I was invited by the talented folks at Synthetic Human Pictures to do an online interview for their news section, which features local Phoenix talent. The Synthetics do some superb cutting edge, story-driven shorts and features.
These three Volkswagen spots were filmed in Mesa, AZ – but were for VW Canada. You see, there is nowhere on the eastern 2/3 of the continent where they can reliably film a commercial with spring ambience in March, so they cart the entire production out to Arizona. Works for me.
This was once of those instances where you overextend yourself, and yet it pays off. I was in two 48-hour films for the Almost Famous Film Festival (A3F), and they both came up big. One was a beautifully shot sci-fi noir called ‘The Fourth Reich’, and then there was this gem called ‘Team U’.
This was a great follow-up to our kitchy first Strong Brain film, which won best film at the 2008 48-Hour Film Project. In this film, I played Simon Craig, the alcohol-abusing psychic detective, AND his brother Chet, a twisted doppelganger with the same abilities.
Catbrain Film Factory’s first action film was a cop drama called ‘White’, which featured the character Det. Chet Foley, a formerly good officer who had fallen prey to his own cocaine habit. The production involved some terrific dolly shots and lighting, and helped me garner a Best Actor award.
OK, so I’m really scraping the barrel for news. On July 8, 2009 I signed on to portray ‘Angelo’ the gold merchant for Southwest Shakespeare’s production of ‘Comedy of Errors’ at the Mesa Arts Center. It was my third production with that company, and definitely the one where I got the most grief.
This was a nifty little spec commercial for a contest for CareerBuilder.com. Although it didn’t win, I think it deserves to be aired. So here I air it.
In this TV pilot by the Kennedy Bros., I play Craig Lott, the bureau chief of a paranormal investigation unit. Craig is a hardnosed veteran with a bad pudding cup habit. I never did see the footage, but they tell me it was a laugh riot.
WOW, this was a fun production. Aside from carrying a large man in a basket, I also got to push around clunky set pieces, run down a dark hallway in an ill-fitting mask, and dress in drag. And my hat was just spot on.
This was my first audition after signing with my first commercial agent, and it was my first booking.