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 my time before, during, and immediately after film school. Student filmmaking all the way... and you may recognize some of the actors :) For those of you who I promised footage but failed to deliver because my life went to hell in a handbasket: here you go!
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 wonderful 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. Way to go Zach Lindsey! Thanks again for saving the day and being up for anything. The shoot was a hoot, and I must confess I was drinking White Russians through most of it, haha.
Bill Barminski Class Final, 2006
Peanut Butter Vs. Jelly, 2008
Meet Suzie Bohannon, 2005
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.
Intro to TV Broadcasting Final, 2005
Prom Date, 2006
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.
Combat for Camera Final, 2007
The Virgin Mary, 2008