ART: Christmas Book #3


OKAY — so every year my wife and I make a book for our son and his two cousins because we’re horrible at buying gifts. Below you’ll see the artwork for the most recent story.

My wife wrote it and I produced the illustrations.


Post-prod Update and four screenplays


I am in the middle of working on the final sound mix for How to Get Away with it. It’s really fun to see this world I constructed come to life with [mixed] sound and dialogue.

Pain in the ass too.

While other filmmakers might be mixing audio separately for scene 1, 2, 3, etc., I’ve been lucky enough to pigeonhole myself into making a 100 minute feature that takes place in the same location — almost in real-time. Yay. This means that the sound at 00:00:00:01 has to be more-or-less the same as the sound at 01:41:19:09.

I’ve never worked on a project of this magnitude before, so the fact that I haven’t crumbled to bits just yet is promising. I’m so close to finishing this beast (2017 is MY year). And this was supposed to be the easy film. Hah!

In addition to that, 2017, for me, will be known as the year of four screenplays (okay, maybe five — but definitely four). For the past six months I’ve been outlining four new screenplays based on original ideas of mine which I’ve been writing extensive notes on for some years: One in particular has been gestating in my notebooks since 2005. Two of the four ideas will be rewrites — I’ll be updating older screenplays (one drafted in 2010, the other in 2013) to face contemporary issues and to bring the stories in line with my more-evolved style of writing.

Thematically, the screenplays are starkly different, with topics from across the spectrum of human endurance:

  1. Sci-fi drama
  2. Psychosexual noir mystery/thriller
  3. Survivalist thriller
  4. Action revenge drama

Of course I won’t elaborate on the plots at this time, until I have something to show. I can’t wait to show you!


Logo & product design (demo)


I imagined what it would be like to create a friendly and marketable logo, brand and product, for an item that some might find…difficult to swallow.

I decided to use Soylent Green as my product. Because, why not? If I’m going to go in, I’m going all the way.

Above, you can see two versions of the product logo. Looks good, right? Wait til you see the foodstuffs below. All made from Soylent Green. All 100% “natural”. Go green!

So it was a fun experiment and a quirky way to show off some of my design skills.

ART: Options


Sometimes when my wife and I are trying to figure out what to do for an evening-in, I propose ideas with illustrated options like the above. A) I edit while she works on her novel nearby, or B) we watch a movie. The latter option usually wins!

ART: Storyboards

Here are a few select storyboards from my feature film, How to Get Away with it.

I drew storyboards for the entire script, which the production team really appreciated as it helped us determine how much we could shoot from relatively the same angles in the limited time we had. The boards served mainly as a guide — there were some shots/angles that changed on location and some we simply did not have time to pull off.