Wednesday, April 30, 2008

RESCUE ME

It was a long and windy day on the set of RESCUE ME, but nevertheless, a fun one.

The title of the episode is "FRENCH" and it's expected to air in the next couple of weeks on the FX Network.

The scene we worked on today involved Denis Leary's character of Tommy Gavin trying to save a woman after she swerves her car off the road into a propane tank. Tommy manages to get the woman out safely and in time before the tank explodes. It was very cool watching the stunt crew at work as they destroyed a used car for the scene. The car didn't blow up, of course, but there were flames. Of course, no one was hurt or even in danger at anytime, thanks to the assistance of NYC Firefighters, on hand to ensure safety.

I played a businessman who witnesses the accident, but was later tapped to be a stand in for actor David Wohl (the Dean from REVENGE OF THE NERDS and countless other films). Basically, a stand in stands in as a way of helping the crew set up shots for specific scenes. I stand in, while the actor gets a chance to rehearse his or her scenes or relax. It was something I had never done before, so I was delighted to be asked.

Oh and Dave Wohl, a very nice man. He plays Tommy's doctor. If you know anything about the show, you'll know that Tommy Gavin has some issues.

Speaking of Tommy, it was nice to see Denis Leary in action. He seems like a very cool guy, real laid back, cracking jokes with director Peter Tolan and the crew.

The show's been going for 5 seasons now, so it's pretty much a well oiled machine.

I was glad to have been a small part of the show's history.

Cast in the ABC TV Documentary THE ALTRUIST

I will be playing a Freud-ish like shrink is this documentary. The shooting schedule has not been released as of yet, but it may be as early as next weekend.

More to report on this later.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cast As Background in the Television Series RESCUE ME

Barbara McNamara Casting has come through for me again. This time, I'm going to be on the set of the FX drama series RESCUE ME, starring Denis Leary. I love Denis Leary, so this will be a big thrill.

All I know at the moment is that I'm playing a businessman. I just hope I'm not involved in a fire (The show deals with firefighters.)

The shoot will be in Long Island City in Queens, so I'm thankful that I don't have too far to travel.

This shoot will also mark my first AFTRA gig, so I know the money will be a little better.

THE ALTRUIST Audition...

...was brief, but positive I felt. The director of the documentary is the same director of a web series for ABC TV called "HEAVEN" that I auditioned for last month.

Decisions on the casting of that series have not been finalized as of yet, so we'll see what happens with both HEAVEN and THE ALTRUIST.

TRY Hard Completed

TR HARD, a voice over spoof of the DIE HARD films I did a few weeks back is completed.

I'll try to post it somewhere for people to listen, but PLEASE note that the recording does contain a number of four letter words...so Mom, you may not want to listen to it : )

Friday, April 25, 2008

Audition on Tuesday for Documentary THE ALTRUIST

I have been selected by ABC Film & Video, LLC to audition on Tuesday for their documentary, The Altruist.

More details to follow.

ONSTAR Voice Over Role

After the JOKES WITH PUNCHLINES shoot...I headed over to a studio to record a voice over for the role of a Dad in a horror film short a family of five attacked by two teenage boys while camping on a mountain. The story is heard from the point of view of an On-Star woman they call for help. She tries to remain calm and get their information while the family panics and the boys tease and torture them.

Easy work and fun as always.

Thanks to Ellen Schneider for the chance to be a part of the project.

JOKES WITH NO PUNCHLINES Shoot...

...went very well. Thanks to director Stephanie Borgovan for the chance to be a part of the film.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cast in Short JOKES WITH NO PUNCHLINES

I have just been cast in the short JOKES WITH NO PUNCHLINES, a series of short scenes from different characters' lives.

My scene features me as a rather unimpressive man named Frank, who has recently married a young woman from another country through an order a bride service. They sit in a fast food restaurant after their wedding and eat...both pretty uncertain of the next steps.

The shooting will take place for a few hours on Friday morning.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Appearing in A Music Video for the Band FAZAL

I will be playing an office worker in a scene inspired by the television show 'The Office' for a music video for the band FAZAL.

The video is going to be produced by Blk Ink Films (http://www.blkinkflm.com) and shown, according to the posting, on MTV Desi, a channel created to provide a haven of music, movies, news, parties, dancing and all of the above for young South Asian-Americans. Not only is the channel dedicated to providing you with the latest music from beyond the waters, but it's been brought forth to give a voice, to highlight why South-Asian American Culture should be celebrated. It's a mass culture tap into the notion of transnational identity -- the idea that despite a degree of assimilation, you can retain close ties to yout native culture. It's here to say that the "old country" isn't being left behind forever. Don't miss out on the Desi revolution. Get the best in South-Asian American style, music and pop culture on MTV Desi.

The shooting takes places on May 10th.

Voice Over Audition on Wednesday

Om Wednesday, I will be auditioning for a company that is producing a series of short videos dedicated to the cause of eliminating world hunger with documentary videos filmed around the world addressing the root causes: conflict, environmental disasters, governance, and others.

These short videos will inform and be part of a permanent museum installation opening in 2008 in lower Manhattan.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Adidas Commercial Shoot Today...

...was a lot of fun even though my voice is completely shot from screaming like I was at a football game.

The commercial is part of a new campaign titled KING OF THE BOUNCE.

Here is a video from YouTube that'll give you an idea of where the commercial is going to go.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=la8glFqPp7w

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cast in a ADIDAS Commercial for Tomorrow

I'll be shooting an Adidas commercial at Chelsea Piers all day tomorrow.

The commercial, part of a new ad campaign for Adidas, is set at a sporting event.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Fun Day on The Set of DUPLICITY

I had a great day on the set of DUPLICITY. No Julia Roberts. Sorry, gang. I did have a brief (no dialogue) exchange with Clive Owen at JFK International Airport though which was quite a lot of fun.

The scene involved me, as an Average Joe putting his luggage into a car, who is shoved by Mr. Owen as he breezes by, racing towards a van with a tiny black bag. It's spy thriller material.

I received direction from director Tony Gilroy, which was thrilling to say the least. We shot the scene from a number of different angles, so who knows...you might see my face or the back of my head in the final version but who knows if it'll make it into the final cut of the film?

All I can say is that I had a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Early Call for DUPLICITY Tomorrow

I have an early call of 5AM for the feature film DUPLICITY tomorrow morning. I'll be playing a traveling man at JFK International Airport. I imagine it's going to be a long day, but a fun one.

TAKING IT AS IT COMES News

TAKING IT AS IT COMES: THE MARY ANN COLLURA STORY will begin filming in September. It is the hope that filming will be completed in 26 days.

I have read the final copy of the script and it's very impressive. I'm very excited about the role of Chuck. It's a short scene, but a memorable one.

Stay tuned for more news on the film as it it comes in.

Friday, April 11, 2008

DUPLICITY This Coming Wednesday

I'm booked for DUPLICITY on this coming Wednesday. No details, other than that the scene will take place at JFK, as of yet, but I'll know more on Tuesday.

April is turning into a productive month. I'm sure there will be more to report soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cast as Background in New Julia Roberts Film DUPLICITY

I have just been called by Barbara McNamara Casting about appearing as background in the new thriller DUPLICITY, which stars Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson and Billy Bob Thornton and is directed by Tony Gilroy (who directed the great film MICHAEL CLAYTON last year.)

The film is about a pair of corporate spies (Owen and Roberts) who hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.

All I know at this point is that I'll be involved in a scene that will be taking place at JFK International Airport, next Tuesday, the 15th.

For more information on the film, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135487/

More details to come.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

TRY HARD Shoot...

...was so much fun. Thanks again to Steve LaMorte for the chance to be a part of TRY HARD. I should be receiving a audio copy in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cast in TRY HARD - a Die Hard Spoof (Voice Over)

This sounds like a lot of fun. It's a voice over job with Dead Man Walking Productions' a spoof of the great DIE HARD films.

I will be voicing the Bruce Willis character, named John McClown in the script.

Voice overs are always fun to do and recording for this one will take place for a few hours tomorrow morning.

Thanks to director Steven LaMorte for the chance to be a part of this.

Monday, April 07, 2008

LAW & ORDER Shoot

Everything about today's shoot for LAW & ORDER was great. The crew was very nice, quick and professional. All around a lot of fun.

I also had a chance to chat briefly with new cast member Anthony Anderson (The Departed, Me, Myself and Irene). Very cool guy.

The episode, titled STRIKE, is going to air in about 6 weeks so keep an eye for it.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

LAW & ORDER Tomorrow

I am called for 6:30 am tomorrow morning at the St. Andrew's Church (Downtown Manhattan, by City Hall) for LAW & ORDER.

I don't know how long the shoot is supposed to take, but I don't care. This is LAW & ORDER.

Photo Session Today With Nathaniel Paluga of T&B Motion Picture Co.

Aside from his abilities as a filmmaker, Nathaniel Paluga of T&B Motion Picture Company is proving quite skilled as a photographer as well with his newest project, PORTRAITS, which will feature photographed portraits of Nathaniel's friends and colleagues. I was quite flattered to be asked to be a part of this experience.

Down the road, he plans to get the photographs published in a book.

Here a few of my favorites from today's shoot. Thanks to Nathaniel for the chance to be a part of this.




Saturday, April 05, 2008

Great Meeting Today With Jason Godbey About TWO CLOWNS

I had a nice meeting with Jason Godbey of Behind the Rabbit Productions about the upcoming comedy TWO CLOWNS.

We sat for a few hours to read the script, toss ideas around to sharpen comic moments and even work on some of the songs we will be singing in the film.

Now, I am not a trained singer, but I can fake it when necessary. I don't read music, so I'm gong to have to rely on my ear for music...apparently I have a good one...to get me by in the singing.

The script is a lot of fun. It should be a nice showcase for Jason and I.

We plan to meet some more in the coming weeks.

Update on Harris Masood's Untitled Cop Thriller

Production on Harris Masood's new cop thriller begins on April 13.

He and his crew are in the last stages of preproduction and are creating the schedule.

I should be receiving a call from the producers tomorrow or Monday with info on which day I'll be needed.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Cast in LAW & ORDER Episode That Shoots This Monday

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to announce that I will be appearing on the original LAW & ORDER on Monday, as a legal aide on a picket line.

It's not a major role, of course, but it's LAW & ORDER, a show that I have watched and enjoyed since its debut in 1990.

Details on the episode to come later.

Thoughts on THE POWER TIME SHOW (Courtney At Work)

Last weekend, I appeared briefly in a fun film skit titled Courtney At Work, as part of the Random Coconuts comedy web series, THE POWER TIME SHOW.

The cast included Greg Vorob (in drag as Courtney), David Thomas Crowe (another 13th Street Rep alum) and Dan Conrad.

A fun shoot all around. Thanks to Greg and Dan for the chance to be a part of it.

Here's a picture of me, as agent Rudolph Gantry, trying to choke his client, Warren Kopeli (played by Dan), star of the television series Milwaukee Heat.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

TWO DETECTIVES News

Obviously, we didn't extend the run briefly, as it was supposed to take place on March 27th and 28th. The production team passed on the extended run at that time due to the logistics of casting and rushing rehearsals, etc. They'd rather do it right verses rushed.

Director Chelsea Landon then went to L.A. for producer meetings and they are going to set up an extended run as part of a 'Backers Audition,' to, of course, get major players to come to the show and pick it up for production at a bigger venue. The date for this is tentative for the beginning of May. Some members of the cast, myself included, will be engaged in other projects and unable to participate, which is to be expected. Not ideal, but expected. As that time approaches, the production team will reconvene (the ones who are still available) and will then fill in slots for those who can't participate.

It's hard to say at this time if I'll be available. I have a lot of projects coming up.

As for the Fringe festival, that will be determined officially by early May. Same deal---some members of the cast will be off on other ventures, but we have been informed that the original cast gets first dibs when that time rolls around.

Director of TAKING IT AS IT COMES Announced

I am happy to announce that Victor Medina-San Andrés has signed on to direct Taking It As It Comes: The MaryAnn Collura Story.

For more information on Victor and his work, please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1756459/.

Starting Work on Comedy Short TWO CLOWNS

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been chatting with old 13th Street Rep alum and friend, Jason Godbey, who is also a filmmaker (I've written in the past about his film GHOST STORY, which I appeared in briefly as an extra).

Jason and I have traded countless emails about a short comedy film idea that the both of us could work on...and I am happy to announce that Jason has penned a very funny script titled TWO CLOWNS, about two burlesque clowns (to be played by Jason and myself) who both fall for the charismatic dancer in their show, Lola. Each clown's feelings for Lola become so strong that conflict ensues, which may break up their act and friendship forever.

This movie will take a lot of prep with quite a bit of rehearsal, design and planning. Jason wants to make sure that everything is set to go before the cameras roll.

Also, I may sing. I may even dance, so look out.