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Recently, In Lieu Of Flowers, a feature film I edited premiered at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival.   It was directed by my good friend Bill Savage and starred Josh Pence (Gangster Squad) and Spencer Grammar (Greek). I wanted to drop a few reviews here and show some of the things people have been saying about the movie.

Best Geek Blog Ever

“Savage shows some real potential as a filmmaker with a soft and intimate touch.”

FilmFracture

In Lieu Of Flowers is a remarkably touching story, filled with strong portrayals of emotion and most importantly, the advent of friendship.  Its real success is that it does not fall prey to genre conventions or force unrealistic goals upon its protagonists.  Eric and Rachel are not going to solve all of their problems by sharing a cup of coffee; nor are they going to fall madly in love one night and forget the pain and sadness that has consumed their lives over a given period of time.  There is hope, though, and In Lieu Of Flowersnever allows its viewer to forget that essential fact.

SocalThrills

Hopefully I am getting across that there are a few flaws but at the same time, some many beautiful powerful moments that help this movie stand above others. [...]  It definitely left a feeling of emotion for me, which to me is a successful film.

Splash Magazines

There are many moments in the movie where there are clever witty lines by the characters as the two lean on each other for support through this painful time in their lives. Their relationship with one another slowly evolves but it seems that neither one of them are fully ready to move on to a new relationship.

A quick note to update everyone on a “transmedia experience” I edited last month. The project is an interactive video that includes you in the story through emails, phone calls, and texts. It was a collaboration with fellow Emerson alums Landon Zakheim and Justin Gurnari the great crew at Fourth Wall Studios. It was a blast to work on and a lot of fun to experiment with the medium.

Check out this LA Times article written about the company.

Click this screenshot to take you to the site.

If you want to check out the trailer for their other project Dirty Work, you can watch it below.

When I was in New York in September, I met with the amazing people at Dig For Fire.  I’ve admired their work for years, from the fantastic live in-store performances they shoot at Other Music to an awesome Band Of Horses video and now to their relationship with Spotify.  I have been wanting to work for them for a long time.  Finally I had the chance.

They had just gone into the studio with Iron & Wine to film the re-recording of his classic tune “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” for the new Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack.  To add to it, Marketa Irglova from The Swell Season came in to sing harmony on the the track.  They asked if I thought I could cut the video in the two weeks I was in town.  I said ABSOLUTELY!

Currenlty, WordPress.com doesn’t support VH1 embeds.  So if you wanna see it there here it is. The VH1 link has over 70,000 views already!

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