Archive for October, 2009

Black Dawn on TV update

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

From the producer/director:

Hey everyone!

Just a quick update on the TV broadcast — we are officially on the schedule to premiere nationwide, through the AMGTV network, next Wednesday evening, October 28. AMGTV provides programming to over 100 stations around the country, although not all of the stations will necessarily air the series. Unfortunately, our local LA affiliate is one of the stations not playing the show.

But many people across the nation — including, I’m sure, many of your friends and family — should be able to tune in and watch “The Black Dawn” on TV next Wednesday. Just have them check their local TV listings. The best (most complete) online guide I’ve found is — a lot of others (like don’t have all the stations listed. The series is being broadcast simultaneously to all stations, so that means it’s playing at different times in different time zones. It will play at 8 pm & midnight Eastern, 7 pm & 11 pm Central, 6 pm & 10 pm Mountain, and 5 pm & 9 pm Pacific time. Each episode is being played twice in the same evening.

While this first release really is just a small, trial run, our distributor is already working on a deal to air the series in Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden. After that, we also hope to bring it back to the States for a larger run on a cable network.

Pretty exciting for everyone involved. Plus this will help them fund more series in the future.

Jokeyphone Raw

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

This morning I went to a shoot at Jokeyphone‘s offices. I was going to shoot it the other evening, but another audition (for a TV show, so I didn’t want to bail) kept me way over. There was no way I was going to get to Santa Monica on time. I felt really bad. I was frantically texting and emailing them to figure out if I should come late or reschedule or what. They said it was fine and told me to come in today. It worked out fine.
They gave me a list of jokes to tell. It was fast and fun. They were laughing, so I guess my delivery was good. 🙂 The ones I told were pretty tame, just moderately offensive. I only nixed one light racist joke because I can’t pull it off. Ha ha. I had a few sexist ones, a couple incest ones, some fat jokes, etc. He said some people brought in some crazy sick ones though. I never remember jokes, so I just used my list.

Death & Jane

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Today I went up to Azusa to shoot a short for Azusa Pacific University. It’s a small role, but fun. I play Death’s office manager. We had a rad tracking shot all through the office. Took a while to get it just right, but I think we got it on the 10th take. I loooove tracking shots. They are hard to do, but they look so awesome. Then we did a few other shots and we were done. Not even an 8 hour day. Most of the characters had effects makeup or some other gimmick. I wasn’t in charge of any deadly thing, but I still got crazy makeup. It’s going to be a really cool shot in a really sweet little film. I really liked the script and the guy playing Death was perfect.

Unrelated to that, I ended up skipping an audition this morning because I don’t audition in private homes. Even super huge nice ones. Sorry. Pretty strict policy. I’m sure they were legit and all, I just have to draw a line somewhere. Oh well.

Busy Bee

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

So much for October being really light. I’ve already had 2 shoots this last week and have two more later this month. Woo!

Earlier this week I did a demo with Psychic Bunny/Lead Balloon for a prototype camera rig designed by Social Animal. I’m not allowed to really describe it because it’s proprietary and such. But it’s pretty rad. The scene was basically a mini murder mystery at a party with a bunch of little conversations that take place at the same time. We had to rehearse a bunch so we all had our timing the same each take. The rig was moved 2 more times so the timing of everything had to be pretty close so any movie the user watches will see the same scene from each angle. It was pretty cool and everyone kept really on task so we got done close to on time. Yay us! I’m excited to try it out when it’s all set up.

The other shoot was a PSA for the American Red Cross. They had a bunch of different types of people. We had a script, a list of blood types and then got to list 5 things that describe what we are. I picked ‘an optimist,’ ‘a programmer,’ ‘an animator,’ ‘colorblind,’ and ‘a problem solver.’ Later I thought of another one- ‘anemic’ – since I’ve never actually given blood before. Sort of hypocritical to be ina PSA asking others to do it, but I do give money since I can’t give blood. Maybe I could. Sometimes my hemoglobin count is up to 12 (the minimum last I checked), but usually it’s below that. I think I’ve had 2 tests that high in like 10 years. So it’s not like I just won’t give blood. It’s just that I have crummy blood to give. The shoot was really fun and quick though. Not sure what it’s going to be used for. But if you see a PSA for them, see if you spot me.

I ended up leaving my boots there because I brought extra outfits and took the boots out of my bag to set down. Oops! Gotta pick those up Tuesday.

The other stuff I have this month is a short for Azusa Pacific University this coming Sunday and an internet viral thing where I’ll tell a bunch of raunchy jokes. I don’t have to come up with them. They give me a list, which is good because I don’t know a ton of jokes. I forget stuff a lot.

Then I also have a shoot in November with a Columbia College student I met on Crimson Asylum.

Busy again!

(The Other) Venice Film Festival

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

There But Not There was accepted into The Other Venice Film Festival this year. It screens at 1pm, Sunday Oct. 18th at SPARC Theater (685 Venice Blvd Venice, CA 90291).

Ridiculous interview with Count Gore De Vol!!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Peter, Donna and I were interviewed by Count Gore De Vol back in July at Comic Con this year. It was a hoot! It’s up on the internet now for your viewing pleasure. It’s about 9 minutes long, but worth watching the end (not my idea, but hilarious).

Meet Director Peter Podgursky from Gore De Vol on Vimeo.

New IMDB credit

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The Night Life is up on IMDB now, my 12th credit on there. My current ‘star meter’ is 23,421, a record high for me! Bitchin’! You can’t actually see the numbers unless you have a subscription, but that’s what those % things are they list on every page. It has something to do with the number of users that click on your page per week, but I don’t know if they use other factors.

In case you are wondering how it works, I can update my page info (pictures, background, etc.), but I can’t add projects on the site. Producers/directors/what have you have to do that, so if a producer puts something up, you get a new credit. I don’t know the criteria for posting a project on the site. I think a short has to have been in at least one festival and a web series has to have a certain number of views, but there may be other rules too. I could be mistake though, this is through things I heard from people.

Sauce on the side

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Sauce on the Side launched recently. I posted it on facebook, but forgot it here. Our table is in Episode 4 around 2:48 and then we are customer video 1.

It’s funny and well made. (Yay good production values!) Enjoy!

*warning- might cause hunger!

Exciting news for The Black Dawn series

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

New Renaissance Pictures got a TV syndication deal for The Black Dawn web series! It will play in various markets around the country. Catalyst will be included in the deal! It’s made as a short film, so I’m leaving it as film on my resume, but it’s nice to know something I worked on is getting out there on TV. I’ll post details if I find out what markets it will be airing in.

And it just goes to show that quality indie web projects can be picked up by traditional media.