I first became interested in the process of filmmaking in high
school, when a group of friends and I embarked on the production
of a couple of videos for history class. The first one was called
"Time Travelin' Teddy" and I played a Libyan terrorist
named Lou, and I got to have a kung-fu battle with my Libyan terrorist
partner Bud, aka Shawn,
at the end of the film. The film also involved Teddy Roosevelt.
It was the most fun I had in high school. For our next class, we
decided to make a sequel to "Teddy" called "Time
Travelin' Table", in which three below-average physics students
manage to take a lab table back into time and steal a library book
from Spanish insurgents.
During this time I knew of guys who were into making 'serious'
videos about things like Ancient Rome, but I couldn't get myself
interested in that kind of thing at that age. Also, those guys'
parents were rich enough to buy them film cameras, whereas I had
to borrow the school's video camera and explain to my teachers where
I came up with words like "whereas".
In college I continued making silly videos about spies and computers.
After I graduated I got a chance to work on couple of feature
films with such directors as Edward Yang and Hayashi Kaizo.
But pulling cables for directors who weren't into divulging the
secrets of their craft didn't do much for me, so when I happened
upon a scholarship to the New York Film Academy, I jumped at it.
There I made four short films. The first one was rather silly, and
I 'lost' it, somehow. Probably left it on the subway or something.
The other three, though, I kept, and they used to be available for
viewing on IFILM, which has "lost" them. One of them,
The End, even got accepted to the
International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2002, held in
Toronto in 2002 and is viewable on the Triggerstreet Film website.
In late 2002 I went into considerable debt to purchase a Panasonic
24p AG-DVX100. In any case, I'm making more projects these days,
and digital video makes it a great deal easier, even if quality
is harder to achieve. One project, Clay Soldiers,
involved the Lady X Film series.
It was the most ambitious project I'd done so far, more complicated
even than Coolishness, but it turned out well. It won the
Best Episode, Best Writing, and Best Depiction of Location awards
in the Lady X competition, as well as the jury prize for Best Film
at the Urban
Nomad III Film Festival in Taipei in March, 2004.
Now I'm working on the sequel to Clay Soldiers. (The name of the
production company comes from my fake
news page). This is, as always, the biggest thing I've done
to date. Click on the link below for details on production, trailers,
and other interesting stuff.