Couple weeks ago, I entered a short film competition on Indi.com. The only contest rule was the short had to be under 5 minutes. We had a deadline (which always helps getting things finished) and with a few different ideas pitched from Chelsea Alden, I wrote a script. We scouted a location and on day three we shot it. Spent the next couple days editing and we finished in just under a week. Could not have been possible without the help of so many generous people. Many thanks to Nino Mancuso, Benjamin Burt, Lorin Becker, Eric Davis, Steve Smith, Jed Mills, Alanna Masterson, Melinda Browne and Mark McPherson. Enjoy!
I’m very excited for the upcoming feature film production of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which begins filming this March. My character, John Utterson, is at the center of the investigation, searching for clues for the connection between his long time friend Dr. Jekyll and the evil Mr. Hyde. This script stays true to the original novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886. The novella’s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.
Oscar winning actors Mickey Rooney and Margaret O’Brien have both signed on to the project. Respectively, their work has inspired so many people over the years and it’s a privilege to work with them. The film’s script has been wonderfully written by our director Brian Barsuglia who not only stays true to the original story but brings facts and specific details that have often been left out of previous adaptations. The extremely talented cast includes Shaun Piccinino in the role of Dr. Jekyll and Gianni Capaldi as Mr. Hyde. I also look forward to working with Vernon Wells one of the hardest working actors with an unbelievable list of films to his credit. The incredible Jed Rowen as Dr. Lanyon and the very talented Zan Alda as Inspector Newcomen.
Film Production Company - BLB MEDIA
Official Website website: Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Sundance is here.. Founded by Robert Redford, the festival has grown into a… well… blah blah blah… READ MORE.
Best way to get up to date info on Sundance is go straight to The Hollywood Reporter. Fireside chats are some of the best interviews you’ll find. Watch Bill Hader and Craig Johnson. The Skeleton Twins. On the way to Sundance, I was listening to WTF with Mark Maron and Bill Hader was the guest, talking about crap he went through as a PA and stories about auditioning for SNL. Great to see such a good guy, modest and talented do such great work in the new film The Skeleton Twins.
Happy New Year!
It’s been a great 2013 and look forward to an even better 2014! As the year closed out, I reviewed all the things I’d accomplished. I supposed that’s a tradition we all do to a certain degree to assure ourselves we exist! It’s probably comforting to look back and remind myself that I was productive. The year started with creating The David And Sarah Variety show, a sketch comedy routine that was completely fun and twisted. I also wrote a TV Pilot titled Mercy Me that explores the highly charged topic of assisted suicide. It’s a script I need to do a re-write but it’s very marketable and a promising sell. I also wrote three very detailed outlines for feature scripts as well as several short films, including The Love Way Around. I also wrote a pilot episode for a new web series titled Okay, Cry Baby, a black comedy about two dysfunctional drug dealers. And I re-cut my old film LEROY, that is an homage to Woody Allen’s Zelig. And although I shot Dates With Peter last year, I finally finished editing and now it’s available on line to watch.
As 2013 came to a close, I found myself involved in more projects and work than I’d seen a long time. To start off, I’ve been cast in a feature film to play Gabriel John Utterson from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Except for the last two chapters of the story, most of the novel is seen through the eyes of Mr. Utterson, who functions as the conscience which we, the readers, evaluate most of the novel. One of Jekyll’s friends, Utterson investigates the strange events surrounding Mr. Hyde. Directed by B Luciano Barsuglia and starring Shaun Paul Piccinino and Jed Rowen, the script is fantastic and I’m very excited to be a part of the project.