Coming late 2019 - ‘ F.U. Guys ‘ - a feature length independent comedy featuring the talents of Chris Jericho, Grace Parra, Matt Doherty Nick Mundy, Greg Wilson and Adam Ray.
What if the kid you had bullied in high school became Zuckerberg wealthy? And now 15 years later at your reunion he’s drugged you and shanghaied you away to his private island to hunt you for revenge.
This was a ton of fun to produce even though we were ten days outside in LA during the rainiest January in recent memory. While our budget was extremely limited, with some smart dealmaking, script modifications, way too many favors and a terrific cast and crew we were able to put a huge chunk of our budget onscreen. As a result we were able to collaborate with an armorsmith to use blank-firing weapons, an SFX technician to create an explosion/squirt blood and an animal wrangler to use live snakes. It’ll never be a big tentpole movie but it punches above it’s SAG Modified budget.
Nothing to Report
2015 - ‘Nothing to Report’
This six episode series for Comedy Central starring Chris Jericho and Nick Mundy was about two cops stuck together during the night shift of an endless stakeout.
This was a tremendous amount of fun to write and produce. Additionally, I got to act in some really terrific scenes with both Chris Jericho and Echo Kellum. The whole series is available to watch on Comedy Central’s platform as well as on YouTube.
Before Yelp there was the Zagat Guide, the most trusted name in restaurant reviews. Working as a preproduction producer and co-host, Molly Moker and I traveled to some of the most unique eating destinations in the United States from snowshoeing through the snowy mountains to eat steaks in a yurt to eating an authentic medieval meal in a middle ages tavern. We explored every side of a unique dining experience.
Every map has a history- and these are just some of their most interesting stories. From ‘why a nuclear sub crashed’ to the traps map-makers would invent to protect their work, Alternative Maps sought to tell a interesting slice of history in a visually compelling way and received almost 17 million views across it’s five episodes on Facebook alone.
On behalf of Mashable, I produced Alternative Maps from the ideation stage for the Facebook Watch platform. Working with talented creators in their own right, Michael Johnson and Casey Redmon, we combined found footage and animation to make a super premium piece of infotainment I’m extremely proud of. To cap it off with narration by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was just icing on the cake.
In 2017 I was brought in to produce a collaboration between Mashable and Crackle to generate pieces that would not only draw attention to a new season of ‘StartUp’ but could also function as entertaining breaks instead of ads on Crackle’s video platform. The result was two series each five episodes of jam packed info-tainment.
The first of the series was distinctly focused on true stories from the cryptocurrency space examining prominent figures like John McAfee and Vitalik Buterin. The other dove into the illegal grey markets that existed before the rise of the darknet- like stolen T-Rex skeletons and rumrunners.
2018 - ‘Nature Tech’
National Geographic gave us access to their video archives to create ‘Nature Tech.’ Meticulously research and fact checked, this show was a fun and informative way for people to learn about how the animal kingdom uses tools. Using Nat Geo’s terrific Video coupled with charming and engaging host, Damian Washington the infotainment game here was strong.
Why Would You Eat There?
2017 - Why Would You Eat There?
A collaboration between Tasted and Zagat’s youtube channels. ‘Why Would You Eat There’ would see us taking the WWYET spirit on the road as we sought out interesting and historical restaurants to dine in. Every episode was two parts- the first would largely be an animated retelling of the restaurant’s historical significance or fascinating story behind it. The other would dive more deeply in to the food. The subjects of the episodes run the gamut from a family restaurant in a cave that began as a speakeasy to a hip lounge space in the basement of Los Angeles’ very first electric powered building.
Why Would You Eat That? It’s a question we don’t ask ourselves much when we’re eating food that we’re used to. But what about strange or exotic foods we don’t have much experience with? At some point someone had to try it. From mopane worm to sesos and hachinoko to hot dogs, using animation, mixed media and video, we explored the historical background of these exotic foods. While trying our best to answer the question why ‘would someone ever put this in their mouth in the first place’ in a humorous way? At the end of the episode we would bring the foods into our office where we’d beg and cajole our coworkers into trying it.
‘Why Would You Eat That?’ was one of the launch shows for the Youtube channel Tasted that garnered millions of views over it’s 50+ episode run it’s popularity with the fans would even generate two spin offs: ‘Why Would You Eat There?’ a travelogue type show in cooperation with Zagat and the ‘Why Would You Eat That: Challenge’ where comedians would challenge each other to avoid having to eat some of the more exotic foods.
Human Canvas is a show that takes ordinary people and transforms them into something extraordinary through the power of makeup or body paint.
These were always a pleasure to produce for JellySmack because watching some of these artists in action was just incredible. You’d sit down, they’d go to work and then four hours later you’d be looking at a masterpiece. Apparently Snapchat thought so as well, they ended up buying the series and requesting platform specific edits as well as additional episodes.
While working with the Keli Network / Jellysmack I had the opportunity to produce and pilot out some different beauty shows and make some episodes of already established franchises for their facebook video like ‘We Try For You’ and ‘Boys Do It Too.’
One of the amazing things about working on makeup videos is you’re literally watching an artist in action. If they’re doing a big transformation it can be mind-boggling to see them go from a basic human to something extravagant.
2018 - Record BreakHERS
This female led series produced for Facebook Watch on behalf of Mashable saw two comediennes attempting to smash ridiculous world records held by men. However, in the process of training they’d learn a little something about the powerful and influential women that came before them and why these silly world records might not be worth chasing after all.