When the long-awaited release of Panasonic’s new camera hit a snag, this comedic spot was produced to calm the angry villagers. Agency: Phelps
A commercial for Wendy’s that ties in with the show “Minute to Win It.” The script I wrote first featured French fries, then burgers, then soda cups, and finally lettuce to promote their new line of salads (but the stacking game never changed).
Two spots featuring FX Movie Channel host Tava Smiley in her element: interviewing stars on the red carpet. We faked the whole event on a backlot with well-coiffed "celebs" and phony paparazzi.
The stage where we shot this spot had a few trans-lights of residential neighborhoods, so I came up with the idea of a TV host appearing to be walking in suburbia, when he was really working at a Hollywood studio.
Original “Newlywed Game” host Bob Eubanks and fellow hosts Todd Newton and Kennedy go retro for this spot I directed for Comcast. The entire set was added in post, including the ‘70s era contestants and Bob’s microphone. Production company: The Spark Factory
We used four cameras and a stunt driver to capture host Dave Holmes’ high-speed ride in a Ford Mustang for this integration I directed and edited for the FX series “DVD on TV.” Production company: The Film Syndicate
An integration for Friskies and the competition series “Minute to Win It,” featuring a cat performing the near impossible to win a treat. A good part of the budget went to training three lookalike felines to ride a Roomba. A really fun shoot featuring performers with purr-fect cat-itudes. (sorry)
Action icon Dolph Lundgren gives wanna-be action stars a lesson in badassery in one of six comedy segments I directed in one day for Reelz Channel. Check out my Digital section for the other five segments.
We rebuilt the set of the competition series “Steampunk’d,” brought in two of the show’s edgier contestants, and shot them building steampunk dogs for this integration for Petfinder, Purina and GSN. An online poll decided the winning design. Spoiler alert: it was Annubis.
“DVD on TV” host Dave Holmes goes behind the scenes of his own show to learn what crew members think about Ford’s latest pick-up truck, in this integration written/directed/edited by me for FX. Production company: The Film Syndicate
Tylenol spots for GSN and ad agency JWT, featuring Florence Henderson and Wink Martindale. Four :60 spots produced in the same day. Check out my Digital section for a longer web version featuring Erik Estrada.
One of three Christmas sing-alongs I directed featuring the versatile John Michael Higgins (all four of him), host of “America Says” on Game Show Network.
TYLENOL "POP UP POP CULTURE POP QUIZ"
We overtook an LA gym, “hired” '70s icon Erik Estrada as a trainer, and let the hidden camera fun begin for a series of online segments for Tylenol. Whoever recognized the “CHIPs” star got a chance to win a retro prize with game show legend Wink Martindale. The next day we did it all over again with Florence Henderson as a waitress in a diner. Agency: JWT
DOLPH LUNDGREN "HOW TO BE TODAY'S ACTION HERO"
When Dolph Lundgren turned his talents to hosting a competition series for Reelz Channel, I directed six comedy segments with the action star in a single day to launch his show across digital platforms. Here are five of them (look under Integrations for the sixth).
During the press junket for “Ghostbusters,” we were given stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones for five minutes max to play a round of Winsanity with host Donald Faison. The crew and I crammed into a tiny 15x15 foot hotel room with 3 cameras and a makeshift game show set. We shot all the fun in one take for a digital segment for Extratv.com.
I’ve directed dozens of sponsored man-on-the-street segments stretching from LA to Boston for brands including Clorox, McDonald’s, Oscar Mayer, and this fun one for Boost (part of a series), where unsuspecting couples reveal all.
One of 20 digital segments I directed over a three-day period in an Encino house for Stouffer’s website of dinnertime tips, duringdinner.com. Starring Jenica Bergere and some talented kids as a household with zero family time. Agency: Conductor
WINSANITY SEASON 2
Promo for the game show Winsanity which never saw the light of day (the show was cancelled before the second season aired, but we still had fun).
THE NEWLYWED GAME
We staged an elaborate wedding in the mountains of LA for these two launch promos for “The Newlywed Game,” starring host Carnie Wilson. One challenge: Carnie was very pregnant and could barely stand, so a double takes her place for non-close-ups.
Promo for Cash Cab shot in under 30 minutes: a couple reads off prompter by host Ben Bailey followed by several shots of facial expressions and poses.
WINSANITY SEASON 1
Two of many launch promos and digital segments shot in a single day with host Donald Faison for the GSN game show “Winsanity.” We had just as much fun the following season.
WORLD SERIES 2007
14 sets were built on a single soundstage and dozens of cast members dressed in period wardrobe were featured in the intros to all seven games of the World Series on Fox. The Red Sox swept the Rockies in four games, meaning half of the work never aired! Production company: The Film Syndicate
I interviewed all of the contestants of GSN’s hit series “Skin Wars” and captured their revealing answers using a moving camera on a jib and a stationary camera for close-ups.
We had access to the Sony Studios set of the game show “Russian Roulette,” so we shot as many promos as possible in a single day. This one is my favorite (I also edited), featuring comedian Michael Rayner. Production company: The Spark Factory
SUPER 8 DAZE TRAILER
Trailer for a documentary about my early Super 8 filmmaking adventures. Screened at over 20 top film festivals (winner at 5), including Nantucket, Austin Revolution, Provincetown, Boston Globedocs, and Northwestfest (Edmonton).
IF ONE PLAYS MUSIC
An extremely short, award-winning comedy starring my daughters (and a few of my childhood toys). Screened at over a dozen festivals in theaters across the U.S. and featured at AintItCool.com.
Award-winning short comedy directed, edited, and shot by me on a set from “The Usual Suspects,” which we were allowed to use for just 8 hours on a Saturday. Featuring Joel McHale before he was JOEL MCHALE.
I do more than direct--I also produce/write/edit sizzle reels and promos for big TV shows including Modern Family, Scrubs, TMZ, and Minute to Win It.