Just finished shooting & editing a new digital short for all the fitness freaks out there! “Guilt Free,” is now up on Funny or Die and YouTube!

“Guilt Free”
Written by Justin Smith
Directed by Brian Work
Starring Katie Johnston-Smith, Kaitlin Fleharty, Bobby Hoffman

Brian has posted a new digital short for Valentine’s Day! Go check out “What Is Love?” on Funny or Die and YouTube!

Brian’s new digital short, “Cowboys vs. Aliens vs. Everything,” is now available on Funny or Die and YouTube!

“Where Are They Now: Beloved 1980s Movie Characters”, directed by Brian Work, is now available on Funny or Die and YouTube!

My new digital short, “Super Villains in Love” is now online at Funny or Die & YouTube! Go check it out and help me spread the link around! And remember, if you see an evil genius walking around this Valentine’s Day, perhaps looking forlornly at some fresh flowers in a window, give him a hug. Even the insanely evil need a little love from time to time.

Of all the digital shorts I’ve made, I’ve probably put the most time into this one. Between writing, planning, shooting, & editing, I’ve got at least 24 hours invested in this baby. A lot of it is because I was trying out several new things with this short, making it a test run in some ways for the feature I’m planning to shoot.

Rather than shoot on my PD-150 that I’ve been using for the last eight years, I shot this one on my Canon Rebel T1i. It was a completely different experience shooting on a DSLR, and was made more difficult by the fact that I was also in front of the camera for the whole thing; it also didn’t help that I need to replace the head on my good tripod, so I was stuck doing only static shots on an old crappy tripod. I can get better picture quality on my Rebel because I can shoot in HD & use my good lenses, but the downside is that it doesn’t have an audio input. This required me to hook my mic up to my PD-150, record the sound on there, and then sync the two up in post. It’s not ideal, but it’s the setup I’m stuck with until I can afford a Zoom H4n audio recorder.

On top of that, the audio for the second scene I shot was completely unusable because the location was right across from the freeway. For that, I had to sit down in a quiet room with Lacey and re-record the lines while watching the video with headphones on, and then match up all the lines as best I could (or should I say, Sean used his degree in audio to guide me through the whole process.) So I got a nice first-hand lesson in how to do ADR.

Finally, I sat down with Kelly for three hours and worked on the music for the whole thing. This is the first short for which I’ve had a custom score, and it was an unusual experience. He already had a few ideas from watching a rough cut, so he showed me some ideas, I told him what I’d been thinking, and we watched it through about a gazillion times while trying out different things. It was tough trying to direct music, finding the terms that best got across what I was thinking, but he was able to decipher my grasps at coherency and produced a score that’s a great fit.

This short has been a fantastic learning experience, and I’m really proud of the finished product. Give it a watch & share it with your friends!

Brian has posted a new digital short with his production company, Cold Silver Films. Brian wrote, directed, and acts in the short, “Super Villains in Love”, which can be seen on Funny or Die and YouTube!

2011’s gearing up to be a busy year for me. I’m kicking it off with a new digital short, “Super Villains in Love,” that I’m going to film on Tuesday and post online ahead of Valentine’s Day (because really, what better way to celebrate than with a couple full of evil intentions.)

In addition, and this is the big one, I’m starting development on my first feature film! It’s a romantic comedy called Uncommon Law, and I’m really excited about it. I made two attempts at shooting a feature several years ago, with both ending in failure. But times have changed, and I’ve got much higher hopes for this film. For one thing, I’m a significantly better writer now (looking back at that old script, it’s plain to see just how terrible it was; we’re talking painfully bad.) I’m also older, less naïve, have a college degree, and more experience both behind and in front of the camera. I’m also smart enough now to surround myself with talented people in various technical areas, rather than trying to do everything at once. It’s going to be a long, difficult road, and I’ve still got a ways to go and several positions to fill, but it’s a journey I can’t wait to take.

My new short is finished & up online! Go check out Zombie Election 2010 on Funny or Die or YouTube and give it some positive votes for me! This year, the power to prevent or further the zombie apocalypse is in your hands!

My friends Beau & Matt made a series of videos that aired at Dragon*Con about a pair of handpuppet janitors named Bob & Carl who clean up after the con is over, while talking about sci-fi topics. They’re really funny, and by far the best thing I’ve ever seen air on Dragon*Con TV. I thought I’d share a few of them here for my fellow geeks. You can also check them out on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s another digital short that I recently put online! There Will Be Movie Rentals is another There Will Be Bloodparody I shot with The Flaws last year (along with There Will Be Coffee.) I tried to shoot it shot-for-shot to mirror the final scene of the movie. Check it out & give it some funny votes on Funny or Die! Thanks!