In Alphabetical Order
Aliens, Abductions & Silver Space Girls in Burbank – I first met Michael Cullen, the director of this film, on the set of Alice in Nephernalia. It wasn't until I was
working on this project thast I discovered he used to work for the BBC, and for many years, he was the still photographer for
"Doctor Who" (one of my favorate shows when I was growing-up)! The concept of this project was to do everything on the cheep,
Cullen hoped to do the entire
project for two-hundred dollers... the dollar store was where he purchased most of his supplies. At the same time, it was intended to have a very
1960s sci-fi look. Depending on how it was recieved, it would either be a short film, of the pilot for a webseries... it was a short film... and my scene was cut out. Cullen said
he wasnted to do it to see what he could do with no budget... and he descovered that the answere was "not a heck of a lot."
Almost Impossible - I was cast in "Almost Impossible" on the spot at the audition... but "Almost Impossible" turned out to be a description of
getting the film finshed. Director Ye Huang had to act in her own movie after two of her other actors backed out. She had to re-film scenes which had
already been compleated with the other actress. In the end, the movie's story is good, but there were some serious technical problems. If nothing else,
I found a new "friend" in Ye while working on this film.
The Almost Real World - The Wedding - This was a film presentation that was shown at my wedding of my best friend (at the time) Kyle Inouye. It was a comical look at the events that let up to the
wedding, the planning and such. I directed it and had a small part. It turned out great, and was a big hit... sadly, Kyle and I drifted apart. I tried to reconnect to him
years later by re-editing all his wedding videos and putting them on DVD for him... but I got a big fuck you for my trouble. Apparently, he has turned into
a very angry human being... he threatened legal action because I gave hem a heartfelt gift. Prick.
Among the Dead - From the time I auditioned for "Among the Dead" to the time I
was done filming it was three days... that's a record for me. The finished movie is great, though the sound quality isn't great.
Director Kevin X. Barth defiantly had a vision and a plan, and I think it really showed on screen. It was a lot of fun to film, and I liked both of my co-stars. I really enjoyed playing the ultra-dark
character Ulcer Macabre. It's just too bad the technology he used to record it wasn't all that great.
As You Wish - "As You Wish" was a great experience. I'd worked with many of the crew before,
on Reverse Psychology. The director, seemed a little lost at times, but I think the finished product is
very good, and features some of my best acting. I did think it was very odd that we filmed two completely
different endings, one in which I'd lost one eye, and one in which both were gone... and in the end only the audio from the scene was used!
I think he should have decided which he wasnted before we filmed.
My costar in this movie, Samantha Colburn, was the same girl I'd worked with on my previous movie, Wife. I didn’t really get to talk
to her much on that set, so it was great to really get to know her this time around. There are two versions of this film, the longer and better one features
an extended scene between my brother and I.
Bathroom - "Bathroom" isn't actually the name of the film, but director James Collins refused to give it a title,
so I'm calling it "Bathroom." During the filming of this short, all the members of the cast and crew were nearly arrested for
filming in a UCLA bathroom (with is apparently illegal). Some who saw that we were filming in the bathroom called the cops and lied... he said lewd things were going on.
I was brought in at the last minute on this project after another actor backed-out; I'd
previously worked with James on "Fluff & Fold (he was the DP on that film). This was another film I did just because I wasn't busy.
Bed - I not actually seen in "Bed," I'm just a voiceover. I actually got this part afster I auditioned for another short director
Michael Portal was doing, then he called me in a week later for the voiceover. The hardest part of doing this film was
finding a paking place on the day of filming. The fim itself is somewhat shocking as one watches it... but everything sorts out by the end.
It's the first film I've done that has nudity... but not me (obviously, as only my voice is in it).
Blind Date - I was a bit worried going into "Blind Date" because the audition wasn't well organized, and I was cast
as a type of character that I usually don't play (An egomaniac who values his looks above all else).
As it turned out, my fears were unfounded. It was a very professional production, and I think the finished product came
great. Even so, it should be noted that the director wrote the script intending it to be
a drama, but it ended up being more of a romantic comedy... but this was a decision that was consciously made as the
production came together. I have to also admit that I was more unprepared for this film (in terms of knowing my lines)
there I have ever been before, but I proved to myself that I can roll with whatever comes my way. I love the way my hair looks in this film.
Blood Wedding - I enjoyed working on "Blood Wedding," I liked the director and my co-star... but I don't like the finished movie. Most of what we filmed was not
used, and the story was completely changed. I don't understand how the new title fits the movie, and it's not nearly as deep as the original concept was. In the end,
I have to say that this movie looks like a parody of a typical student film in that it’s all style and very little
substance. It was originally titled "The Mermaid and the Writer," and there was a lot more to it.
Bob Smith – This film was originally called "Tears of a Clown," and I actually like that name MUCH more then "Bob Smith."
My part in this film is not a big one, but it's a fun one. This is a film I am very eager to see.
I scraped up my knees pretty bad when I tacked Bob the Clown in multiple takes, and I even ended up with a clown face imprent
on my shirt. The guy that plays Bob is also the director. I have to say, the finished project was darker then I expected, and less funny.
Broken Hearts Anonymous – This film was originally called "Broken Hearts Club." Though the film is a comedy, this was probably the most
challenging role I've done so far, and had some of the most intense emotions. I had the opportunity to bring my friend Geoffrey "Badger" Gould onto the project to
play a small role... I don't think he left fulfilled with the project. Makes me question bringing actors onto a project, actually. One of the other actors on this film was Chris Pentzell, who I'd worked with on the terrible film "The Joker."
I had so much fun on this film... even if it did talk almost a year for them to give me a copy of it.
Chemistry - "Chemistry" is my short film that was filmed in about three hours. I think it came out quite good, but it shows that the forst half of the production was filmed much faster then
the second half; we filmes it in reverse order and time ran out.
And as it happens, I am in the first half more. Both this film and this film and "Gun in the Bag"
were for the same UCLA class.. this was a first for me.
Circles – "Circles" was made by the same guys that did "Dog Logic"; I was actually called in at the last
minute (the day before) when one of their actors backed out. It was a fun little part,
and best of all, I got to roller skate for a couple hours... which is something I hadn't done in about fifteen years! I fell a lot.
I also got to wear a striped shirt that made me look like a "Foot Locker" employee.
The Conversation - Amit Ghildiyal, director of "The Conversation" is a jerk. As of now, he has disappeared without giving me a copy. I
think he is out of the country, but he will have a nice full voicemail when he gets back.
The film itself could be interesting... hopeful I will find out someday. I will continue to bother scumbag Amit until I get a copy.
Not a very original title.
Convicted - "Convicted" was directed by Irawati Athalye, who also directed me in "Hello, Benjamin?," which
is funny because my character, Gale Moss, is completely the opposite of my character in that movie. Gale was originally
named Sawyer, and was based on the character in Lost. This film was filmed in an actual prison,
The Sybil Brand Institute in Los Angeles, and they were filming
Honey 2 at the same time in a different part of the facility.
A Delivery Man - I was brought in on "A Delivery Man" by my long time friend Sarah Downey, the starof the film. Tough I'd known for years, I'd never really ancting with her in any project,
so it was a lot of fun. The filmmakers were beginers, and could have planed certain aspectts of the production better, but for a movie with no dialogue, the movie came out pretty good. I will also add that the crew
were incredibly nice... they even hand delivered a copy of the finished film to my door!
Diva Supreme – I didn't know the name of "Diva Supreme" for a long time after I filmed it... I actually helped choose the name weeks
later whn I worked with Kevin Thomas on another project. It only took about four hours to film this,
and most of that was travel time; we went to various locations around Hollywood. It's too bad everything had to be done so
quickly... I suspected that they didn't enough coverage of me, but given the time it took, it came out damn good! We might be filming
some additional shots to add to the film at some point in the future
Don't Shoot the Angel – "Don't Shoot the Angel" was fist time I was ever involved with a project that did a pitch film. Director Max Li
wrote a four-page script in which he interacted with me (as the character in "Don't Shoot the Angel") and explained that he needed
money for the project. As for the actual film, it was a lot of fun. Not only did I get to play the lead character, but I also played three other
characters from his mind. This film was originally titled "Self Rescue," but because it was re-titled, I now use that name to refer to the pitch film. When I went to the screening, I was self conscious... even more so then
usual... but I was very relieved when many people came up to me after and said I was great (many more then have ever after any previous film).
Dreamcatcher - "Dreamcatcher" is my short film. It has no real dialogue and is set to REM music. It's not all that
original, but I'm still quite proud of it. Ther are countless hidden details in the movie, and a few things that no one but me (and
possibily one other person, but probably not) would get. I'm not going to say what it was inspired by, but I think the basic themes and emotions are universal and the exact reasons are not important.
Fluff & Fold - "Fluff & Fold," was something I did on a Sunday afternoon when I wasn't schedualed to do
anything else. There is no dialogue in the film, and there isn't very much to it, so it wasn't exactly a project I needed to do for my career.
Even so, I had fun shooting it, and got to work with two lovely ladies.
For the Birds - "For the Birds," was a very interesting role. I actually auditioned for both the lead character, and his cousin. Even though the part was smaller,
I wanted the part of the cousin, and was happy when I go it. I had played retarded before, but this character was just "slow," so it was a challenge to
get the right balance. I hope I did. The crew on this gilm was the youngest I've ever worked with... most of them were still in high school!
The Fourth Man - "The Fourth Man," was originally called "The Third Man", then it was called "The Third Person" for awhile.
It was a great experience. Most of the movie was filmed in the woods... it was a tiring day. Also because it
was filmed in the wilderness, we had to ADR every line of dialogue... and I think something seemed just slightly off with the sound of the finished film.
I'll also add that the cast and crew were great on this movie. The movie was done through a school called The Los Angeles Film Studies Program. Oh, I'll also add that
all the night shots in this film were filmed in the day and altered in post.
Gameday - "Gameday" was a small little film I did for fun. I knew I wouldn't get any usable film out of it, and it was not challenging
at all as there is no dialogue. It took a day to film, and I wasn't busy, so did it. The funniest thing about "Game Day" is that I am a Brazilian soccer fan... yet I am totally white, and I go up against a group of Spanish
soccer fans, and all but one of them are Asian. Not THAT'S color blind casting!
Get Inside - I auditioned for the lead role in "Get Inside," but the audition went terrible... somehow I still ended up
with the role of the lead's jerk co-worker. I haven't seen this film yet, but I am very nervous about my final
scene was quickly shot as the sun was going down... I don't see how the lighting could possible match. We'll see.
The script called for me to burp in one scene... for the record, I can not burp on cue, even after drinking a bunch of 7-Up. Safly, the hard drive that contained the
raw footage crashed and the entire film was lost.
The Great Office War - "The Great Office War" was so much fun! It was basically just a day of playing with
Nerf weapons... who wouldn't want to do that!? You might notice in the film that I do not change my apearence when I go from office worked to office warrior (most
people do), this was because everyone else was, and I though not doing it would make me unique... I think this was a mistake and I probably would have been in it more if I had "geared-up" more.
A couple shots of me made it into the film, including my death... the way they edited it, I am the first one to die on the IT team. Edger Landa, who I worked with on Dog Logic, was on the other team in the battle.
The Great Venice Robbery -
I got my part in "The Great Venice Robbery" without auditioning... which is to say I'm really not important in it; I play a photographer.
The movie played at various film festivals, including Cannes! I'm basically a glorified extra in this movie... I think I look like a French guy.
I was quite pissed-off after I did this film; my part was so small, and they sort of lewered me there by making me think it was somewhat larger.
But when I finally sae the film, I really liked my scene, and I've very glad I did it.
Gun in the Bag - "Gun in the Bag" is my short film that was filmed in less then three hours. I think it came out quite good,
especially considering that this was the first film director Hiroshi Yamano ever did. Both this film and this film and Chemistry
were for the same UCLA class... this was a first for me.
Happy Hour – "Happy Hour" was an interesting experience.... it required that I dress up in a very Lady Gaga-esque outfit.
I did this film as a favor to Guo Chen, who was a crew member on "Don't Shoot the Angel," and a friend of Chen Huang, who directed "Happy Hour."
While I was soing the film, I really was having second thoughts and wondering what I'd gotten myself into. In the end, I actually though the end
product was pretty entertaining. There were a few elements in the script that could have been too much... and it might
still have been puchibg it a bit in the film...but not so bad. And I did get paid, which I was not expecting as it was a favor.
Hard Body – "Hard Body" was an interesting experience. The script was poorly written, but when the time came to film, director James Mason didn't shoot about half of it anyway...
thus the storyline was totally lost. It became an excuse to show the body of a model he hired at great expense. I said a few lines, then I made out with her. I was going to do a second film with Mason, it was called "Repeat, and was actually a pretty decent concept... but he told me he was no longer making
films... then I saw his posting on LA Casting. Liar. And yes, I called him on it. The funniest thing about Mason is that he
offered me a role in "The Filmmaker," an earlier film, months before, and I turned him down, telling him that is script was terrible, and I later
learned that my friend Kevin Trang had been offered the same part, and also turned it down. I originally agreed to play a smaller part in "Hard Body" just so I could meet this guy; I don't think her remembered me as the guy that trashed his earlier script.
Heart vs. Hormone – This film doesn't actually have a name, but I'm calling it "Heart vs. Hormone." I really liked the
idea of this film, but there were time limits put upon it because it was a class
project, and it seems rushed at times... especially the ending. There was originally a different ending, with a baby, but I didn’t like
that ending because it didn't really make sense. As a whole, this film seems like a condom commercial.
Hello, Benjamin? – "Hello, Benjamin?" was a ton of fun to make, and I think it turned out very good. I liked working director Irawati Athalye a lot.
This was one of those parts that was a bit of a flashback for me, the kind of parts I excelled at even back when I wasn't a very good actor. After I'd been chosen to play Sam, I was brought in on the audition process and read with four different actors for the role of Austin (including my friend Kevin Trang, who didn’t get the part);
it was very interesting being on the other side of the audition process.
Hongry – "Hongry" was a lot of fun to make, even though it wasn't the most challenging
part. It was originally called "Hungry", but the tital was changed at the last minute for some reason.
It was produced by my frend Jenny Cho...
but I still had to audition (still, I suspect she helped me
get in the door). I wish all student films were this much
fun to work on. And the finished project came out pretty good.
In and Out of My Head – I thought this movie was called "In and Out of My Mind" for over a year and a half, which is how long it took me to get a copy of it.
In and Out of My Head was directed by my frend Jenny, I think she's got a talent as a director.
This was an odd experience as we uesed my appartment, my car, my place of employeement and my A Clockwork Orange
Halloween costume. Everything in the movie is me... except hopefully the psycotic tendencies. It's a strange story, it's too bad there's no audio.
In The Blink of an Eye –
"In the Blink of an Eye" was an interesting experience to say the least. I play the sidekick to a hitman in the film, but Frankie Ray, the actor who was playing Hitman,
left the production after we'd already filmed a scene. We did not re-shoot the scene, so actor Frankie Ray still appears in the film; though he is out of focus, it's clearly not the same actor seen later.
I liked the finished movie... though my scenes seemed to go by so fast. Such is life.
Janet 120 - "Janet 120" was one of those films that I didn't have to audition for, they called me on Friday, and I filmed on Saturday.
And it took less than an hour to film my scenes. I think it might actually be a pretty funny peice
of footage for me. I play a Harry Potter Geek... and I guess I am one as I informed the director that there were few mistakes
in the Harry Potter references in the script. Horcruxes, not Crucifixes! I tried to get a copy of this film from director
Jennifer Thompson for about a year, then she passed it off to the editior, who no longer has the footage. I doubt that I will ever see any footage from this one.
John's Keys - "John's Keys" was a student film I did in college.
I never got to see the finished product, mainly because I didn't try. This was the first
movie I ever did... in fact I was approached by the director, I didn't ask to be in it.
In this movie, I'm an artist who takes one last look at some of his childhood posetions
before shooting myself. The gun shot effect was fun, though a little scary. I
contacted the director years later, and he said he's give me a copy... but then I never heard anything more. Shaun Peterson, if you are out there, I'm still waiting!
I didn't even know the name of this film for ten years.
Johnson – "Johnson" was originally titled "Misplaced." The funest thing about this film was filming on the Warner Brothers lot; we shot
in the jungle area where they filmed
parts of Jurassic Park. My role in this one was very active, so I was so busy concentrating on what I was doing, I wasn't
conscious of when I was and wasn't on camera... but I was happy with the result. It took me over six months to get a copy of the film.
After I was finished filming, I helped out as an extra on another short film that was being
shot, "No Coincidence."
The Joker – "The Joker" was one of the worst I've ever done... and there have been a few bad ones. It was
a terrible experience to work on. The director, Alexis Lormeau, was a total tool, and the story made no sense at all! I learned from this film that
I need to see a script before I do a film... even if I have a verbal description of my role, I need to see
a script. I almost walked off the set, but didnd't because we were almost done anyway. Even the name is stupid. The highlight of the shoot was a nice
cat named Paws that lived in the house in which we filmed. The film was in focus (I always try to say something nice).
Love is Deaf –
"Love is Deaf" was one of those projects that had a great script, as well as a great cast and crew... and as such,
I'm hoping it will be one of the best shorts I've done. It was also one of the most dialogue heavy projects I've done, and that's always a learning experience.
My acting for most of this film was huge... possibly even the most over-the-top acting I've ever done.
I should mention that it is a wacky comedy with off-color humor, so my over-the-top character actually fits right in. It was also on this set that I met one of my best friends, Kevin Trang (he was mu co-star).
Man-Away – "Man-Away" was written by my frend Geoffrey "Badger" Gould,
and I probably would he done it to help him out even if it sucked, but suck it did not. I really
liked working on it, and I think my scene is quite amusing. I know there are a few things "Badger" wasn't 100% happy with... but I guess that's
the price of being the writer and not the director.
Marble Game – "Marble Game" which was originally called "The Marble," had a
tremendious amount of complicated camera work. I liked the concept of the
film, but I'm not sure the finished product fully captured what it wanted to. Some parts worked great.
I'm not sure what I expected from it; there wasn't a lot to the story really.
I was a little disapointed.
Meet Me in Space – "Meet Me in Space" was a ton of fun for many reasons, not the least of which was that I got to play a superhero of sorts.
It was also the first time I got to stay in a hotel at the production's expense, nice! And of course the crew was
great, as well as my costar Abbie McConnell, who is awesome. I hope the film is as fun to watch as it was to make. And one more interesting fact, the
scenes inside Jerry's house were filmed inside the house where large chunks of Erin Brockovich were filmed. The only part I didn't like about
doing the film were those superhero boots I had to wear... those things were actually ski boots, and they killed after a day of filming!
Misdemenor Revenge – "Misdemenor Revenge" was another film directed by my frend Jenny. All I
really did in the movie was get hit in the face with a few pies, and act goofy (which I do so well).
This isn't a movie I would have done had a friend not been the director, but it only took an hour anyway.
And I did have fun. It's a fun little film.
"Mitzy" a lot of fun, and the cast and crew wee great. I was actually incredibly late to the set one day on this shoot, and I felt horrible, but everyone was pretty cool about it. I also got to show my dance moves in this film,
and that's always fun. And director Rachel Olson threw a great viewing party with lots of alcohol! As for
the finished product, it's quite funny... except for my big scene, which is kinda serious and sad...
but that's what Rachel wanted.
Modern Triptych – "Modern Triptych" was officially the pilot to a weseries, but there was never going to be a second epidode. It was actually a project creatted to get get a handfull of actors into the
Screen Actor's Guild. Because I was in it (and I am SAG), and they did all the correct paperwork, all the other members of the cast became elligable to join.
This was the thirdtime I worked with my friend Abbie McConnell (whoi I originally met while working on "Meet Me in Sapce"). Triptych is a real word.
My Darling Ranchero – "My Darling Ranchero" was a short film that was built around the word "Darlong." It was a fun
film to shoot, and one of the other actors in it played Elton John's piano bench in Brüno. And I got to keep all
the cowboy gear that I wore in the film! But not the mustaches.
Nirvana Girl – I played an angry guy named Randy in "Nirvana Girl"... which was originally called "Hollow Nirvana".
This was the angry second character named Randy that I played in the space of a couple months, the first was in Smile.
Also in the movie, I had to be puched into a swimming pool... and wouldn't you know thatit happened to be the coldens and wetest day of the year in Los Angeles...
needless to say, it was an interesting experience. Both the cameraman and I were probably close to hypothermia by the time we finished.
No Coincidence – In "No Coincidence" I was an extra... actually I was two extras. After I finished with the short film "Misplaced", they asked if I would help them out by being an extra on another film.
I walked by the camera at least twice, once in my medical scrubs from "Misplaced, and at least once in regular clothes. Its very unlikely I'll ever see this film, so if you happened to have a copy, let me know!
Out of Town – "Out of Town" was an interesting experience as
it was filmed in the Rite Aid drug store where I worked at the time. My job
was on the line, and certain people involved with the movie, particularly
the director, didn’t seen too concerned about this, and didn’t seen to
respect the location. I will never stick my neck out like this again.
Fortunately, I didn’t lose my job. The movie itself could have been
interesting, I likes some of the concept that we were going for… but
something just didn’t come out right and the intended message didn’t really
manifest itself to anyone I’ve shown it to.
Once Upon a Time in LA - "Once Upon a Time In LA" is part of a larger, full length project called The Los Angeles Film Collective, which
contains several short films about Los Angeles; the idea was inspired by the French film Paris Je T’aime This story was actually written with me in mind by director
Paul Garcia, who is a big fan of my work in Freaks and Geeks.
Paul seems to have a good artistic vision, but is the more disorganized director I've ever worked with...
there was SO MUCH wasted time on set, and the main actress was a pain in the ass too. In the end, it came out pretty good... but many of the other films
were very bad. And the first half of the film was too dark.
Passion – "Passion" was a UCLA film that I didn't have to audition for, and it only took a few hours to film.
Though there is no dialogue, it was actually a lot of fun to film, and I actually got to display a wider range
of emotion then I have in any other project before. This was the firstthing Japanese director Koji Sugawara
ever directed... he was impressed by me and bowed many times.
Patrick's First Party – "Patrick's First Party" was a USC film that was made for the 2008 Campus-Fest movie festival...
sadly, it did not win anything. It was a fun film to make, but proved that it's never a good idea to try and film at a
real party... though I did like that I could start drinking as soon as filming was done... ok... before we were done. I didn't make
it home that night of the party, and was very tired for the filming the next morning, but everything turned out just fine.
It was also an experience filming on the USC campus on a game day... what a bunch of freaks!! And some overzealous security guard
started berating me for filming without a permit... I'm was the actor, I wasn't the one with a camera (the guard was clearly an idiot). The
finished film had some good stuff in it; the party sequence was great, but the overall story missed the mark I think.
Patsy - "Patsy" was another student film I did in college.
I played a hospital worked who witnesses his boss abusing drugs, but
who ends up taking the fall himelf. I never saw this movie because the
jerk director didn't get me a copy, tell me where it was showing, or give me back the white shirt
I used in the movie... which was mine before I did the film. I don't like doing student films.
Pick a Date - I had a small role in "Pick a Date", which was originally called "The Perfect Mate", but because they didn't
ask me to audition, I agreed to do it. I basically just had to act super creepy without
saying anything, and I'm good at that. The finished film was quite ambitious, though I didn't think the casting was
done all that well. And it wasn't my best work either... I seemed kinda phoney.
Reverse Psycology - "Reverse Psycology" was an intersting experience. I had a lot of dialogue
in it, and it was almost all in monologue form... there was very little interaction with my costar in terms of the dislogue.
I was quite nervous before I saw the film, but I thought it came out quite good. Quite a few lines were cut out,
but this was totally fine with me as I think it flowed better without it.
Satan VHS –
How I ended up as one of the three leads in "Satan VHS" is a weird story. My friend Eric Spudic was the main guy in the movie, and a friend of his was directing.
I was asked to play a really small role, and I said I would, mostly as a favor for Eric. But when the time came, I was asked to step into a much larger
role after there was a shake-up with the cast. It was one of the most different roles I ever played, and it was nice to work
with Eric again (who I first met on Micro Mini Kids a decade before), so I'm glad things worked out like they did.
Rumble and Humble Pie – "Rumble and Humble Pie" was a project my friend Kevin Trang was already attached to long before I was involved.
One of the leads backed out, and he recommended me. I met with director Terence Abdin and did a line
reading in the park... I was struggling with the character. I played Chris, a white guy (obviously) who sometimes slips into a black persona. I wasn't sure how far I could take it, and in the reading I didn't take it far enough.
Even so, Terence thought I could get there and cast me in the role. By the time filming started, I'd figured the character out and was ready. Before I signed on
they actually filmed a scene with the other guy.
Self Rescue – "Self Rescue" was the original name of the short film "Don't Shoot the Angel," but I now use the name to reffer to the pitch film we
made to raise money for "Don't Shoot the Angel." This was the first pitch film I ever did. Director Max Li
wrote a four-page script in which he interacted with me (as the character in "Don't Shoot the Angel") and explained that he needed
money for the project. I don't think we raised much (or maybe any) money from it, but it was fun anyway. While my character
in "Self Rescue" is the same character that I play in "Don't Shoot the Angel," there are a few differences... especially his apearence.
The Slinging Kraken – "The Slinging Kraken" was quite an experience. There was definitely money behind the film, and the
locations were great, but it took hours to get the filming started every day. Almost everyone was consistently late. The lead
"actor" was a friend of the director and once showed up three hours late! Then there were tons of scheduling problems. I had
to get a hair cut during the month gap between filming days, so if you look closely (or not so closely) you will notice my hair changes
dramatically. I have not yet seen this film... but I have serious reservations about my character... I think I'm going to come off as the most inept DEA agent ever. I will probably never
knew how good or bad this film would have been... the director went to prison a couple months after we shot it, and I have no contact with him.
Smile – "Smile" was a lot of fun to do because my character was so over the top,
I had to yell every line! I almost lost my voice a few times. I'm wondring how it's going
to turn out because I felt like I was constantly chewing the scenery. This movie
also holds the record for the most days I had to drive to USC to film... four
days! The last day was due to the camera dying about ten minutes before we finished the final scene on the third day, "D'oh!"
The finished product is good, but there are some technical problems.
Snuff - "Snuff" was an independent movie… or maybe it was a student
film, I don't know. The world should be happy if this one never sees the light
of day, and I'm positive it will not. From what I saw, this movie is total garbage
and the crew didn't seem to know what they were doing. I play a college theater
student in this one; I think I was in three scenes.
Stalker – "Stalker" was the second project I did with director Kevin Thomas (the first was "Dive Supreme").
The concept of the project, as well as the name, was compleatly changed on the day of the shoot due to
time and reasources. In the end, the movie suffered because of it's total lack of ending... we needed an actress,
but couldn't find on on short notice... and the neighbor girl didn't want to do it. For a time, this project was to be called "Stalker
Strikes Out" and it would have ended with me returing home, alone... instead Kevin decided to end it ambigiously at the subway station
The Stupid Killer – I didn't have to audition for"The Stupid Killer," director Hiroshi Yamano had directed me in "Gun in the Bag"
many months earlier, and he'd remembered my work. He contacted me on Friday, and we filmed on Saturday. This film was shot on the cheepest camera of anything I've
done... it was a digital camera that also happened movie capibilities... but it actually looks pretty good.
One thing I will say... Hiroshi isn't too creative with the names of his films. This film has a ton of voiceover.
Teh Guild – As I was filming it, I was really curious how "Teh Guild" was going to turn out. And
when I saw it, I was shocked how different my God character
was from anything I'd done before! I had never done green screen work before, and I'd never done anything
with that much make-up either; I really liked my geeky God make-up, which included a ton of zits.
I really enjoyed doing the movie, and though it could have been better, I was happy with
the finished product.
Wife – "Wife" was an interesting film making experience.
During the one night in which my scenes were shot, my character went
from a passive aggressive jerk, to a happy newlywed, and final because
an obsessive-compulsive guy who spend all his time separating his food.
I also had some issues with the director deleting almost all of another
actors lines without telling him until it's time to shoot, and making many of the actors (not me)
eat very disgusting food. The director also almost tried to make us drink wine with stuff floating
in it... but one of the crew member had some respect for
the actors and went to the store for some fresh wine...
and yes, we did dreak real wine (I drank a lot).
In the end, guess what? I was cut out of the movie. My voice can briefly be heard and you can see my hand for a second.
However, the director sent me all my scenes, as well as the finished film, so in the end he was a very good guy.
Wolfman.com - My role in "Wolfman.com" was not big, but I think
it's very memorable. If the pilot is picked up by a network, I think my character
would be back in a big way. Though I was a very strange and a very big character,
I don't think I played Harvey as a caricature at all. Sadly, my introductory scene was edited out, and
thus I have no lines in this piece, I just laugh. But I still think I'm very memorable