This was my thesis for my MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. Comedy was not held in high regard by the faculty, and I thought, what better way to show my appreciation for their opinions by taking out an insurmountable loan from the federal government and making a science fiction farce? Money well spent.
This film inspired me to keep shooting sketch comedy with Duane, John, and Avery. I am grateful for their commitment to their roles, and especially for going full frontal just for me in the bathroom.
For some reason, I have a thing for shooting with new-fangled cameras with weird conventions. This was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II before they had 24p, so it was shot in the weird frame rate of 30p, which was a nightmare to conform.
I wanted to make a short based on my dad's experience at attempting to mend his broken marriage and figure out what to do with me after my mom left us. The actors on this film were able to empathize extraordinarily well with some challenging characters. Eunice, Sung Mo, and Felice were better actors than I deserved, and they brought humanity and honesty to their roles.
This film was shot with the Red camera in it's earliest incarnation, which back then could only shoot in a 2:1 aspect ratio.
Sung Mo Cho
don't look at the camera
Brian caught his girlfriend cheating and now to get back at her, he's filming his own suicide. The plan was simple- take the pills on camera, put the tape in an envelope and mail it to her. This was before smart phones could record and send video, okay?
George is just a down on his luck guy who collects cans for a living. He likes to sing while he collects cans and he happens to be in Brian's shot. Aw man, I'm basically telling you the whole story and ruining it. You should totally just watch it.
Bedtime For Bongo
This was the film where I learned that sleeping and eating is crucial to survival, or else you can get sick. I also managed to be the only one to get hit with poison ivy, while shooting in a forest full of it, so I'm thankful that nobody else got it.
It was pretty sweet to work with Derek who was in Battlestar Galactica as Vireen, aboard the Battlestar Pegasus. Greg was hilarious and commited to this absurd tale penned by my good friend Christian.
Outside The Box
This was the first short film that I wrote and directed in film school. I shot it in my apartment and cast my then-girlfriend as the lead. This was the film in which I learned to never do that again, but I was happy with the end result.
Accidents Will Happen
This was the first film I ever directed. It was a total nightmare, but a huge learning experience.
There's no real character or story here, just a series of absurd events. I was actually co-directing with Jeremy, who plays the lead, but after a while the stress became a bit much, so I had to wrangle the equipment van, the special effects, and the fish all at the same time while directing a film for the first time. I didn't even know what directing was.
On top of that, I had to go and shoot on a camera that used weird tapes so it took me two years to finally find the right deck and then be able to edit. I am proud that I was able to pull off such a silly stunt of a short. The cinematography by my friend Jeffrey Chu is my favorite part. He's a real artist and completely slummed it for me.