Happy Birthday, Elise Ivy

Today is Elise Ivy’s birthday, and I wanted to celebrate by posting a photo she shared getting ready for her big weekend of fun. I think she looks amazing in that dress.

Elise of course played Louise in the film “Babysitting without a Net”.

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And here is a photo from ten years ago, on location next to Yara McClay who played Amy.

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Karen/The Reluctant Theatre Student

I was going through my archives, and I found a couple of files from test videos way back when I was just getting started. Since these are no longer available on video channels, I decided I would post them here. This was shortly after I released my independent film production, and I wanted to explore the possibility of even more ENF-centric stories and situations. So I put out a casting call, and was contacted by a model named Karen. Now remember, this was December of 2005 (notice the winter boots she is wearing in the second clip) so I do not have more information on her, and I doubt she is still active.

The first pass is improvising some embarrassed nudity fun. She was thrown into a basic scenario, finding herself in a room without any clothes on, and asked to run with it. It is interesting to see how she interprets events and verbalized her character’s thoughts. Her body language and expressions are very good.

The second clip is more structured around the idea of being a college drama student, trying out for a part that she suddenly learns requires nudity. I actually used this as a prototype for my earlier “silent film” style videos that features a full music soundtrack and title cards for narration. Again, Karen’s facial expressions were fantastic for this simple concept.

Using my old handi-cam camera, the quality is admittedly not great. And I had to laugh at some of my wild zoom ins and zoom outs. But hopefully these short clips might be new to a few people, while still being enjoyable.

Files can be downloaded at the links below:

Karen’s Naked Audition

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April Update

We did it again, in March 2015, setting a new record for monthly site visits. Three years after I started this blog, the number of views reach 23,185 last month.

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Now looking forward, I have some news to share. The location featured in videos such as “Cleaning Day” and “The Witching Hour” is my townhouse in Long Island. Also exciting Last month, I received an offer on the property. It is a good opportunity for me to upscale and get something bigger and better. So we are moving ahead with the sale.

It’s still early, and real estate transactions are certainly unpredictable enough, but over the next few weeks this is going to consume a lot of my time and resources. It was an unexpected turn of events and sort of puts my production schedule on hold for the moment. Although truth be told, the miserable weather persisted throughout March, and the first week of April wasn’t anything to write home about. At least we are supposed to finally get some warmer days this weekend.

Anyway, I can’t promise that there will be a video immediately, but I will try to squeeze out something by the end of April, or else May. Once the sale of the home goes through, it should be smooth sailing. I won’t have any problem with chalking up the first half of 2015 as a slow period, and ramp things up for the summer and fall.

I’ve built my business and persevered in making videos by dealing with challenges and overcoming them. This is no different. In fact, I’m looking forward to a change of scenery. I’ll still be staying on Long Island, so I will continue to share updates and progress in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

Bunnies and Babysitting

Back in 2005, at the time I had a pet rabbit named Chocolate Chip. When we were putting together the film, and discussing the dream sequence that Monica’s character has, the idea was tossed about of using the live rabbit. Unfortunately due to the logistics involved, and the fact that the special effects for the computer rendered scene were finalized back in California, Chip did not get to make an onscreen appearance. I did bring him on location when we wrapped the shoot, and the bunny was a big hit with the girls.

That is the origin of including the green digital rabbit. Here’s a picture of Chip outside his cage.

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And here is a promotional card we made when we were promoting the film for festivals.

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I also have to share this capture from the sequence, showing Monica’s backside.

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The whole thing was shot with Monica against a green screen. And then the computer animations were edited in later. It was probably the most technical snazzy thing about Babysitting Without a Net, and kind of a bit of an Easter Egg to find hidden in the middle of the production.

Years later, when my video with Danielle “The Date” happened to catch a rabbit in the scenery, it resonated with me as a matter of historical significance.

For those interested in my next project, I will have some news to share in my April update.

Stay tuned!

Retrospective Auditions

We are into the 10 year anniversary of “Babysitting Without a Net” and this is the season when things really picked up during pre-production. I already had a screenplay, and brought aboard director Bennet Stein. Together we were polishing up the script. It was during this week in 2005, that we held two days of auditions in Santa Monica, California. This would be the initial round of casting, as we selected actresses to call back before finalizing the decision.

I thought it would be fun to share the spreadsheet I was working from at the time. It was interesting to see that Monica came in at 2:00 pm on Friday afternoon, and stayed around for Elise Ivy who had an appointment at 3:00 pm. that day. They worked well together, reading from sides (short excerpts) of the script. But also, Christina DeRosa would later come in at 3:30 pm. She has a bit of a following herself, and was a very close second for the title character.

Yara McClay, who would eventually earn the part of Amy, was scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 pm, when she mixed it up with a sizable group of other ladies testing for the roles. She would not pair with Elise until the following week, during the second round of casting.

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Ultimately, all three would go on to form this trio:

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I hope people will enjoy this trip down memory lane. Over the next few weeks and months, I will look for other items that might be worth posting, or haven’t been seen before.

Amy Appreciation

I know I have a dedicated entry For Amy Starr in the models section, but I was inspired to make this post after utahan15’s comment saying “Amy is lovely”. You know what? He’s right! I have been fortunate to work with some talented models over the years, and we all have our favorites. But Amy is perhaps the most beautiful woman I have ever featured in my productions.

Maybe it’s her dark tresses contrasting with her milky white skin, or her smallish perky breasts. She has long legs, but a proportionately ample bottom. Most of all, spending time with Amy, she is a sweet and down to earth young woman, a very special individual. So I decided to go back to some of our previous videos and search for moments that capture her amazing beauty.

I am really grateful, thinking back, how she responded to my casting call almost five years ago when I was seeking the part opposite Jordana Leigh in “All or Nothing”. Visually, Amy was everything I was looking for, the quintessential statuesque brunette. And then I learned how creative she is, and a joy to work with. Now I did just work with her twice last year, therefore I wanted to examine her first run with Narrow-minded Productions.

For example, I had forgotten about this scene, where Amy tries to cover up with hand towels. Not exactly the towel premise I was talking about in the earlier post, but still a fun demonstration of her nervous and frustrated character.

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Here below, I like the way Amy curled her hair, and is juxtaposed against the backdrop of office equipment. I love her pose, bending over.

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Next, I also like this profile angle of Amy, sitting topless in front of a laptop computer. The way she really pulled back her hair into the tightly braided ponytail is a distinctive look for her.

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As much as I adore Amy’s face and how she appears from the front, she is breathtaking from behind. She would melt the coldest winter.

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Always happy to lend a helping hand around the house, too.

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Finally, this pose of Amy lying on her tummy speaks for itself. It comes from a small promotion clip I made in 2011.

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The clip itself might be considered a rare find. It doesn’t seem like I have posted this here before and it is no longer available in other places. So if you are looking for a quick Amy fix and haven’t watched yet, the clip runs about a minute twenty seconds and can be downloaded at the link below:

Amy Starr Promotion Clip

Enjoy!

 

Quote of the Day

“All I wanted to do was go shopping today…”

~Danielle from In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

It couldn’t be more appropriate than this March the First to highlight Danielle’s lament in the video “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb”. As we were hit with another blast of snow showers this afternoon, I am hoping that the wintery start to the month will yield to a more gentle season, conducive for outdoor productions.

What I like about this line is the way Danielle delivers it with a tremble in her voice. Truly her character was nervous throughout the walk home, with the very real possibility she would be seen by people and cars passing by in broad daylight. The words capture the essence of her misfortune and the emotion of Danielle’s naked embarrassment.

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