Hey, you feel like making a movie? Yeah, you. You do? Cool!
My love affair with film goes back as far as writing. Back when I was a kid I didn't know if I was writing a stage play
or a movie. I didn't know the difference. I was a kid!
That childlike fascination followed me through adulthood and is still with me. I love playing with the medium, seeing how we
can make something from nothing.
Let's see - I've dealt with a talking car who couldn't get my name right; had a friend
chased by a rubber dinosaur hat; and I've thrown Survivorman
into a zombie virus outbreak. More recently I've led a team that made a movie in 48 hours (which, if you think it's easy, I challenge
you to try it) and managed to make a short thriller despite some setbacks.
I cut my artistic teeth at a local access TV station - the price was right and, hey, a film maker has to start somewhere. I started
with some really bad comedies (I've got the video digitized but we won't be showing that on YouTube) and an even worse talk show (all known tapes
have fortunately disappeared).
Clicking on a title below will open a popup with the video on my YouTube site. If you're interested, you can check out
my YouTube channel. I
try to post stuff on there as often as I can.
This project started as a spoof of an action movie trailer, but morphed into a potential
webseries and possibly a feature.
A master hacker has gone black hat! She plans to release a virus that'll turn everyone who looks at a cat meme into a zombie under her
control! Only two tech bloggers and a disgruntled secret agent stand in her way. Felicia Flanagan reprises her role from The Fourth Teaspoon.
We're looking for crowdsourcing an audience. We don't want your money - we want you to share this trailer and help us go viral! If
there's enough interest, we'll produce a webseries. If the webseries gains a following, we'll make a feature.
This costs you nothing. All you need to do is click the thumbs-up on YouTube.
Learn more on The Kitty page.
My first animated short! Three coeds take on a masked killer in an animated send-up
of slasher horror. Will they survive the night or will there be three more bodies to clean up in the morning?
Currently making the rounds of film festivals, In the Dark will be released to the public - free -
on my YouTube channel on 10/31/2016.
Learn more about the cast on the In the Dark page.
Warning: the trailer contains adult language. Viewer discretion is advised.
This was one of the first shorts I wrote when I bought my camera. It's about a woman mourning the death
of her lover. I've filmed this twice; once when I started and again at the end of 2014, almost five years later.
I had better editing gear, and several shorts under my belt. It's a meditative short piece. I wrote it about the
death of my father, but after my mother passed the story took on even more significance for me.
This film won Best Super Short at the 2015 Granite State Film Festival.
A hot vampire and a quirky historian try to work together to break her curse. Can they do it?
For more information on this short, see the My DreamGirl Was A Vampire page.
My take on a spy movie spoof. We've got inept reporters, secret agents, and a member of the European Baking Mafia Gros Pane. Will
Mike spill the secret of the fourth teaspoon?
You can find out more about the project over on my page for The Fourth Teaspoon page.
This was a fun, short shoot after taking a breather that lasted longer than I expected.
The premise is there's this world where angry lovers can cast curses on their exes, making them carry around these
curse avatars. The main character suffers the curse of Juan the Tormentor, a lawn gnome that follows him around.
It was a fun short to make.
This was a trailer I put together to market my zombie novel, The Trip.
I got to work with the very talented Felicia Flanagan on this short. I think she nailed the trailer, which we recorded
at my kitchen table.
The art work for the trailer was put together by a very talented team of artists, who pulled double duty and worked on my
book cover. Line work by Kurt Belcher; Inks by Daniel Patrick Rice; Colors by Ken Lateer; Lettering by Shawn Aldridge.
I got the music free from Incompetech.
Overall I'm very happy with how this trailer came out.
This was our team's second go at the 48 hour film project. In this short we decided to use my newly adopted cat
as politician Sharon Cook. Suzie the cat is photogenic, to say the least, and mostly stayed in her spot while we shot.
Having been through the 48HFP once before, we knew what to expect. This time around things were much easier - we decided to shoot
indoors this time around, so even with a little rain we managed to wrap on time.
It was fun, kind of brainless and odd in a Monty Python way. Watch for my dog's cameo at the end...
My very talented friend Leighsa Burgin (the voice in Darling) introduced me to writer Bill Drover. Bill's a great guy who recently completed a memoir,
Upon the Extraordinary. In the book Bill talks about finding hope amid many challenges in his life. Having never had the opportunity to
produce a commercial before, I leapt at the chance.
I really feel like I grew a lot on this project. It's one thing to take a fictional piece, to apply your style to it, and produce that.
This was different - much different. Bill's love for his family, his generosity, and his honesty were clear in our planning sessions. We
talked about a number of possible things we could do...
Once we got on set I decided to just follow Bill and his family and let them be a family. Aside from the segments where Bill talks and the
testimonials at the end, this piece is unscripted. Everything you see here is real. When you do this a while, you eventually get sick
of your own work and sometimes you can't even watch it anymore. That isn't happening with me when I watch this piece. It doesn't get old.
And every time I watch it, I almost burst into tears at the beauty of the piece. I personally feel I didn't do much besides let what
was there shine through.
I am proud to have been involved with this project.
You can watch the HD version of Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary on YouTube or see the video on
Bill Drover's author page on Amazon.com.
When I first bought the 7D I thought about making a short, silent movie. The audio support on the camera isn't great,
and the software I was using at the time wasn't exactly first rate. I wrote this short to try making a movie without needing to worry about
Things happened, I got involved with another short film where I used voiceover, then came the 48 Hour Film Project, then the next thing I know
I'm doing other stuff. So I put this on hold. After catching my breath, I realized I love this piece, so I decided to make it.
The shoot was easy, maybe an hour. We shot at Wallis Sands State Park after Labor Day. This
is a great time to shoot at a NH beach since there's nobody around. The HD version linked here has some correction in Sony Vegas to correct an out of
Ah, Darling This was a fun project. The actors were a veritable dream team, even though they weren't
on set together. We recorded the voiceover in my car on a city side street. With the right people and gear you can do a lot with a little...
We shot this at the Wild Orchard Guest Farm in Deerfield, NH. The setting was beautiful,
quiet, private, and miles from anywhere. It was everything a film maker could hope for.
This was our 48 Hour Film Project movie...we didn't make it into the top 10, but we had a great time and I met some cool people...
Making a film in two days is tough - 29 teams entered the competition, 17 finished, and several of those were considered late
and ineligible for prizes.
Our team was amazing: everyone showed up, everyone got along, and I didn't hear a single complaint the entire day although it
was cold and raining. I'm proud of this group.
In this type of project, there is no time to second guess yourself. There is no time to stick to plan. You must maintain your momentum at all costs.
It's not easy, but it's fun!
This was my first and only project before I changed my name to Geek with a Dream Productions. Another team in Philadelphia (which
actually won that city's best in show) had the same name. As the saying goes - if you have a good idea, someone else may have the
This film was my entry into You Spoof Discovery. The idea came to me as I was joking around with a friend of mine at work. A worst
case scenario for us was always "then the zombies show up." We were both Survivorman fans, and I blurted out the idea of putting
Survivorman in a zombie apocalypse.
We shot this on an old home camcorder, with a budget of maybe $100 total. It was the last of the "amateur" level videos I made,
and Peter still talks to me even though he had to eat a piece of gelatin brain.
We didn't make it on the show, but I got 46,000+ hits off this...so we got something right!
When you reach a certain level, you wish some stuff was lost forever. Most of this movie is downright awful - I'll be the first to
admit the script mostly stinks, the acting is - well, we were amateurs. We had to shoot this over
six months, one of the actors disappeared, and we had two different endings. It *could* have been construed as a failure.
Even in failure, even though I cringe when I think people that know me saw this, there were things I learned from this.
I somehow managed to get a $900 grant to produce this. It was the first film (OK, video) I made with funding that wasn't my own.
And even though I had no idea what I was doing, I took a lot of risks with the special effects on this one. And those risks paid off.
Most of the sets are cardboard; so are the characters. The real star was a $2.00 rubber hat from a dollar store. When you consider
I had no experience and it would be two years before I would enter a real college film program, I'm amazed at how this came out.
This was the last major project I did for the Billerica Access Television, where I was
volunteering before college. I went on to produce one more hour-long show with a couple friends, and began shooting a few other
videos that withered on the vine. I was growing as an artist, and I needed a change...