Monday, July 7, 2014

PURSUIT OF A VISION: PART II Lost Scene Recovered!

A year after we completed the Phoolish Philms produced short, Pursuit of a Vision we came up with several ideas for a sequel/prequel.  The general concept of it was to explain some of the questions that the original had brought up and to add even more questions to the mythology of the character.  So Brandon, Jordan, and I went out and shot a scene for it on a ridiculously hot summers day back in 2004.  Our initial plan was to shoot several scenes but the heat was too unbearable and not very inspiring.

After this we never returned to the project, most likely because so many other projects were happening at the same time along with college and my work at CDSC Video Productions.  It would have been the same year that The Only Way was in production, three weddings I was producing independently, Return to Glory: Metamora Football 2004, numerous weddings and other event projects at work, Work Day, and SURF.  It was a very busy time in my life and unfortunately this movie was never completed and the footage for it was indefinitely lost.

That is, until 10 years later when I just happened to be watching an old tape of interviews I shot for The Only Way Documentary.  Low and behold out of nowhere I see my brother Brandon's screaming face wearing purple plaid in front of my smoking old red pick-up truck.  I cannot explain how excited I was to finally find this footage after it had been missing for so long.  Unfortunately we only shot a single scene for the sequel but it is surely a worthy opening.  I, of course, couldn't leave it alone and had to cut it!  Check it out HERE!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Ashes, a short film from Beyond the Nametag Productions  was officially released online this morning.  I worked on this short several years ago as a Boom Operator alongside Jennifer Larson, who was audio mixing.  The short is directed by Shawn Montgomery with a slew of Columbia College Graduates filling out the crew. Watch the short HERE, and then check out the behind-the-scenes content for it HERE.

Monday, June 2, 2014


The series Premiere of THE HUNT, a new series set on the island
of Kodiak, Alaska premieres this coming Sunday at 10/9C on The
History Channel.  For a sneak peak and more information about the
show please check out The History Channel's official site for it HERE!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

THE ONLY WAY: 10th Anniversary
Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Premiere of Levi Obery and I's second film,  The Only Way.  In honor of this day I have decided to release a few segments from the still unreleased in-depth behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of the movie.  These segments cover the three nights of shooting the car accident sequence (July 15, 21, and 23).  Watch it HERE!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CALENDARS, a Bryan Butt story

CALENDARS, a new short film by Bryan Butt is an Official Selection in the 2014 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.  This short spoken word piece takes an insightful look inside the mind of its 25-year old filmmaker, Bryan Butt.  Watch a 30 second promotion for the piece HERE and then go see it at the festival!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Vintage Contest Flyer

While I was back in Illinois over the holidays I found this gem and couldn't help but share it.  During  the lengthy Production on Kid Rangers: The Movie, I was pretending we had an ad campaign.  I have no idea where I planned on hanging this, possibly at the grocery and/or video stores?  We never finished this movie but several promotional materials were created for it - including VHS Artwork, a fully produced soundtrack, and several other posters similar to this (with drawings I'd done in Microsoft paint).  Perhaps I'll find the time to dig up some more of this movie in 2014?

Saturday, January 18, 2014


In late November 2011, I was shooting a little experimental project hoping that it would help me find some enjoyment in packing up my belongings (with sights set on moving back to Glendale, Ca).  When I was younger I had done similar projects, oftentimes I would convince my brother and friends to help me clean our basement studio by saying that I would shoot the process and then make it look "Really Cool in Fast motion."  I was able to get away with this numerous times until they eventually caught on and stopped helping me.

The initial plan was to finish up this little short and bring it to Illinois to show family and friends during my return for the 2011 Winter Holidays.  But then on December 2nd, a week and a half before I was set to fly back home, my Grandpa passed.  So I traveled back to Illinois early and this project was indefinitely shelved.  He always loved my stop-motion animated logos and when I would bring various toys to life.  Since this project is using a very similar technique (although adding in human interaction as well), I'm sure he would have gotten a kick out of it.

So this project has collected dust for the past two years, alongside a few others.  I ended up shooting an extension to it while we were living in Glendale (the place we were moving to during the initial shoot).  This extension just so happened to be shot the following October, as we were starting to pack up to move to another new apartment.  So I thought it would be humorous to have things start to disappear again (not that moving once a year is funny in the least bit, ugh).  So today is January 18, and in memory of my Grandpa I give you EVERYTHING DISAPPEARS.