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.