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So today is my sister Rian’s birthday, and as such I took it upon myself to make my first ever GIF, because, after all, nothing else puts the GIF in GIFT like a GIF!!!

Anyway, my mom took this picture of me and my sister chillin’ on the doorstep of our Wyoming rancher in probably 1983 or 84. We were probably waiting for a lonely tumbleweed to roll by so that we could chase it, as not much else was going on in Wyoming in the early 80s.  

Anyway, happy birthday sis! I sure hope this gif works on your computer.


A few weeks ago for “Flashback Friday” I posted a polaroid of my main man Geoff chewing on M&M’s in an effort to create sound effects for my short film, Method For Self-Defense Agains Scorpions. Anyway, last night I dug up a poorly digitized version of the film and figured I’d post it here. It’s around 14 minutes long which probably means that none of you will ever watch it, but I figured what the hell, maybe someone will watch the first minute or so.

For me the highlight of the film is my Uncle Pat, who has a cameo as a grief stricken husband whose wife (played by my mom, obviously) was tragically killed by a scorpion. I love the moment when he awkwardly places his elbow on my friend Kevin and slowly delivers this gem of a line… “she was stung three times in each eye”.

Anyway, the film is based on a short story by the brilliant Argentinean writer Fernando Sorrentino. I remember sitting down and actually writing a letter to him asking if it was okay to make a film about his story. And I remember getting a very nice hand written letter back saying yes. I feel bad for you kids these days who may never know the feeling of getting a real hand-written letter from someone in a foreign land, it was so exciting. My mom actually has the envelope Mr. Sorrentino sent me framed and hanging on her wall, as she was quite fond of the Argentinean stationary.

Anyway, if you have a few minutes please give this film a shot, not so much for my film but to simply hear one of Mr. Sorrentino’s brilliant imaginative tales. It really is quite an amazing story.


A few days ago I posted a polaroid of Hans & Andre for my “Flashback Friday” post. I mentioned that the polaroid was taken on the set of a frisbee shopping cart adventure film starring Hans and Andre. Well, I found the film and here it is.

After watching this for the first time in probably seven years today here are my thoughts…

1. I was into two very different types of music at the time.

2. I’m not sure what was going on with my hair. 

3. I can’t believe I wore that shirt. I love bowling and always have.

4. I used to be in much better shape than I am now. If I were to try any of those stunts today my old man knees would let me have it.


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.


If you asked me to close my eyes and picture my grandparents a version of this photo would instantly pop into my head. The only difference is that I’d be sitting on the floor playing a board game called Perfection with my sisters. My Grandparents have sixteen grandchildren yet for some reason decided that one board game in their home would provide more than enough entertainment for 20+ years. Sometimes I would take a break from Perfection to eat an Ice Cream Sandwich, the only snack they ever seemed to have. Either way, you gotta love em’, cause Grandparents are awesome!


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…

Past Christmas Classics: SANTA SHAKEDOWN (film stills)

A few years back I was home for the holidays in Maryland and decided to make an “in camera edited” movie with my friends Nick and Geoff.  By “in camera” I mean there were no second takes or editing allowed. Anyway, we spent an entire night shooting an epic film about two cops, DuPre and McTannen, attempting to bring down “The Santas”, a cheerful gang that was dealing illegal “cane”.

We shot the film on the worst VHS camera we could find and the three of us play every character in the film. The film ends with an intense cap gun shootout between the cops and the Santas where pretty much everyone dies except for DuPre and Uncle Santa. Fortunately McTannen returns as a half-robot in the sequel, Dirty Bunny. Yes, you read right, there is a sequel and it involves the Easter Bunny.

One day if you are all lucky I will post Santa Shakedown here in it’s entirety.