Once Upon A Time...

I went to UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television, and graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Regent Scholar and Valedictorian. I even won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for my final screenplay Spin Cycle, which I wrote for my screenwriting concentration. Here's some of the movies and shorts I wrote, directed, edited and otherwise produced during this special time in my life. 

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Who Invited the Assassin?, 2008

My producer friend Sara Lohman and I had so much fun doing Bark or Bite together, that she challenged me to come up with a short film script for her to star in. She lived in this great apartment that she was always throwing bad-ass parties in. I looked around and said, "why don't we shoot it here, and also make the film shoot a real party with booze so we can get more extras? You can be an assassin who botches a job in the middle of a surprise party! Like, La Femme Nikita meets Weekend at Bernie's" We resolved that whatever challenges came up during the shoot, we would choose the most stress free approach possible in order to keep the experience fun. So when our lead actor dropped out the first day of the shoot, we instantly recast Uncle Lenny with one of our crew member's husband who randomly showed up that day to help grip for fun. A talented screenwriter and director in his own right, he approached the opportunity to spend some time in front of the camera with zest. Way to go Zach Lindsey! Thanks again for saving the day and being up for anything. The shoot was a hoot, although I must confess I was drinking Almond Milk White Russians through most of it, haha. Look for a special cameo by the ingenious panty flaunting rap goddess Boyfriend!

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Bill Barminski Class Final, 2006

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Peanut Butter Vs. Jelly, 2008

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Meet Suzie Bohannon, 2005

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Bark or Bite, 2007

My senior thesis film and a massive exercise in managing catastrophes. The shoot was purposefully challenging, as I wanted to test myself as a filmmaker, but just about everything that could have gone wrong did and the entire film was shot completely out of order. I learned SO MUCH from all the mistakes made here. We shot this on a sound stage, and experimented with not only creating an indoor blizzard; but also utilizing a dog actor as well as pyrotechnics. In retrospect, it may have been easier for us all to just go out to the woods! We had great fun with a New Filmmaker Panavision Package, and at one point our crew list topped 35 people. The set was ingeniously constructed by Ra Smith, who hauled decayed wood out of abandoned shacks in the mountains around Libre in Colorado, and assembled it onto flats before driving it out to Los Angeles. There was a whole "snow team" on set, and their job was to shake the snow from giant sifters suspended above the stage when the camera was rolling, and then come down to vacuum it all up to be reused in between takes. We ate like kings: ingenious catering from Real Food Daily, La Cabana, Gaby's Mediterranean, and many other delicious LA restaurants.

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Intro to TV Broadcasting Final, 2005

 

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Auditions, 2008

 

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Prom Date, 2006

 

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Sheep's Clothing, 2005

This is a project pre film school from my Tahoe days that I did as an independent project at Lake Tahoe Community College, exploring the genre of comedy/horror, which has always been weirdly intriguing to me.

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Blueberry Muffins, 2003

The first movie I ever made through the

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Combat for Camera Final, 2007

 

 

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The Virgin Mary, 2008