Episode Fifty-Nine: S3LA Event with Film Method Part 2

December 1, 2010 by cindy  
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On November 11th, 2010 Film Method and Mental Eclectic held their first joint Shorts ‘N Spirits Showcase together. The event featured many different web series and shorts and included industry speakers as well. Film Method was there to capture it! This is part two of the interviews we conducted at the event with filmmakers Tom Konkle and Thor Melsted from the short film Destiny’s Stop, director Doug Cwiak and the cast of The Unemployment of Danny London and actor and artist Alexander Polinsky who was one of the speakers at the event.

Tom Konkle- Actor/Writer/Producer

Tom is apart of an acting and writing team with David Beeler, often performing as a British sketch duo in shows Good Night and Double Act. They are currently developing and writing several television series and download-able content and mobile TV through their company Pith-e Productions. Tom was the founder of the infamous sketch troupe, McFwap. He also writes comic short films with Gino C. Vianelli.

Recently partnered with John Cleese as a performing team on a sketch comedy TV special. Developed three television series pilots with Beeler as well as two series with Brittney Powell.


Thor Melsted- Filmmaker

Thor was born in Iceland, where he lived until age 24, at which point he moved to LA and went to film school and eventually earned a degree in Cinema. He has worked on several projects, doing visual effects for multiple projects, including one feature film. He met David Beeler and Tom Konkle in 2003 when he worked on their short film, Secret to Happiness is a Bad Memory. He became fast friends with the comedy duo, and has been associated with the “Dave and Tom” team in one way or another since then. Mostly behind the scenes in various roles, but ventured in front of the camera once as a Viking opposite Tom Konkle’s time traveling documentarian. The surreal western Destiny’s Stop is the first Dave and Tom project Thor has directed.


Doug Cwiak- Producer/Director

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Doug went to college at the University Of California, Los Angeles and received his bachelor’s degree in Film and Television. His short film, The Beginning of December (2008), premiered at the GIAA Film Festival in New York and went on to play at 7 other film festivals. He has been professionally involved in the industry since 2000, working on projects in capacities including writer, director, director of photography, producer, and editor. He owns Industrial Media Arts a production/post-production company.


Alexander Polinsky- Actor/Writer/Producer

Alexander has been a working actor in Hollywood for 27 years. As the youngest actor on the set of Charles in Charge (1987), Alex often found himself with nothing to do between takes. As a result he got into arts and crafts and just kept going with it. When the series ended, he got a job making movie-prop collectibles such as replicas of the mask worn by Jim Carrey in The Mask (1994). He trained to be a master mold maker with a special-effects company.

In addition to teaching acting and voiceover Alexander is also a songwriter. He’d also like you to know that, “I make art for fun, I’m never bored, have a terrier, and I love Kombucha Tea!”

Episode Fifty-Eight: S3LA Event with Film Method Part 1

November 24, 2010 by cindy  
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On November 11th, 2010 Film Method and Mental Eclectic held their first joint Shorts ‘N Spirits Showcase together. The event featured many different web series and shorts and included industry speakers as well. Film Method was there to capture it! This is part one of the interviews we conducted at the event with speaker Diahnna Nicole Baxter of Web TV Workshop, filmmaker Scott Baker with his film Cub and writer/creator Steve Silverman and actors Sam Pancake and Stacy McQueen of the hit web series Pretty.

Scott Baker-Filmmaker

Scott Baker, a native of Northern California, received a degree in History from Sonoma State University and served in the United States Peace Corps from 2000-2001 in Turkmenistan.  He co-founded Vegan Cannibals Productions with Philip Stimmell in 2002.  Their first film, Brunch of the Dead was a feature-length zombie-comedy. Since re-locating to Riverside they have done several award-winning short films, including Rationed which screened at this year’s Cannes Short Film Corner and 2 episodes for their new series Findings (think Ghosthunters meets Reno911!).  You can find out more at www.VeganCannibals.com
Scott’s film Rationed was 2nd runner-up in the world finals of 48 Hour Film Project, aka, Filmapalooza as part of the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The film was also selected for a showcase at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner Marche du Film).

Steve Silverman-Writer/Director/Executive Producer

Steve Silverman is a critically-acclaimed playwright, with over twenty plays and musicals produced nationwide, including the three years running smash hit 15 Minutes of Fem, and Slideshow , which the LA Times proclaimed “Downright Magical,” now in it’s fifth year of monthly shows at the Fake Gallery in Hollywood. Steve is also a multi-award winning writer-producer in the world of On-Air Promotions, with stints at ABC, CBS, NBC, Bravo, The WB, and the CW under his belt, he presently spends his days (and some nights) at the FOX Broadcasting Company – you know those commercials you see that try to get you to watch American Idol and The Simpsons? He makes those. Pretty is Steve’s first swim in the vast ocean that is the ‘interwebs’ as a writer-director.

Stacy McQueen- Actor

Stacy McQueen attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and earned her BFA from Webster University Conservatory of Theater Arts where she was one of twelve (out of the nation) recipients of the prestigious Irene Ryan/ Kennedy Center Award. She moved to Los Angeles and studied with the late great Roy London (with the likes of Brad Pitt, Geena Davis, Kristen Davis, Framke Jenson…yeah, what happened there?) She was saved by Dolph Ludgren in I Come in Peace, served a two and half year stint on General Hospital playing nurse Sheila Cantillion and portrayed a whore with a heart of gold on Quantum Leap. She got her big break when she was reunited with Dean Stockwell as a series regular on the sitcom In the Mood. Unfortunately, it wasn’t picked up. She worked on the short lived Maybe this Time along with Craig Ferguson in his first TV role in the US. He went on to become a star of late night and she went on to be one of the few clothed women in HBO’s Breast Men.  She’s performed in many plays around town. Some of her favorite roles were Princess Leia Magdalene in Jesus Christ Super Star Wars and Annette, the retarded Asian baton twirler in The King and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Stacy most enjoyed Vangsness/McQueen, a show she co-starred/co-created with her dear friend Kirsten Vangsness. You can find lots more on Stacy at www.stacymcqueen.com.

Sam Pancake- Actor

Sam Pancake is an actor, improviser, and sketch comedian who hails from Romney, WV. He first came to the attention of film and television casting directors in the late ’90′s as a member of the award-winning sketch comedy troupe, Margot’s Bush, and not long after that he found himself being called, well, a “cunt” by none other than Larry David in the notorious “The Shrimp Incident” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. That inglorious moment led to numerous high-profile recurring and guest starring television roles on many popular series, including Pushing Daisies, ‘Til Death, Friends, Arrested Development, Will & Grace, Life with Bonnie, Fat Actress, Charmed, West Wing, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, and many more. Sam was also a regular on back-to-back critically acclaimed series, FOX’s Kitchen Confidential, created by Darren Star, and Lifetime’s improv-based sitcom, Lovespring International. Sam has also appeared in a slew of films, including Ready? OK!, Over Her Dead Body, Straight Jacket, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Legally Blonde 2, Girls Will be Girls, and the upcoming Falling Up and Barry Monday. In addition to his film and television appearances, Sam has also been an active member of the Los Angeles theatre community for years. He has graced many production on local stages, including the “Real Live Stage” spoofs of the films Foxes and St. Elmo’s Fire, as well as the TV shows CHiPS and The Facts of Life, in which he made a lovely Blair Warner. Sam has performed his autobiographical one-man show The Head is Not Reliable: Stories from a High-Strung Appalachian Boyhood on stage many times over the last few years. And, yes, it is true: Pancake is indeed his real last name. He will be more than happy to tell you how THAT all happened!

Episode Fifty-Seven: Shorts ‘N Spirits Promo Show

November 9, 2010 by cindy  
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The next Shorts ‘N Spirits Showcase will be held this Thursday, November 11th and Film Method will be apart of it! This screening series showcases short format projects including short films, music videos and web series. Craig Wilson and Mel Huffman of Shorts ‘N Spirits join us to talk about what films will be screening at the event. John Carrozza, Executive Producer of the web series Pretty joins us as well to talk about the series and about screening at the Shorts ‘N Spirits Showcase on Thursday.

John Carrozza-Executive Producer

John Carrozza helped form Velvet 
Candy Entertainment, LLC in 2006 with a mission to tell 
unique and compelling stories with diverse LGBT characters 
and strong crossover appeal.

The award-winning Socket (the world’s first gay science fiction thriller) was John’s first 
stab at co-producing a feature, but Velvet 
Candy has completed 
several other projects including the short films Rubdown, Screening Party, The Defenders and Reunion, which was funded by 
the HBO Shout Short Film Competition. John has also executive produced the web series Pretty which debuted in January 2010.  Coming up later in the year is the short film Rubdown, which will appear in film festivals across the country.

John has also recently produced the upcoming 
musical comedy The Mikado Project, which premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Qwerty, a straight-ish office sex comedy completed and shopping for distribution.  John lives and works in Burbank, CA with his husband Doug and their dogs.

Craig Wilson-Producer/Director

Craig started his 12 year career in entertainment as an Artistic Director for a black box theater troop. In 2003 he graduated Los Angeles Film School majoring in Directing and minoring in Producing. Since that time he has worked as a Producer, Director, First Assistant Director, Grip, Electrician, Craft Service and Production Assistant in television and film. He has produced two independent feature films, is in pre-production for one and is in development of another, both slated to shoot 2010. He has also Event Coordinated and Produced five world premiere screenings, four monthly networking events and is currently a Producer for the San Diego Indie Festival Film Stage.

Mel Huffman-Event Coordinator/Production Designer

Mel’s passion has always been art. After creating her first work at the age of 5, she joined the Buena Park Civic Center Arts earning multiple awards for her oil paintings. Spending years working backstage with her family on productions, she found her calling behind the scenes. She has previously worked closely with such artists as Artis Lane, Richard MacDonald, and Ricky Swallow at the LA Fine Art Foundry. Mel helped these artists create their vision in fine art bronze sculpture. Mel is also the Los Angles Regional Manager for Mental Eclectic, assisting Southern California filmmakers in production, networking and marketing. She has now dedicated herself to a full time career in the film industry. Mel produced The Return of the El Diablo, which premiered at Geekfest in Mexicalli in 2009. She was also the on-set dresser for The Guild season 3 in addition to working as the production designer for Simply Simon, Art Director for the music video Feel Better by Nikki Lang and Production Designer for the web series The Last.

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