It’s been a busy and productive last few months. I recently starred in my first play, a short at the North Park Vaudeville. Having no prior acting experience, it was definitely a new experience – learning all those lines, memorizing the stage blocking, and slipping into the mindset of another character. I tip my hat to the people who make it their livelihood.
I also was given the opportunity to film my first full-length theatre performance with Encore Youth Theatre for their rendition of Aladdin Jr. Working with just a single camera, I came to two separate shows to give the appearance of a dual camera setup. I aimed to shoot one show wide, and the next show more narrow to attain closeups. For the most part, it worked out flowingly. While there were some technical glitches, I managed to sound design the performance to cover up the hiccups so the focus would be on the actors’ excellent performance.
I’ve been at the freelance game for almost 6 months now and I feel like I’m finally becoming disciplined enough to not procrastinate. My creativity is more natural on some days than others but, nonetheless, it’s been very gratifying to be utilizing my talents.
I especially enjoy when I get to use my gifts for good – for the second year in a row, I was given the opportunity to produce a video for the DEI Children’s Charitable Foundation, on behalf of my former employer, DEI. The foundation recently changed its name to Forte to focus more on music education for kids. They’re making an extraordinary impact on the community and I’m excited to be a constituent in spreading the awareness.
I had the pleasure of doing the 48 Hour Film Festival with Cane Toad Productions for the second year in a row. They’re an awesome bunch – they’ve been making these since the festival’s inception and subsequently every year after. I was their editor on last year’s film, Rhymes of the Rich and Famous.
We built the story off of an experience our director and producer had with a theatre production called Without Walls. It’s a theatre that operates in the open streets, providing a greater sense of realism. The audience is provided with clues and ultimately has to solve a puzzle by the story’s end.
This year, we had access to a GoPro Phantom copter with a gimble so we knew we’d be able to get that “helicopter money shot.” Likewise, I didn’t find out until the first day of filming that I would have an acting role. I’ve never considered myself an actor so being put on the spot, getting into costume, and memorizing a half-dozen lines was foreign to me – or at least has been for some time. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out as badly as I anticipated.
I again was the editor but was relieved to have so many techies on this year’s squad to give a helping hand on color correction, sound design, music, etc. Inevitably, things got chaotic at the end but I was grateful we were able to keep a calm demeanor over the long haul. Running on 8 hours of sleep the entire weekend, it’s easy to give way to irritability but we got it done.
Although the film didn’t make it to the “Best Of,” I remain grateful for the experience and look forward to working with Cane Toad again in the future.
I’ve been delving into motion graphics a lot more lately – all in the name of trying to be a well-rounded filmmaker! My cousin who works for a local church approached me about this project and I was game for the challenge.
Here’s a performance video I put together for the Joshua Paige Band down at the Typhoon Saloon in Pacific Beach – these guys killed it!
I recently completed a video for an up-and-coming art gallery in Oceanside called Craftlab. This particular shoot featured founding member of Half Japanese, Jad Fair, along with San Diego-based rock group, Octa#grape. Can’t beat the intimate feel at these smaller venues – everyone had a blast! I really enjoyed putting this together and hope to do more shoots like this in the future!
Here’s a video I put together for Aquatic Aviation, a San Diego-based company – they’re on the forefront of the up-and-coming water sport: Flyboarding. Even got to do a little narration!
I recently started working for a company called Shmoop. They commingle educational learning with fun and humor. Suffice to say, I’m ecstatic to be a part of their team as a video editor! I’m currently making about a video-a-week for them – the first one I completed was recently posted on their website. Maybe you’ll learn something – enjoy!
Shmoop: Coordinate Geometry
I’ve kept this film tight in my grasp for about 4 years now. It was the first short I ever wrote and directed but, make no mistake, there was no way I could’ve pulled this off without the talented people I worked alongside. We foolishly went into production with no shot list and miraculously completed principal photography in a single weekend. A word of warning – there is cursing, violence, and drug use.
Here’s a snippet of the various video projects I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to. Took about 12 hours to slice, dice, and deliver.