A film about autism

Here are some shots from The Boy Who Cried Fish–a film about autism that I shot for Director Dalia Musaad. The story centers around a boy reacting to news footage of a female protestor getting brutalized by the Egyptian military. As she was beaten, her top was torn off revealing a bright blue bra and the media coined the incident as “The Girl in the Blue Bra.”

I started production on this short with no prep. So it was the first day of shooting that set the bar. I was immediately drawn in by Musaads impeccable taste–her casting choices were top drawer and her attention to detail was evidence of a real artist in the making. Therefore, I couldn’t help but set the bar as high as possible with the resources we had.

As the schedule got tighter It became an ongoing challenge to stay ahold of that bar. It didn’t feel right to compromise the lighting and camera work because the script and performances were so good. And therefore Dalia insisted I take the necessary time. Thankfully I had a great crew–they got inspired by the quality of work we were doing and really stepped up to the plate.

Another challenge during the shoot was with a school yard location we got stuck with. Dalia had lost her preferred location last minute and we had no choice but to shoot the scenes in a parking lot. If anything else it resembled a prison yard. I encouraged her to embrace this location for what it was and not what she wanted it to be. We focused on using lenses and angles that could hide or obscure the unpleasant surroundings. And at the end of the day we were happy.

This small sensitive film about autism received an Award of Excellence at the IndieFest in March. And it will be hitting more festivals this summer.

The Puppet Master helps you learn lines

AARP recently ran a story coined “Technology Whiz Kids Over 50”. They contracted me to make a video on one of the featured innovators; David H. Lawrence XVII. He is an Actor, Tech Entrepreneur and Voice Over Artist. He played Eric Doyle “The Puppet Master” in the TV series Heroes and created a successful app called Rehearsal that helps Actors learn lines.

I produced, wrote, directed, shot, and edited this one. Please enjoy the video above and check out the story here on the AARP website.

Also check out David’s Voice Over blog where he offers training and resources on how to become a successful Voice Over Artist and of course, how to learn lines.