Posts Tagged ‘Jason Oldak’

Slow Glow with Olay

February 11, 2014

The Olay Regenerist Luminous “I Will Not Settle” video that I directed has officially launched into the interwebs with all its Jason Oldak-shot slow-mo glory and Cynthia Graner-produced perfection. Thanks to the entire cast (including VO talent Regina Taufen) and crew for being a part of this project!

Taco Cinema

September 10, 2010

This Saturday (9/11) come and enjoy Los Angeles’s Downtown Film Festival‘s “Taco Cinema,” which includes gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, a live DJ and an outdoor screening of “140,” a feature length film that includes a segment I directed! The fun rocks and rolls from 1 – 9pm at the Medallion loft complex (4th & Main), and “140” screens at 8:30pm.  Buy tickets here!

THREE other films in the fest were made by some of my very talented friends, Brian McGuire and Jason Oldak.  Congrats, gentlemen!

Coincidentally, all of our films screen the same night, which means that if you’re attending the fest on Saturday, your chances are extremely high to see good stuff. Here’s the skinny on their films:

Brian McGuire’s films “On Holiday” and “Everything Will Happen Before You Die” (the Centerpiece Gala film!) screen at 5:30pm and 7:30pm respectively at the Civic Center Theater.

Jason’s film “Sissy” screens at 10pm in the same theater (Civic Center Theater) in the Shorts Program III.

Wed to Friday in Mammoth

May 19, 2009

I’m packed and ready to go in the physical sense.  I’m not sure if I’m totally mentally ready.  It’s been an extremely busy week.  Between prepping for this week’s shoot and reviewing, polishing, re-writing, re-polishing a treatment and approach for another project, I’ve been staying up late, getting up early, and earning the writer hypenate.

Luckily, Leigh Anne has been an amazing pseudo-roommate.  She cooked a perfect turkey spaghetti sauce that we’ve been living off of for days and  made sure I didn’t miss the best moments (foot fetish guy and Michael the break dancer) from the 2 hour Bachellorette premiere.  She even brainstormed famous celebrity trainwrecks for a joke I was writing.  Her support, encouragement and willingness to make Pink Berry runs are priceless.

 Tomorrow I start on a whirlwind shoot.  At 7AM,  Jason Oldak, Seth Caplan and I hit the road for Mammoth.  We’re spending 2.5 days in Mammoth following Casey Puckett at the U.S. Ski team Olympic training camp.  The proposed schedule:

7am – 12: Drive to Mammoth; have a conference call with Clayton Brown, a T.A. from my days at NU who now is a full professor. I want to talk to him about intern candidates for “Appointment in Vancouver.”  

12-1pm:  If we make it in time, we’ll catch Tyler Shepherd, Ski Cross Head Coach, assembling the start gate on the mountain.  I’d love to interview Tyler while he’s building the rig.  It’d be more interesting to look at than a plain sit-down interview and, like when giving actors business, talking to someone while they are doing something usually produces more organic, honest responses.

1-4pm:  Sit down interview with Casey or Tyler depending on who is available when.  I really want to ask Casey about what happened at Grindelwald.  I need to question him more directly about his retirement years and the way this last season ended.  I also want to discuss Daron Rahlves with him, especially now that we have interviewed Daron about Casey.

4-6:  Sit down interview with whichever guy we didn’t interview yet.  Among other things, I want to ask Tyler about Skier Cross’ origins, Olympic qualification process, and the emotional/mental demands on Olympic athletes

6-?:  Follow Casey doing whatever Casey is doing.  There’s been talk of bowling.  I’m hoping dancing is also in the cards.  We got a great sound-byte from Daron about Casey’s talents on the dance floor.  It’d be fantastic to get visuals on the comment.

Thursday we go on the mountain with Casey, Tyler, and the U.S. Alpine Race team.  I’m most excited about continuing my interview with Casey on a chairlift (how cool will that look?), filming Casey’s starts at the gate, and letting Jason loose on the mountain to get beauty shots of skiers, the environment, and ‘ski culture’  —  like how The Hills captures ‘LA culture.’

Wish us luck!


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