This was my thesis for my MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. Comedy was not held in high regard by the faculty, and I thought, what better way to show my appreciation for their opinions by taking out an insurmountable loan from the federal government and making a science fiction farce? Money well spent.
This film inspired me to keep shooting sketch comedy with Duane, John, and Avery. I am grateful for their commitment to their roles, and especially for going full frontal just for me in the bathroom.
For some reason, I have a thing for shooting with new-fangled cameras with weird conventions. This was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II before they had 24p, so it was shot in the weird frame rate of 30p, which was a nightmare to conform.
I wanted to make a short based on my dad's experience at attempting to mend his broken marriage and figure out what to do with me after my mom left us. The actors on this film were able to empathize extraordinarily well with some challenging characters. Eunice, Sung Mo, and Felice were better actors than I deserved, and they brought humanity and honesty to their roles.
This film was shot with the Red camera in it's earliest incarnation, which back then could only shoot in a 2:1 aspect ratio.
Sung Mo Cho
don't look at the camera
Brian caught his girlfriend cheating and now to get back at her, he's filming his own suicide. The plan was simple- take the pills on camera, put the tape in an envelope and mail it to her. This was before smart phones could record and send video, okay?
George is just a down on his luck guy who collects cans for a living. He likes to sing while he collects cans and he happens to be in Brian's shot. Aw man, I'm basically telling you the whole story and ruining it. You should totally just watch it.
Bedtime For Bongo
This was the film where I learned that sleeping and eating is crucial to survival, or else you can get sick. I also managed to be the only one to get hit with poison ivy, while shooting in a forest full of it, so I'm thankful that nobody else got it.
It was pretty sweet to work with Derek who was in Battlestar Galactica as Vireen, aboard the Battlestar Pegasus. Greg was hilarious and commited to this absurd tale penned by my good friend Christian.
Outside The Box
This was the first short film that I wrote and directed in film school. I shot it in my apartment and cast my then-girlfriend as the lead. This was the film in which I learned to never do that again, but I was happy with the end result.
Accidents Will Happen
This was the first film I ever directed. It was a total nightmare, but a huge learning experience.
There's no real character or story here, just a series of absurd events. I was actually co-directing with Jeremy, who plays the lead, but after a while the stress became a bit much, so I had to wrangle the equipment van, the special effects, and the fish all at the same time while directing a film for the first time. I didn't even know what directing was.
On top of that, I had to go and shoot on a camera that used weird tapes so it took me two years to finally find the right deck and then be able to edit. I am proud that I was able to pull off such a silly stunt of a short. The cinematography by my friend Jeffrey Chu is my favorite part. He's a real artist and completely slummed it for me.
Reality Dot Television is the sketch comedy web series that I wrote, directed, and edited for over a year. We had some of our sketches play in festivals like the Key West Film Festival and the Celtx Seeds Festival, as well as getting a grant from Celtx.
Duane is going for the role of a lifetime on a crazy gamble, because that's exactly what Abraham Lincoln would have wanted.
This sketch was written in a sketch writing class I took with Michael Delaney from the Upright Citizens Brigade at Columbia University. I learned a lot about the UCB's sketch philosophy and how it differs from traditional narrative. Delaney encouraged me to shoot this sketch and in order to make it more manageable I used puppets instead of real animals.
Ayn Rand For Lovers
What could be hotter than a little rational self-interest?
These sketches came out of a fever dream I had where I envisioned Avery continually waking up and put to sleep for some indiscernible reason. The thing I love about these sketches is how weird I could get while sticking to a very simple premise.
This sketch is connected to the Waking Up series in that, here we see Avery waking up again. However, it's not immediately clear who his tormentors are, and nothing like wearing balaclavas while threatening to set someone on fire gets the fun rolling. While shooting, a lot of good improv came through and I decided to make this a stand alone sketch, which made it all the more weirder.
Why is it that you can say black power, but not white power? If this problem persistently ails you, then you may be suffering from PRADS.
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This was me just being weird.
I Hate Tyler Perry
Strangely, this is one of my videos that gets the most traffic. I put no thought into this diatribe and if truth be told, I'm just trolling, from mispronouncing Madea, to admitting that I've never seen any of Tyler Perry's movies. All kinds of people came out of the woodwork to call me things like "eggroll" and a "nerd with a receding hairline," which are both true, I suppose, so kudos to you, internet.
The important lesson I learned here is that an inflammatory title and poorly executed diatribe gets more attention than a pain-stakingly crafted sketch with camera angles and shit.
Time Travel PSA 1
I like time travel. However, I do not think that we are ready for it. I made this PSA to remind people to use time travel responsibly.
Time Travel PSA 2
Comedy = Tragedy + Time, unless it's the Holocaust. That is no laughing matter.
This is my portfolio of work I that have produced and edited professionally.
Goldie & Bear | The Jacks Club Song | Disney Junior UK
Goldie & Bear | Invisible Tango Song | Disney Junior