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

November 24, 2010 by  
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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  
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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.

Episode Forty-Eight: Icons Panel #2- Universal Dead

August 4, 2010 by  
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The Icons event was held on Saturday, July 24th during Comic Con. Film Method conducted a total of four panels at the event. Here is the recording from the second panel of the day with Vernon Mortenson, Kelly Parks, Valerie Perez, and Gary Graham of Universal Dead. We will be releasing the recordings from these panels throughout the month of August.


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Universal Dead Website

Director Vernon Mortensen has led an amazing life.  The son of Christian Missionaries, he was born in Bangkok, Thailand and by the age of twelve, had traveled all over the world.   After finishing high school in the USA, he went on to serve as a US Navy SWCC (pronounced “swick”) commando in the Navy’s elite Special Boat Teams where much of what he did remains classified to this day.  His life has always been very eclectic and although always considering himself to be a filmmaker and businessman, he has also worked as an engineer, a photographer, a bodyguard, an emergency medical technician, a private investigator, a librarian, and as a substitute teacher for the inner-city schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Vernon is a master storyteller and filmmaker who applies his wealth of knowledge and experience to fuel his creativity.  As a writer, he has written screenplays, short stories, plays, novels, and essays in a variety of genres and subjects.  As a filmmaker, Vernon’s movies have been sold to markets all over the world and have been featured at many prestigious international film festivals.

Vernon is currently studying for his Doctor of Business Administration at Alliant International University’s Marshal Goldsmith School of Management.  He has a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing (Screenwriting) from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Professional Writing Program where he received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fellowship.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the world renowned Art Center College of Design, as well as Bachelor of Science from New York State’s Excelsior College.  In 1999, Vernon was selected for a highly coveted Director’s Internship at the Los Angeles classical repertory theater, A Noise Within, where he studied under celebrated stage and theater director, Sabin Epstein.

 Shortly after graduating from USC in 2003, Vernon was recalled from the Naval Reserve to serve on active duty in the Special Boat Teams one last time. After completing his term of service, Vernon permanently retired from the United States Navy in 2008 and returned to filmmaking.

Writer Kelly Parks is the world’s only ex-CIA, Rocket Scientist, Stand-up Comic, Screenwriter! Kelly grew up in Wisconsin (mmmm… cheese) and spent his youth watching sci-fi and horror movies as well as gazing up at the heavens, wishing he could live among the stars. After high school, Kelly moved to Arizona to study Engineering Physics and one fateful day he met a recruiter from the CIA. Soon after, Kelly was recruited as an analyst into the CIA’s Space Systems Division (he highly recommends getting a Top Secret Clearance if you ever have the opportunity) where he and a few other hand picked scientists kept track of what the Russians were doing in space. Realizing that The Agency was never going to fulfill his dream of space travel, Kelly left public service and took a job in the private sector as an aerospace engineer specializing in Orbital Mechanics. These days Kelly writes screenplays and recently won 1st prize at the International Horror & Science Fiction Screenplay Competition. Kelly’s greatest writing honor came in 2007 when he was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, a feat rarely accomplished by a screenplay in the sci-fi/horror genre. In 2008, he became a partner in Unconventional Films and finished writing and directing the awesome comedy web series, The Crusader, and is now producing Universal Dead, a new horror/sci-fi web series that he also wrote.

Actor Valerie Perez – Besides appearing alongside D.B. Sweeney and Doug Jones in Universal Dead, Valerie currently stars in the online hit Paula Peril and the upcoming series Slice of Hollywood Life.  She has also made appearances on G4, Entourage, and The Military Channel.  You might have seen her photo work in Femme Fatale magazine and Geek Monthly or her likeness on comic book covers of popular Marvel and DC titles.  Last year she returned to the stage with the Road Theatre company under the direction of Lost’s Sam Anderson.  She has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and still does not know what she wants to do when she grows up.

Actor Gary Graham has had many TV and movie roles, including Vulcan Ambassador Soval in Star Trek: Enterprise and Detective Sikes in the TV series Alien Nation. He was also the star of the sci-fi classic Robot Jox. He is currently starring as Dr. David Macavoy in the new horror/sci-fi web series Universal Dead.

More Icons Photos!

July 27, 2010 by  
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More photos from the second Icons Panel!

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Episode Forty-Seven Icons Panel #1

July 26, 2010 by  
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The Icons event at Comic Con was full of wonder and surprises! We had a total of four panels on Saturday. Here is the recording from our first panel of the day with Cooper Harris, Brenden Bradley, Sean Becker, and Eric Loya. More to come!


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Cooper Harris- Producer/Actor

A proud graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, Cooper recently starred in the SyFy Channel’s upcoming thriller, Meteor Apocalypse, as well as appearing in SyFy’s cult hit Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.  Cooper can be seen this summer as the new host for Red Bull, as well as in campaigns for DishNetwork, POM, Microsoft & LG. Cooper produced, and stars in, DailyMotion’s first original comedy series, Squatters. She is also a writer/producer of transmedia commercial campaigns for companies such as Post It Notes, Kimberly Clark, & Krazy Glue.  Upcoming, Cooper can be seen as the title character in both Amy Alyson Fans, and upcoming thriller, The Resurrection of Serious Rogers.

Brenden Bradley- Producer/Writer/Director/Actor

Born and raised in North Carolina, Brendan graduated with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. To further hone his skills, Brendan spent time in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As a Producer, Brendan has enjoyed a decade of developing successful theater and transmedia content through his own established companies in New York and Los Angeles. He writes, directs and stars in Squatters which was picked up this year by DailyMotion as their first comedic original series.  Brendan has also developed and produced transmedia commercial campaigns for Post-It Notes, DentaBurst, Kimberly Clark and KABC’s Frosty, Heidi & Frank. Currently he is wrapping principal photography on the feature film Amy Alyson Fans, helping develop a new web series for Viacom and can be seen in the newest season of The Legend of Neil.

Sean Becker- Director/Editor

Sean Becker is an Emmy award-winning director as well as a Streamy Award-nominated director and editor. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2003, Sean directed video segments for a variety show which aired on the UPN network. This resulted in a regional Emmy award in 2005 for the short film Parallel/Parallel. In 2006, Sean co-founded Awkward Pictures along with producing/writing partner, Payman Benz. Together they created Comedy Gumbo for Sony Pictures’ online division, Crackle.com. Just recently, Sean completed production on season 3 of the popular Microsoft-Sponsored online series, The Guild, and is currently in production on a new sketch show entitled The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour.

Eric Loya- Writer

Eric Loya is one of the very few native Southern Californians. He grew up in places that those not in the know have never heard of but have fun saying, like West Covina, La Verne and Rancho Cucamonga. He made the move to LA proper a few years back, and has since kept very busy. He’s appeared in many student films. The less said about those, the better. He’s also appeared on stage at Straitjacket Society, No Shame Theater, and ACME Comedy Theater. His writing has been featured in the Cricket Feet Showcase as well as, obviously, every episode of “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy.” He is also one of the writer/performers of the web series, “The Best Friend.” He’s having a blast popping up all over the internet, as it’s the first step toward his ultimate goal of taking over the… pie. Uh, he meant to say “making pie” and nothing more.

Episode Thirty-Five: Jeff Lewis and Sean Becker of The Guild

April 21, 2010 by  
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Sean Becker and Jeff Lewis of The Guild and The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour join us to talk about what it’s like to work on the most popular web series!


The Guild
Jeff Lewis 5 Minute Comedy Hour Facebook Page
Jeff’s Taco Bell Video
Jeff Lewis’ Twitter Page
Jeff’s Facebook page
Sean Becker’s Twitter
Sean’s Awkward Pictures Page

Episode Thirty-Two: Web World

March 24, 2010 by  
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In the world of entertainment, no medium is more exciting these days than the World of the Wide Web. This still-new outlet is breaking new ground everyday and changing the way we view television and movies. The Web has even sparked its own new format and no, we’re not talking about clips of cats playing piano. What we are referring to is the webisode, which is, episodic content made just for the Web. One of the most popular Web shows is The Guild, which is a show about a group of online gamers who decide to take their virtual friendships to the next level by meeting in the “real world”. Join us as we speak with the director of The Guild, Sean Becker and ask him what it’s like to be apart of this exciting new medium.


Sean Becker- Director/Editor

Sean Becker is an Emmy award-winning director as well as a Streamy Award-nominated director and editor. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2003, Sean directed video segments for a variety show which aired on the UPN network. This resulted in a regional Emmy award in 2005 for the short film Parallel/Parallel. In 2006, Sean co-founded Awkward Pictures along with producing/writing partner, Payman Benz. Together they created Comedy Gumbo for Sony Pictures’ online division, Crackle.com. Just recently, Sean completed production on season 3 of the popular Microsoft-Sponsored online series, The Guild, and is currently in production on a new sketch show entitled The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour.

The Guild Website
Awkward Pictures Website
Sean’s Twitter Page

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