Saturday, September 27, 2014

Selected Works

UPDATED  08-24-15

Here are some of my favorite projects that we've done so far based on audience responses and my own personal preferences.  Not that you shouldn't watch other projects from our Complete List of Films page--please do!--but, yes, these tend to be the works that best represent what we do.

We've done a fair number of films by now--some of them didn't turn out the way that I had hoped, some of them came out well, some of them have been and continue to be enjoyed by a small audience, and other ones get thoroughly ignored (ouch!).  But, hey, that's indie film.  Quick shooting schedules, not a ton of money, limited tech, and limited promotional reach.  We've worked with some actors who, thankfully for us, go back and forth between doing grungy little indie projects (like mine) over to studio films and television (Ryan Murphy shows, Christopher Nolan productions, etc.) which is really cool.  Thank goodness for them.  They've got grit and experience and I've been very fortunate that these actors will rough it for a few days (or weeks in some cases) with me in order to bring these narratives to life.  Addovolt Productions is not a subdivision of the CBS corporation, we don't do Kickstarter stuff (I can't--I just can't do it!  It's just.....ugh.  No.  I can't.)  Some of our projects get a decent little audience while other ones simply don't.  We are true indie--humble, punk rock, no-nonsense, and we like to do our own thing.  A real life dog-and-pony show at the State Fair.  That's Addovolt.  But that doesn't mean that we can't whip up something unique, gather some folks around the electronic campfire, indulge in some strange and wonderful images, and--most importantly--tell a good story..... 

Click on the images to watch the films of your choosing and to read more about them in-depth.

short films:

"Salome" (2009)

"Salome", adapted from the Oscar Wilde play, is not perfect (there's all kinds of things that I wish that I would have done differently) but it's a true mood piece, the aesthetics are unnerving, and it's an art film that I'm proud of.  Say whatever you want about it but the casting is perfect, no argument accepted.  This project was the first film that I did after not doing film for a long time and it's special to me.  Chad Nini's orginal score for this film is gorgeous.

"Second Star" (2010)

My friends know that this is a sensitive subject because this film doesn't get watched much.  But I like this one!  To me, it's an emotional and effectively haunting, run-down, gothic little pebble of a film.  If you can't get into evil fairies, lost youth, glitter, gutters, and drugs then, fine, don't watch it!  But, secretly, I'm hoping that you'll give this project a chance.  If you feel like experiencing a quick and surreal dive into snowy, urban melancholia, this film should do the trick.

"Danse Macabre" (2010)

I wanted to make my own Halloween Special so I did.  "Danse Macabre" looks, feels (and tastes?) like Halloween.  A romp centered around Dracula, his brides, and some grouchy Vatican assassins.  A recipe for trouble if there ever was one.  Set to and inspired by the delightful classic composition (1872) by Camille Saint-Saens.  Different languages with English subtitles.  Fun, silly, cool costumes, beautiful vampires.  Best-looking gang of blood-suckers?  Probably.  Before I shot this, I asked myself:  "Okay, if Dracula and his brides really existed, what would they actually look like?  What ages would they choose to be?  What would they really sound like?".  As far as I know, this little short film is one of the very, very few (only?) vampire films that features genuine Transylvanian dialogue.  So if you ever wanted to get an idea of what Count Dracula and his brides sound like when they're bickering, here you go......

short documentaries:

"Baptized In Weirdness:  an unauthorized journey through The House On The Rock" (2010)

It kind of bothers me that this project gets watched more than some of the other ones that I wish got more views but, oh well, that's just how it goes.  This is a short, quickly made visitor's video about a flabbergastingly expensive art installation/destination in Wisconsin created by eccentric architect and collector, Alex Jordan Jr.  I did this video casually; there's nothing fancy about it.  It's quick-paced, interesting (and awkward), but rushed.  Definitely worth it for the merry-go-round scene towards the end section of the video.  You'll see what I mean.

"The Spirits of Detroit" (2012)

A paranormal ode to my hometown and a nod to "Unsolved Mysteries".  Rain, cemeteries, costumes, and crumbling structures.  And you'll even learn something just like I did (a lot of historical research went into this).  The narrator, Chris Chavez, did a really beautiful job.  An enjoyable, atmospheric ghost documentary.  (I'm not sure why the poster image says "Fall 2011" at the bottom when I didn't put it out until 2012.....Maybe, at one point, I had planned on putting it out a year earlier?  I don't remember that.  Maybe I fell into a time warp.  I don't know.)

music videos:

"Huts" by The Baby Magic (2015)

Mary Beth and the band experience an extremely catchy, existential temper tantrum.

"Conquistador" by Pale Horseman (2015)

A sludge-metal epic in all the best ways.....

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