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So a few years back Vicki and I jumped into our space suits and headed out to the Salton Sea to conduct some research for a science project we were doing. Once there, however, we realized that we had no test tubes or beakers, much less a hypothesis, and thus mutually decided to abort the whole damn project.


Anyway, as we stood quietly in the shame of having driven 300 miles into the desert for nothing, we were suddenly attacked by a pack of wild skelebots. What is a skelebot you ask? Well, a skelebot is a skeleton with a robot head. Part skeleton, part robot, all trouble… that’s what a skelebot is. Seriously, they will not stop attacking until they have all of your socks!


Anyway, we documented the entire attack on Fuji Provia with our 35mm panoramic camera. Unfortunately I’ve never scanned a single frame because I’m worthless. So for now these mediocre polaroids will have to do. As you can see, the skelebot eventually captured Vicki and is attempting to read her mind so that he can figure out where she’s hiding all her socks.


Looking back these photos make me a bit sad, as they take me back to that special time in my life where I had comfortable cozy socks. Damn you skelebots!!! Give us back our socks! Seriously, do you even wear them or do you just get some sick pleasure from watching our naked feet shiver in the cold? What’s the deal?


First off, I just wanted to say thanks so much to all of you who took the time to watch my short film Soda Pop Cough Drop last week. Seriously, quite a few of you commented on it, so you must have at least watched some of it, which is awesome. Thanks so much!

Anyway, I was digging around on my hard drive this morning and found these drawings. I can’t really remember why I drew them, I think I was probably just bored and figured they’d make pretty good cartoon characters. 

In the picture above Space Boy can be seen cannonballing into his dad’s backyard swimming pool. Shark Boy is not pleased as he’s trying to get some laps in before adult swim. I’m not really sure what Soda Pop and Cough Drop are doing, I guess maybe they’re the lifeguards. Also, I’m not sure what’s up with the pink tornado, but I quite like it.


Hmm, it looks like after that annoying cannonball Shark Boy decided to challenge Space Boy to a boxing match. After seven rounds they both look like they’re doing pretty good. Barrington makes an appearance in this one, he’s got his money riding on Space Boy.


After Space Boy lost the boxing match he fell on hard times, put on a few pounds, and started caddying for Barrington. Shark Boy quit his job at Applebee’s just so that he could follow them in his golf cart and yell insults about Space Boy’s weight gain. 


Soda Pop arrests Shark Boy for driving golf carts while under the influence of one too many Pop Tarts. During the interrogation she gets grumpy when Cough Drop, her superior, offers Shark Boy a blender full of hungry goldfish to help digest the Pop Tarts (apparently this one wasn’t even worth coloring).

Anyway, if you’d like to see the live action version of Soda Pop Cough Drop just CLICK HERE. Also, I apologize for posting this edition of Flashback Friday on a Saturday. I’d like to blame my laziness on the impending rapture, but really, if I want to be honest myself, it’s Vicki’s fault. She’s always like “Hey man, let’s go eat some mini-cupcakes”, “Hey man, let’s go pet some baby hedgehogs”, “Hey man, let’s go watch some baby hedgehogs eat some mini-cupcakes”.


Several years ago Vicki and I drove out to the Mojave desert and shot a short film called Soda Pop Cough Drop. Vicki played Soda Pop, and I played Cough Drop. The basic premise was as follows…

Soda Pop and Cough Drop are alone in the desert working on a routine goldfish rescue operation. 

Cough Drop botches the routine goldfish rescue operation. He blames his epic failure on the water, which he claims “teems with sharks”.

As they nap in their tent during a routine napping operation, Cough Drop has a bad dream about a “half man half shark” creature eating poor innocent goldfish. He can’t sleep so he leaves the tent to fly his goldfish kite.

Cough Drop is abducted by a flying hammerhead shark. As he’s being abducted he lets Soda Pop know via walkie talkie.

Soda Pop spends the rest of the movie trying to rescue Cough Drop from the flying hammerhead shark. 

That’s pretty much it. It was a rather terrible filmmaking experience for several reasons…

1. We didn’t have a location planned beforehand, so most of the day was spent looking for a place to shoot.

2. It was a million degrees out.

3. We had no food.

4. We saw a giant snake and that freaked us out the hell out, as we were literally in the middle of nowhere and had zero anti-venom on hand. Had it a) been poisonous and b) bitten us, we probably would have died that day and our bodies would still be out there.

5. In addition to playing every character in the film, Vicki and I also shot the entire thing ourselves, which is not so easy when you’re hot, haven’t eaten, and are fighting a sun that’s setting fast. The possibility of being killed by a wild animal didn’t help much either. 

Anyway, I guess that’s about it. Here’s a few behind-the-scenes polaroids of me being abducted by the flying hammerhead shark…




This polaroid was taken a few years back during one of our desert adventures in California. As the sun was setting we pulled over near a field and shot off our final polaroid. I’m not quite sure what we were going for with this one, but I rather like it.

The distraught looks on our underexposed faces makes me think the following conversation is probably being had…

Vicki: “I think I might be pregnant.”

Me: “Like, with a baby?”

Vicki: “Yep.”

Me: “Not a good time woman.”


I figured since I’ve been posting a bit about my film school experience lately I’d just keep the ball rolling for this week’s edition of “Flashback Friday”. The polaroid you see here was taken during the creation of a film I made during my junior year called Method for Self-Defense Against Scorpions.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes photograph you can see my main man Geoff sitting before a microphone and smiling like the happy man that he is. You probably assume that he’s doing a voiceover of some sort. In reality this is not the case, what he’s actually doing is chewing on Peanut Butter M&M’s in an effort to create the nice crunchy sound of a violent scorpion being devoured. Once the M&M’s were gone we spent the rest of the evening stomping on eggs and throwing cantaloupes. It was quite messy but worth it as the sound effects turned out to be pretty damn good in Method for Self-Defense Against Scorpions.


Around seven years ago I got a sweet video camera and my main man Nick instantly drove over to my place so we could give it a “test drive”. Anyway, instead of just testing it out we decided to drive to the local Safeway parking lot at midnight and shoot a “short film” of sorts. Please note that I use the term “film” loosely as I doubt much narrative structure was going on. Anyway, all I can remember is that the film involved two guys named “Hans” and “Andre” doing something with a frisbee and shopping carts. I’m pretty sure I have it on my computer somewhere and maybe I’ll post it later today.  

Also, pay attention to the frisbee in this polaroid. It was a big part of my life a few years back and hopefully in the coming weeks you will all get to see why. This polaroid is the first documentation of the “Goomba Frisbee”. Yes, that is indeed a Goomba on that frisbee.

And finally, speaking of “Madness” and “Goombas”, does anyone remember the Nintendo game Marble Madness? I never had it but I remember playing it at my friend Tim’s house when I was a kid. It was soooooo hard!!! But awesome at the same time.


My apologies for this belated Flashback Friday. I have no excuse unless you count the drunk unicorn that attacked me with scissors on Friday.

Anyway, a few years back I made my very first eBay purchase… a Polaroid SX-70 in “perfect working condition” from some dude in Kansas. As soon as it arrived I ran out and got myself a pack of Polaroid Time Zero film and then rushed to Philly and took this photograph of my sisters. Had my sisters been nightmare banshee poltergeist demon women from hell I would have said that the camera worked flawlessly. Unfortunately my sisters were just regular humans at the time and thus this disturbingly blurry photo meant that my camera was busted.

The only good thing to come out of this entire experience is that I learned first hand never to trust anyone from Kansas.


Oh sweet student films…

Back in my college days my best friend Nick shot a black and white film by the name L’Invitation. It tells the tale of a love triangle involving a Gypsy, a Cannibal, and a Bearded Lady. Of course what carnival love triangle story would be complete without a few supporting characters, such as a Strong Man and a Dog Boy in a cage. 

What’s crazy is that I showed up to set on the first shoot night with a full head of hair. Somehow I was bamboozled into letting my friend Gage shave my entire head with a Bic Razor so that he could tattoo my head with a Sharpie. Needless to say my folks were not too pleased.

For anyone who may be curious the liquid dripping down my body is Hershey’s syrup, the go-to blood of choice when shooting black and white. 

On a personal note this photo really bums me out because I realize that I’ve gained at least 40 pounds since this photo was taken. What the hell happened to me, I gotta get back in shape, it’s embarrassing. Damn you metabolism!

 Anyway, if you’d like to see the film, it’s on Nick’s Vimeo. Here’s the link.


This is the first photo ever taken of the two of us together. I was working at our college’s “film cage” at the time and Vicki had come in to pick up her Bolex 16mm camera. I believe our friend Gage took this photo. Behind us you can see the sign-up sheets for the various film and video equipment. Vicki’s name is somewhere on that wall.

This is embarrassing to admit but I’m not sure if we were going out yet or not when this photo was taken. However, I do know that I framed this photo and gave it to Vicki for her birthday later that year when we were together. We still have it today, the frame is a replica of a clapboard used in films. 

Little known fact: When Vicki started to “like” me she asked me to be in one of her films. Of course I obliged as I had been obsessed with her pig-tails for quite some time. My role was “The Drug Dealer”. I believe tic-tacs in a plastic baggie were my “product”. As Vicki was shooting my scene I remember wearing my bright blue Sports Authority T-Shirt and thinking “wow, this is not believable at all, I hope Vicki doesn’t fail”. 


I took this behind-the-scenes polaroid of my dad and best friend Nick as I was shooting one of my student films back in college. The film was called “Nomar No. 3” and here is my best attempt at a coherent synopsis…

1. Nomar is the son of Papa Nemo and Nora.

2. Papa Nemo has the amazing ability to jump off a diving board and catch a beach ball before he lands in the water. Because of this amazing ability he is a bit of a legend in the local community.

3. One day, after years of never dropping a beach ball, Papa Nemo misses. Full of shame he decides to sink to the bottom of the pool and drown rather than resurface for air.

4. Nora, Nomar’s mom (played by my mom, obviously) immediately demands that Nomar take over where his father had left off. Unfortunately Nomar is afraid of swimming, much less jumping off high dives and catching beach balls.

5. Now this is where it starts to gets weird. For some reason Nomar’s fear of swimming has to do with a party that took place in his backyard some years earlier. Nomar’s parents had invited Bruce (Nomar’s best friend) and Life Guard Geoff (Nomar’s nemesis) over to celebrate something (I can’t recall what), and during the course of the party they hoist a children’s kitchen playset up into the air via a tree and start beating it like a pinata with a whiffle ball bat. Suddenly the playset erupts and fried chicken comes flying out and everyone starts crawling around on the ground devouring the chicken. Somehow this incident led to Nomar not ever being able to swim. Go with it.

6. Nora starts drinking dangerous amounts of cough syrup because Nomar refuses to take over where his father had left off.

7. Nomar’s best friend Bruce helps Nomar train to be a beach-ball-catching champion just as his father had been. His methods involve a “tight” moped and a mannequin with a mustache.

This all leads up to some sort of epic conclusion involving Nomar and Bruce getting sent to the “Time Out” bench by Life Guard Geoff. I shot the whole damn movie on 16mm film and I remember at one point being in the middle of a swimming pool treading water while shooting with a heavy Bolex camera. To this day I still can’t believe that I didn’t drop that camera below the water, my arm was literally like jello after about a minute of shooting.

Anyway, I’d say that’s a pretty good inaugural “Flashback Friday” post. Maybe one day I’ll post the film here…