Monday, April 29, 2013

Informal Reading Tonight of ''Albergo Empedocle'' By Sam Dash

Tonight, I will be participating in an informal reading of EM Forster's Albergo Empedocle, which has been adapted for the stage by Sam Dash. 
 
Here is the cast list for tonights' reading: 
 
Henry - Alex Mills
Lauren - Shira Rose Berk
Joe - Rob Rodems
Nurse/Agnes - Ellie MacPherson
Mr - Tim Cox
Mrs - Veronica Siverd

WE JUST WANT TO PLAY Screen Shots







Saturday, April 27, 2013

FILMMAKER Update

Director Dan Kowalski needs to film a brief scene with me to insert into FILMMAKER. He'll be coming out to Astoria on Tuesday morning to shoot the scene, which shouldn't take that long.

Another GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Update

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL has been accepted into another festival...the Long Island Film Expo, which I believe is in mid July. I'm very excited and delighted that the film will be celebrated in festivals.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Virginia "Ginny" Bartholomew

I am very saddened to report the news of the passing of actress and AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS colleague, Virginia "Ginny" Bartholomew, who lost a battle with cancer yesterday.

I bumped into Ginny at the Drama Book Shop a few months back and she still had that humor and grace that I loved so much when we worked together.

Ginny was a lovely person....a real pro to work with and someone that I will deeply miss.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ginny's family and loved ones.

Be at peace, Ginny!

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Update

'Greg's Guardian Angel' has been accepted into the 30th Annual Long Island Film Festival. The festival runs from August 30 through September 8. Screening date TBD.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

James David Larson

Thanks to James David Larson of JDL Photography for the great headshot photos.

Actors, if you're looking for new headshots, you're going to want to check this site out. It will be the most relaxed, laid back headshot session you'll ever have.

http://jdlphotography.photoshelter.com/

New Headshots, Courtesy of JDL Photography






Friday, April 19, 2013

JDL Photo Shoot

This afternoon's photo shoot was very laid back and fun, with James Larson and I wrapping up our session in about an hour.

James hopes to have the shots for our session available for me to view in the next couple of days. 

Audition on Sunday Afternoon for ADJACENT

Also, on Sunday afternoon, I will be auditioning for a role in the family drama ADJACENT, which  focuses on the relationship between Juliette, a strong a powerful career woman who lives in Manhattan, and Ryan, her only son from her previous marriage.

I will be reading for the role of Juliette's ex-husband, Richard. 

Audition on Sunday For Film PRICELESS

On Sunday, I have an audition for the film PRICELESS, a story of a young grifter named Connor. He and his older mentor, Garry, set out to steal a priceless gem from a wealthy business man. Because of his handicap, the more experienced Garry is not up for the job. So it is up to Connor to get in with the businessman's daughter, Raven, to get in the house and steal the gem. But with Connor growing close to Raven, it is up to him to put aside his feelings for the her and do his job.

I'll be reading for the role of Garry. 

WE JUST WANT TO PLAY Update

Regarding the film WE JUST WANT TO PLAY, I just received the following from producer Mike Morgese...

We had a rough cut screening on Wednesday and we were given 10 days from that day to have the final cut uploaded online and I believe it was to Vimeo. We will be making DVDs for all those who donated to kick starter and all of our actors. 

Really looking forward to seeing this. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rehearsal Tonight

Rehearsal tonight was easygoing and quick...always nice. Director Chris McCavitt had me and actress Jennifer Polansky run through the scene on our own a couple of times. Jennifer and I also took the time to discuss the scene, to make sure we were on the same page. We then ran it for Chris two times and he seemed pleased with the progress. Then we were free to go. Very easy.

Ideally, Chris would like to shoot on May 18th, which is fine for me.


JDL Headshot Photoshoot Tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be meeting with James Larson for a headshot session. Really looking forward to that.

48 Hour Film Festival In Boston...Working With Sean Meehan Again

Sean Meehan gave me the good news yesterday about the upcoming 48 Hour Project in Boston from May 3rd to the 5th, which we will be participating in. At the Kickoff of the festival, each team will draw the genre for its film out of a hat. In addition, a character, prop and line of dialogue will be announced and must appear in each film. I'm really looking forward to it. 

For more information on the festival, please visit:  http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/boston/


THE END OF THE WORLD Rehearsal Tonight

I'll be heading to Simple Studios this evening for a rehearsal for the film THE END OF THE WORLD.

Shooting for this project is slated for early May.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Remember TILLMAN?

TILLMAN was a film that I worked on in early 2011. It was a chance to reunite with my SOCKS AND CAKES director Antonio Padovan, which was the real draw for me. 

The role...a brief scene at the beginning of the film, was a small one (part of a married couple visiting a car dealership) but I wanted to work with Antonio again, so I jumped at it. 

It's taken a while to get a copy of the film, but yesterday, one of the producers sent me a copy through WeTransfer and I watched it immediately. My scene is brief, but I might use it for my reel in the future.

Antonio, wherever you are...thanks!


TROUBLE Has Been Completed















Monday, April 15, 2013

SWAN SONG Update

The footage for the SWAN SONG promo is still being put together. I saw a rough version the other day and I hope for a chance to sit down both Rob LaSalle and Rafael Ortiz, so that the three of us can discuss the direction we want to promo to go in.

TROUBLE To Go Online This Week

Just received word from director Danny Witkin that the film TROUBLE will be posted and available for viewing online this week.

Looking forward to seeing it.

THE END OF THE WORLD Rehearsal on Thursday Night

I'll be meeting writer / director Christopher McCavitt and the cast of THE END OF THE WORLD for a rehearsal on Thursday night. I plan on drilling my lines for my brief scene in the film tomorrow in preparation for Thursdays' rehearsal.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Headshot Appointment With JDL Photography Next Friday the 19th

Headshots for $87? I can't pass that up and I don't intend to.

Actor James David Larson, who is also a friend and colleague of Larry Lesher, also works as a photographer and while walking around Ripley Grier Studios yesterday afternoon, I saw his ad and jumped on it. Again, $87 for great headshots!

My appointment is for next Friday, the 19th.

Check out his portfolio here http://jdlphotography.photoshelter.com/ 



Monday, April 08, 2013

Rehearsal for THE END OF THE WORLD On April 18th

I will be rehearsing my brief Dad role in the film THE END OF THE WORLD on April 18th.

Upcoming Interview With Rogue Cinema...To Discuss SWAN SONG

Here's some big news for SWAN SONG...

Michael Smith of Rogue Cinema will be interviewing me, for next month's issue. SWAN SONG will be the major focus of the interview.

Thanks to Michael and to Rogue Cinema editor Duane Martin for setting this up and for their kindness over the years. 

Scene from JACKPOT

Here's a scene from the film JACKPOT, shot in September of 2011. Thanks to director Chantal Eyong for sharing this scene. 


Today Was A Great Day...

...of course, Sean Meehan had something to do with it.

Last night, Sean contacted me about jumping into a project that he was shooting today, as someone backed out at the last minute due to illness. I, of course, jumped right in and as always, it was a delight and pleasure.

I can't really tell you what the project we shot is about, as the information contained in the video, is not yet public knowledge. I will say that it's going to be very cool.

The video should be available for viewing in May.

Also, I may be heading out to Boston in early May to appear in a film of Sean's as part of a 48 Hour Film Festival. Stay tuned for info on that.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Movie Boozers.com Review of SIMPLE MIND

http://movieboozer.com/2013/04/03/simple-mind-2012-short-film-review-drinking-game/

Simple Mind (2012) {Short Film Review & Drinking Game}

By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Two Beers) -

How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
 
Simple Mind is a short film submitted to us for review.  Since it’s only 7 and a half minutes long, instead of the inevitably dry plot synopsis, I recommend you give it a watch:


It takes more than just a camera, a long weekend, and a couple of friends to make a movie.  With that said, a film can be made under exactly those conditions.  This paradox is resolved simply by how the camera, friends, and the time is used.

Writer/Director Phil Newsom and Editor/Cameraman Paul Nameck certainly didn’t have much in the way of resources, but they had a story to tell and a clear vision of how to tell it.  Each shot is deliberately paced to heighten dramatic tension, and you can tell that a lot of care came into camera placement and focus.  The art of filmmaking is in creating images which tell a story, and they accomplished that.

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Without any words, this image says a) that the narrator is socially awkward. b) that he’s interested in the girl. c) that he loves those slippers.

While the lighting can appear washed out, this was clearly more of a technology problem than one of the filmmaker’s choosing. (Digital cameras still have a long way to go in figuring out how the sun works)  The audio is also spotty at times, but that is nothing a boom microphone wouldn’t fix next time around.  These are quibbles which factor little when the other filmmaking aspects are used so well.

Actor Timothy J. Cox should particularly be commended, as he manages to create a wonderfully demented character in a third of the screen time as the credit reel for Marvel’s the Avengers.

shawarma
15 minutes of technical credits = 15 seconds of footage from the craft service table

Mr. Cox depicts the various sides to his character flawlessly, evoking deviousness and cruelty which gives way to pity and profound sadness.  There were moments in the film where his character reminded me of Robin William’s desperate store clerk in One Hour Photo, where you could detect traces of humanity, twisted by the madness of being alone.  I am looking forward to hearing about other projects from this filmmaking team.

Verdict

2beers

A solid little short film, with impressive acting and dynamic camerawork.

Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every shot of the slippers
Do a Shot: for the epic (if inevitable) plot twist


Monday, April 01, 2013

GIRLS Audition Today

Todays' audition was a lot of fun...very laid back and relaxed. I went in, performed my sides. The casting people laughed, so that's a good sign.

I performed the scene on camera for the producers of the show, so now it's in their hands.

Whatever happens, I was happy to be seen by a major casting director. Even if I don't get the job, it's a step in the right direction.

Cast In Brief Dad Role in THE END OF THE WORLD

I will be appearing as a Dad in a brief, but cool scene in Christophher McCavitt's short film THE END OF THE WORLD.

I'll be jumping into rehearsal on Thursday evening.

Shooting is going to take place in early May.

Audition for THE FACE OF ALABASTER SMITH on April 13th

Got an upcoming audition for a role in the film THE FACE OF ALABASTER SMITH. It's coming up on April 13th.

JACKPOT Update

I received this update from JACKPOT director Chantal Eyong yesterday.

Right now, I'm looking at abut 75% completion of a rough cut. I will make an official announcement about what's next as an email to the cast and crew once I'm at 100% This should less than two weeks.

GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL Acceped Into Paterson Falls Film Festival

"Greg's Guardian Angel" has just been accepted into the Paterson Falls Film Festival in Paterson, NJ next month (Festival is Sat. May 18th and Sun May 19th).

Our day and showtime will be announced April 20th so I'll certainly keep you updated on the day and time! There will be a short Q&A with any of the cast and crew who on attending, following the screening.