Our garage is like almost any garage – kind of ordinary in its rectangular-ness mixed with a hint of boring. It’s a space where only cars and items that aren’t quite loved enough to hangout inside live. The occasional yard tool loiters aimlessly against the wall. Every day I come home, open the door and am greeted with the sameness – the blandness. A life tucked away slowly passing through each season. I spend as little time as possible there. No particular reason to linger. Just grab everything from the car, close the door and wait for another day. Ordinary.
Then came Saturday when I opened the door and found…
Photo Bomb! From left to right: Holt Boggs, Topping Haggerty (Director), Jonathan A. Spear
Closeup! Holt Boggs & Jonathan A. Spear
Be sure to look for “Fifi and Mr. Pickles” a short by Topping Haggerty coming to you later this Summer.
You’ve seen the Twilight saga (it’s ok, this s safe place and any snickering on my part will subside soon enough) and now I present to you “Dunes” – a parody of the beloved movie franchise written as part of The Institution Theater’s Sketch 201 class featuring the most underused supernatural love interest. I do suspect that after this sketch we’ll see more of “them” as romantic leads. Yes, I’m being vague. I can’t go around spoiling things for you. (Thankfully, you can’t see the YouTube still below, so it really will be a surprise. Right? Right?!?!)
This is my second sketch to be filmed and I want to thank all the cast and crew involved in making it happen. Thank you for your time, your energy, for letting me pay you in sodas, coffee, breakfast tacos and sandwiches.
Some special thanks to:
April – for helping me make the costume (we are now pros and our next supernatural costume of this sort will be even more awesome – lots.of lessons learned there), thanks for your ideas, for all the shopping trips, for letting us invade your space, re-arrange and decorate your room. Also, huge thanks for all of the behind-the-scenes photos. You were incredible as always.
Jonathan – thanks for taking care of the cast and crew, keeping everyone happy and for knowing me well enough that when I get brain-locked, I don’t have to say a word – you just swoop in and do. I hope you’re always available to PA. You are awesome!
Richard – I cannot begin to thank you enough. Without you and your talent this project wouldn’t have happened. Thank you for volunteering so much of your time from filming to editing to providing the music, sound effects and of course the fantastic special effects. You are terrific and it’s a great privilege to be a part of any shoot you’re on. I truly feel guilty receiving any praise for this when so much of what made this work is you and your dedication. I’m looking forward to shooting Clown Family and for borrowing you again to shoot my horrible family birthday sketch.
I’ve waited over a month, but I’m so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to announce (and update family and such):
In two short weeks we’ll be shooting my second sketch titled Dunes. I’ve got a knock-out cast and the best crew that a director, offering free food and snacks, could ask for. Let’s hear it for Dasani and fruit roll-ups! And I’m so excited I’m ending sentences in prepositions and beginning sentences with conjunctions, because it’s the only way my fingers can type grammar sommersaults! (I don’t think I scored a “10″ with the English judges. )
I’ll keep you posted and promise to torture you with the video soon. (Think toothpicks and dripping water. The kind of torture that will have you saying “good job, guys” and maybe drooling a little bit.)
DISCLAIMER: The cast and crew of Dunes will not be held responsible for drool.
As promised - my short film that was shown during our recent sketch review: The Moral Compass Rumpus
Huge thanks go to the cast, to all of my friends and family who I managed to wrangle at the last minute and to my outstanding crew who made it happen on a very tight schedule. I couldn’t have done this without you.
See my earlier post: Hot Spots: Behind the Scenes if you’re not sure what’s going on.