"The Solipsist" wins 2 Major Awards!

"The Solipsist" had its official World Premiere this past Wednesday night at the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, MO as a part of the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. We had the honor of not only closing out the evening of Drama shorts, but also being the final narrative short film of the entire festival! 

The next night, all of St. Louis' best filmmakers gathered at Blueberry Hill for the closing night ceremony, where official awards were given out, as well as invitations for the 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival. 

"The Solipsist" walked away with not only "Best Use of Music" by Cody Michael James, but it won the overall award for "Best Narrative Film" (Over 20 Minutes)! The award was made even sweeter, with announcement that we would also be going on the International Festival in November, along with 22 other great films by amazing St. Louis filmmakers. Afterwards, Chris Clark from Cinema St. Louis distributed superlative awards to some of the filmmakers who stood out during the festival. Cinematographer, Kyle Krupinski, was awarded for his amazing work in "Under the Grove" and "The Solipsist," and I received an award for "Indie Filmmaking." 

I was completely taken off guard by this acknowledgement, and frankly still have not come down from the shock of it all. It was an amazing night to say the least, and I am overwhelmingly happy that so many people were touched and enjoyed this film that consumed my life for 18 months. 

Stay tuned for more news about "The Solipsist" and we will see you in November!

Interview #2: The Wild Wild West with Thom West

Here at home in St. Louis, MO, I grew up listening to Thom West on our local radio station 105.7 The Point during the morning hours. Today, I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by him on his current radio show "The Wild Wild West" on TalkSTL.com.

On air, i was joined by "The Solipsist" Executive Producer, Angelia Hayes who is solely responsible for rescuing us from crowd-funding hell back in the Fall of 2013, while in Pre-Production on the film. For those who listened to my interview Friday on IndioRadio.com, you will find this one a little more focused and informative about the film and its premiere Wednesday night at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

(Skip to the 76 min mark to hear the interview NOW)

Check it out, leave comments below and thanks for listening!

Hear my interview with John and Kane on Indio Radio NOW!

This morning, I had the privilege to sit down with the awesome dudes at The John and Kane Show on IndioRadio.com to talk about the upcoming World Premiere of my new film, "The Solipsist."

As always, the guys got me rambling on about all sorts of miscellaneous topics and I forgot to mention a couple of important things, mainly:

Without getting too long winded about it... Imagine waking up one morning and coming to the realization that you were no longer in control of the world around you? Many people would say that this is already the case. You are the only thing in this world that you can know to be TRUE, everything else is so unpredicatble, that it might as well be a hallucination. This is the basis for Solipsism.

Our main charcter, Max is a high-powered attorney, who enjoys all the spoils that success brings. That is until he wakes up one morning to find that he's never actually been a lawyer at all - let alone himself. With each sleep, the world around Max transforms uncontrollably, sending him into a downward spiral of madness and sleep deprivation. Tired and alone, Max reluctantly confides in his closest friend, Amy, only to find that she is no longer who he thinks she is.

I have also included my LIVE TWEETS below so you can follow along at home!

So listen to the interview HERE and leave your comments below!


One week until the World Premiere of "The Solipsist"

We are only ONE WEEK AWAY from the World Premiere of "The Solipsist" at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase! 

My newest short film and passion project of the last 18 months will debut at 7pm at The Tivoli Theatre in University City, MO. It will be screened along with several other local short films as a part of the "Drama #3" program on Wednesday, July 16th.

Tickets are still available at LandmarkTheares.com for $12 in advance.

I will also be doing TWO radio interviews in the days leading up to the event. Beginning FRIDAY on The John and Kane Show on IndioRadio.com at 10am CST.

You can also catch me LIVE MONDAY on "The Wild Wild West" with Thom West at 10:30am on TalkSTL.com

NEW RELEASE: New Lingo - "Night of the Loving Dead"

The month of May was a whirlwind of preparation as I begin working on the feature film "Marshall the Miracle Dog" in June. In the mean time though, I had THREE music video projects in hand that needed to be shot before I became unavailable for the next 30 days. In only 8 days time, my team and I went into production on videos for Midnight Hour, Facing Infamy and New Lingo, almost simultaneously.

The first out of the gate is New Lingo, and for obvious reasons… It has been a dream of mine for several years now to shoot a ONE-TAKE music video. Several attempts with bands like Vice Vega never came to fruition, so I came up with another concept that I believe could actually be achieved this time around. Based on popular one-take videos by Metric and OKGO, I wanted to create an illusion within the camera, by having band members and objects move through time and space while we continuously rolled.

We were grateful enough to have a house loaned to us by our good friend Sean Tiffin of Angry Waffle comedy and with it, I mapped out a path around the first floor of the house that would allow us to achieve such a complex illusion. With the help of a small army of Production Assistants (Jordan Hageman, Taylor Bevirt, Katie Ploesser and Hayley Disteroff), we physically transported the drums and other instruments down small hallways and sharp turns as the camera was just narrowly about to see them.

The 10 hour day of shooting, included set dressing and rehearsal for several hours before we even began to roll. When it was all said and done, we went through 45 takes, before finally narrowing it down to 3 takes that we felt worked best. Between myself and Cinematographer, Kyle Krupinski, we simultaneously watched all three takes at Lamplight Films, looking closely for mistakes and other inconsistencies that would throw off the flow of the video. The final take that you see about was actually about 4 or 5 takes prior to the final shot of the night.

Congrats again to the great guys in New Lingo on a successful shoot and thanks for letting me make this video for them!

Keep watching for more in July!