An Ode: “Mother + Father” by Broods

A time in life comes when you realize you’re truly standing on your own. You’ve left your parents, your family, your friends, your safety nets…all of it behind so that you can chart your own course.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve made a video, or even had the time to make a video, but this is that point in my life. It’s hella scary. It’s hella exciting. And the only thing you can think of is being successful – not just in a career or your dating life, but to simply succeed at being your own person.

Brood’s single “Mother + Father” captivates that moment in time for me. And as quite possibly the last time I’ll make a video (never say never), I wanted to send off the last 7-8 years of my YouTube life with a personal statement.

Yes, growing up is hard to do. Making your own life is hard to do. But that’s what we do, and it’s important to realize you’ll always have your mother, your father, your siblings, your friends to fall back on. Here I focused on capturing little moments of childhood at the beach, something so simply, but something that bonds familial ties so distinctly. The little moments in life are the most precious.

Mom and Dad, this one’s for you…

…since I’m never going to be able to pay you back for the clothes I wanted you to buy for me and then I only wore them once…

With that, I present:

Trapped! But “We’ll Be Fine” by Rebecca Ferguson

It’s been quite some time since I’ve released a self-made video. I can safely say that “The Pulse of the City” video for Hothouse is to blame, as well as my entire first semester of senior year at BU.

I recently came across X-Factor UK runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, a woman who’s soulful voice is immense and entrancing. A song from her second hit studio album (“Freedom”) entitled “We’ll Be Fine” struck me – it’s an intense song, one that echoes about in your head, constantly reminding you that you’ll always be fine, no matter the situation.

With a low battery on my camera, a laziness to charge it, and a desire to create something fun for myself, I threw myself into the fresh Connecticut snow and created this vision of my character being trapped by an invisible force field. He eventually calms down and escapes – an easy depiction of being fine, but an interesting one. I took some of the same visuals from my flick for “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry, which I think has the same successful effect.

Let me know: ya feelin’ fine?

The Pulse of the City: Kenmore Square

For the past four months of this semester, I’ve been enrolled in a class entitled Hothouse Productions, which is a student-run client-driven production company based at BU.

The goal of the semester? Make the best video for your client. Or else.

Goal met. Goal met big time.

My group and I – Kellan Reck, Katie Wolosoff, and Brian Gallagher AKA Team Kenmore – took on Hotel Commonwealth, a popular Boston hotel in Kenmore Square, as our client. We met with the hotel management, who charged us with the task of creating a promotional video not for them, but for Kenmore Square.

Shooting time lapses in Kenmore Square.
Shooting time lapses in Kenmore Square.

What’s the purpose of that? The hotel wanted to promote the special area Kenmore has become for the city. Kenmore used to be quite the dodgy neighborhood, but now, thanks to the hotel and thriving businesses in the square, Kenmore has quite literally become the heart of Boston. It’s pulse.

Kenmore Square is the where you see the pulse of the city.

More time lapses!
More time lapses!

Our resulting work below represents some of the most satisfying work my Brian, Katie, Kellan, and I have ever done. From shooting on the roof of the hotel in the wee hours of the morning to staying up way past our bedtime for lil meetings that became quite the bonding moments for us, we’ve created not just a promotional video for Hotel Commonwealth to share on their website, but a tribute to Kenmore. A tribute to Boston.

Why would you need to go anywhere else?

Shooting on the roof of Hotel Commonwealth.
Shooting on the roof of Hotel Commonwealth.

BIG BIG BIG special thanks to our professor, Barry Nolan, and his wife, Garland Waller, for all of their help in making this a success.

Producer: Brian Gallagaher

Associate Producer: Katie Wolosoff

Director: Kellan Reck

Editor & Media Manager: Chris Roys

Written by: Katie Wolosoff, Chris Roys & Brian Gallagaher

Narrator: Will Keary

Executive Producer: Barry Nolan

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.

It’s Time To BU: BU’s Class of 2017 Matriculation

Matriculation? What the heck is Matriculation?

That’s a question always heard around the beginning of the new academic year, as new students walk around their new home for maybe the first time. During the summer, new Terriers graduated from high school. When entering Boston University, the president reverses your graduation a bit, so that you may be matriculated into the university to become a fully fledged Terrier.

That’s where I come in this year. I was asked to create a short film celebrating the Orientation sessions the students had experienced, as they now become brand new college students.

You may have seen, witnessed, or heard of my web series, “How To BU,” that provided advice and entertaining antics to new Boston Terriers. Since many of the incoming students had watched parts of the series, I decided to take the mantra of learning “how to BU” and incorporate the meaning behind matriculation.

For them, it was now time to BU. This was their big moment.

But you can’t move on if you don’t celebrate the past, right?

The soundtrack is provided by Anna Kendrick’s infectious melody, “Cups.”

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:

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.

Jurlique’s ‘Purely White’ Campaign

During my time as an intern at ZSPACE as a part of my BU Study Abroad in Australia, I acted as a production assistant on a shoot for cosmetic company Jurlique’s ‘Purely White’ Campaign, aiding the creation of various Expert and How-To videos. I logged data, managed props, and filmed behind-the scenes footage, some of which can be viewed in the promo ZSPACE made for the project below.