Take 2

So, apparently blogs are hard — and here I thought they were just trendy.

Almost two years have past since my last post.  I went from a sophomore at the University of Arizona to a senior.


Since my last update, I have had some amazing opportunities and worked with some amazing people.

Last year’s  senior BFA Film & Television Production class produced some amazing films, and I had the immense pleasure of acting as the Assistant Director for a lot of these talented filmmakers.  I thought it would be nice to take a moment to highlight them and their work.

Cylan Shaffer (Ljósið, This Place Was A Shelter)

Fiona Foster (Little Doves, Stars in Still Water)

Shon Gale (Allergic to Love, Blue)

Brad Wong (G.R.E.I., Caution Wet Floor)

Ethan Moore (Help Wanted, Caution Wet Floor)

Julie Etheridge (Dad’s Space Mission)

As a senior this year, I am working on my own film, working title In Love, In Theory, producing fellow senior Rafael Gomez’s film La Graduación, and assisting director for two others, Confab by Logan Michael Smith and Spatial Recognition by Andrew Katsinas.

It’s going to be a busy year.


Never Trust an Actor… When They Say They Can Drive

This past week I finally finished the first short film I ever wrote and directed.

I waited this long to debrief because 1) After the shoot I was too busy trying to do and finish post-production by the deadline and 2) I was too involved in the whole process to have any perspective.

So, looking back I wonder what in the world I was thinking when I wrote the script I did.  First, it was not all that good, and relied a lot on performances.  In general, I actually tend to really like films that give actors space to fill in space, and hold things back.  But.

With less than a week to find actors, who you are not paying, when around 60 other people are also casting their short films – it’s a mite bit tricky to find strong actors who can carry silences.

Tactical error the second – trying to shoot a film predominately in a moving vehicle. That happens to be a convertible. And has characters in both the front and back seats.  Can you say sound problems? Can you say logistics problems?  Can you say that the primary actor apparently skipped the day in driving school were they talked about checking your mirrors and not turning in front of oncoming traffic?

Swiftly moving on from the recollection of that heart-stopping moment, I am actually pretty proud of the visual side of things and the performances I got in all honesty.  The Mustang looks amazing.  And for trying color correcting for the first time, I think I did a pretty good job.  My edit was pretty tight too – though the minute limit was pretty frustrating.  More than anything, the sound portion was a nightmare.  Having to completely dub the audio was incredibly time-consuming.

My next project will be two people in a room.  One location. Two actors.  A short script.



Quick and Easy Cayenne Tomato Soup

As a college student, I am always looking for recipes that are relatively quick, only require ingredients I always have (or come in a can), and are difficult to mess up.

This one is all of the above and delicious for a cold night when you are craving a  bit of kick. It’s also vegetarian for those who care. The recipe serves two.


1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can of vegetable broth

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup butter (melted)

Salt & pepper

Ground cayenne pepper


Parmesan cheese / Asiago / Swiss

Saltines / Croutons / Toasted Bread Slices

1) Pour the tomatoes and the vegetable broth in a medium sauce pan and over medium heat. Meanwhile,  mix the butter with the milk.

2) Once the broth starts bubbling, lower the heat and stir in the milk and butter.  Shake salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper across the top of the soup, to taste.

3) Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.   Then ladle soup into a blender and blend.

4) Add toppings.

Voilà! Easy and delicious.

Complementary film recommendation – Young Frankenstein (1974).