Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A TALE OF TOXINS Shoot

Today's shoot with Luke Groskin was great. Luke is a first class director and cinematographer and it was a real pleasure to work with him. It was an exciting acting exercise for me...all I had to do was react, which is the hardest kind of acting. You don't want to be too big...or too small. Thankfully, Luke was there to guide me. The strength of this project will rely on the subtlety of my reactions and Luke was pleased with what I brought to the table. But, if for any reason, a pick up shot or a re-shoot of any kind is needed, that will likely take place in early October.

Thanks again to Luke for the chance to be a part of A TALE OF TOXINS.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Movie Quotes And More Reviews GUNDERSON'S

http://www.moviequotesandmore.com/gundersons-2011-movie-review.html



Gunderson's (2011) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 



Witty Short Sketch


Gunderson's is a short comedy film written by Max Azulay, director Matt Porter, Phil Primason and Mallory Westfall, which tells the story of Max (Max Azulay) who at the beginning of the film is told by his doctor (Dan Azulay) that he has contracted an usual sexually transmitted disease called Gunderson's which only has one side effect; a nervous twitch brought on by stress or hunger. Unfortunately this news has come at the worst time for Max as he's about to start teaching as a substitute health teacher to high school kids.

What then follows is a humorous scene showing Max discussing his new found dilemma with his friends and their advice on how he should handle the situation. When we finally see Max facing his class of students, the awkwardness of teaching a new class and the subject matter is wonderfully played out as we feel the tumble-weed and cringe worthy moments. His first day isn't going so well and doesn't get any better when he welcomed by the loud, and seemingly friendly but smarmy Principal Cox (Timothy J. Cox), but of course this quickly changes when Cox finds out Max's secret which sets into motion an amusing finale as Max teaches his last class at the school passing on his wisdom about life and sex.

The script is witty and intelligent but it does take a little while to get going and although it's never laugh out loud funny this film serves very well a short comedy sketch with great performances from Max Azulay and Timothy J. Cox.

6/10

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Natural History Shoot On Tuesday, August 27th

Earlier in the month, I was cast in a project for the American Museum of Natural History, to be directed by Luke Groskin. See the post from August 2nd below:

http://everymanactor.blogspot.com/2013/08/cast-in-film-produced-by-american.html

The project is still on and on Tuesday morning, I will be heading to Westchester, NY to film my scenes as the previously mentioned detective.

Should be a lot of fun.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Re-Visiting TOBY

So, it's been 8 years since Phillip Bettencourt and I took to the stage as the Two Tobys in the wonderful, critically acclaimed comedy TOBY, written by my old 13th Street Rep friend and colleague Tony Pennino. I have many fond memories of that production, working with Phillip, Tony, director Don Jordan and Michael Criscuolo, who served as assistant director for the production. It was the only time (to date) that I have worked in the NYFringe Festival. While we didn't have many performances (6 or 7, as I recall), it was still a very enjoyable experience. 

I've been thinking about the show recently...how I'd play things differently, the typical actor stuff and a few weeks back, I decided to contact Tony to see if he'd be interested in setting up an informal reading of the play...just to read it again. It something comes of it, great. If not, no worries. My reasons for wanting to re-visit the play are many...one, to jump back into the role of bombastic Toby Donally, two, it'll be great to see Tony again, as we haven't collaborated on anything together in years and three, to get Larry Lesher interested in the project.

An informal reading is tentatively set for September 8th, at a rehearsal space in Manhattan. I'll be reading the two hander with actor Ben Sumrall.

Should be fun.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MAN IN PROGRESS Shoot

Today's MAN IN PROGRESS shoot went pretty smoothly and quickly, at least for me. We started at 10AM and we finished by 12:45PM. I had a blast in my brief appearance as a barfly.

Nothing like sitting on a bar stool, drinking Bud Light at 10AM...and getting paid for it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Movie Quotes And More Reviews SOCKS AND CAKES

http://www.moviequotesandmore.com/socks-and-cakes-2010-movie-review.html

Socks and Cakes (2010) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 



Funny, Sad and Real


Sock and Cakes is an ensemble short film written and directed by Antonio Padovan, the story follows five guests at a dinner party and takes an equally comic and tragic glimpse at their interactions with each other and their personal lives. The characters are Harry (Timothy J. Cox) the bitter French literature professor who still has very strong feelings for his ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), who is now married to Harry's best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt) and they are hosting the dinner party. On the surface Amanda and Richard are successful architects who seem to have a perfect relationship, but of course as the evening progresses we see the opposite is the truth. The other guests are the arrogant real estate agent David (Ben Prayz) and his young seductive, but centered girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent). Richard and Harry both become fascinated with Sophie, although Harry is more annoyed as to how someone like her is with an idiot like David.

As we meet each character we see them dealing with their neuroses while talking about their dreams, marriage, sex and life. Then we get a large portion of the film being told from Harry's perspective as he gives a witty monologue directly to the camera about his life, with Cox delivering a spot on performance as the droll cynical intellectual.

What then follows are some of the best scenes when we see Amanda breaking down ad revealing to Harry that her marriage has been in trouble for some time and that she'd had a fling with David and that her future with Richard is very uncertain. This could have come across as a grim scene, but the equal mixture of humor and sadness takes any grimness away and leaves an honest glimpse of these two characters in that moment and time.

The script is witty and sharp with some snappy dialogue and the right touch of irony providing an engaging character study of people who can't confront the truth about their own lives. What makes the whole thing come together are the strong performances of the whole cast, but especially Cox, who manages to bring warmth and charm to his antagonistic character, and Meares who gives a frank and honest portrayal of a misspent life.

What I especially liked about the film is that it ended without giving any solution to anyone's problems, making it more honest and real.

8/10


Check out the film for yourself:






Sunday, August 18, 2013

Movie Quotes and More Reviews OVER COFFEE

http://www.moviequotesandmore.com/over-coffee-2010-movie-review.html


Over Coffee (2010) Movie Review

by Parissa Janaraghi 



Quirky Farcical Comedy


Over Coffee is short romantic comedy directed by Sean Meehan, the story is entered on shy office worker Andrew (Erik Potempa) who has a crush on Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer) whose attentions are focused on her bullying boss Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox). When Rice is making his way to the office he calls Carla and barks out his orders which sets Carla into a bundle of nerves as she tries to organize everything, but in the process she forgets to get Rice's everyday coffee order. So Andrew uses this opportunity to step in and save the day and impress Carla by volunteering to get Rice's coffee. What follows is then Andrew's farcical attempt in trying to buy the coffee as the task becomes more than he bargained for. The most comical scenes happen in the coffee shop when through no fault of his own, Andrew's attempt at buying the coffee backfires and we follow his quest in trying to rectify the situation until he finally, in the nick of time, manages to get the coffee, go back to the office and hand it to the tyrannical boss from hell, Rice, played with great gusto by Cox.

The script is very simple, quirky and easy to follow and moves along swiftly with likeable characters and good performances from the two lovers and the bullying boss who in the end gets his comeuppance in the most comical way and we find out the real reason he's such a mean boss.

While the overall production is not perfect, Meehan has managed to successfully present a well-crafted fun and energetic short that's a winning combination for all audiences.

7/10


Check out the film for yourself on YouTube:






MAN IN PROGRESS Shoot on Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, I'll be heading to New Brunswick, NJ for the MAN IN PROGRESS shoot. My call is 9AM, but I'll be getting there a little early. My scene as the barfly will be brief, but a lot of fun, I'm sure.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Amos Lassen Reviews MALLAS, MA

http://reviewsbyamoslassen.com/?p=23934

“MALLAS, MA”— A Superstitious New England Town

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“Mallas, MA”
A Superstitious New England Town
Amos Lassen

Many of the residents of the small town of Mallas, Massachusetts seem to think that there are paranormal visitors in town. So that they can know for sure, they hire a medium and a couple of paranormal investigators (who are really con artists) to determine if the town is haunted.

Brian (Timothy J. Cox) and Maria (Maria Natapov), the two con artists start by knocking on the door of one of the residents and then go into the basement which is supposedly where there have been several ghostly activities. They do not do much more than wall around, crack jokes and try to think of a plan as to how to deal with the situation. Suddenly Maria sees a pretty young girl sitting in the corner who is ready to answer questions by nodding her head and not speaking. Brian comes up with the idea to take pictures of the girl in the basement and the girl is ready to do so. The idea is for the girl pose in certain places yet she seems to know exactly where before being told—she seems to be able to read his mind and she is even willing to appear on a television talk show where the cons will present their findings.

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It is actually taking me longer to write this review than it does to see the film which is only eight minutes long. While supposedly dealing with the paranormal, the film is filled with irony and humor and there is quite a surprise at the end.

Sean Meehan directed this short which actually feels like a full length film and this is probably because the director knew exactly what he wanted us to see and what he wanted his film to be. It is so interesting how he was able to bring eeriness and comedy together in so short a film.

We are left to question whether the con artists were just that or is what happened beyond explanation?

The film was made as part of the 2013 Boston 48 Hour Film Project and it is really hard to believe that the film was conceived, filmed and finished in just 48 hours. Meehan was told that his film must be a buddy film, he had to have a character named Brian or Bonnie Higgins, he had to have a net as a prop and he was given a line of dialogue that had to be in the film. While the film is not perfect, it is as close to it considering the limitations it had on it.

 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

THE DIVORCE is now titled IT'S NOT YOU

Here's IT'S NOT YOU, from writer / director Sophie Peters-Wilson.

It's Not You from Sophie Peters-Wilson on Vimeo.

THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

Here's THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER, from writer / director Cole Jaeger.


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Cast In A Small Role in Indie Feature MAN IN PROGRESS

I have just been cast in a small role of a barfly in the indie feature MAN IN PROGRESS, produced by Shore Points Productions and directed by Matt Mahoney.

According to the casting notice, MAN IN PROGRESS is a comedy about getting serious. The story follows a twenty-two year old college dropout, over a twenty-four hour period, as he recovers from the night before, attempts to survive the day in front of him, and thinks as little as possible about the days ahead.

I will be heading out to New Brunswick, NJ on August 20th to appear in my brief scene. 

Here is a link to the KickStarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/684966237/man-in-progress-0


Saturday, August 03, 2013

2 NYU Film Short Shoots Yesterday

Yesterday was a long day, starting at 7:30AM and ending at 5:30, but a lot was accomplished. Directors Cole Jaeger and Andrew Gannon made their films and I was happy to be a part of both of them.

I can honestly say that both THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER and SHOES are going to be unique, maybe even unusual films.

Looking forward to seeing them. 

The Independent Critic Reviews TROUBLE

http://theindependentcritic.com/trouble

 "Trouble" an Effective Student Short Film 

STARRING
Bennett Kirschner, Timothy Cox, Max Carpenter, Chelsea Marino
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Daniel Witkin
RUNNING TIME
12 Mins.

It's always a thrill to receive a short film from an up-and-coming film student. Such is the case with writer/director Daniel Witkin's 12-minute short film Trouble, his Wesleyan University Senior Thesis film. The film tells the story of Isaac (Bennett Kirschner), a young man living in a reform school for boys who struggles with maintaining his character while facing bullies and a stern headmaster. 

Trouble is a well made short film revealing tremendous promise for Witkin, who takes a fairly basic theme and brings it to life with some boldness and inspiration that would indicate he could be a filmmaker who will have artistic integrity. The character of Isaac is always on the fence in terms of what the audience is going to expect - Is he going to transcend his inevitable labels or might he turn the tables on those who torment him?

You'll have to watch the film yourself to find out.

Kirschner gives a solid performance as Isaac, almost bringing to mind the feisty intelligence of a Jesse Eisenberg in portraying a young man with quite the spark. Timothy Cox is solid as the stern headmaster, while Chelsea Marino adds a natural touch as the nurse. Max Carpenter is appropriately smarmy as Greg, the leader of the school's bullying gang.

Production quality is quite solid given the film is an ultra-indie, with D.P. Daniel Nass lensing the film with a sort of institutional fade and Sofia Warren's production design following suit to near perfection.

With his Senior These film behind him, it'll be interesting to see where Witkin goes from here and The Independent Critic looks forward to checking out his next project.


Rogue Cinema Reviews MALLAS, MA



http://www.roguecinema.com/article3906.html

Film Reviews: Mallas, MA (2013) - By Brian Morton



The 48 Hour Film Project is a very cool event, and a challenge for filmmakers. And, sometimes, in 48 hours, you can come up with a very cool short film. That’s exactly what Sean Meehan and his Fix-It-In-Post crew have done with Mallas, MA.

The story here is about two con men who travel to small towns and do ‘ghost-hunting’. The problem is that there aren’t any real ghosts, they just find a way to make people think there are so they’ll get paid for ‘cleaning’ the town. The problem comes when one of them has a crisis of conscience and tells the world that there are no ghosts…but is he wrong????

This is a pretty cool short, and made that much more impressive by the fact that it was all pulled together in only 2 days. The acting is terrific, the story is great and it’s a short that’s more than worth your time! I’m giving Mallas, MA 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s fun and, it’s what most of us think about ‘paranormal investigators’ anyway!

Check it out for yourself by heading over to http://vimeo.com/68377568.




Friday, August 02, 2013 @ 22:56:26 Mountain Daylight Time Film Reviews |

Rogue Cinema Reviews DARK ROMANCE

http://roguecinema.com/article3902.html


Film Reviews:  Dark Romance (2013) - By Brian Morton



Office romances can be tricky, after all, we all know the saying about dipping your pen in the company ink, don’t we? Well, a new short by Matthew Mahler, Dark Romance, gives us one reason why you might want to keep you ‘pen’ to yourself.

Tim is getting cute little gifts from a secret admirer. He’s a bit curious, and quite flattered, but when a final, disturbing gift arrives, Tim decides that it might be time to call in the authorities. This only makes things worse! The secret admirer reveals herself and things turn quite…pardon the pun…dark.
Mahler has crafted a wonderful 7 minute short that captures the dark side of office romances perfectly…and then ends with a short scene that will have you thinking of the people you work with!

I won’t give it away, but let’s say, if you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll want to see this!

I’m giving Dark Romance 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s fun, scary and a bit funny all at the same time! But don’t just trust me, see it for yourself by heading over to http://vimeo.com/67556332.



Friday, August 02, 2013 @ 22:44:55 Mountain Daylight Time Film Reviews |

Friday, August 02, 2013

THE DIVORCE Shoot A Success!

Today's shoot was pleasant and professional, two of my favorite things. Director Sophie Peters-Wilson ran a smooth set, had a great crew, with an assist from the very cool Shawn Spitler of NYU. Shawn's daughter Abigail stepped in at the last minute to play the daughter in the film and she did a marvelous job.

Thanks to Sophie and to the entire crew for a great day!

Cast In Film Produced By the American Museum of Natural History

Yesterday, I was cast in a film that is being produced for the American Museum of Natural History, to be directed by Luke Groskin, a filmmaker and parent to one of the kids that Jamie used to be a nanny. 
 
The film is 6-7 minute short film about how animals become incredibly poisonous - to be be played in the museum's new exhibit "The Power of Poison" opening in November. According to Luke, the video will be seen by roughly 50k - 100k people. 

The structure of the film centers around a murder mystery : What killed a camper in the Pacific Northwest woods. An police investigator at first thinks a snake might have done it (he sees one at the site.). After a little research, he realizes something else is to blame. He searches the campsite and finds a dead newt in the coffee pot. He looks up the newt - turns out its the most poisonous creature in North America...perhaps the world! How did the newt become so poisonous? It's in an evolutionary arms race with garter snake we saw earlier! 
 
I have been cast as the investigator. 

The shoot will be for a few hours in Westchester County at a camp ground, to be scheduled around the end of August. Just waiting on confirmation of the shooting day from Luke.

Very excited to be a part of this. Should be a lot of fun.


THE DIVORCE

Last night I met with writer / director Sophie Peters-Wilson to discuss a role in her short film THE DIVORCE, about a young girl who sorts through family memories after finding out about her parents' divorce, ultimately realizing that the divorce is for the better. I met with Sophie to discuss the role of the father and a few hours after that meeting, I was cast in the role.

The project shoots today, starting in a few hours. I'll be working at an apartment on Gramercy Park.

Looking forward to it. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

2 NYU Film Shoots On Sunday

This Sunday is going to be a full day for me, as I will be appearing in 2 NYU shorts, as part of the NYU Tisch Filmmakers Workshop.

As previously mentioned, I will be appearing in several roles 

in the film SHOES, directed by Andrew Gannon.

I will be playing a Dad role, Father Bo, in THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER, 

directed by Cole Jaeger,comedy about Dimpton, an older teen who acts 
like a child, who narrates the story of his birthday and the events leading up 
to his big wish. Dimpton struggles to hold onto his childhood throughout various 
birthday activities during the day. I play Father Bo, Dimpton's father, who has been supportive of his immature son for years, but now he feels that it may be time for Dimpton to grow up. Father Bo loves his son. He is mostly calm but with a slight 
temper and a demanding presence. He wants Dimpton to be independent but hopes 
that he chooses to mature. He is protective over Dimpton 
and has a casual business vibe.

Both projects sound like fun. 


Looking forward to both projects.