Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NYU Studio Project Completed - Now Titled STRICTLY BUSINESS

The NYU Studio Project I worked on in February with director Joanna Naugle is now completed and it is now titled STRICTLY BUSINESS. Hopefully, I will have a copy of the film posted on my website in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Joanna for the chance to be a part of the project.

Hamlet Today

Liz Hodes and I got together again to work on Hamlet and even employed some improvisation to help make things clearer in the scenes and to raise the stakes as far as objectives and intentions are concerned.

Back on Friday to work on the scene once again.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hamlet

Liz Hodes and I ran through our scene from Hamlet for about 90 minutes today and it feels pretty good so far. We worked without director Larry Lesher, who is currently on tour, but it was nice for Liz and I to just go through the scene...and we did, about 7 or 8 times as a matter of fact. To keep the momentum going, we're meeting again tomorrow to pick up where we left off.

Tom Clancy

This past weekend, I received word that my old colleague Tom Clancy (ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, author of THREE RIVERS) suffered a heart attack last Thursday night/early Friday. He is currently recovering well at Albert Einstein hospital, but there is a possibility he may need to undergo bypass surgery within the next few weeks.

Tom, you're in my thoughts and prayers!

Great Finney / Keaton Scene from SHOOT THE MOON

Here is a great scene between Albert Finney and Diane Keaton as a married couple breaking up in Alan Parker's 1982 film SHOOT THE MOON.

Shakespeare Festival Yesterday

Yesterdays' Shakespeare Festival went very well. We had a small audience of about 10 people, who seemed to enjoy themselves.

Special thanks to Larry Lesher for all of his hard work as director of the festival, as well as to Liz and Stuart Hodes for hosting the festival in their home.

I may be meeting with Liz this afternoon to work on our Hamlet scene.

Friday, March 26, 2010

AS YOU LIKE IT Monologue Performance This Weekend

On Sunday, I will be performing a Duke Senior monologue from AS YOU LIKE IT, as part of a performance of Shakespeare pieces hosted by Liz Hodes.

As far as HAMLET is concerned, the lines are pretty solid on the scene. Liz and I will be meeting again to rehearse on April 2nd.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Great Scene From MICHAEL CLAYTON with Clooney and Wilkinson

Here is a great scene from the Oscar nominated MICHAEL CLAYTON with George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson, who are both exceptional in the film.

Friday, March 19, 2010

BlogCritics Interview with Greg Vorob on MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION

All Things Random's Greg Vorob Chats About Marty and Doug's New Religion

Author: Hannah Marie Ellison — Published: Mar 05, 2010

On the heels of their comedy pilot Overcrowded (reviewed here on Blogcritics), All Things Random and actor/producer Greg Vorob are about to unveil their latest comic concoction titled Marty and Doug's New Religion, which takes a satirical look at religion and the senselessness of [Holy] War.

Marty (Vorob) and Doug (Dan Conrad) are two New York City slacker schlubs who are short on cash and class. In an attempt to get out of paying taxes and to pick up women, they begin their own asinine religion in their apartment. When the church across the street gets word of this, Marty and Doug have to deal with two very angry priests and an even angrier Jesus Christ (Ian Campbell Dunn).

Marty and Doug's New Religion is going to have its world premiere screening on Tuesday, March 23 at the Anthology Film Archives, located at 32 Second Avenue in the East Village in New York City. The screening begins at 7:30PM.

With the screening just two weeks away, it was great to have Mr. Vorob sit with Blogcritics and discuss Marty and Doug's New Religion and All Things Random.

Talk about the genesis of All Things Random Productions.

I had the opportunity to direct the play What's Wrong With This Picture... I'm In It by Neil Feigeles at The 13th Street Repertory Company, followed by a run in the 2004 Fringe Festival, which then led to directing the play called Coffee House by Leon Kaye for the TSI Playtime Series. I directed two incarnations of Coffee House: the first, for reasons beyond control, was a complete and utter flop, panned by the audience and TSI as the "bomb" of the series.

Well, I would not have that as I knew this was a great play, but with the right cast and a different take on the vision, could be a huge success. I asked TSI to give me a second chance and it would be a hit, that I knew what went wrong. They agreed and I recast the show with longtime collaborators Dan Conrad, Amanda Romeo, and Marc Seidenstein who had incredible chemistry on stage. Coffee House became the hit of the next series it was in. TSI was pleased and more so was Leon Kaye, with my dedication to getting the show right.

Three months later, Leon contacted me to put on a staged reading of his play Murder With Grace. I agreed and Random Productions was born. After the reading, we decided it just would not be cost effective to put it on in New York, so Leon sent me another play called Where There's No Will, a comedy in the style of Noises Off and Arsenic and Old Lace. I took on the role of producer and [at the suggestion of Leon] played one of the lead roles. I approached Dan Conrad to direct and the show was a complete success, selling out every performance. Coming off the success of Where There's No Will, we were anxious to continue producing together, so Dan and I collaborated to create The Power Time Show, a pilot for a sketch comedy show in which each skit would be its own short film. From that, All Things Random Productions was formed.

Describe Marty & Doug's New Religion.

It's a zany and ridiculous "what if?" exploring the idea of a religion based on just hanging out in your apartment.

One of the things I found amusing about Overcrowded was the assortment of quirky and eccentric characters that showed up in the episode. Should we expect the same level of eccentricity in Marty & Doug's New Religion?

Oh yes! And then some. I mean... just think... there are actually followers of Marty and Doug's religion.

Describe how you collaborate with writer Dan Conrad and director Dan Kowlaski.

It really is the perfect creative collaboration. Dan Conrad and I will come up with an idea and then Conrad will present me with a script. We will discuss the script and talk about any tweaks it may need and when we feel it's ready we will present it to Dan Kowalski. Then Kowalski will make a couple of suggestions or tweaks and Conrad will write the final draft. Then Kowalski and I will approve it and then it's ready to be cast and shot. The thing that is so great about the team is that Dan Conrad will have a final script that meets our original vision of the idea and Dan Kowalski then takes that script and truly makes it his as much as it is ours. He has a lot of passion in everything he directs.

What's next for you and All Things Random?

Well, under the All Things Random banner, we have two projects coming up. One is Dan Conrad's and one is mine, but we'll both be involved with each other's projects. Dan is writing and producing an animated pilot called Panic Attack, where I will be providing the voice for one of the characters. I will be producing a short film, a love story called I Think You May Be My Soul Mate. I wrote the story and both Dans are going to collaborate with me on the screenplay. We are aiming to begin shooting I Think You May Be My Soul Mate in the spring. Kowalski will be directing the film and working on some commercials with his company Phalanx Films. Then we plan to collaborate again in 2011 for a sequel to Marty & Doug's New Religion.


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Here is the creative team behind Marty and Doug's New Religion:

Cast: Greg Vorob (Marty), Dan Conrad (Doug), Ian Campbell Dunn (Jesus), Lisa Peart (Phyllis), Marc Seidenstein (Flyer Guy), Jack Moran (Gary The Food Redneck / Priest # 2),Felix Gardon (Barry), Jiho Lee (Tran the Asian Tourist), Jason Alan Griffin (Reginald), Mark J. Dempsey (Christopher), Darrin Chandler (The City Official), Robert Youngren (Priest # 1 aka Terry), Michael Jabin, (Dennis, Jesus' Lawyer), Molly Montgomery (Veronica), Daniel Von Der Mock (Clarence)

Crew: Dan Kowalski (Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor), Dan Conrad (Co-Creator, Writer, Producer, Animator, Art Director), Greg Vorob (Co-Creator, Producer), Marlo Carroll (Assistant Director), Timothy Somers (Sound), Daniel Von Der Mock (Production Assistant), Lu Fu (Script Supervisor), Roman Battaglia (Original Music), Deloss Brown (Very Special Thanks)

Please check out Marty and Doug's official website.

Cast in Spec Commercials for Director Dan Kowalski

Just a few moments ago, I received an email from director Dan Kowalski (OVERCROWDED, MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION) offering me a role in some spec commercials for Dan's director's demo reel.

Shooting is on April 17th and 18th, but Dan thinks he would only need me for one of those days, He just needs to figure out which role I'd be best in.

Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Polonius Scene

The Polonius scene is almost fully memorized. I have been drilling it over and over and over again over the last couple of days and it's coming along nicely.

Here's some news: I have been invited to perform a monologue in Liz Hodes' March
28th performance of Shakespeare monologues and scenes. I have decided to do a Duke Senior speech from AS YOU LIKE IT. It's the good Duke's first speech in a play...a speech that I really liked performing when I did the play. It will be nice to re-visit it for this presentation.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Polonius Rehearsal

Yesterdays' rehearsal was a good one. We blocked the entire scene and ran it a few times to cement the blocking. It felt great to just jump right in and get the scene on its feet.

Time to get off book.

Back again on Friday afternoon.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Rehersal of Polonius Scene Study This Afternoon

My first rehearsal with Liz Hodes will take place this afternoon.

As previously mentioned, Liz and I will be performing a scene from Hamlet (Liz as Gertrude, me as Polonius) in a little performance of sorts on April 25th.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wrongful Revenge

Here's the short film WRONGFUL REVENGE from director Blake Taylor, co-starring Liz Walsh.

Wrongful Revenge from Blake Taylor on Vimeo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Click Here for QUIZNOS Vs. A Subway

I found this as well...the QUIZNOS Vs A Subway commercial I did with director James Monohan a few years back. Also a lot of fun.

Check out James' other works on http://www.jamesmonohan.com

Becca Roth's YEAH, LOVE

Here is Becca Roth's film YEAH, LOVE from two years ago. It's been on Facebook for a while now, but I just found it on Vimeo.

I had a great time working on this film.

Enjoy!

yeah, love from Becca Roth on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Bruce McGill Scene in THE INSIDER

Long time character actor Bruce McGill became an even busier actor after this gem of a scene from Michael Mann's THE INSIDER. Perhaps best known to the public as Darryl Simpson Day (D-Day) from the comedy classic, ANIMAL HOUSE, clearly this scene shows him to be one of the most versatile character actors in the business.

Playing Polonius In Scene Study With Liz Hodes

I will playing the role of Polonius in a scene study of the play HAMLET, with director Larry Lesher and actress Liz Hodes.

We will doing Polonius' famous "brevity is the soul of wit" scene from Act 2, Scene 2of the play.

I'm really looking forward to the scene as Polonius is the one role in Shakespeare that I desperately want to play. Most actors want to play Hamlet, I want the supporting part.

That's me in a nutshell.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

All Things Random

All Things Random Productions are always keeping busy.

I look forward to working with them again on I THINK YOU MAY BE MY SOULMATE.

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few of ATR's "usual suspects".

Dan Kowalski, Director - www.dankowalski.com/
(Dan's website features a very funny scene from OVERCROWDED.)

Ian Campbell Dunn, Actor - www.iancampbelldunn.com

MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION - Official Website - http://martyanddoug.squarespace.com/

Monday, March 08, 2010

AS YOU LIKE IT and MIDSUMMER's Chris Kateff Hired For Upcoming Season At The Pioneer Playhouse

It is with great joy that I announce that actor Chris Kateff (Jacques from AS YOU LIKE IT and Bottom in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM) has been hired by the Pioneer Playhouse as an actor for their upcoming summer season.

I recommended him to artistic director Holly Henson and the rest is history. I received the great news today from Chris and he is very excited, as am I.

Hopefully, we'll get a chance to work together in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.

Liz Hodes

I will be participating in a series of a scene studies / performances of Shakespeare, with director Larry Lesher at the helm and the lovely Elizabeth Hodes, a former Broadway performer as a performer. The performance space also happens to be in Liz's home, so she's also host for the performance.

I met Liz yesterday afternoon and she is a delight. She's so energetic and committed that I know she's going to be great to work with. Check out Liz's website for a glimpse into her interesting life: http://www.hodesshows.com/

We're looking at a few scenes from Hamlet as possibilities to work on. I wouldn't mind tackling a Polonius scene.

We will rehearsing twice a week, so I plan on getting to work on the scene right away once a decision has been made on which we'll be doing.

The performance will take place on April 25th and should be a lot of fun.

Always nice to keep the batteries charged.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Thoughts of RUN FOR YOU WIFE

I am now into my second reading of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE and it is hysterically funny; something I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with. It's definitely a fast paced show, like SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. I already know that director Larry Lesher is going to have the cast play the scenes very fast.

No clue on what part I'll be playing as of yet, but I must say that all of the parts in the play would be great fun.

Friday, March 05, 2010

ARGYLE Trailer

Here's a trailer for ARGYLE. It looks great and the original music by Ezra Furman & the Harpoons is pretty catchy. You'll catch a glimpse of me as Principal Cox near halfway through the trailer.

"Argyle" Trailer from Matt Porter on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

March

No projects planned for March as of yet, but I'm due for a bit of a break, since February was such a busy and productive month. You never know though...something great may come along when you least expect it.

I wanted to extend my best wishes to Holly Henson at the Pioneer Playohuse, who is currently attending SETC Auditions, in the hopes of finding actors' for the summer season.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Grip Reality, Inc.

Grip Reality, Inc. is the name of director Louis Silverstein's production company.

Here is a link to Louis' site: www.gr3d.com/, which presents a gallery of all of his work in film, commercials and music videos.

Mighty impressive stuff.

JACK JIMMINY Shoot Yesterday

Yesterdays' shoot in Poughkeepsie for JACK JIMMINY was a long day, especially on the traveling end of things, but a fun one indeed.

Things moved along at a pretty good pace. I like the way director Louis Silverstein works. He gives the actors a lot of freedom to play and I certainly did a lot of that as Richard Jimminy. Lots of laughter on the set.

The film is already scheduled to be presented at the Philadelphia Film Festival and is expected to be submitted to other festivals as well, so this one feels like it's going to be a real winner.

The film is expected to be completed in the middle of May.