Production Notes aka: "The Blog"

Category: New Projects

More John Oliver

I’ve continued to shoot field segments for John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.” We shot this one Saturday and it ran Sunday night: instant gratification.

I worked with Meryl Streep!

I shot this simple piece as part of a live show for Lewis Black’s May 5th Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser at Lincoln Center. The video opened the stage show and led into a music and dance sequence that ultimately introduced Lewis Black on stage. I’ve included the first cue below, although there was a second cue [...]

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight

Just this last weekend I shot this parody duly ridiculing an Oregon healthcare ad for the premier of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO. We shot it the morning of the show and it aired twelve hours later. My contribution is the musical piece at the end of this clip. Yes, that’s Lisa Loeb.

Inside Amy Schumer

The season is nearly half-aired as I write this, but last fall I shot the complete second season of Inside Amy Schumer. We shot fifty sketches over three months. I directed everything except for three pieces that Amy and co-creator Dan Powell guest directed. It’s my first sketch show and I found it a welcome [...]

Tiny Commando

Premiering this week on Yahoo is “Tiny Commando,” a project I’ve been working on since the Spring of 2012. Ed Helms came up with the idea to do a show featuring miniature action sequences using all sorts of radio-controlled vehicles. His premise: what if there’s a little guy inside driving these things? Along with Jacob [...]

Finally: Site Updates!

Finally, I’ve got some new pages up here. And, yes: I actually forgot the password to this site it’s been so long. Thank you web hosting customer service. The first addition is Garkfunkel & Oates, a web series I shot nearly two years ago for HBO GO, featuring the comedic musical talents of Garfunkel & [...]

Summer Updates

Hello out there! Here I am with updates on the typically quiet blog: Season Two of NTSF:SD:SUV:: premiers August 9th on Adult Swim! I directed four of the new episodes, and I think this second season is even stronger than the first. I have recently added a bunch of clips from season one of NTSF:SD:SUV:: [...]

Cookie Monster for Xbox

I recently shot this simple but charming PSA for Xbox featuring Cookie Monster. My buddy Fred Northup at Southdown Creative produced, and is also visible in the window reflection. Cookie may count as the biggest star we’ve worked with. I mean, who’s more recognizable than him, right? Enjoy!

New Work: Aport

I just added this Russian commercial to the homepage. It is now my third spot for Russian clients, and my second job in Moscow in a year. We shot in an Olympic sized pool with local production company Pacific Film. All of the foreground action is practical, and Helsinki VFX house Talvi Digital created all [...]

Summer Updates

What a whirlwind. This year I have been shooting everywhere but New York, which supposedly I call home. I’ve been to Seattle, Palm Springs, Moscow twice and Los Angeles three times. This week is literally the first down time time I’ve had all year. I am now organizing much of the new work and will [...]