UH OH No Pizza has only been out 6 days but some mysterious awesome human (or are they?) made a fan film. Behold... OH NO PIZZA
Artist Alex Pardee and I have a new animated series and upcoming merch line: UH OH NO PIZZA.
Bobcat Goldthwait voices Jerry the Zombie <3
Sad thing alert.
A few months back, I was asked to make a short documentary about Aisa, a mother who has been battling cancer for 7 years. The intention was to leave something beautiful for her daughter to watch down the line. A "mother's love transmuted into a movie" sort of magical video piece.
We shot a quick interview, planning to film much more. Circumstances arose, preventing the rest of the shoot from taking place.
Her health recently got much worse, so I decided to make due with what little footage we had, doing my damnedest to express authentic motherly joy from the screen and into the minds of anybody watching. Below is the project, which is also being used to promote Aisa's GOFUNDME, which will help medical bills and leave little Gianna an education fund.
Think about this: Right now, an international HD broadcasting multicam studio is IN YOUR POCKET. We're taking advantage of this miracle with an idea that I find mind-blowingly next level... SKETCH 4 SKETCH
Years ago, I documented @alexpardee and @davecorreia traveling across America, drawing demented interpretations of fan sketches, sometimes for 8+ hours at a time for hundreds of people.
Now, we bring it to THE INTERWEBBERNET, LIVE as a Bi-weekly show that's like Bob Ross meets Super Mario Brothers 2 meets hanging out with your funnest nightmares. Users submit a piece of art to sketch4sketch.com, we pick them and Alex draws them live on stream. Psychotic surprises to come!
We've run previews of the show and it has gone well beyond our wildest dreams.
Someday the lawyers will let me tell you about it.
Halfway through the process I needed to leave my cave and gain perspective. What better way to take a break than to answer the question "WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF BUFFALO BILL TAUGHT YOU HOW T-SHIRTS ARE MADE?"
Found some long lost photos of when I got to work with Showrunner / Writer Dan Harmon, Director Rob Schrab and the awesome cast of Community on last seasons paintball episode.
I was originally brought in to help Develop & 2nd Unit Direct complex scenes with Director (and creator of my favorite comic ever SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN!) Rob. Things went well, so they kept me on for the whole run, where I helped developed scenes (action and otherwise) with Harmon (creator of my favorite show ever RICK AND MORTY!) and throw my brain on generally everything else: Set Dec, Lighting, camera angle suggestions and even storyboarding entire sequences mere minutes before shooting.
The University of Philosophical Research, an institution I look up to very much, asked me to do a lecture to their auditorium of students, generally comprised of those seeking Masters, Ph.Ds or just an understanding of life in general.
I decided to take the filmmaking process, break it down into it's visible and invisible parts, then compare it to the mechanics of every belief system.
An interesting phenomenon has come up lately. 3 times this year, 3 different friends have come up to me in need of IMPOSSIBLY FAST turnaround.
"Can you write, direct, edit, do post and upload a project in less than 4 hours and with no actual equipment?"
Always down for a challenge and always happy to be a disgusting workaholic while hanging out with friends, here are the results. While my team and I usually get painstakingly obsessed with story / mood / visual polish, it is fun to throw all that out the window in the name of an impossible deadline.
1) OVERWATCH- the most popular video game on Earth happens to be voiced by my good buddy Josh. Here he is opening a box full of clothing based on his character. It got 19k views in 5 minutes.
2) High Fructose Magazine needed something ridonkulus for their upcoming game.
3) Buddydude Artistman Alex Pardee needed an unboxing thingy.
Can you win the mighty battle that is…
You Blink, You Die.
A 360 Experience that will test your awkwardness receptors and anxiety glands. Put on your headphones, have a seat and see if you can control your physical essence.
(An R&D test for brand new ad agency TRAINROBBER, where I was tasked with pushing technical and storytelling boundaries only possible in VR. Boundaries like: psychological projection, immersive comfort bubble destruction, establishing & destroying expectations patterns, practical + CG effects in a stereoscopic environment and beyond! It was hell on Earth to figure out, but isn't that what life is?)
(P.S. the greatest bummer of 360 and VR is that I have to say this: It really only works if you are watching in 3d on a high end VR system, thus making it a crisp 4k, immersive, realistic experience that tricks your brain into thinking this nightmare is in fact really happening to you <3)
Back when we fought absurdity with absurdity...
And then let an actor do all the work-
Monster Squad stars Andrew Gower and Ryan Lambert interviewed me on their NERDIST / LEGENDARY PICTURES movie show.
This one's special / awesome / topical. Thumbs up emoji
Just wrapped a project I produced: The Princess Chronicles, a martial arts fantasy starring Amy Johnston and Mickey Facchinello and directed by my longtime Fight Choreographer Vlad Rimburg.
The Man From Death won Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week, was featured on Film Shortage and has screened to sold out cinemas at Fantastic Fest, Hollyshorts, The San Diego Asian Film Fest, The Overlook Film Festival, The Barcelona Film Festival and in October will be featured at the Court-Métrange festival in Rennes.
It also raised money to throw an epic read of the feature script at the SoHo House Hollywood.
TBA, NDA, LOL
"...feels like being force fed every kind of candy you can think of until you pass out from exhaustion - in the best way possible. " http://www.aintitcool.com/node/77330
"At only two minutes long, it’s insanely disturbing and twistingly enjoyable." http://www.aintitcool.com/node/53680
"Damn fine film here" http://www.aintitcool.com/node/62574
"This is a gory, brutal mess of a masterpiece with an ending that I didn’t see coming." http://www.aintitcool.com/node/41704
We had to invent a few tools and reinvent a few wheels to pull this one off.
Can VR storytelling give you emotional experiences impossible for video games, cinema for live theatre? Yes it can :)
Spent a week in England consulting on the epic action film K*******2. Went directly from LAX to our Google VRLA afterparty, in which I Creative Directed an elaborate experience (and Directed a wild VR adventure) for the top innovators in storytelling to play in.
Edgy ad agency TRAINROBBER and I went nuts crafting an experience that had to impress the most seasoned entertainment savants. It was a massive success and it goes a little something like this-
First, I designed a giant "neon wild west" camp-site. Tents, boulders, camp fires and cacti filled the 2nd floor of the beautiful venue. Patrons passed several VR / AR demo stations until reaching a giant treasure chest containing $2,000 cash. Next, they were escorted into a tee-pee and given a VR headset.
Audiences found themselves inside a 100% accurate virtual reality rendition of the tee-pee they were currently sitting in. It was peaceful and quiet until, BOOM, the tee-pee explodes away, leaving them hurdling thru space at light speed. An animated Train Robber chaotically flew around them, giving them clues on how to solve complex riddles hidden throughout the party, leading to numbers that unlock the $2,000 cash. It turned the party into a rabid scavenger hunt with Escape Room style puzzles hidden throughout. It was an incredible experience and extremely gratifying to watch industry titans behave like excited little children trying to solve our elaborate challenge while shy strangers befriended one another in sentimental teamwork to, 3 hours of hard work later, claim their treasure.
Read more about it and my emotional philosophy of this new medium here.