Tagged ‘short film‘

Official Merit Badges trailer released!

In case you hadn’t heard, Merit Badges is a short film I directed. I think it’s pretty keen. Check out the trailer below:

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Everybody cut, everybody cut

Location scouting for MERIT BADGES today went pretty well and the trip found some new spots with a lot of potential, so I think we can tally a notch in the ‘Progress’ column. Though it’s more of a stoplight color coding system than just a hash mark tally. But fwiw there’s way more green than red at this point anyway.
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We don’t need no stinkin badges…

Well, here I am again, in pre-production. Excited. Terrified. Occupying an emotional tilt that could be likened to the climax of the 1986 film SPACE CAMP— wherein the Space Shuttle Atlantis is low on oxygen, has missed the last safe re-entry window, and is actively de-orbiting whether it has an LZ or not. Perhaps I’m 12-year-old Joaquin Phoenix in this scenario, too enthusiastic and naive to truly appreciate the danger. But it’s happening.

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Getting hyped for a screening of Harbinger from Raleigh independent film peeps Drawbridge Media. Had a great time working with a great bunch of people and making new friends on this project and I really think it’s gonna be something special. And I’ll clue you in on something– keep a look out for some masterful fog machine work, they’re probably going to have to create a whole new VFX Academy Award for the dramatic fog work in this film, no joke. Be sure to check out the website for more info and upcoming screenings:


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Random googling led me across some production art from one Joe Bluhm ( If there’s one thing I love, it’s a professional artist’s sketch blog and happily many digital and animation professionals rock them these days. Joe’s blog revealed a brilliant-looking animated short he contributed designs for called “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” from Moonbot Studios. Here’s the Trailer ( Here’s a description:

“Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.”

In other words, hovering dead center in my vortex of awesome.

Moonbot’s got a great series of behind the scenes at their Vimeo page ( where they speak about inspirations, cherised animation, Katrina and “The power of story to change a life.” After watching the first of these making-ofs it’s clear that “Morris Lessmore” has been created with a deep appreciation for heart-felt storytelling.

I haven’t even seen the film, but over the course of 30 minutes I’d fallen in love.

The agonizing details are done. Screening this weekend.

Well it’s been an interesting journey, but el short film San Souci Showdown is done and about to be tossed to the wolves this Saturday Oct. 22 at Mission Valley, 4PM. Come one, come all and enjoy delicious on tap NC beers at my favorite Raleigh movie-house.

6 days of filming, ~6k budget and some great local talent. I had maybe some impossible expectations, but I’m pretty content with finishing it up. I have learned many things, the most important being (once again)- anytime I think I know maybe a little bit about something, in reality I know nothing. (Yes, Jon Snow, there is no Santa Claus???)

So, learning things is good. Getting your ass handed to you by your own stupidity is necessary. It’s always a desperate quest to get out of my own head and actually put something together. We’ve got a finished product and that’s an accomplishment. There will always be parts I love and parts I hate, but it should manage a few laughs and it looks pretty sharp. I look forward to seeing and hearing some reactions.