Just thought I'd share this hilarious video that I stumbled upon on YouTube yesterday! Directed by Greg Glienna, who wrote the screenplays for such feature-length comedies as the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro hit film Meet the Parents, A Guy Thing (starring Julia Stiles, Jason Lee, Selma Blair and James Brolin) and Relative Strangers (starring Neve Campbell, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston and Danny DeVito), The Elevator epitomizes why comedic shorts are my favorite type of short films! This dates back to college...when I attended the student film festivals at Cal State Long Beach (my alma mater) and applauded at all the intentionally funny shorts and quietly cringed at the 10-minute shorts that really took themselves seriously. Not to make this entry too long, but I personally think films need to be feature-length in order for the drama to be convincingly conveyed...and not feel forced and over-the-top.
Anyways, enjoy The Elevator!
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Good evening, everyone! Just thought I'd share a short film that I shot 18 years ago and which I recently updated using a new MacBook computer that I received as a birthday gift last month. Titled The Card, this project was shot using a Super 8mm camera—with the entire audio track (plus the dialogue by my three actors, who were close friends from high school that were nice enough to help me on this film) recorded in postproduction.
To read more details about The Card, go to my main Blog for additional info. Not only can you view it on YouTube below, but you can watch the film on Vimeo as well. Lookin' forward to creating another video project using my MacBook in the future! That is all.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
On this day in 2019, Brandon Cabral (director of photography), Stephanie Vigil (camera operator), Ranen Lawe (1st assistant camera), Dima Shorin (2nd assistant camera) and Yoni Coen (key grip) prep a shot with Nicholas Mariano ("Adam") on the last day of filming for The Broken Table.
Monday, November 2, 2020
On this day in 2019, Nicholas Mariano ("Adam"), Majdolene Abualfaraj ("Jennifer") and Martin Chang ("Todd") hang out in the green room while the next shot is being set up during Day 2 of filming for The Broken Table at The L.A. Film School.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Rest In Peace, Sir Sean Connery... While the rest of the world honors him as one of the best iterations of Agent 007 in the James Bond franchise, I remember him for his role as Professor Henry Jones, Sr. in 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Soviet submarine commmander Marko Ramius in 1990's The Hunt for Red October. I saw these films when I was still in elementary school, and it was Red October that got me interested in filmmaking when I drew my own storyboards for a submarine thriller after I watched the Tom Clancy-inspired movie at the theater on opening weekend. While Connery had officially been in retirement from acting since 2006, he will be missed by the world of cinema.
The Scottish legend passed way in Nassau, Bahamas at the age of 90 yesterday. My condolences to Connery's family.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Happy Halloween, everyone! Just thought I'd finally share my short film Envious...which has been in the works for over 16 years! To read more about the backstory that lead to me completing this project after so long, go to my Main Blog. I had fun putting the finishing touches on this film—and I can't wait to start on another project early next month! Enjoy Envious on Vimeo below, and I hope all of you guys have a great and spooky weekend!
Monday, October 26, 2020
At this moment in 2019, I was on set discussing a flashback scene for The Broken Table with Nicholas Mariano ("Adam"), while production assistant Louis Huynh and Majdolene Abualfaraj ("Jennifer") look on.
Shoot Day 1 took place in Paramount, California.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
On this day in 2019, make-up artist Susanna Luong practices applying prosthetics to Martin Chang ("Todd") during an hour-long special FX make-up test in Long Beach, California...six days before principal photography began on The Broken Table.
Monday, October 12, 2020
On this day in 2019, Majdolene 'MJ' Abualfaraj and Nicholas Mariano enact the first scene of The Broken Table during a callback audition held at The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, California.
MJ was cast as 'Jennifer' after her great audition three months earlier, while Nicholas accepted the role of 'Adam' the day after this callback! Happy Monday.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
As mentioned in yesterday's Blog entry, here's the full-screen version of my experimental short The Cinematography Project (TCP)...which is the original version of the film that I shot back in 2002. The only difference is that I'm using a Hans Zimmer track from the 1996 action flick Broken Arrow for the music score (I'm a huge fan of Zimmer, in case you're wondering) in this iteration. I also did another version of TCP where I used John Williams' "Across the Stars" theme from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, but I didn't upload that to YouTube as I'm sure it would've have elicited smirks by some viewers since this track is probably more recognizable!
That's it for now. I'll post another Blog entry focusing on the student film version of The Broken Table that's also posted on YouTube. Carry on!