Monster Squad stars Andrew Gower and Ryan Lambert interviewed me on their NERDIST / LEGENDARY PICTURES movie show.
This one's special and awesome so guess we better make it right now. 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.
We had the western genre make intercourse with a crack rock that knows kung fu & called it THE MAN FROM DEATH.
I was hired to develop the I.P. + feature outline of THE MAN FROM DEATH + direct / write / edit / produce / build over-sized matches on my kitchen table for this insane proof-of-concept short to help drive it into your hearts and faces. And hey, it's getting love out there in the world.
ShortOfTheWeek picked it and says "Blending psychedelic visual effects, with playful video-game inspired touches, it is a stunningly original visual experience — we liken it to Freddie Wong crossed with Quentin Tarantino."
TwitchFilm Founder and producer of THE RAID movies Todd Brown writes "This is super fun stuff from a perpetually restless creative talent."
Thee Nerd Writer makes me feel warm and fuzzy by posting: This batty, hysterical short film by Stephen Reedy makes me very excited about the future of movies"
RefinedGeekery goes: It is pure creativity on screen. I have watched this short a few times now, and each time I process something different. For example, aside from all of its zany action, there are actual moments of pathos where the film slows down to reflect on the nature of being right before someone gets their head split in two.
FilmCombatSyndicate is like "It's a love story in more ways than several and chock-filled with blistering sequences of action and fantasy that transcends many planes and dimensions that just leave you wondering "Exactly what the fuck kind of good shit is Reedy smoking? And when is he going to share???"
French culture magazine BLENDED states it is "THE MOST WTF IN THE WORLD!"
Kiai-Kick be all like "Director Stephen Reedy just launches this short film right at you, and it’s a lot of fun, playing like the steroid-fueled brother of Scott Pilgrim, The Good The Bad and The Weird and Millionaires Express. The fights are awesome, but I’ll say it right now, it’s NSFW, so proceed carefully! Check out the video below!"
Thank you, coffee. I love you, coffee. Coffee, you are so pretty.
Some friends and I had the super mega honor of doing this. It's like a football dork getting to play in the Super Bowl for 2 seconds. Giddiness + Bucket List
8 spots for the summer Catalog of Show Me your Mumu's fancy fun women's fashion.
Plus a showroom piece >>>
No directing for a few months. Feature writing time. It shall have punching, kicking and basic human feels.
The IMAGE COMICS anthology OUTLAW TERRITORY Vol. 3 (in which I wrote a heartwarming tale of wild west feminism / cannibalism with art by Jon Way$hak) has been nominated for an Eisner Award. f
I'm a huge fan of anything Vimeo chooses for a STAFF PICK. The Forge being part of this list is way neat.
It's been crazy, can't wait to share it all.
Fashion. Satan. Organic food. Parrots. Inflatable elephants. Martial arts westerns. Coming soon.
The latest (December) issue of Art and culture magazine JUXTAPOZ did a writeup / interview about what I do and how I do it.
JUXTAPOZ also hired me to make a film that shows what the creative process is like for their readers, whom are comprised of artists of all kinds. Thus was born...THE LIFE CYCLE OF A GOOD IDEA
HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEeeeeEEeEN! And hey, a new music video for CAGE.
This one had some concept-research help from child-friendly-role-model Marilyn Mason and was filmed in Shia LaBouf's condo, which we artistically baptized with a whole lot of fake blood. Maybe someday we'll breakdown and share the decoding of the layers upon layers of secret symbolism and concepts inherent in this crazy music video. For those of you who can read what the video is actually about...cool!
Anyways, time to cleanse the pallet and follow up this bloody-anti-human-sacrifice-music-video with a ridiculously positive commercial shoot with the quirky, fun loving fashions of the ShowMeYourMuMu girls and a parrot.
THE FORGE and more properly, the anti-suicide / alchemical message it's based on is getting more love and attention than we can even post in a blog here, but some great noteworthy, er, UPWORTHY pieces are here:
For National Suicide Prevention Week, I did a Google sponsored hangout on the topic of "suicide in the media" while Actor Rainn Wilson gave the cause an extra push via the video below...