my Hello my dear dear readers. You may have noticed that I haven’t been updating much over here. It’s not because I haven’t been busy. It’s actually because I have been busy. We are in the midst of developing The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence as a series, and I’m also starting out on my own, buying Fs77 where I have been creative director for the last six years and incorporating it into my production company, Five and Four, in the coming weeks, and will be merging all my online endeavors to better manage and update them. If you haven’t yet, please follow me on twitter, where I will be making all major announcements and also non-announcements in the near future. And do me one more solid and “Like” Quiet Girl on Facebook. Thank you readers! Hope you’re kicking 2013 in all the soft places until it submits to your will! Until we meet again, JMJ From the creator of Big Ol’ Tire Fire, Daily Uke, Workout with Erica Nix and Weatherman with Kelli Bland it’s a staged reading of a new web show script… EARP Written by the legendary web sketch group Big Ol’ Tire Fire: Craig Staggs (A Scanner Darkly, Weatherman with Kelli Bland) Mark Stewart (Seven Wonders of the World Plus One), Hilah Johnson (Hilah Cooking), and Jason Andres (Francisco is the Man) as a feature length script and adapted for animation and the web by Craig Staggs. The whole thing kicks off with a staged reading of all 8 episodes at SVT October 12,13,19 and 20th. The cast is an awesome who’s who of acting awesomeness including but not limited to: Kelli Bland, Jason Liebrecht, Jennymarie Jemison, Judd Farris, Asaf Ronen, Robert Lambert, Roger Wallace, Chris Cubas & Michelle Keffer. The readings are 8-10PM October 12, 13, 19 & 20th.
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The reading is directed by Kelli Bland.
Tix are 10$ at the door.
Hello my dear dear readers. You may have noticed that I haven’t been updating much over here. It’s not because I haven’t been busy. It’s actually because I have been busy. We are in the midst of developing The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence as a series, and I’m also starting out on my own, buying Fs77 where I have been creative director for the last six years and incorporating it into my production company, Five and Four, in the coming weeks, and will be merging all my online endeavors to better manage and update them. If you haven’t yet, please follow me on twitter, where I will be making all major announcements and also non-announcements in the near future. And do me one more solid and “Like” Quiet Girl on Facebook. Thank you readers! Hope you’re kicking 2013 in all the soft places until it submits to your will!
Until we meet again,
From the creator of Big Ol’ Tire Fire, Daily Uke, Workout with Erica Nix and Weatherman with Kelli Bland it’s a staged reading of a new web show script…
Written by the legendary web sketch group Big Ol’ Tire Fire: Craig Staggs (A Scanner Darkly, Weatherman with Kelli Bland) Mark Stewart (Seven Wonders of the World Plus One), Hilah Johnson (Hilah Cooking), and Jason Andres (Francisco is the Man) as a feature length script and adapted for animation and the web by Craig Staggs.
The whole thing kicks off with a staged reading of all 8 episodes at SVT October 12,13,19 and 20th. The cast is an awesome who’s who of acting awesomeness including but not limited to: Kelli Bland, Jason Liebrecht, Jennymarie Jemison, Judd Farris, Asaf Ronen, Robert Lambert, Roger Wallace, Chris Cubas & Michelle Keffer.
The readings are 8-10PM October 12, 13, 19 & 20th.
Tonight at Austin Studios, I will join such web luminaries as Burnie Burns and Hilah Johnson as Transmedia Austin hosts a special event! It is sold out but there is a waitlist at the door and it will be livestreaming here starting at 6pm!
The motto of this group is to “meet, share, learn and inspire”, and this is the next step in that journey. We’ll be hosting a seminar/mixer on “Making it in New Media”, with a focus on inspiring outside the box thinking when it comes to funding and producing.
We’re highlighting three successful local ventures, our presenters “The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence” and “Hilah Cooking”, and our special keynote speaker, Burnie Burns from Roosterteeth!
“Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence” is a narrative piece inspired by a webseries short (Project Rant). The video is currently a short film and there are plans to go episodic with the story. The creators have funded it through a successful kickstarter campaign and have been building buzz through unique relationships with fans and notable contributing artists. Producer/Star Jennymarie Jemison and Director Rafael Ruiz will present clips from the show, share their experiences and take Q&A from the crowd.
“Hilah Cooking” is a short-form webseries on cooking starring the inimitable Hilah Johnson. In three years, Hilah and producer Chris Sharpe have built a brand that commands thousands of hits per show across multiple platforms as well as successful e-books and merchandising arms. They’ve created and executed on tangible yearly business plans and the show is not only a full-time job for the creators but they’re expanding the brand into other shows and concepts while navigating the media sea alongside hollywood players. Chris & Hilah will demonstrate the show, how their knowledge of youtube and metrics comes into play and the steps they’ve taken to build a business out of the brand.
“Roosterteeth” is one of the pioneers of non-traditional media programming. Founded in Austin by Burnie Burns, RT is now one of the most popular channels on Youtube, is in production for the tenth season of its flagship “RedVsBlue” series, and has successfully launched a number of other media products and partnerships that all bring focus to creating media outside of the traditional NY/LA model. Burnie will keynote the seminar, and by sharing his views and experiences, bring a framework that inspires.
LOCATION: Austin Studios Screening room. Presentations will be in the main screening room. In the meeting room will be refreshments and tables from our sponsors. We are in talks with sponsors that have a stake in the community, and hope to foster discussion in that room as well.
This will be our September event, and I encourage all of you to swing by. It will be free, open to the public, so bring a friend! More details will emerge as they are confirmed, and we’d love to hear ideas and involvement from our community!
Alamo Drafthouse “Don’t Talk or Zombies Will Eat You” PSA from Proof, Inc. on Vimeo.
- Her: Aimee Thomas
- Him: Ben Wolfe
- Doctor Walker: Chris Curl
- Alamo T-Shirt Walker: Jennymarie Jemison
- Disturbed Suit Walker: Louis Moncivias
- Writer/Director: Stephen Mick
- Producer: Cliff Wildman
- DP: Jim Flores
- 2nd Unit DP: Luis Caffesse
- 1st AC: Rocky Conly
- Audio/Utility Infielder: Drew Ott
- Makeup Effects: Benjamin Ploughman
- Assistant Makeup Artists: Jack & Suzanne Cuellar
- Behind-The-Scenes Photography: Sly Photography
- Editor: Stephen Mick
- Colorist: Oscar Oboza
- Title Design: Bill Laviolette
- Music & Audio Mixing: Arun Venkatesh
Filmed on the RED Epic and Scarlet cameras. Shot on location at Poquito Ranch in Austin, Texas. Special thanks to the horses for not eating my wife.
To see a time-lapse of the Zombie make-up being applied, check this out…
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past we have presented the world premieres of THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, CITY OF EMBER, ZOMBIELAND, and GENTLEMEN BRONCOS, while our guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. We also feature world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.
Fantastic Fest is held each year in various venues, but primarily at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.
During his Keynote Address at the International film Festival Summit in Las Vegas, Variety president and publisher Charlie Koones listed Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” a list which included industry heavy-hitters such as Cannes, Toronto and Telluride. We’ve also been named as one of the “25 coolest film festivals” and the “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine
“The geek Telluride… Fantastic Fest lives up to its name” – Variety
“The most important film festival in North America” – Texas Monthly
“If there’s a heaven, I want it to be just like the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar during the week of Fantastic Fest.” – Devin Faraci, CHUD.com]]>
Here it is you guys. Many thanks to Tag Simler and Rafael Antonio Ruiz for working so hard on it.
The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence – Trailer from RAR on Vimeo.]]>
I should have done this a long time ago. We launched our fundraising page for The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence last Tuesday, and I am just now sitting down to post about it. I knew that managing the campaign would be consuming, but it’s been more than that, it’s been thrilling. The night before launching, I couldn’t sleep. I’d never attempted fundraising on my own before. Sure, I’ve passed around links for projects that I’d acted in, but efforts to that end weren’t met with a huge sea of donations. That’s always a fine line anyway. It’s pretty commonplace that independent film/theatre projects in Austin needs help with funding, and those producers frequently turn to their casts to promote those fundraising efforts. And well, the circles of those actors get pretty inundated with requests and links to crowd-funding sites and the results grow more and more diminished. The other night at Gourmand’s during halftime of the Spurs’ dismantling of the Clippers (go Spurs go!), some of my friends that are all performers in one way or another, discussed the saturation level of Kickstarter /IndieGogo. Someone said something to the effect of their own experience of just turning off because there are so many friends with campaigns constantly inundating them for funds. The effect being they just blur together and make them not care. I see that. I worried about that. But I suggested that our being in the field of artists all trying to get our projects made, don’t really make us the norm. I don’t think that civilians (or people not in these creative fields) do experience this saturation. It’s not like they know tons of people attempting this stuff, they maybe just have one weird cousin that went to clown college, whereas, we are that weird cousin. And all we know are other clowns.
So yeah, I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t think our goal was necessarily out of reach. $7000 isn’t that much money. But then again, it kind of is. It definitely will determine not only whether the film gets finished, but also how many festivals I can submit it to or if it will have a life beyond this short. Rafael and I conceived of this project as a series. We wrote a script for a 23 minute pilot, and will be editing that into the festival cut (hopefully under ten minutes) and also a pilot episode of a full series. Any funding beyond the $7k would go toward that end. I did a lot of research before launch day. I didn’t want anything to be halfass. Still, when I pressed the green button to send my Violent effort into the universe, my heart was in my throat.
A few hours passed and we were 50% funded.
Today, just a week and a day later, and we are within spitting distance of our goal, a mere $331 shy as of this post. I’m confident that we are going to make it and then some. We still have quite a few announcements to make during this campaign. A few tricks up our sleeve I guess you could say. Here’s a partial list:
1. The unveiling of the official Quiet Girl poster by a spectacular and well-renowned artist.
2. The t-shirt designs (there are more than featured on the page) that will be voted on as to which one is produced. So far the broken crossbones is a crowd favorite.
3. A special message from two of the most charismatic Quiet Girl characters.
4. Developments of post-production. Some of the people that are lining up to help us finish our film are hollywood heavies. You jaw will drop. Mine did.
5. Probably something else awesome, there are 22 days left!!
So if you want to be the person that sends us to our goal of successful funding, now is the time. Today could be a very Quiet day. My heart is so full. This whole process, while daunting and emotional, has been rewarding far beyond any money could be. The support and love that I’ve received from not only friends but unexpected sources has been tremendous and inspiring. Thank you all of you. Now onward and upward!
“Wow.” That’s the first word that crosses my mind walking into the Sherwood Forest Faire the Saturday before we begin filming Disenchanted. This thought was quickly followed by, “Is that full grown man dressed as a Centaur? How is his tail moving? Why doesn’t his ladyfriend have anything on underneath that chain mail?” These and many other questions remained unanswered throughout my time there. In fact, I realized it was just better not to ask them in order to avoid nonsensical conversations like the following one I had with Gual (actual name Jeffrey), who was an authentic faire fairy and was cast as the number one in the Faerie Queen’s sparkle army. Here he is:
Me: Oooh, is there a Maypole? We could get some excellent faerie b-roll with some maypole action.
Gual: No, that’s not historically accurate. This faire is set in 1190. Maypoles weren’t around until the 16th century.
Me: Oh, of course, that makes sense. (Said while leaning on Ye Olde ATM contraption). Wouldn’t want to make that mistake. Let’s go get some Old World Nachos and a draught of your finest Budweiser.
I had two days on this production, and it was a blast. The first day on set, the faire was closed to the general public, and shooting went briskly. I got to play a villain, as the Faerie Queen, whose insecurity makes her more dangerous than if she was just plain evil. I had wings that required their own handler, a long blonde wig, and a glittery entourage. I wish I was always so lucky. The second day I was called, the faire was actually open for business and after I was wrapped, I stayed in costume and wandered around the faire. Strangers asked me to take photos with them. Little girls hugged me. I pondered eating a turkey leg but ultimately waited for some post-faire Elgin sausage. (That my friends, is a truly magical experience.)
Gual then introduced me to the Faerie court. He took me by the hand and whispered, “How would you like to be introduced?” I said, “I don’t know what to say,” afraid of being exposed as a fraud, ” I’m just going to smile and make noises like Bjork.” He said, “I can work with that,” and then presented me to the ren-folk and the children that had gathered for the tea party, as a visiting Faerie Queen, whose voice had “been stolen and taken to the underworld.”
“Wow,” I thought for the 113th time that day, “Improv genius.”
Now here for your enjoyment, is the cast trailer they put together for the wrap party. It’s nothing official, just something to make us all laugh, which it did. Now if can get a little pixiedust sprinkled on post-production, we should be in good shape. (Unlike the lady in the chain mail.)
Disenchanted Cast Trailer from mark spacek on Vimeo.]]>
If you aren’t in Austin for the multiple 4/20 Alamo screenings, you are in luck. If you get your cable through Time Warner, T-Mobile, Verizon, Charter, or Brighthouse, “420 Austin High” is waiting for you on Movies on Demand, in glorious HD or watchable SD. If you get it through Cox or Comcast, it’ll be up in your house on May 3. This is the super sweet, NSFW (profanity), extended trailer, including slightly more of me than my gratuitous, but legitimately funny, makeout scene with Adriene Mishler.]]>
This is a super late entry and I’m kicking myself for not posting this sooner but there is an incredible performance happening tonight and AN ADDED DATE of tomorrow SATURDAY APRIL 7th at Salvage Vanguard Theater and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you experience it. It’s called The Orchid Flotilla and it is dreamy and provocative, erverse and didactic, sweet and super weird. It is my cup of tea.
Creator and performer of Glass Half Full Theatre, Caroline Reck is a personal hero of mine. She is able to create something from nothing using whatever objects she encounters, or should there be none, her own body becomes the tools of her storytelling. She is a force my friends. She is alone for much of the play, a woman surviving on a flotilla of garbage and orchids on the open sea, before the foxish Gricelda Silva joins her on her plastic island. I encourage every actor in Austin to see the show for the lessons that both women teach in the industry of their movements. Every gesture is both graceful and informed, and is endlessly watchable. I was captivated. I wasn’t the only one. Here’s one of the best reviews I’ve ever read in a very long time, although I haven’t read Brenner’s Aliens review yet.
When Caroline was in rehearsal for Flotilla, she created something else out of nothing: A fundraiser wherein East Austin artists and designers and artists from the theatre community were asked to create bathing suits out of materials that would survive the Apocalypse, then they or their models wore them in a Fashion Show. I was one of the brave that trod the wooden staircase wearing a lot of not much. Fortunately for me, Kelli Bland was the creator of my swimsuit and it was divine. Here is a video of the show plus an interview with the oh so incredibly lovely Caroline, and some pictures, just for funsies.
I’m also proud to say that I created the show’s posters and postcards. Love doing this kind of work for people that I admire. Here is an up close shot of some details that don’t come through at smaller sizes. All of this is actual sea trash floating out there somewhere, near the flotilla. Which is where you should be.. near the flotilla TONIGHT AND TOMORROW, your last chance.