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Miscellaneous Update

January 30th, 2021

 

JHD Productions has moved around the corner to a new studio space. I am hoping

to shoot the postponed scenes there by the Fall or whenever the corona madness

has ended. While the film has been edited and backgrounds have been worked on

throughout the entire process, Trip to the Moon has entered into full post production,

which means that I will start focusing more on effects rather than shooting, since

writing and filming has taken up most of my focus since 2014.

As for the old studio, it has been completely gutted, even more so than the photo

I have provided. I have been told that all of the inner walls have been taken out to

make room for new office space. The new studio is smaller, but sufficient for the

scenes I need to shoot next... after which, the remainder of shooting will be put on

hold until the very end of post production. At that point, I will determine what inserts

or scenes I will need to round out the pacing or fill in any plot holes.

All remaining props and costumes have been moved into my storage unit, including

any set pieces that I felt should be kept. Unfortunately, some set pieces had to be

thrown away due to lack of space. It's weird for me to see 7 years of my life in one

room and how much I've accumulated over that length of time. When the weather

gets warmer, my plan is to organize everything better so I can at least have some

walking space. 

During these last two shoots in October and December, we lost someone who had

volunteered to help out on set. He was in on the running jokes we told throughout the day and a real pleasure to have around. Unfortunately, on December 17th, the day before we were to resume shooting after a 4 day break, Jay lost his life shortly after a winter storm. He will always be remembered and I will always appreciate the laughter shared between us during what sometimes felt like a stressful shoot. Thank you for your help on set and you will always be in our thoughts.

RIP Jay Soares

1970-2020

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Current Time: 5:55pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Relaxing before I continue my second binge watch of Breaking Bad

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Trip to the Moon Update

November 14th, 2020

 

October was a successful shoot, despite COVID. However, due to certain circumstances,

some scenes had to be delayed to December. Sometimes it seems like a never ending

task shooting this film, but that's mostly due to budget and my own standards. I've had

amazing support from my cast and crew and I appreciate them for sticking with it.

 

I added some last minute changes to some of the scenes, including a completely different

ending to the press conference scene, which will include an attack by Ruler Zahn from his

saucer... reminiscent of a classic sci-fi "B-movie" moment, for sure :D

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Current Time: 3:48pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Watching my

cat knock stuff off the desk

like a sociopath  =^..^=

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Miscellaneous Update

April 5th, 2020

 

Due to the coronavirus madness, our scheduled shoot for Trip to the Moon in May

has been pushed back to October. Many retailers whom I get my good costumes

and vintage furniture rentals from are all temporarily closed. I was looking forward

to finishing up the main scenes in May, but there's nothing I can do. So, after

October, the focus will shift to all post production where I will continue working

on the effects without the constant interruptions and expenses of shooting.

In other news, I am now currently working from home, remotely accessing NBC

computers, which is an interesting change and saving a lot of money by not having

to commute on the Long Island Railroad... which will no doubt raise its fares after

this, so I'm hoping the work at home arrangement becomes permanent. All of this

time at home hasn't really affected me since I am naturally an introvert (for the

most part), but it also gave me the courage to give myself a really short buzz cut

last night... like really short... so, I figured I might as well save more money

and since the salon is closed, it was really the best option (no, you will never

see it -- that's what hats are for) lol

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Current Activity: This :D

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On Air Off Set: Episode 14 - Independent Spirit, Independent Struggle

Interview with Diana Rodriguez & Brian Michael Finn 

Episode 14On Air Off Set
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Current Time: 2:21pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Enjoying an actual day off 

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Trip to the Moon - Podcast Interview

January 15th, 2020

 

In April of 2019, I was asked to be interviewed on a program called, On Air Off Set. It's a podcast that tells the behind the scenes stories of independent films. I was joined by another independent filmmaker, Diana Rodriguez, to discuss our current films and the production process.

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Current Activity: Working on the Nightly News comp

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Trip to the Moon Update

November 10th, 2019

 

I can't believe it's been a whole year since my last post.

We just completed an intense 2 week shoot in October

featuring new scenes with some new characters, because I

just can't stop myself, apparently. The script is now

reaching 180 pages, which means that it looks to be a 3

hour film. I've considered breaking it into 2 films, but I just

feel that it's not meant to be viewed that way, so I will

cut it down as much as I can.

 

The next shoot is planned for January and then the last

shoot for main characters will be in May. Then (finally) all

post production after that, with some additional scenes

with new actors to be shot near the end of that process.

This is the biggest project I have ever taken on, so it will

be the best that  I can make it, even if it's an epic 3 hour

opus.

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It Gets Better? Update

November 1st, 2018

 

Just got my copy of Testosterone: Volume 1, which includes the short film, It Gets Better?

...written and directed by Stephen Riscica. I served as Assistant Director and editor on this

film back in 2016.

This DVD is a collection of 4 short films regarding LGBTQ issues released by the iconic

distribution company, TLA Releasing, in conjunction with Dekkoo, the online streaming

service for LGBTQ media. I have over 20 titles in my DVD collection that tackle issues in the

gay community and I'm happy to now include one that I had a hand in.

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Current Location: NBC News

Current Activity: Restoring video clips for tonight's MSNBC shows

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Trip to the Moon Update

September 19th, 2018

 

Robert Broski (Abraham Lincoln) asked me to create an 8x10 for him to

take to conventions for people to sign and to promote the film. So, I

created this today using one of the 3D sets from the film and a promotional

image shot on green screen. I also discovered a neat font in my collection,

which I think I will use from now on.

In prop news, I got a new illuminating globe from Italy that will sit on a

desk in a scene we will be shooting next year. It will also serve as a

functional secret door switch. I was reminded of the fish tank switch that

opened the door to the Bat Cave in Tim Burton's 1992 film, Batman Returns,

so I wanted to do something like that. Unfortunately, the bulb inside broke

during shipment, so that's on order as well as a plus adapter for US power.

 

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Current Time: 6:35pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Contemplating going to Whole Foods for a rotisserie chicken :d

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Trip to the Moon Update

August 28th, 2018

 

On what turned out to be one of the hottest days in August, I spent today

moving out all of the props and costumes for Trip to the Moon

that I had stored in the studio at JHD Productions with a rented U-Haul

truck. Yesterday, I bought a storage unit to put everything in, but I may

have underestimated how much stuff I have. While I am sure I could

stuff everything into the storage unit if I tried, I may actually be better off

leaving the props and costumes that I have at home where they are. This

would make it easier for me to sort through them when needed for the

final major shoot next year. My apartment has become its own storage

unit, but this is the sacrifice I am making (among others) to get this film

done. A sacrifice that I have found, not many other indie filmmakers are

willing to make.

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Current Activity: Drinking Diet Raspberry Snapple

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BMF Studios Update

July 13th, 2018

 

Dinner after the shoot in May 2018 with Trip to the Moon stars Alison England (Mary Todd), Mike Russo (Dr. Lang) and Robert Broski (Abraham Lincoln).

 

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Current Location: NBC

Current Activity: Transferring news feeds to Los Angeles

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Current Location: NBC

Current Activity: Consolidating and archiving news feeds

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Trip to the Moon Update

July 1st, 2018

 

So much has happened since my last entry here. The film is now roughly 95%

shot with scenes completed in April, May and June. The final shoot has been

pushed back to April 2019 due to lack of funding, but I plan to launch a new

online fundraiser this summer once the trailer is re-cut and effects are updated.

 

In April, we shot a slow motion sequence with 11 soldiers, but unfortunately,

the camera malfunctioned and half the footage is now unusable. It sucks, but

these kinds of things happen when making a film. This scene will be re-shot

as part of our final shoot next April using a different camera and I am hoping

that all of the same actors can return.

Last month, we rebuilt the original set from 2014. This time, only half of the set

was actually needed, but it had to be an exact replica of what we had back in

2014. Luckily, the original scene had Booth and his co-conspirators' action

taking place on one side of the set, which made it easier to re-shoot.

I will take the shots of our new actor playing Booth (Stephen J. Thompson)

and insert him into the old footage, replacing the old actor. This time around,

I was able to get some additional creative shots that I missed in 2014.

With 99% of our scenes being shot on green screen, it was nice to actually shoot

in the real world for a change. I wrote a scene that was separate from the script

and will incorporate it into the news segments when I do another re-write this

summer. It's a scene that we were able to shoot right outside the studio in

the parking lot. I bought a "stage door" sign from Etsy and placed it in the

window by the studio door and all action took place in that area. It was also

a rare moment for me to go handheld with the camera, breaking away from

the typical setups I would do for green screen on this film.

The script has undergone more than 20 re-writes in the last 4 years. This

summer, I will be writing the completed story with revised news segments and

new scenes. I've decided to add a few more characters as well in order to deepen

the plot. As it stands right now, the film looks to be roughly 90 minutes long. With

the new scenes, it could possibly be closer to 2 hours.

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

May 3rd, 2018

 

I was looking through my props today when I came across this. It's a contact

lens we used for the Lincoln dream sequence back in November 2017. I didn't

realize how cheaply made these lenses were when I bought them. One of them

ripped while in the makeup chair trying to fit it into Robert's eye. We had to

shoot the scene with only one contact lens in. It's the little things you don't

expect to happen on a film set that will cost you time in the edit later. We took

photos of the lens and I will have to digitally place a second lens into his other

eye for the effect. Luckily, he's more like a still zombie in the scene, so it should

be easy to composite. While I'm at it, I might even add some light effects.

 

Current Time: 8:35pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Reviewing audition videos for the upcoming shoot in 2 weeks.

Current Time: 1:22pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Working on payroll for the previous shoot.

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Trip to the Moon Update

April 24th, 2018

 

I acquired this item from an online artist and I loved it so much that I wanted to

work it into the film. I am writing a short scene that is basically just for the guitar,

but still makes sense within the story. It also allows me to expand upon the

steampunk universe within the film and show more of what goes on beyond the

main action. Without revealing too much, my concept for the scene involves a

musician onstage at a dive bar when Zahn's ship arrives on Earth and the patrons

who are not giving him the attention he feels he deserves at the moment... but as

usual, I'm sure the scene will evolve by the time I actually commit it to the script.

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Trip to the Moon Update

March 26th, 2018

 

Gearing up to start shooting again in April. The final shoot is projected to be in October. After almost 5 years, principal photography

will finally be finished. When we last shot in November, we didn't have time to shoot the Lincoln bedroom scene which is the opening

of the film. This turned out to be for the best since I've decided to rework the intro. The bedroom scene has been rewritten and now

transitions perfectly from the opening title sequence of the film.

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                                                                                                                                                                         Current Activity: Drinking a fruit and veggie smoothie

                                                                                                                                                                                                  that I made with my new Nutribullet :D

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

November 24th, 2017

 

Another successful shoot wrapped on the 15th... then began

the clean up and storage of all the costumes and props used.

Some have a permanent home in my apartment, but the rest

is stored at the studio. I pulled a muscle in my back trying to

lift them into areas where they can sleep until next time. I just

hope my back is better by next week when we attempt to return

the "White House doors" I bought at Home Depot.

Aiming to shoot again in April or May... at which time, we will be

reshooting parts of the original Launch Room set in order to

replace the original actor portraying John Wilkes Booth with the

new actor, Stephen Joshua Thompson. Those new shots

will be inserted into the first movie trailer along with updated

effects and will replace the current trailer listed on this website.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Current Location: NBC News

                                                                                                                                                               Current Activity: On break at work... finally continuing my

                                                                                                                                                    Gotham binge now that Netflix decided to finally post season 3

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

November 6th, 2017

 

A busy final week before shooting resumes on Wednesday. I finished the steampunk

add-ons to the minigun, but might add another gauge to the top before shoot day. I have a

few lying around, but I am hoping that the new ones I ordered from Russia get here on time.

A few hours spray painting pieces I bought from Home Depot with 3 different metallic colors

really came out well... plus a few random pieces that my set designer gave me. I had to buy a

hot glue gun to stick them all on and I have to say, I really love that thing.

I spent the day at the studio making sure I have every prop and costume ready to go. However,

three days ago, I couldn't find the EMP prop that I will continue to need for future scenes. I

thought it was lost forever and I tore my apartment and the studio apart looking for it. When

I got home today, I found it in a box I had already looked in, buried under packing peanuts and

other props from the last shoot.......... omg... heart attack avoided.

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                                                                                                                                                                                 Current Activity: Relaxing after a stressful day...

                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I'll play Call of Duty: WWII for a while

                                                                                                                                                                                          before finalizing my shot list for the movie

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

September 14th, 2017

 

Gathering what I need for the November

shoot and remembered that it's time to

paint one of my prop guns that I bought

more than a year ago. It's been in my

closet ever since then, just waiting to be

used. Well, just today, I took it out to

make sure it worked... located the battery

compartment and found that the one

screw holding the lid on was stripped

within a deep hole... sooo after exhausting

all other options, I did what any good

ghetto props department would do...

I burned the bitch :D

Like a crazy pyromaniac, I melted all the

plastic around the screw and simply lifted.

The plastic stretched like taffy as I burned

it again until victory had been achieved.

Now I just need to glue something

decorative on there to cover the damage.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Current Location: Home

                                                                                                                                                                                         Current Activity: Burning down the house :D

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

September 8th, 2017

 

Since the auditions on Sept. 5th at Shetler Studios in NYC, we've found our new additions to the cast. Tad and Mary Todd Lincoln will be featured in

the scenes being filmed in November. Originally, the scenes were shorter, but I have since expanded them to show more emotion and to give the audience a better understanding of Abraham Lincoln's family life that we hear about  later in the film... not just from the news media, but also

during the confrontation between Lincoln and Booth. This will help to tie in various story elements for a better rounded plot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Current Location: NBC News

                                                                                                                                                                        Current Activity: On break, binge watching Smallville

                                                                                                                                                                                                        on Hulu (currently up to Season 5)

 

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BMF Studios Update

August 3rd, 2017

 

BMF Studios, Inc. is officially born today.

Even though I have been working as a freelancer since 1998 on various projects as well as using the BMF Studios name in my work, it has become necessary that I officially form BMF Studios as a corporate entity due to the plans I have upcoming. Tackling the complexities of producing my first feature length film, Trip to the Moon, has shown me that I am ready to take my work to the next level. As always, I will continue to work in association with JHD Productions Ltd. as I have since 2001, who has just today, given me my first paycheck under my new corporate name. We will be working together to complete product videos for a local manufacturing company.

On my drive over to JHD to pick up the raw footage for the new videos, I began thinking about the evolution of the BMF Studios logo. The image was originally conceived back in 1995 when I was 15 in 10th grade. I was bored and doodling in my notebook in class and imagining my initials as a single image. The result was a backwards "B" and then a partial "M" extending outward to create the "F" over a single floating line... all using invisible connecting lines to each letter.

 

EVOLUTION OF THE BMF STUDIOS LOGO
Original 1995 sketch
First 3D version made in 2004
1997 redesign in Windows Paint
Second 3D version made in 2010
Third 3D version made in 2013 and logo design updated in 2015

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                                      Current Activity: Transferring files to edit system

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Trip to the Moon Update

June 30th, 2017

 

Congratulations to Robert Broski on his role as The Woodsman in David Lynch's

Twin Peaks. Check out Robert's interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he

discusses the haunting role and makes a brief mention of Trip to the Moon.

Click to see the full interview here

 

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                                                                                            Current Location: NBC News

                                                             Current Activity: On break, watching Netflix :D

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

March 21st, 2017

 

Yesterday, we shot all of Ruler Zahn's scenes as Hugh Daly willingly suffered through the wearing of the costume which had its own set of unique challenges. The costume and makeup effects were created by Mike Russo who also plays Dr. Fritz Lang in the film.

 

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                                                                                                                   Current Location: Home

                                            Current Activity: Backing up the new movie footage to the cloud

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

February 9th, 2017

We've conquered Mother Nature and braved the snow for Day 9 of our film shoot, which kept us on schedule.

Special thanks to the cast and crew for driving in the mess that was Snowstorm Niko. Today, we continued and

nearly completed Scene 34 by shooting the inserts of the fight sequence between Lincoln and Booth. The role

of John Wilkes Booth has been recast since last year and is now in the talented hands of Stephen Joshua

Thompson. There are some additional shots to be done, but they will have to wait until the next round of

shooting takes place. I chose to put off those shots due to the snowstorm so everyone could get home.

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                                                                                                                                              Current Location: Home

                                                                                                  Current Activity: Transferring movie footage files

                                                                                                                                                         to the edit system

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

February 5th, 2017

Mid-way through our February shoot, enjoying a much needed day off before we continue . . .

I must say, feeling excited to put this footage together in the edit and can't wait to incorporate

the squib effects with the digital elements. Great work all around by the production crew and

cast for helping to make this a reality.

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                                                                                                                                              Current Location: Home

                                                                                                  Current Activity: Transferring movie footage files

                                                                                                                                                         to the edit system

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

January 27th, 2017

Gearing up (pun intended) for the continuation of filming for Trip to the Moon in February.

Putting some last minute details on some costume pieces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Current Activity: Waiting for glue to dry :P~~

                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

       The wings looked too flat, so I'm adding some shadow                        Gluing on some steampunk gear decorations to a couple aviator hats.

                   highlights with copper and black acrylic                                I'm not sure which one I want to use, but looking for an excuse to use both.

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

October 21st, 2016

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the November shoot has been postponed until February. Since all of the costumes and props are already in place, I intend to use the extra 3 months to revise the script and build some of the 3D sets that will be used in the scenes to be shot. Doing this usually inspires me to come up with new shots, so I am seeing this postponement as a positive thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Current Location: NBC News

                                                                                                                                                                                     Current Activity: Creating Ardome records for

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nightly News and the Today Show

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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JHD Productions Update

October 4th, 2016

 

A special thanks to Suffolk County Film Commissioner, Debbie Markowitz, for bringing the Long Island Filmmakers Connection meeting to Deer Park, hosted at JHD Productions. The guest speaker last night was Elke Blasi from ElkTrack Films. She is a writer, producer and director from New York whose credits include the feature length supernatural thriller *69, which is currently being distributed in theaters and through V.O.D. overseas. She also produced the 80's-style horror feature Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, which was distributed by Lionsgate films.

New filmmakers were also able to see the production studio as well as all of the toys we have for filmmakers. Hopefully, this will lead to new

endeavors and new filmmaking friends.

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                                                                                                                                                  Current Activity: Burning a blu-ray for the short film, A Lush Death

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

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JHD Productions Update

September 16th, 2016

 

On Wednesday, the 14th, we spent the day setting up and testing the new 24' jib in the

parking lot of JHD Productions.

 

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                                                                                                                   Current Location: Home

                                                            Current Activity: Uploading new jib pics to social media

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

September 12th, 2016

Another successful audition at Shetler Studios last Tuesday in NYC... although, half of the women auditioning for the role of Oda Maye mysteriously

decided not to show up, a talented actress and one of my first choices has been cast. I suspect a lot of the no-shows were due to the nature of the role, being that of a slave. Some African American actors have a hard time portraying such a role even though it helps bring attention to a troubled past which young people today could learn from.

In addition to casting the role of Oda Maye, 4 Security Guard roles were also cast, all of whom will meet their ultimate demise in their respective scenes. I have found over the years that I am learning to respect gore films. Not so much for their violent nature, but their excessive and sometimes over the top imagery. Since working on Nikos the Impaler back in 2002, I have learned to appreciate what gory deaths could bring to a film. Part of what attracted me towards doing Trip to the Moon, as opposed to the other film ideas I have, was the opportunity to explore over the top concepts and effects. As the script evolved over the past 2 years, I felt a need to explore gory deaths in the film as a sort of fun experiment after working on so many serious minded projects. Though not as intense as Nikos the Impaler, I believe these deaths will further capture the overall look of the film that I am going for. By giving the audience something new to witness every few scenes, it should keep them engaged and interested in what might happen next.... which I can say, is now one of my recently adopted filmmaking rules. It is for this reason that I've decided to cast the 4 Security Guard roles who will all die by the hand of John Wilkes Booth, adding to the suspense as he hunts for Lincoln. and adds to the suspense

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Current Location: NBC News

                                                                                                                              Current Activity: Surviving an overnight double shift at work and continuing

                                                                                                                                                                      my Netflix marathon of Star Trek: The Next Generation

                                                                                                              

 

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It Gets Better? Update

August 9th, 2016

 

A successful shoot this past weekend for It Gets Better?, a film about an older man looking back on his youth and contemplating the concept of the "It Gets Better" internet campaign. We used the Arri Alexa camera rig under the direction of Stephen Riscica at his apartment on Saturday and in the studio on Sunday. My role as Assistant Director has now transformed into editor as we move into the post production phase. Originally, Michael Alig, whose life was portrayed by McCauley Culkin in the 2003 film, Party Monster, was cast to play the main role, but had to drop out. Coincidentally,

Gys de Villiers of my film, Trip to the Moon, auditioned as a replacement for Michael Alig and won the role.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Current Location: Home

                                                                                                                                                                    Current Activity: Upgrading the hard drive space on my

                                                                                                                                                                                                           edit system from 3 to 6 terabytes

 

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Current Projects

July 11th, 2016

 

As we prepare to continue shooting Trip to the Moon in November, two additional short films are entering production. Today, I will be

shooting an actress on green screen for the short experimental film, A Lush Death, directed by Stephen Dackson. The actress will be a dead

body which I will digitally composite onto the roof of a building from the point of view of a passing train. The second film, It Gets Better? will be

directed by Stephen Riscica and I will serve as Assistant Director when the film starts shooting next month.

 

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                                                                                                                                                                     Current Activity: Writing this before I leave the house :)

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

April 28th, 2016

 

Rehearsals and shooting for the sword fight scene between Xavier (Ian Tomaschik) and Gardner (Jalan Barber) went very well. Congrats to both of them for enduring what I put them through... as well as surviving the intense sequence created by our extremely talented stunt coordinator, Bryce Bermingham. Even though a third shooting day became necessary, we were able to push through and get it done. Next up on the shooting schedule will be all of Ruler Zahn's scenes as the costume is currently being made.

 

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                                                                                                                                                        Current Activity: Getting walked on by the cat   =^..^=  purrrrrr

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

February 3rd, 2016

 

The January shoot went very well with minimal speed bumps. All of General Melies' scenes are now completed. Additional pickup shots may be needed in the future, but I'll worry about that in the edit. A huge thank you to the cast and crew who made it through the 9 consecutive 10-hour days it took to get done... and the 9 days of discounted Domino's Pizza :D

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Current Time: 5:20pm EST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Current Location: Home

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Current Activity: Writing this :D

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

December 30th, 2015

 

More mail continues to arrive for the January shoot. Poor cat lost his scratching post in

the mess... lol   =^..^=

This should be the last of it. Good thing too, because my apartment is turning into a

disaster :P~~

 

                                                                                                               Current Time: 1:28pm EST

                                                                                                                   Current Location: Home

                                                              Current Activity: Communicating with the set designer

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

December 14th, 2015

 

Auditions are being held tomorrow in NYC for the roles of Edwin Stanton and Lawson

Gardner. Additional soldier roles are also being cast as we make our way to the January

shoot. The last 2 weeks were a hectic time for gathering the needed costume pieces and props. Doesn't help the wallet when the items you see online give you ideas for adding

to "the look" .......put it on the card :)

More mail continues to pile in as it arrives

 

                                                                                                               Current Time: 9:52pm EST

                                                                                                                   Current Location: Home

                                                                    Current Activity: Buying more Rosco Chroma Paint

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

November 8th, 2015

 

The Ruler Zahn scenes have been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the costume, but other scenes are scheduled to shoot in January of 2016. Additional casting is underway as well as the collection of new props and costumes.

 

Current Time: 9:30pm EST

Current Location: NBC News

Current Activity: Writing this :D

 

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Trip to the Moon Update

June 10th, 2015

 

Shooting will resume this summer... all of Ruler Zahn's scenes will be completed. Character concept design has been sent to the FX artist for review and finalization. Once that is set, the costume build will be underway and a shooting date will be set at JHD Productions. Also, the script is now on the shorter side of a feature length film instead of a short film and is currently undergoing some revisions. I'm looking to shoot the majority of the remainder of the film in the Fall depending on scheduling.

 

Current Time: 7:35pm EST

Current Location: Home

Current Activity: Waiting for my Grand Theft Auto V update to finish

 

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WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE

March 29th, 2015

 

This section will be reserved for news and updates regarding current and upcoming projects. I may also post random thoughts here as well. Site still under construction, but many items will be available for sale including my artwork, DVDs or whatever I feel like. These sales can help to finance my creative endeavors or just help to clear out my cluttered apartment. Stay tuned :)

Current Time: 9:27pm EST

Current Location: NBC News

Current Activity: Transferring clips to Miami for Dateline

and working on the Nightly News comp