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Groomsman

I had the pleasure of seeing two of my favorite people tie the knot this weekend. Glad to be part of it!

A Fine Oration

So I’ve “married” two people now. That is a thing I have done. And it was great! And they are two wonderful, happy, amazing people. It made my job so much easier to let them exchange their beautiful vows as it trumped anything I could have said. A wonderful and amazing day.

2017 Pittsburgh Horror 48 Hour Film Project

We are getting close to being old pros at this. Gaff Tape & a Prayer has made eight 48 hour film projects now. And even with all our other works and contributions the 48s are still special. For us they are like holidays. A chance to dump the weight of the world for a weekend and just make something.

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This year’s Halloween edition we had a blast thinking smaller and thighter. We drafted the genre choices of ghost movie or insanity/asylum. The prompt was a s follows: Character, Joe or Jodi Macintosh (writer); Prop, a Lamp; Line, “Sometimes it’s a struggle.” From there we made an effort to be a single location and be more static in our shots.

 In end we made a pleasantly unsettling home invasion and murder. It was simple and clean. And for once we had time to polish it to a fabulous shine. Our audio work and post production VFX came out splendidly. And our audience agreed as we earned Best Sound Design during the judging.

I hope you enjoy,

“Between the Lines.”

2017 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project

We had another enjoyable stress festival of making a movie in 48 hours. This year the draw was action adventure or slapstick. We took those assigned genres and just mushed them together. Then spice with the required elements; Hunter or Harper Drakely, health inspector; a die or dice as a prop; and the line “Did you read my tweet?” Add that together and we end up with our take on a bad day for a super villain... THE SAFEST GAME

We had a blast making it and are pretty proud of it.  And the judges liked it too. We won four prizes for it. Best use of Character, Best use of Dialogue, Best Costuming, And Best Makeup. 

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Star Wars Celebration

So to cap off my exciting round of trips I headed back to Florida. It was time for the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy.

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Boston and PAX East 2017

I had a great time hanging out my annual pilgrimage to Boston. This year there was a highlight of CosPlaying as McCree from Overwatch in his American costume. My buddy was dudded up as RoadHog, and we walked the floor for the better part of an hour with a whole crew. Also when not taking in PAX playing with my shiny new Nintendo Switch. Zelda Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch sword fighting ruled the day.

Pros: Great show every time, Breath of the Wild

Cons: COLD very cold, my costume did not survive much more than 2 hours of con time

2016 48 Hours of Horrors

Wow! Just Wow! We had blast working with a small team right up to the buzzer. We finished with three minutes to spare. Phew! Taking the elements of Vince Frank, Auto Mechaninc; A Paintbrush; and the line "That's one way to make your point;" we built something great. We had decided to dive deep and make a true horror film. And that we did.

 Pulled Mad Scientist for the 3rd Time in a Row

Pulled Mad Scientist for the 3rd Time in a Row

 Let's make a Movie! 

Let's make a Movie! 

 We are Murdering

We are Murdering

 Before the plunge into the Basement

Before the plunge into the Basement

 Darkness Within

Darkness Within

 Keeping our Leading Lady Warm in the Murder Basement

Keeping our Leading Lady Warm in the Murder Basement

 Editing  

Editing  

 Everybody Pushing the Finish

Everybody Pushing the Finish

 VFX Wizard! 

VFX Wizard! 

 We made it with minutes to Spare. Good thing we finished in the car... on the way there. 

We made it with minutes to Spare. Good thing we finished in the car... on the way there. 

 Phew! Decompressing after delivering  

Phew! Decompressing after delivering  

 Finally Watching our film together for the first time. 

Finally Watching our film together for the first time. 

 What an amazing weekend! 

What an amazing weekend! 

Another 48 Hours

Another year another Gaff Tape & a Prayer adventure. We had a blast making this year's peice for the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film project. It's called "Dark Chocolate" and was a blast. Required elements, Genre: Horror, Character: Lenny or Lonni Safron Chocolatier, Prop: Sticky Note, & Line "Maybe I just don't find you funny."

Enjoy

Dark Chocolate

 Here we go again! 

Here we go again! 

 Living up to our name

Living up to our name

 Our Chocolateer

Our Chocolateer

 Murder Basement

Murder Basement

 A Dead Man

A Dead Man

 What Makes Great Chocolate? 

What Makes Great Chocolate? 

 A Fantastic Weekend

A Fantastic Weekend

The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project 2015

It was that time of year again. Time fo the 48 Hour Film Project. It's been a whirlwind since the last time we were here. A year of amazing things.

This time drew the dreaded western and musical genre. Be we took it head on. Our Character was Seth or Sara Tremaine, Our prop was a mug, and Our line was "You can't take it with you."

check out The Best Outlaws Ever.

 Here we go.

Here we go.

 The magic of production

The magic of production

 The intensity of Post-Production

The intensity of Post-Production

 Done and done

Done and done

 Yes we did!

Yes we did!

48 Hour Film Project Austin

After our award winning film last year, our teammate moved down to Austin, Texas. And of course we saw this as an opportunity to get into two 48 hour film projects. Gathering an amazing talent pool together the folks calling themselves "Media Offline" built something amazing. Working over the net I was able to help do some of the writing. Our local VFX wizard actually headed south and pitched in. With three team members working on it from the original Gaff Tape & a Prayer it felt like opening another branch. But really it turned into something original and amazing.

 

Check out  ["Liability"](http://youtu.be/A61xG_Eft_A)

Filmapalooza 2015

Talk about an amazing journey. A group of my talented friends and I made a film for the 48 Hour Film Project. And you know what we won the Pittsburgh City Project. That meant we were entered to show our film in Hollywood at the international level competition Filmapalooza, with a chance to win a showing at Cannes. Half a year later I was on a plane to California. And what an amazing time. We didn't get to Cannes but the experiences and people I met with are priceless. And I could not have asked to be in Hillywood with a better group of filmmaking buddies. It will stand as a milestone in my life.  

 

a link to our film Last Man Standing

    All Offical

 

All Offical

 ... where the streets are paved in gold. And cats don't dance.

... where the streets are paved in gold. And cats don't dance.

 Here we go

Here we go

 Always shooting, even at Griffith Observatory  

Always shooting, even at Griffith Observatory  

 A Magical Journey

A Magical Journey