BU FYSOP 2013 Closing Ceremony Film

There’s an essential fear that almost everyone experiences in their lifetime when entering a new part of their life. You don’t know what’s happening next; you don’t know what’s going to come of what new era you’re stepping in to.

It’s all a horror movie, really. That’s the idea myself and two other BU students took into account when we were asked by BU’s Director of Development Dr. Beverly Brown to produce and star in a short film to provide new students with upperclassmen advice, tips, tricks, and warnings about entering the university.

The result was a lot of fun to create. After filming all around campus, giving insight into different programs, activities, or ways of life, I applied multiple lighting effects at every turn to turn the university into…well, that’s a spoiler alert!

Watch:

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Beat Goes On: A Short Film

My most recent short film was actually filmed and produced in September of 2012 while I was studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, but YouTube prevented me from sharing it with the world. But now I’m finally able to share it with you all!

“Beat Goes On” depicts the story of a, shall we say, nomadic female who survives on publicly playing the drums, um, badly. Like, really badly. Played by my good friend Lindsay Kirk, the drummer meets a passerby, played by myself, who takes an interest in her that the drummer misinterprets as something more.

Soundtracked by two of my favorite songs, Norah Jones’ “Good Morning” and Sky Ferreira’s 2012 breakout single “Everything Is Embarrassing,” this lil film became the beautiful art I never actually intended to make. I found that making “Beat Goes On” involved a much harder look at how an edit can affect the entire emotional scope of the project. Because of this, the drummer’s sad fate becomes a lot more upsetting than I originally intended. In a good way.

I know I’m biased, being the director of the whole film, but I always feel empathetic for the drummer. Everyone’s experienced being led on by someone.

But, you know, the heartbeat always goes on.

Video: Beat Goes On

Date Uploaded: September 27, 2012

Note: The film is blocked practically everywhere on YouTube, but I put the link underneath the Vimeo link just in case you want to see if it works.

The Drama in Illumination: “The Falling” Short Film

My final Production I project was to create a full blown short film, no longer than 8 minutes if I recall correctly.

I believe I’ve mentioned before that I have a bad habit of acting in my own movies because I never feel as though I get across my messages to actors clearly enough to achieve the movie I want. This influenced the making of this film as well. Over 2011’s Thanksgiving break, I filmed myself, and two of my best friends (both of whom featured in Spectrum as well, if you look back).

I love flashbacks, and used that as a narrative vehicle to tell my story of a near-death experience.

Okay, near-death is a bit over exaggerated…but isn’t that what film is sometimes about? The extremes? No? Yes?

I’m talking to myself again, aren’t I?

In any case, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with “The Falling” as I always do. This is one of my favorites.

Video: “The Falling” Short Film (Boston University Production I Final Film) | Canon T2i

Date Uploaded: December 8, 2011

Things Aren’t Always As You Hear: “Hallway Where?” Short Film

My first semester as a BU sophomore included taking Production I as a class. Our second assignment of the class was to create a short film simply using sound to tell a story. We had to create the soundscape first, and THEN film the visuals.

Tricky. I decided to go ahead and make sounds that you would normally hear, and distort them. For instance, touching a wall usually creates no sound at all. But I wanted to create sounds this time for when that interaction happened.

The story thus goes, in my finished project “Hallway Where,” that a guy wakes up in a narrow hallway in an unusual world. Every time he tries to leave the hallway, he gets zapped back to his starting place. He can’t leave. As he continually tries to leave…well, you’ll see how the end turns out…

You’ve been warned! Don’t get too lost in this one.

Video: Hallway Where? Short Film (Soundscape Project)

Date Uploaded: November 4, 2011

STOP SMOKING ALREADY…But Really: a PSA

My first semester at Boston University involved a mandatory communications class called COM101. One assignment we had was to show how a wordless argument conveys its message without using words. You could choose an advertisement or some sort of vehicle for the assignment, but I decided to create my own video for it.

I noticed that many more people smoke in cities than back home…so I focused on creating a PSA about second-hand smoking, using one of my roommates and another friend, Kendall.

It’s nothing special, but I love good dramatic nonsense. This is that nonsense.

Nonsense that got me an A! (Sorry, that was very conceited of me.)

Video: Second-Hand Smoking PSA

Date Uploaded: October 2, 2010

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

The Mountain’s Summit: Applying to NYU Tisch

New York City + filmmaking = gold. Gold = New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

There’s absolutely no question about it: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts holds the best film program on the east coast. Nothing else to say about that. It’s the truth, because no other east coast school allows for such hands on learning from the start. The school was my goal when I started looking at colleges in 2008. It was the first one I’d ever been interested in.

The application for Tisch involves a creative portfolio, including a dramatic essay, a creative resume, and a submission of a short film less than 10 minutes long. This was the school I wanted to go to more than anything. The chance to live in the Big Apple wouldn’t ever come so easily to me ever again. Now or never.

That meant I had to go all out with everything I had learned from teaching myself Sony Vegas, the non-linear editing program I use. My main interest lay in television, so I focused on creating a pilot, if you will, for a television show. Up until this point in my career, I hadn’t ever really used other actors besides my family and myself in my videos because I just didn’t trust other people to understand the vision I was going for. To this day, I still have a hard time with it. If I do ever become a director one day, it’s going to be my biggest fault: not believing in the actors.

But this project opened my eyes to the possibilities. And I knew I couldn’t make a video for my application without using other actors. I took a leap of faith, and Spectrum was born.

The end of March came, bringing my decision with it. I was accepted. Freaking ACCEPTED.

And now you question me: “Uhhh…dude, you’re at Boston University. What gives?”

What gives? How about NYU Tisch’s $60,000 tuition? How about their highest financial aid packages only offering $9,000 in aid that’s not federal loans? Who the hell can pay for that and live after those four years?

I sound bitter. I’m not. Maybe only five percent bitter. More bitter towards private universities and their ease in sucking the money out from under people’s feet. No…on the contrary, Boston University was the best choice, in the end – money aside. I wouldn’t be in Australia right now if it weren’t for BU. I wouldn’t have the amazing friends I have. I wouldn’t be executive producing a student-run television show. I wouldn’t have the most incredible internship at ZSPACE, learning 3D animation and motion graphics, if not for BU.

This whole video application process was simply a learning experience. You don’t have to go to the best schools to get the best real-life experiences. You don’t need the best to become great at what you do.

So, NYU, thank you. Ranting over: let’s watch Spectrum.

Video: Spectrum: ACCEPTED NYU Tisch Portfolio Film

Date Uploaded: April 2, 2010

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

I WANT MY PRESENTS NOW: Christmas Morning

You may hate when Christmas starts to pop up around the beginning of November, when Thanksgiving hasn’t even graced us yet. But let’s be honest, there are worse things in the world, am I right or am I right?

That said, I took a break from the final season of my series Missing (mainly to figure out my storyline issues) to film a short, fun Christmas film. Everyone knows the stress the holidays bring. Everyone knows how everyone forgets everything this time of year. Everyone knows that feeling of anticipation the night before…food, presents, family, friends, joy…there’s nothing to beat it.

So I put all of that in one two minute film. That still makes me laugh to this day. And I’m not just saying that.

Well, maybe I am. Let me check.

Nope, I’m in love. Find out for yourself. Christmas is here:

Video: Christmas Morning

Date Uploaded: December 5, 2009