CO-ED: Episode 3, “Everything’s Crabby”

Our third episode (aka the 3nd act of the original pilot episode) of Co-Ed ties up what we started in the pilot, and gives us one final look at this cast before we transition into our newest cast. How does that transition occur? You’ll have to wait for Episode 4 to find out or put your guesses in the comments!

All the suitemates find themselves at odds as the Jesus’ Hornblowers concert and the crab fundraiser both approach. Can friends be friends, or will this drive the suite apart?

Watch the episode on butv10 here.

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CO-ED: Episode 2, Grinding

Our second episode (essentially the 2nd act of the original pilot episode) of Co-Ed intensifies a number of our plots.

Bethany and Dylan’s feud over their conflicting events intensifies as both get, shall we say, crabby. Grant ropes Adam into six step program for getting over girls, putting them and Shane in quite the compromising situation.

Watch the episode on butv10 here.

CO-ED: Episode 1, “The Next Generation”

Back in December of 2011, I took over as Co-Executive Producer of “Co-Ed,” a mockumentary that aired on Boston University’s student-run television station, butv10. I took on being showrunner during a time when the comedy show was transitioning from a set of EPs and a cast that had graduated or moved on. The show was revamping with a new cast, a new pilot…

Thus, a new generation.

The pilot was already written when I took over with my fellow EPs Carolyn Cicalese and James Molinaro. However, for the next two years until this moment, the production and post-production of this pilot episode for The Next Generation underwent cast and crew changes so often that we were finally able to complete the episode this semester.

Carolyn and I decided to split this originally 30 minute episode into 3 smaller episodes, to accommodate more of a social YouTube way of viewing on the internet, despite the episode still airing on Channel 10 in Boston.

Despite all of the setbacks, Carolyn and I are excited to present the first episode of Co-Ed, “The Next Generation.”

Watch the episode on butv10 here.

XOXO, Rhett: A Sketch Comedy

Part of my position as a Program Advisor for BU Orientation this summer was to be the Skit Director, a job that required me to write and direct a 30 minute sketch comedy to be performed 5 times for 4,400 incoming BU students.

Thus, “XOXO, Rhett” was born.

It tells the story of Kyle fighting to keep his secret safe, but needs the help of fairy god-doggie Rhett once Gossip Girl threatens to reveal his secret to all of BU’s campus. Of course there’s a dance sequence thrown in there for good measure, as well.

But the creation of Kyle’s story definitely was not formed so easily. At first, Kyle was going to stuck on BU’s campus, finding that all of the buildings were disappearing by some imaginable power, and he would have to find some sort of central control on campus to stop the destruction.

However, that felt too dystopian and the world has seen too much of that on the big screen and in itself recently. I decided to stray away from a “theme,” per se, and focus on the individual that Kyle always was to me: insecure, scared, filled with latent talents, and harboring confidence way beneath the surface of his skin. The struggle was, how can I create a world for Kyle that can showcase all of that, and still be relatable to the new BU students that were going to watch his journey as he got to campus? He couldn’t be a wimp, but he also couldn’t instantly be this macho character everyone fell in love with.

I decided on giving Kyle a secret superpower. That way, he could in need of being confident but still too insecure to let anyone in the knowing of his secret. It directly mirrors anyone’s first year at college, as any student has hidden, amazing talents (or, “superpowers”) but don’t exactly know if people will accept them for who they are.

The obvious threat to this situation is obviously the possible reveal of Kyle’s power. I won’t delve into the plotline, as that would spoil the whole show! However, the creation of Gossip Girl felt like a relatively powerful and additional evil that all students could relate to. Whether you’ve seen the show or not, practically everyone has heard a reference to Gossip Girl. She’s a gossip menace, the last thing Kyle wants to deal with.

The whole peak to this mountain comes with the final dance routine, set to a song I again won’t spoil here (sorry!) but fits the situation perfectly. Turns out, even Gossip Girl has her own secret. I thought this would send a powerful (and entertaining) message that, again, everyone has their own hidden talents and fears, and confidence only comes from embracing them. Communicating them. Being you.

(There are more animations and inserts that the YouTube footage doesn’t cover, as there were large screens next to the stage to portray them, and obviously not everything could fit on the stage.)

I just want to thank my cast and crew from the bottom of my heart for making this possible, most especially my Director of Orientation, Shiney James, for giving me the opportunity to put a bit of my heart onto that stage. Everyone worked enormously hard to get to this final product, and I think it damn well paid off.

Written, casted, directed, and produced by Chris Roys.
Filmed by Jim Russell and Tami Gabriely. Edited by Jim Russell.
Animations and inserts filmed & edited by Chris Roys and Jim Russell.

KYLE performed by Michael Aniolek
RHETT performed by Ally Dawson
GOSSIP GIRL performed by Jessie Torrance
PETER performed by Ross Huston
CHELSEA performed by Quanesha Boykins
LAUREN performed by Francesca Coveno
ZACH performed by Swanson Ninan
COUGAR performed by Sam Sarkisian
DEAN ELMORE performed by Dean Elmore
MS. DARCY performed by Jenna Blinkinsop
BATSY performed by Jesann Prashaw
PROFESSOR performed by Joe Reed
LIAM performed by Zach Costello
ZANE performed by Grant Bachhuber
JESS performed by Hillary Caplan
COOPER performed by Sam Hoffman
DANCERS
Michael Aniolek, Ally Dawson, Ross Huston, Quanesha Boykins, Francesca Coveno, Swanson Ninan, Sam Sarkisian, Jessie Torrance, Jesann Prashaw, Hillary Caplan, Sam Hoffman, Haejee Park, Nicolette Maggiolo, Lauren Bufe, Stephanie Gianni, Meg Poulin, Collin Kelly, Mike Parello, Jamie Bloom, Dani Rives, Gina Vitentti, Erin Snyder, Natalie Russo, Annie DuBois, Elizabeth Agneta, Jeray Thelwell, Stephanie Hill, Rachel Jensen, Kerissa Kow, Jun Tsuboike, Paige Machado, Sarang Shah, Kate Aspinwall
PARTIERS
Rachel Jensen, Kerissa Kow, Jun Tsuboike, Paige Machado, Sarang Shah, Thomas Andrews, Jean Carlos DeJesus, Mike Parello, Jamie Bloom, Dani Rives, Gina Vitentti, Erin Snyder, Natalie Russo, Annie DuBois, Elizabeth Agneta, Jeray Thelwell, Stephanie Hill, Collin Kelly
CROWD WALKERS
Nicolette Maggiolo, Allen Li, Lauren Bufe, Mariah MacKenzie, Tom Honsinger, Nicole Enriquez, Alex Bruno, Tate Gieselmann, Hersh Bendre, Beata Coloyan, Stephanie Gianni, Meg Poulin
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jesann Prashaw, Haejee Park
RUNNERS Mariah MacKenzie, Paige Machado, Mo Brodeur, Ghita Benslimane

For Real This Time: The Series Finale of “Living With Dan (Again)”

There’s never enough I can say about having the multiple opportunities to live with my best friend, Dan, during my college career. We may not get to live together during our senior year thanks to both of our prior obligations, but the fact that our friendship has provided the foundation for the greatest four years I’ll ever have negates the sadness of not living together.

In the end, it’s this episode that illustrates the epitome of friendship and our circle of friends: the color, the endless activity, the endless amounts of exhilaration and life.

Bye, Dan. See you soon, buddy.

“How To BU” | A BU Orientation Web Series

As a part of my position working for Boston University Orientation, I was asked to create a mini-web series that would detail certain logistics and information for students attending the 7th Session.

I titled the series “How To BU” as obviously a pun on the university, but because literally that’s what the series was about. Where do you go for Orientation? When? How do you move in? What do you need to live on campus? How do you move it all in? What’s living in Boston actually like?

The episodes needed to be funny enough to capture the students’ attention so they would understand the information on where to go and how to check in with the university, but also convey a sense of BU pride and excitement for the upcoming academic year. I took all of this into consideration when writing the scripts, handling the filming, and managing the post-production and other effects.

Starring a fellow Program Advisor, Teresa Langford, and guest starring Hannah Breck in Episodes #2 and #4 & Haejee Park in Episodes #5 and #6, “How To BU” is a fun insight into the serious joy Boston University has brought to myself and to everyone I know at the university.

The only question remaining is: how do you, you know, BU?

EPISODE 1: ON WEDNESDAYS, WE GO TO ORIENTATION

EPISODE 2: MOVE-IN DAY!

EPISODE 3: YOU, YOURSELF, AND BEANTOWN

EPISODE 4: GIVE ME A BREAK

EPISODE 5: CULTURE SHOCK!

EPISODE 6: I SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL PASS MY CLASSES

Running Free: “Living With Dan (Again)” #2

Besides the usual showcase of Daniel antics I found myself in, I ended this installment with a rather nostalgic tribute to the city this entire series has been grounded. Set to Rudimental & Emeli Sande’s “Free,” I montaged the BAA 10K run as an illustration of being Boston Strong forever and always. Living with Dan isn’t just about living with Dan – it’s the location, the homethat counts.

The Kids Are All Right: “Living With Dan (Again)” #1

Our series premiere of “Living With Dan (Again)” finds Dan and I moving into Warren Towers for two weeks, then concluding with the move into our South Campus apartment. I just tried to orient viewers back into the world of Dan and myself, which meant there’s cupcake wrapper chewing.

Isn’t that what you thought of too?

Teasing the Return of…

We’re baaaaaack!

Dan and I are living together this summer as we work for BU Orientation, so of course I had to bring back what has become quite the staple of our bromance.

Need to catch up on “Living With Dan” before our new season? Check it out here!

And Then…It Ended: “Living With Dan” Series Finale

We say our farewells to our sophomore year at BU with a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, Global Day of Service, and the Boston Marathon.

I wanted to have a farewell full of events and good times that show just how tight a city school can be. I think I got my point across.

Dan goes on as an RA, and so we cannot live together any longer. Plus, I’m going abroad to Australia! We’ll always be best friends, though. No doubt about that.

And now…for the series finale of LWD. It’s a tear-jerker.

Video: Living With Dan VLOG #9 (Series Finale)

Date Uploaded: April 24, 2012