Friday, June 29, 2012

Heading to Boston On Sunday for CONVALESCE

I'm excited about this Sundays' film shoot. My call on Boston is at 1pm, so I will need to depart early on Sunday morning from NYC. I'm going to stay overnight at Sean Meehan's place and will come back early on Monday morning.

Should be a great time.

39 STEPS Last Night

Matt Harris and I met again last evening to run through THE 39 STEPS and we ended up running through the entire play. The scenes pop with more energy and enthusiasm with each run through. We likely won't meet again until we have the entire cast back together on July 8th.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Matt Harris

Matt Harris and I are meeting again tonight to go through our 39 STEPS  scenes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sean Meehan's CONVALESCE

Sean sent me a copy of the short script for Sundays' film shoot today and it's really cool. It features the return of Terry Barnes, aka "The Beachcomber" from a few years back, which is very exciting, as I really enjoyed making that film and playing that part..

Even for a very short film, CONVALESCE is going to feature plenty of action and suspense.

Super excited.

Monday, June 25, 2012

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Update

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL is coming along nicely, according to lead actor / producer Greg Vorob, who watched a rough cut of the short recently and while it's still being tweaked, overall Greg seems pleased the films' progress.

A completion and release date for the project has not been announced as of yet, but I wouldn't be surprised is something was ready for viewing in the fall.

We'll see.

The 39 Steps Last Night

Matt Harris met at my home last night, where he was treated to dinner by my girlfriend Jamie (delicious, by the way). After dinner, Jamie proved to be a great help, as she stayed on book as Matt and I ran through a number of scenes. It was great fun to see each scene come alive the more we ran it.

Matt and I plan on meeting again this Thursday.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Matt Harris

Matt and I are meeting again to have dinner and go over a few more scenes from THE 39  STEPS tonight.

This time next month, I'll be in Pennsylvania. Getting super excited about the show.

Sean Meehan's Boston Project

Stay tuned for more info on Sean Meehan's next film project, which is to be shot in Boston on July 1st. I got my bus tickets yesterday, so I'm ready to go.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SPACE CATS Promo on For July 7th

The promo shoot for SPACE CATS is still on for July 7th and it should be pretty interesting.

The make up test that I attended the other day was brief, with designer Sarah Pencheff acquiring what she needed from me quickly. She now has a cast of my face and from that cast, she will create the pieces that will turn me into Captain Tom Cat. From what she showed me, it's going to be pretty intense, but fun to play around with.

I started working on the dialogue yesterday and the lines are coming along nicely.

Should be ready to go by the time the cameras start rolling on the 7th.

New Sean Meehan Project In The Works

A new project with writer / director Sean Meehan (OVER COFFEE, THE BEACHCOMBER) is brewing and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Sean has been invited to do this 3 minute or shorter film challenge in Salem, MA on July 1st. The idea is they are putting this Canon C300 (real fancy camera) into a bunch of filmmakers' hands, all in one day, and each filmmaker gets to use it to make a little short. It can be whatever we want, we just need to use the following line of dialogue "This isn't going to be easy," and a prop (a pen).

Sean has ideas for this and he wants to bring me on board to appear and of course, I said yes.

So, it looks like I'm heading to Boston next weekend.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Film Threat Review of SIMPLE MIND

SIMPLE MIND

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes
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In Simple Mind, Bob (Timothy J. Cox) recounts an infatuation he has with a woman, Samantha (Kristi McCarson), to his female therapist. At first, we’re given a glimpse of what’s not being said, that he pretty much stalks Samantha and then murders her. As he continues to talk, however, he begins to hide very little and confess his true feelings and actions.

Had the film stopped at the above, and it been just a straightforward look into the mind of a depraved individual, I probably would’ve been pretty “eh” with it. There is a twist near the end, however, that manages to change my interpretation of the entire story, but in a very good way. I won’t reveal it here, but it gives the audience more narrative meat to chew on and keeps the film from being forgettable. Which is saying something, because most film twists I’ve seen have had the opposite effect on me.

The sound could use some work, as much of the spoken word seems to have a hollow sound to it, and the score can be a bit off-putting at times, but it doesn’t entirely detract from the film. And while the film’s unhinged and disturbing vibe is positively enhanced by the creative cinematography, it’s the combination of these visual choices and the performance of Timothy J. Cox as Bob that cements it as uncomfortably creepy. It feels like we’re stuck in Bob’s not-so-private-anymore Hell, which is a really messed-up place to be, especially with him narrating our trip.

http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/51952/

Saturday, June 16, 2012

SPACE CATS Make Up Test on Monday

On Monday, I will be meeting with make up designer Sarah Pencheff to sit for her as she tests the make up for SPACE CATS on me. Should be fun, although it may get a little messy.

Another Meeting with Matt Harris

Actor Matt Harris and I are meeting again this evening to run through 39 Steps scenes.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Matt Harris Meeting

Actor Matt Harris and I met again last night to go over more Clown scenes...specifically our first scene as the Compere and Mr. Memory, respectively and the very important "train" scene, where Matt and  I play 3 characters each in the scene...one of the most difficult in the entire play...but boy, is it going to be fun.

Matt and I hope to meet again next week to work on a few more scenes.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

39 STEPS Meetings with Matt Harris

Last night, my 39 STEPS colleague Matt Harris and I met to read and discuss a few of our "Clown" scenes. It was nice to play the scenes out, try different things. Keeps it fun.

Matt and I will be meeting again tomorrow night.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Rogue Cinema Review of SIMPLE MIND

Rogue Cinema Review of SIMPLE MIND

Film Reviews: Simple Mind (2012) - By Josh Samford
Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2012 @ 08:27:58 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane



The art of the short film can be astonishingly difficult to perfect. Although I have seen numerous filmmakers attempt to make something that can grab an audience and never let go of their attention, few artists are able to actually accomplish this difficult task in such a short amount of time. The problem that so many seem to have is that they try to force genre archetypes within the confines of such a limited time frame. It is hard to craft a thriller when the audience has minimal time to get to know their characters, so filmmakers have to be crafty when trying to achieve such goals. The creative folks behind the short film Simple Mind may not display the perfected short film thriller, but they do manage to craft something that is truly engaging to watch.

Detailing the story of one man and his battles with psychosis, we watch as he details another day in his life to an off screen therapist. His story starts off relatively sad, with him sitting on a park bench pining for a woman who doesn't know he exists, but the story quickly detours into much darker territories. Despite this woman not even knowing his name, our narrator tells his therapist how much he loves this mysterious woman - and how much she loves him. As the story progresses, our narrator reveals himself to be more and more disturbed.

Clocking in at just seven minutes, Simple Mind is a very smart little short feature. Packed with some very accomplished acting and beautiful cinematography, the real guts of this short comes from the creative narrative within the film. A mix of thriller aesthetics and a slight hint of horror, writer and director Phil Newsom does a great job of avoiding many cliche elements within his story. The plot unfolds in a very creative way, by giving us a detailed look inside the mind of a man suffering from obvious delusions. We see the reality of his situation, but through his narration we hear the unrealistic way he imagines his actions. This dichotomy between the visual and auditory is an important function within the story, but our filmmakers are not done with their tricks. Towards the end of the short we discover that within the mind of a man who suffers from this sort of dementia - nothing can be trusted.

A sign of things to come, this troupe of talented filmmakers put their best steps forward and are sure to capture some awards with this smart short feature. If I had any issues with the movie, it might have been on the technical side of things because the audio seemed a bit hazy, but this hardly disrupts any sort of entertainment that the movie provides. A highly recommended short that requires very little time from the viewer. There's almost no reason not to give it a shot. You can view it for yourself, for free, via YouTube right now. Give it a look and throw down a thumbs-up if you enjoyed it!





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Friday, June 01, 2012

39 STEPS In The Park

Last night may have been the most relaxed and enjoyable blocking rehearsal that I have ever had. Thank you, Central Park!

Larry Lesher, Matt Harris and I met to run a number of clown scenes...all so much fun to do. The more I run these scenes, the more excited I become about the production.

Back again tonight with another rehearsal in the park.