FKA Twigs’ Tonight Show performance is one of the most amazing things you’ll see all year.

I don’t even need to say much about this. Her debut album “LP1” is out although I have no idea what it sounds like. All I know is this performance last night is one of the most mesmerizing things I’ve see since Kate Bush. And that’s one of the best compliments I can give any artist.

Serious problems voting in South Silverlake

My neighborhood is very diverse. Racially, socially and economically. The lack of proper voting machines and voter’s lists, even privacy stations… That’s a serious problem. When the process of voting isn’t private and isn’t easy… And takes a long time for each person… That’s gonna be a massive bottleneck juggernaut by the afternoon. That’s not ok.

Day Three: More Trailer Park Boys

Three scenes down and one to go. Today’s shoot is one of the more ambitious scenes I’ve ever shot. No details until we’re done… I don’t wanna promise anything until I know I can deliver. But this week my crew and cast have been amazing and shown how great we can be when we work together as a team. A new problem rises up and everyone rises to the occasion to come up with a solution, we finish and before I have the chance to say “Let’s start tearing down,” everyone is already hard at it. Feeling great about this shoot. If not a bit sunburnt.

It was over 90° today in Altadena while we were shooting. And with the sun blazing right at us from behind the scrim (that could only block out so much), it was a harsh day.

We also had a lightbulb get sprinkled from one of the showers and explode at the feet of the stars.

But Jesse Jackman was back which is always fun and Donnie Dean is always fun to work with.

So it was worth the fighting for the scene…

 

 

Day Two – Trailer Park Boys

I honestly have no idea what I’m going to call this movie. At all.

What I know is that the many times I’ve been lucky enough to shoot at my friend’s place up in Altadena, I’ve passed by the old 1960s trailer/camper and wanted to do a scene in it. Now, inside is just not an option. It’s tiny in there and we wouldn’t be able to fit gear, crew, lights and stars in unless we were shooting two very short men with GoPro cameras.

Although that might be kinda hot.

The outside presented totally different challenges. The front of the camper is shielded with numerous fruit trees that would make it very difficult to put a scrim in place to block out sun and shadows, the space in front is pretty limited and the wooden porch is old and kinda rickety.

And while I always wanted to try before, I wasn’t running the show and the answer I got was “no.”

Well I’m running the show and I decided I’d shoot a scene there no matter what, dammit. And I did.

My crew were amazing. They managed to snake that massive scrim into place and got it raised high enough to block out all the direct sunlight for the whole day. They managed to find ways to shoot a very wide rather beautiful frame without getting any of the gear in the way. This is when I point out that my crew are all friends whose “real day jobs” are working for major, mainstream movie studios.   These are guys who are used to big-name directors throwing tantrums around them while they try to lug around gear. So working for me while trying to not get hit in the face with a dick is about as fun as it gets for them.

The added bonus is that I’m on set all day with my friends so we spend almost as much time laughing as we do working. And there’s nothing more fun than going out for a drink with your buddies after shooting video of men fucking all day.

Tomorrow, Jesse Jackman arrives.

(the guy in the pictures here is new Titanmen star Eric Nero and Ricky Decker in his first-ever Titanmen appearance.)