Out of everything I’ve worked on over the years, this is the page I am most excited about. Almost everything on this page didn’t start with a client asking me to deliver a specific message, most of these are my stories; or they are my stories combined with those of another raconteur. Some are recent while others stretch back to the beginning of my filmmaking career. Enjoy!
Late last year I flew up to Athabasca, Alberta to watch a live musical, written, produced and directed by Dan Bagan. The musical was titled, Kelsey’s Girls and Dan asked if I might be interested in directing a film version of the show. Dan is one of my heroes and the best raconteur I know. He can take just about anything and spin it into a beautiful story. So, I flew up for a few days and watched Kelsey’s Girls, two nights in a row. The story is absolutely amazing. The music blew me away. The acting was incredible. Everything about it grabbed me from the first minute. My answer was a resounding, “Yes,” I’d love to direct the film! We are now in the development stage and will be working steadily over the next few months. When I know more, so will you!
Jack Staples and the Ring of Time is without a doubt the most exciting project I am working on at the moment. In fact, its the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. There is very little I can say about it now except, stay tuned! Also, thanks to Heidi Tungseth for the brilliant artwork!
BRYAN GOES TO ANTARCTICA
The story behind our Antarctic sitcom, Bryan Goes to Antarctica, verges on the insane. I will tell much of it over the next few months as we begin to release webisodes and launch our website. For now, check out the trailers below.
Formula is a story which has been burning inside of me for over eight years now. Back when I was first dreaming about it, I didn’t have the confidence to write the screenplay. I’d never written a screenplay before and the story is large and extremely convoluted. I spent a few months searching for the perfect writers. In the end, Dan Bagan, the writer of my upcoming film, Kelsey’s Girls, and Travis Maruska came on board to write.
Although Dan and Travis did a brilliant job and wrote a great story, in the end, what they created never fully captured the story I wanted to tell. This wasn’t their fault, at that point I still was unsure exactly what the story was. So, I took their screenplay and learned how to write while reading it. And this is how I became a screenwriter. It took the next three years and fifty-five drafts to finish the screenplay.
Over the years, Formula has been optioned a couple times, yet in the end, the film has yet to be made. At one point (seven years ago), our producer for a trailer to help raise money for the film. What is below is the outcome. It is not something I am proud of or think is brilliant in any way, but it is fun give an idea of the mood of the film. The problem was, back then we didn’t know enough to make something better!
I am still desperate to make Formula. I still believe it to be a (dare I say) brilliant Psychological Thriller. It is without a doubt some of my best writing. It may take another eight years and a few more drafts, but I am certain we will make it eventually. Now, enjoy the clips below. They go all the way back to the beginning of the journey.
WARNING: THIS IS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER AND THE TRAILERS CONTAINS VIOLENCE
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
We partnered with Urban Brew (a South African production house) and created a pilot episode for an adventure series. Although I still think its a fun idea, in the end it never got off the ground. However, the trailer is still a fun watch!
If you are on this blog you are most likely tired of seeing or reading about my book, Awake. Yet what most people don’t know is I never set out to write a book. I had an idea for a format I thought people would enjoy and wanted to show it to a friend of mine who is a New York Times bestselling author. Rather than writing a proposal, I decided to write a chapter and show him what his next book could be like. What ended up becoming the second chapter in Awake was initially only written to see if the format worked the way I thought it would. When I finished the chapter, I quickly realized this was something I not only could do, but was very excited about doing. In the end, I never contacted my author friend, I just kept writing.
Jealousy doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel about the trailer above. Nick, my brilliant business partner just released his first feature film. Although I had little to do with it, because we are partners, I get to take some credit… cause that’s how I roll.Nick worked tirelessly as the DOP and editor and the film is what it is because of him. I couldn’t be more proud or jealous. Semi Soet is an Afrikans Romantic Comedy and it is brilliant. It just released across South Africa a few days ago. Check out the trailer or the site below.