Ugh. It’s been way too long since my last confession.
I’m going to try to update the blog regularly, hopefully give you guys something entertaining to read, and keep you abreast of what’s been going on.
It’s been a busy winter thus far, and hopefully shaping up to be an even busier summer. Let’s recap 2014 so far, shall we?
So far this year, I’ve embarked on a rather uphill lawsuit battle involving my last employer. Sometimes in life you try to do the right thing, and people try to make it difficult for you along the way. Usually it’s easier to just give up, or to look out for yourself instead of the rights and needs of others, and companies bet on that. I’m not doing it in this case. There are too many people effected by the case for me to do that. I look forward to the day that I can divulge more to you guys, but that day is not today. Just know that amidst this ALL IN approach to my entertainment career, I have a quiet storm brewing behind the scenes that very much could affect us all in the future.
There’s been some positive things to date though as well, so lets get in to that. In the beginning of the year, I set out to start a production company with my buddy Chris Raab (also known as Raab Himself) to start making some great film projects. Chris recently finished his short film “Borrowed Happiness,” and despite the fact that we both grew up in DelCo, PA - we also see eye to eye on making great projects. My first contribution, entitled “Survivors Anonymous,” will be out in the coming weeks.
SA is something that my girlfriend concocted one late night while watching a procedural on TV about rape victims. I penned it around Christmas, and we were lucky enough to put together a great cast and shoot it last month. After putting myself through a film editing school recap over the past weeks, we should have this thing out and looking great. We partnered with my buds Luke Allein & Erik Boccio over at Weirdfellas productions, and Erik shot the shit out of this thing. It looks like we made fight club into a porno without the fucking and a funny script. So, like a Cinemax movie directed by David Fincher, without the Reznor/Ross score? Ok, enough film analogies.
Kidding aside, I have really fallen in love with the project of film making. I’ve been pounding the pavement with writing over the past year: knocking out two developmental pilots with my management group, developing my own series, and knocking out some shorts and starting on some features. SA was my first time taking an idea, and seeing it through from script, to production, to shoot, to post, to completion. If you would have told me when I was 13 that I’d make a movie someday, it would have seemed like this complex impossible idea, but here we are, and it’s pretty exciting.
Stand Up, let’s not forget, is where this thing all began. Hopefully there is a late night appearance in the near future, as I feel like that’s something I’m finally ready for. It’s hard to say what makes one feel ready for that moment, but it just feels right. A lot of comics say “I killed,” or “I murdered,” or whatever after sets, and it’s fun inside baseball to shit on that, but I don’t really need to announce that. Anyone that has seen me over the last month will tell you that my performances are at an all time high when it comes to consistency and delivery. I feel as though I’m batting .600 behind the mic these days, and I’m excited to keep building on that.
It wouldn’t be an update without a mention on two guys that have brought me into their world, and really made me feel valued creatively - that goes to Max Decker @ CM Studios (also Penguin & Elephant Productions) and my new manager that he introduced me to in Carl Rumbaugh. Ever since the first meeting, I feel like I’m in the right place with people that get/appreciate my humor and are behind my ideas (even the shitty ones). I’m excited to repay their faith and investment in me, and it has motivated me to keep churning out great work.
Can’t be afraid to kill your babies. Matt Peek said that to me the other day. If you don’t know who that is, your stomach and your filmmaking dreams will be served well by a google search. Matt’s like the Yoda of screenwriting and crab cakes - and not necessarily in that order.
None of this would matter without you guys, the fans, the friends, and the family that make up this “audience,” that I write to. I hope to repay you guys with some fun shows this summer! See you guys out there!