producer.

SYNOPSIS: What happens when a man loves a woman but she loves a certain Star Wars Character a bit too much.
 
 
PRODUCTION NOTES: Shot in early December of last year. With Taylor Hood and Halie Pfefferkorn. Original "CHINA SILK" graphic by Jamison Challeen. Special thanks to Michael Meyer for casting assistance.
 
THINGS TO LOOK FOR: Better image quality thanks to an upgraded camera. (Canon VIXIA HF R300.) A shout out to the Old School Star Wars Fans.

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA: My VO has a bit of feedback because of the mike. But generally, I'm happy with this one.

SYNOPSIS:

A screenwriter gets an offer from the Devil that no one can refuse... but refuses it anyway

PRODUCTION NOTES:

Shot on November 21st of 2013.  This is the same piece as as my first short above but now shot with a Canon 70D for a super hyper clear image.  I also took the opportunity  to punch up the script. (It is now slightly different from the published version.) And since this is my entry for the Ashland Independent Film Festival, I worked extra hard to make it look like a short film as opposed to a just a viral comedy video.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

Improved picture quality. A new music cue from a source beloved of all film nerds. A sudden bit of red on a parchment.

CRIMES AGAINST CINEMA:

No crimes per say.  But there were shots I wanted to get that I couldn't pull off in the time we had.  There are also other issues but I'm waiting until after AIFF announces their line up to comment on them. 
Short version: I need to get better at my job.