Here's a little Sci-Fi Comedy to keep your entertainment appetites wet while I still pursue funding for a "Cockpit." This chapter lays out the first 2 methods to defend yourself in the event of an alien attack.
"10 Ways to Defeat Aliens" was created to 1. experiment with some of the desktop motion capture out there and 2. To prove that I can continue to pursue my film making dreams as a new father as well. This was made for the price of a hard drive and the help of friends and family. It was animated with the ipisoft Motion Capture Software, Poser Pro, rendered in Lightwave 3d and composited in Adobe After Effects. I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for Chapter 2!
Announcer: Sandy Orkin
The Twins: Themselves
The Dad: Karl Champley
The Mom: Dorothy Chan
In 1597, Shakespeare buys "New Place", a dilapidated mansion in Stratford, leaving wife Anne and older brother Gilbert to do the restoration. She hires flamboyant decorator Robert Osric, while Gilbert manages the finances.
From the start, the project is beset by problems: an incompetent laborer, a flooded basement, a conniving thief, an extravagant designer, younger brother Edmund squandering his time and their money writing his own fantasy play, and even a ghost that haunts the Blue Parlor.
The Shakespeare's are destined for bankruptcy, until Anne steps in to untangle the web that her peers wove. But the Ghost and the Curse of the Blue Parlor do not rest easily.
I made this movie for three thousand dollars working on it after hours at my day job at "Jimmy Kimmel Live", with the dream that it would get discovered and lead to the production of my feature screenplay, "Cockpit."
The short has been a finalist in over 30 film festivals, and has won 14 awards. It has even played at Comic-con. The feature screenplay has won 4 awards. We may be on the right track.
"COCKPIT" is the story of a squadron of space fighter pilots, stranded in their cockpits deep in enemy space, struggling with reality and delusion as they are hunted by mind controlling aliens.
"COCKPIT: THE RULE OF ENGAGEMENT" is a standalone chapter from the same universe which follows the Carrier Captain (Ronny Cox) who must decide if it is worth risking the security of Earth to save a suffocating pilot who may or may not have been corrupted by the mind controlling aliens.
In addition to being an accomplished actor, Ronny Cox brings his folk music and charming stories to the live stage as seen in this short compilation of his performances. For more information, contact:
THE AMERICANA AGENCY
An animated music video story of a Los Angeles musician who rides a magic beanstalk and falls in love with a naked giant sunbathing in the clouds. Music written and performed by Charles Danek. Directed by Jesse Griffith
I made this trailer to prove that this feature film needs to be made. The short was made for very little money, and is still making the festival rounds. It is my hope that enough people out there love this genre, and want to see more movies like this. If you want to see the feature film version of this, forward this movie on to someone else... I've got 12,000 viewers so far, but I'm going to need to put on a Firefly to Serenity miracle and that means fans need to spread the word.
If you like cheesy sci-fi, you came to the right place. This movie was made before computer editing was readily available. Picture and sound were cut on a flatbed and the sound was mixed 4 tracks at a time. This was the first UCSC to have computer graphics transferred and projected on film. It cost $2000 per minute to transfer CGI film, so I was budgeted 30 seconds of CG. So don't blink, the effects go by pretty quick.
"A Star Away" was my first UC Santa Cruz 16mm Film project started in 1994 and given a slight make over in 1996. "A Star Away" was a feature screenplay written by myself and David A. Cole, chronicling the adventures of a bounty hunter trying to turn his life straight. We weren't allowed to use school equipment to make a feature, so rather than choosing one scene and doing it right, we attempted to squash the whole story into a faux trailer / short.
The end budget was $10,000 (from a grant). Hey, movies cost more back in 1994! But imagine what that could do today?
"A Star Away" was a spin-off from my hourlong Sci-Fi movie "Starbuster 4000" (1992 shot on Hi8 video), which is part 4 of the "Starbuster" series. "Starbuster" was the first movie I ever made at the age of 7. It was shot on super 8mm film and I scratched lasers into the film with a razorblade.
If you enjoy this movie, I'll dig deeper into the archives.
A sample of my work. I was lead writer on the screenplay for the Real Time Strategy epic, ANCIENT SPACE, that stars, Dina Meyer, Ron Glass, Aaron Douglas, Richard Gunn, and Dwight Schultz. It's from Paradox Interactive and Creative Forge. I added my own iclone / octane animation to the middle of the existing trailer to give it a cinematic flair for this Special Edition. Enjoy!
Demon Star has nearly wrapped production. It is the continued story of Cockpit: The Rule of Engagement, with Ronny Cox. Alien Mind control, gung-ho starfighter pilots mixes with action and intrigue. Check out the behind the scenes and indiegogo info below. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/demon-star/x/3058494#/