Posts Tagged ‘animatic’


December 16, 2009

After spending a few years shooting video for the newspaper, I grew more and more anxious to branch out and do some more independent projects. As soon as I put the word out that I was interested in doing some creative work on the side, there was no shortage of opportunities.

Alaric Rocha is an extremely talented filmmaker and friend that works up in the Chicagoland area. He’s shooting a short 8mm film in February, and today I spent the afternoon doing some location scouting with him and his camera man. We sloshed through the woods and I did a little acting for a rough animatic. Here are a few photos from the adventure that left me with some scrapes on my arms and mud on my dress shoes (because I didn’t dress appropriately). When you are done reading this post, I highly recommend taking a look at Alaric’s site,

Alaric acting

Alaric acting in the ditch

I should have worn shoes like that

Trudging through the woods

On top of that, I always have Troupe Dynamic to provide me with a rich creative outlet. If you aren’t already familiar with my work with the troupe, I’d suggest taking a look. While we plan on doing some short films and skits in the future, most of our time has been dedicated to funny top-ten lists for Thrive, a local entertainment guide. Check their site for our latest video every month, and check for the latest updates on our silliness. Disclaimer: The Christmas card from our December top-ten video features me faking nudity. As realistic as it may seem, I was not naked.

Our Christmas card is rather terrifying

And, as always, I get to work with the best partner ever: my beautiful wife. This Sunday we shot a second day of an engagement session. I’m really excited about the video for this one. We went to several different locations, and the couple was really fun. Here’s a frame I grabbed from Becky and Jeremy’s video:

Sunset kiss

So that’s what I’ve been working on over that past few days. There’s even more to write about, but those can wait until I have more to show for them. As the projects keep rolling in, I’ll keep posting them here. Hope you enjoy.


Contest success!

November 18, 2009

Last year my entry to the 21 Film Contest didn’t get in. This year, it was one of the 20 finalists to be screened at the red carpet event, but didn’t win any prizes.

I was a bit bummed, but now I have been cheered up.

Last month I found out that my “Joint Efforts” video helped win our group a $25,000 grand prize! Here is the original blog with info on the contest. Here’s the video:

Before I won this contest, fellow silly-maker Jay Albright asked me to act in a spot he was directing. The spot is an entry for the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest, and we filmed with the amazing Red One camera. If you didn’t know, Steven Soderberg uses it. Pretty sweet!

Here’s the animatic that Jay made:

Here’s a behind-the-scenes featurette I did:

And here’s the link to the actual video! Note: the site takes a while to load, and you can skip the intro to get straight to our entry.

Now that I have a taste of winning, I am eager for more and have wasted no time entering some contests.  It’s fun, and maybe I’ll win some more money!

Karma Animatic

June 8, 2009

This project is short enough that it probably didn’t need an animated storyboard, but I get impatient. Not only will this help me to set up my shots when it comes time to film, but it will satisfy my desire to see and hear it, instead of just reading it on paper. I should probably also add that this video contains some naughty language. Viewer beware!

Other than my bad voice-over, what do you think? I’ll give updates when I get the shoot scheduled.