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Effects producer and designer for feature film and independent film. Multimedia products from 3d litigation and medical visualizations to sports character motion capture and characterization.
Brotherhood of Silver
Do No Harm
Inside Llewyn Davis
20th Century Boy - extra
The Sacrament of Life - Helicopter Pilot
Brothers Incorporated - DeBruno Brother
A Permanent Change - Sgt. Steven Braddock
Killing Emmett Young - Extra
Unbreakable - Extra
The Bikini Bandits Experience - Clown
Farewell Captian Illusus - Extra
Shot for Shot - Vampire Extra
Academy of Art College - Master's Program game design teacher and tutor
AIPH Philadelphia - 3DSMAX/MAYA modeling/animation/character acting teacher
NYU Tisch - Sociolinguistics / SPA
University of the Arts - Visual & Performing Arts
Martian Land (2015)
possibly the worst acting, sfx, and lighting in recent years
So, there are some great scenes and lighting and then all of the sudden two of the male leads are in tank tops and tee shirts, on mars. Are you serious, did they run out of money for wardrobe? The 3d modeling and compositing is pretty good, but it really looks like something from the knight rider days.
Now, the acting, is absolutely tragic. I wonder often, who casts these people and how confusing it must have been to see so many bad actors line up that these are the best they could find. Is snakes on a plane worse or better than this? Every now and then these beautifully lit scenes that look like deadspace are ruined by soap opera lighting, and I can't figure out why. why? The inconsistency from pretty good to absolutely wretched is amazing. I think this video should be the 'oh my god i am in this' not 'my friend is a lead in this'.
I hope this is fun, a joke like sharknado, because it is really bad.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
excellent in every way
I found this piece to really bring out the best in film making. The entire flow of the film made me think the editing was slow and yet full of detail. Little motions in everything, the prayer with his children and his daughter's toes wiggling as they didn't reach the ground were great. The lighting in each scene when artificial felt thought out quite convincingly and the outer scenes were scouted perfectly.
The characters were scripted well and they felt entertaining, as this was not a documentary but a based on fact fictionary. Being in the military can be quite boring and then entirely too exciting in the worst ways, and this was very visceral and realistic.
I thin each actor was ground out a good character and they were properly cast. The costumes were great, the vietcong were determined, and it was a pleasure to ride through the era in this film.
I didn't mention the soundtrack and audio effects, maybe because they were on point, bird sounds added in, slight points here and there with great coverage in the gaps with the music.
The end. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.
Space Station 76 (2014)
fun fun fun fun fun
the awkward moments throughout this with modern special effects and 1976 props makes me think of fallout 3 the game. I love this film, the acting and the character development.The cinematography, sound effect and overall technique is great. I really would recommend this to scifi geeks, comedy lovers, and anyone who likes any of these actors.
It reminds me of Anchorman a bit, quite a bit of my childhood, I was 3 in 76, so this really hits home. I think the writers and screenplay people should be given a thumbs up for their hard work and fun they bring to the screen. And the feeling of the 70's future is so well polished I really feel like this is space 1999 meets alien.
The swishy brown lines in the lunchroom, the star wars lighting for the hallways, roller skates, crayon maps on the wall, vcr references to Mr. rogers, even the horrible mustache on one of the lead characters all layered with 70s tunes and a great rock intro to the film...
Just enjoy it, don't bother criticizing a good time :)
An explosive journey into alien invasion
This film started out and finished with full energy towards making a sci-fi "half-life 2" come true. If you haven't seen or played the game, you won't recognize the great plays on the story feel of the game. Stephen King's "The Mist" did the same thing towards the end and in that are very similar as well.
The mechanics of the aliens was outstanding, and the feeling of hopelessness while drawing the viewer into wondering who would make it out alive was very entertaining. The use of nuclear force and drone ships was very well articulated, and the fun concept of taking brain power as maybe a portal of the soul, slavery, rebellion, and the sort worked out nicely.
If you enjoy sci-fi, you'll get into this piece, and by the looks of it and it's gross, you'll easily find part II coming very soon, maybe in space. Time travel, galactic battles, who knows.
Irish Jam (2006)
I think this film was very funny, and they were stuck doing some stereotypical moments in the film, but overall I was really interested in their editing. Quick edits, sometimes 4-5 segments right on top of each other within 2-3 seconds. I love that. The editing style reminded me a lot of 'crank' which you may love or hate, but the piece was fun.
The emotional reactions of half the actors really felt very realistic, and the parts that didn't were incredibly scripted. It was interesting to see the age groups approve more of this film the younger they were, must be not quite set in their ways. Funny how the film is about that even.
The soundtrack was pretty well scored too, and it felt like it just fit. Its good to see the acting talent actually sing instead of be voiced over constantly. The voice acting was very clean and some digital effects had to be introduced, because they sounded extremely clean. If this is all too technical, Ill let you back to the other postings.
Also, I think the outtakes are pretty funny. Really funny to say the least.
Gaza Strip (2002)
Good sided film with a story to tell
The most interesting thing about films like this is that I too make films about the world. I got the knack for it after I was in NYU, but for performance art, then to finish in Socio-linguistics. I make films about poverty, gross distortions of wealth vs. broken down humanity, just like this but not as grande a scale. The first thing that struck me was the child in the beginning playing hot dog in-front of the camera for attention and saying things to egg on his friends. Through the film he is first disjointed, immobilized, and then slowly torn to pieces.
Seeing the people in such chaos and poor conditions could make anyone hope for the best in their situtation. What we don't see is suicide bombers, the Arabic countries attacking on all fronts and creating a hopeful holocaust again after WWII. I think it is terrible what is happening to these Arabic people because they are being used as a chess piece, and they're only a rook. They don't even realize it.
It's not about holy land, it's about racial pride and land ownership and everyone cries for both sides. If the world gobbled up Israel and Palestine along with Lebanon and you name it, we'd all be in a more peaceful state. That is until someone notices there's no fake thing to fight for, and then someone else's nation state gets hammered by all sides.
The rich and powerful countries always play their dirty games of power in a metaphorical state in tiny places like this. We are billion strong and yet there's nothing we can do to stop it. No one has the power to stop the largest forces in the world, which are connected to money, not land. To stop this type of atrocity, you'd have to give up the internet, microwave ovens, and cheap oil, gas, haircare products, and your sneakers would have to look poor.
Who'se first in line to give that up? Anyone?
What things may come in a comic book environment
My friend just gave me a copy of Heavy Metal from the Fall of 1988 with DRUNNA in it. This reminds me of the sci-fi I was a little too young to understand in those days, but I feel the same way watching this film. In a spectacle of awe thinking of merely the metaphors in the film. I love what's really being said in the chase scenes, the loneliness of being different, better, unique. The infection concept is what is really going to effect us all.
The special effects were mostly nice in this except some scenes coming towards the final confrontation, there were too many repetitious 3d elements. That being said, if it's the comic book story that is sin city fantasy, I enjoyed it because it was fulfilling. More of circumstance that led me to like this piece I guess.
I was just wondering tonight in the pouring heavy hitting rain, how electricity and modern devices, even sociological, are supporting our existence like an extra limb or organ that is necessary. This film seems to show that if you look at some of the plot concepts in it, there are some parallels to our need for high technology embedded in us, which is literal in this piece, as you have seen or will see.
Looking to the future, I think this film hits on target well, and seeing it from a high drama, titanic level, there's no comparison, but then again mostly everything we see or do today seems to be made up and fancified anyway. Take it or leave it, you have to be a child to enjoy this movie. At least in your heart and mind, as there is even a reference to it in the film, look for the ripped ad of a playground.
Cleverly done in my book, this work was made for a purpose, even if just for an exercise. Remember, if you're looking for something more of the ilk of thx-1138, go rent it, its also available, as is The Island. These genres of films either entice you or bore you to tears. You be the judge.
The Salton Sea (2002)
Hollywood Glamour. This film's technique is hot!
This film is a hidden gem, and if you've seen it, Trainspotting, Fight Club, and others of this shiny Hollywood dirty, then you know what I mean. Everything is perfectly dark, muggy, and setup for us to believe it. I've made film for about 10 years, and helped in every level of cinema. This helps when I see films of this nature and stylization.
Val Kilmer's jewelry, add on tattoos, green hair dye mixed with his placement inside of the tweakers, addicts, in this film is great. Similar to Moulin Rouge, the setting is introduced to us in a lar, quick montage, and everything is carefully placed, or their talent to do this is inherient even in quick editing and set decisions. Look for everything you can, including a passed out tweaker under a tree in the hot noon day light as the characters leave for more gank. It reminds me of the tiny things you'll see watching over and over with FIght Club in the first half of the film.
Great political references, perfect prop usage, and very believable character development, Hollywood style albeit, is what makes this film so good to watch. I can't help but to constantly reference other films with this, because it reminds me so much of all the great moments of others I love so much. ANother film that has this lone Elvis like character and the whole drug scenario is True Romance. The use of abused women as a character focus seems to parallel as well.
I hope this film gets more play and recognition, or maybe I don't. This has a certain bad taste about the whole thing, because there's no real hero, and nobody wins in the end. I believe that's what holds it back in the limelight of American cinema, where we are spoon fed simple answers of happy or sad endings with concrete answers. This film, like that of Memento, has a formula that is not unique, but allows the viewer to investigate their own interpretations of the piece at hand. Maybe that's why the allure to it's dirty, unfinished environment is so captivating, because when the story let's you decide some parts even if it's extremely well illuminated, you can come back time and time again to enjoy the mystery that this film is.
Is it the best film ever? Certainly not, but then again, almost every piece of cinema has flaws and is unfinished, even the greats, so I have to say from the viewer to the producer, watching this film and taking it in is both a pleasure for craft, style, and emotional string pulling.
big laughs open your mind
this is the "Airplne!" of our generation, our decade even. It has a few jokes that are hard to swallow, but they are just MAD magazine made adult level in my opinion. This is funny like when you hang out with your friends and swap naughty, bad jokes. I think that it is very funny, and it proves you can make black, gay, nationalistic jokes anywhere if the time is right.
Some of the morals are in place, about loving someone for who they are, and are cleverly strewn into really goofy antics that are great. I love the big lady making Deuce play baby, and the penis swords at the awards. Little things like the OCD problems his girlfriend has, Adam Sandler as one of the dead Gigalos honored.
Maybe I'm just highly attuned to the comedies deep sense of hidden jokes, but that's OK, its funnier when you watch a movie again and again and see little things you've missed.
The best part wasn't easy to pinpoint, I was about to write about Chicken and Waffles, but then I thought of the burnt crispy penis in the pimp's hand. There's too many to say which was best. laugh a little people!
Suspect Zero (2004)
The complexity of our heros against the unknown
Imagine you had the power to find out everything you've ever wanted to, especially from those who have lied to you? Couple that with every growing pain you've had about sexuality and hidden wrong doings. Enjoy the first person seat as you get to become a few aspects of killer, victim, hero, and detective in this thriller.
Everything from the artwork, which is richly crafted and highly metaphorical, to the pinnacle of each victim's last moments is extremely well done in composition, sound, and timing. This genre of film, relative to Seven, Fight Club, and even music videos portraying a sick, diseased world (think NIN Heresy) has become a multi layered art form of its own. I have personal bias towards this film as an amateur detective and film maker as well. There is something larger than merely government plots to catch serial killers here. It is hinting at the explosion of new technologies tapping into our virginal powers. There are both hypothetical and absurd at times, but nonetheless are inspiring.
This killer of killers is haunted with every victim he cannot capture, which is sad. It is very well depicted by dark, rainy nights, and excellent frames of darkness revealing a single staring eye or hand at times. This is what Batman really is, just on a national scale. Imagine a dark anti-hero going around doing what we want, wrongly accused as the villain himself. Ben Kingsly is the psychic with the power to see beyond his normal environment, and portrays a character deeply emotional about his involvement with those he is compelled to save. Someone would have to live as a recluse to involve themselves in such an arduous profession. If this was not a profession, I wonder how he supported himself legally to continue his process of elimination looking for the ultimate uncatchable serial killer? This was one loose end that made me imagine the reality of this piece. Loose ends aren't always bad, they allow you to be creative on your own.
The acting was surprisingly good on Mr. Kingsley's part, and the supporting cast was not too shabby, but there aren't any breakthrough moments. The lead FBI agent is reminiscent to Keanu Reeves, his smirk, chin, pauses of thought, hair trim, almost Neo meets Mr. Smith from The Matrix series. I felt that something more was needed in the FBI offices, and the FBI office director was not on par with his acting, may that be him or his director. Overall it still worked though.
The editing was well thought out, and the score actually helped a lot for the suspense. When you watch the film, listen for certain reoccurring sound bytes, as they are visualized a bit more in the film over time, its delicious. Repetitive unknown sounds, scratches, taps.
I hope you keep an open mind to such disturbing film, because it was hard to watch even for me, and I love this genre. Give it a chance and show your friends. I'd only wish that I could produce work this good, this one is going to be a comfort film. In a way strange way, of course.