Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Website (Again)

Feels like only last year that I had a brand new website (it was).

The website you're currently looking at (unless you're pretty far into the future, in which case hi can mobile phones do 3d printing yet?) is the latest website I'll be using to share with you whatever trouble I get up to so that you can feel like a co-conspirator (or alert the authorities). It was built with blood, sweat and Drew Collins. It's nice and green and makes it very easy to see my latest Projects and Blog posts.

Just like last year though, I feel the need to tip my hat to my previous website. It had charm. Its existence was marvellous and, like all great things, brief.

Change is good unless it's bad.

A Prequel to Conductor of Earth

I've had a fair bit of fun making the short film Conductor of Earth, and since it won't be publicly viewable for a while yet I decided to follow in the footsteps of George Lucas and Peter Jackson, and do a prequel. And that prequel is called Miracle Man.

Miracle Man introduces Conductor of Earth's titular character, Aidan, and explores some of the activities he got up to before the film.

It's available both as an eBook and an Audio Drama (read by some very cool people). Jump over to the project page to get it now!

Hope you enjoy! And huge thanks to everyone who helped make it!

Monday, 28 November 2016

I Was Interviewed Again On

Well the title says it all, really. My good friend continues to run his legit blog called Wait! What? Sorry., where he did a fun interview with me a few years ago. Well he's interested in all this Conductor of Earth stuff I'm working on, so he interviewed me again a couple of weeks ago. The result is now up and available for your reading pleasure on his website.

Speaking of Conductor of Earth (and lately, when am I not?), there's some cool new stuff coming this week.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

A Student Film: Conclusion

Six days remain before we have to submit a cut of this short film to the university. Sinch.

At this point we've picture-locked, the sound edit is half done, the original score is nearly final (woot!) and the colour grade is coming along nicely.

Keen readers may have noticed the way I wooted at only one of the items in that list. Yeah, it's all good stuff but the score is my favourite. Music is what inspires me to make films, so it's extremely important to me for the final product to have something good. I'm very glad to have accidentally stumbled across the YouTube channel of one English gentlemen called Thomas Field earlier this year. From his videos I could quickly determine that I liked his style and his sensibilities. Luckily he agreed to compose for Conductor of Earth, and despite giving him very little time to actually pull it together, he has seemingly effortlessly produced a wonderful thematic score for the film. It's a very particular and magical sensation the first time you hear music someone has created to accompany a story and characters you made up.

So anyway that's going well. And we've done lots of editing on the film, obviously. We've also had many watch it and they've given us lots of feedback. Much of the feedback is conflicting and therefore frustrating and difficult to process, but that's to be expected. We live in such a subjective world.

This has brought us to crafting quite a streamlined, cut-down version of the film, which is all good and fine, but in typical director fashion I look forward to playing around with an expanded cut in the future.

A new poster featuring the handsome lead and a bunch of names.
A new poster featuring the handsome lead and a bunch of really great names
Sorry to pull a twist on you but the title of this blog post was a lie. This isn't really the conclusion of this production journey. I mean, we're not even out of post-production yet, let alone getting the film out there and seen by people. And you! You should most certainly have a watch. I like you.

Anyway ta ta for now.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Sing Street (2016) Reviewed by Darth Vader

My name is Darth Vader and recently I formed a Galactic Empire with my master, Emperor Palpatine. Bringing about such momentous change required me to go through some tough transformations, and now that things are settling down I decided to take a break and watch John Carney's Irish musical comedy-drama Sing Street, which I've heard is a very enjoyable film.

This uplifting coming-of-age story follows a group of schoolboys in Dublin in 1985. They go to a really terrible state-school called Synge Street, which I swear is probably an even worse institution than the Jedi Academy was. I mean, both were really strict and most of the teachers were pretentious assholes, but at least the other padawans at the Jedi Academy were fairly nice. Synge Street in comparison is full of gross bullies who give our protagonist Conor a really hard time for no reason. The worst bully was Barry, who reminded me of that idiot on Tattooine, Sebulba. That takes some good acting—Sebulba was CGI!

In the end Barry was kind of redeemed. I found that nice but fairly unbelievable. I mean, good luck redeeming me!

Anyway, I totally related with this protagonist Conor guy. He reminded me of when I was a kid. He saw this pretty girl who was older than him, Raphina, and he just straight up pursued her. That's like with me and Padmé! Conor formed a band called Sing Street to impress Raphina. I became a Jedi. There were some shaky times in the relationship but eventually, just like Padmé, Raphina admitted her love for Conor. Their kiss was so cute! I miss kissing. Also Padmé.

Sing Street's music was really good. Almost made me want to dance.

The band were also so cool. Like, they were really nice to each other. Particularly Eamon. He never said no to any of Conor's crazy ideas. They always had time for one other. I should show this film to my master.

One of the most heartfelt relationships depicted in this film was between Conor and his maste- I mean older brother Brendan. I found this part quite difficult to watch. Difficult in the sense that when I cry too much I have to have my helmet removed and thoroughly cleaned (a laborious and embarrassing process) to prevent infection.

Brendan teaches Conor lots, but then just like with me and my brother Obi-Wan, Brendan realised his younger brother was better at everything and got jealous. That's why I had to fight Obi-Wan. But through music Brendan and Conor managed to get over their issues and keep loving each other. Doh, I wish Obi-Wan and I had tried music before lightsabers!

There's an epitaph at the end of the film: "For brothers everywhere". Ah, stop it. Stop it. I'm not going to cr- stop it!

Sing Street is a great film. It really lifted my spirits and I can recommend it to anyone who had a troubled childhood and/or likes music. It made me happy and it made me sad, particularly when I realised I have become like the bully Barry. Oh well, it's nice to see myself represented on screen either way.

Oh no, my helmet is filled with tears. I'm going to have to get it cleaned again. 8th time this week! Nooooooooooooooooooo!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Ditching Social Media for Good Ol' Blogs

Don't worry, this isn't a Twitter-hating, "I'm leaving social media forever because I'm more enlightened than you" story. I'm not deleting any accounts or pleading for some kind of social change. I am however, in my own small way, attempting a small step away from the increasingly chaotic social networks of Facebook and Twitter.

There are two primary reasons for this.

1. Algorithms = Mayhem

Social media is becoming increasingly non-linear, and I don't like it. I'm not sure whether I'm in the minority on this. I enjoyed Facebook a lot back when the most recent content was always displayed at the top of the page. It was so easy to comprehend, easy to stay up to date, easy to check if you'd missed anything. Cut to today, and there's no sense of control over one's Facebook timeline. It's a madhouse. Facebook presents content in whichever order its mysterious algorithms believe to be most pleasing to me. Not only does this ruin my pleasurable sense of continuity, but if Facebook one's primary source of information, I see this system as socially damaging. Where is the learning in consuming only content that is pleasing to the reader? If I see only posts I like, by people that I agree with, am I not limiting my capacity for growth?

But hey, maybe it's perfectly logical for Facebook to use these algorithms. It's a website designed primarily for people to interact with their friends, and in that respect it's helpful for the site to understand which friends I genuinely want to see in my timeline and which I don't. Okay. But Twitter—that's a different story. Twitter has always been set apart by its free and simple nature. 140 character tweets, always displaying the most recent at the top, follow whoever you like. It's a design capable for great stories, interactions and discussions. But Twitter hasn't been doing so well financially, and they think they ought to become more like Facebook. So they're throwing away all of their fundamental rules. Soon Twitter will be non-linear and will have a greater focus on graphical content. Just like Facebook.

Also contributing to the chaos is the increasing volume of advertising on both Facebook and Twitter, but that's a whole nother thing. 

The "While you were away..." feature was an early sign of Twitter's non-linear plans.

Here's a patchy analogy for you. These social networks want to be like sitcoms, with long 24 episode seasons and no continuous plot, so you can jump into any episode at any time. That's fair thinking, the sitcom is a very successful genre. But personally I want my social media to be like serious, serialised TV. If I like content I want to see it all, in order, without missing anything. And this is why I'm preferring the blog format to people's Facebook posts which forever pounce around my Facebook feed, impossible to pin-down.

All of this would be perfectly palatable if not for my second grievance.

2. A Desire for Effort

This is pretty obvious, but Facebook and Twitter don't demand much from their content-providers/users. At the top of both websites rests a variety of the insatiable question, "What are you thinking?", which implies a valuable property in the answer, whatever it may be. Thus, the user is encouraged to contribute crap. Certainly, it doesn't have to be crap, and there's loads of brilliant content on both social networks, but the very nature of this permanent question, "What are you thinking?", suggests that whatever you've got right now will do. Feed me, it says. Anything. Right now.

And so it is between these heaving masses of thoughtless crap that we wade to find the brilliant content that Facebook and Twitter have to offer. I don't know about you, but years of scrolling through such brain vomit has elicited within my a strong desire for good-old considered publication.

Even a personal blog, as an individually-owned and permanent home of the posts within it, demands far more thought and meditation from its author than anything on the big social networks. is currently one of my current favourite social media networks, and this is partly because it works to foster effort from its users. On Trakt, a thoughtful user review of any length can not only receive likes from peers, but looks really good on the platform. In the chaotic clutter of Facebook and Twitter, people don't care as much about making themselves and their content look smashing. Perhaps these social networks are simply not designed to be fonts of useful content anymore. But many people do use them as precisely that.

All of this may never have been an issue for you, if you've always stayed true to official news media. But for people of my generation, social networks have replaced formal news formats.

I think it's all gonna be okay though, as long as we don't forget about the humble blog. (He said, on his blog.)

My hip new working setup for online information consumption is "the Google Reader method". Google Reader was a big RSS feed catching app back in the day, til Google ended it (RIP). Now there are a bunch of apps populating that void, the most popular being GReader, Inoreader and Feedly. After some research I have decided to use the latter of these.

And so this weekend I've slowly been punching in the RSS feeds of my friends' blogs, favourite news sites, authors I like and hey-why-the-hell-not the BBC. Feedly then produces my new go-to timeline, filled with a variety of thoughtful articles with real sweat and grease behind their creation.

I've always struggled with the concepts of Snapchat more than any other social app, primarily due to the temporary nature of its content. If something's good, and really connects with me, I want to be able to hang on to it. So I like that with Feedly you can easily save and keep your favourite articles or blogposts.

Of course I'll still be using Facebook and Twitter as communication tools and to see what people I know are up to lately, but I'm excited about this new setup. I'll let you know how it's going in a few weeks' time.

I feel like an old man.

Monday, 12 September 2016

A Student Film: Complication

It has now been several weeks since we finished shooting Conductor of Earth. It was a big 6 days made smooth and fun by our lovely cast & crew, who really stepped up to the challenge.

Just a few cast & crew posing in our elevator set

Many people have asked me how the shoot went, and if I'm happy with the footage. I have mostly replied with an empty non-answer ("Yeah, good") because I don't currently feel equipped to judge it. I'm not really going to feel confident in our footage until he have a working edit.

But by the fact that extremely little went awry, the shoot was a good shoot. Only some props were damaged and we mostly didn't go too far overtime and we only had one really tough shoot (finishing around 4am in extreme cold with patchy rain is not fun for anyone).

I felt incredibly lucky to direct such a dedicated and independent crew. As much as it's great when the crew ask me questions about things, the fact that each department was cool and confident enough to make decisions and keep working on their own propelled the whole production forward. The lighting team and production designer were so important and efficient throughout the shoot that I was allowed to consider the action and characters. From the inspiring actors to the diligent script supervisor to the ARRI ALEXA camera, it was a treat to be a part of such a professional film production.

It was certainly surreal to see scenes come alive which I've imagined so much for nearly a year. I'm delighted that so much of it looks just like I imagined it, and some even better.

At this stage I'm pretty excited about having a working edit by the end of the month. Then we can start putting in magical dressings like music. It's usually when I add music that I start to admire my films. I'll write about that in a few weeks.

So Very Much Wonderful Ado About Nothing

Yesterday was the final performance of Third Door Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, in which I had the juxtaposed joy of playing the melancholy villain, Don John. It's always strange when a production like this comes to an end; suddenly there's no great practical reason to see all the cast and crew you've spent a huge chunk of your life with for months. This one's a particularly bittersweet goodbye however, because it really was a cluster bomb of awesome.

I've always been a huge fan of Shakespeare, so it's been enormously fulfilling to be a part of this big, thoughtful, fully-fledged and really fun production of one of the bard's best works. And to be the villain was never something I anticipated, as I've certainly leaned towards comedic roles in the past. The role of Don John ended up being a wonderful challenge with intriguing themes. It was often kinda cathartic to delve into that dark melancholy.

And I was surrounded by the most exceptional cast. I've seen a fair few productions of Much Ado in film and theatre, and it's such a joy to be able to honestly say I think the characters were all portrayed better in this show than anywhere else I've seen them. From Benedick and Beatrice to Hero and Claudio to Leonato and Don Pedro to Margaret and Ursula to Dogberry and Verges and the rest - these characters were so funny and real that I feel like they truly existed. After months of rehearsals and ten shows I wasn't tired of watching any of it.

And, hard to believe that it's possible, but these actors were just cool off-stage as on-stage. The overflow of camaraderie can be attributed to director Cale MacLaren, who undertook nurturing this big theatre family with the utmost sincerity and encouragement. Cale's talents as an actor, director, wordsmith and builder of bonds made this production special.

The deliciously sentimental thing about the nature of theatre is that this production is now little more than memories. But these ones are gonna last.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Student Film: Introduction

Next week I'll be shooting the centrepiece of my final year at film school: a fantasy short film called Conductor of Earth. I first began working on this project almost a year ago, so the many stages of pre-production have been long and extensive, particularly for a short film. And as I will examine to some degree in this post and to a greater extent in future posts, therein lies the primary challenge—maintaining interest and enthusiasm in a single, short narrative for an entire year. As someone with little patience for perfection (a concept I think to be undesirable anyway), and who idealises the rapid production pace of television, this process has at times been—to employ a healthy dose of hyperbole—torturous.

As alluded, I'll be delving into these thoughts more in future posts, as in addition to not having processed them, I don't want to risk my wavering uncertainties in any way hampering or undermining the commitment and excitement of my cast & crew, who are doing brilliant work to heave this film through production. I also don't mean to imply that I'm negative about this production at all. There are simply elements of it I will avoid in future. Like, last week I put zucchini in a beef stew, and I just don't think it tasted very good in the ecosystem of the meal, so in future I'll avoid that.

Anyway, so far I've written more about what I'm not going to write about than what I will. Here's some real stuff. A very brief history of Conductor of Earth till now:

1. Many Drafts

There have been dozens of drafts of the script over the past year. Obviously this is the norm, and to be expected. Kill your darlings and all that. It's not supposed to be easy. But a painful truth is that I do still miss my very early drafts. This script has changed a lot, you see. The first draft and our locked shooting script  of today really are totally different stories, with totally different themes. The only common denominator is an angel character named Aidan. As much as I am pleased with the shooting script, which is shorter and tighter and simpler and more straightforward, I look forward to one day recycling the ideas of the first draft, which were raw and sprawling and still excite me the most.

2. Many Pitches

I had to pitch the film a lot this year, both casually and formally, alone and with a group. I don't want to go into this, as it was just never-ending and I don't like it.

3. Teaser

A key assessed deliverable of this process was a short teaser trailer for the film, which had to be produced months ago, before we shoot the film actual. This was a nice exercise in trying to capture a bit of the tone of the film, and it's therefore somewhat grating when people say they are confused by the projected world or narrative of the teaser. If I could fit the narrative in a teaser video I wouldn't be making a 12 minute film. I don't mean to sound like a stereotypical grouchy "angry-at-the-audience" storyteller, but sometimes I wish for viewers to relax more. Don't worry if you don't understand everything, just drink in what you can. Anyhow, here is that very teaser for you to misunderstand as it please you:

Also, despite the grouch, I generally don't mind negative feedback. It's the only kind of feedback that's easier to process than positive feedback.

4. Crowdfunding

I've known for years that one day I'd find myself on the "wrong end" (the needing-money end) of crowdfunding. In many cases it is now an unavoidable facet of small-time arts ventures. So we put a lot of thought into the Conductor of Earth crowdfunding campaign, and tried to have a lot of fun with it. And in the end we did reach our goal, so it was all a success, but this definitely reminds me of the zucchini in my beef stew. It's a bit slimy and mushy and not to my liking. I genuinely hope not to crowdfund ever again. (We'll see how that goes.) I hate money, particularly spending it, and particularly spending it on filmmaking which I see as (at best and by design) a terribly risky venture. Anyhow, you can give the Conductor of Earth Pozible campaign a squiz here.

Abruptly and with some disatisfaction, so ends my first ramble about my 2016 student filmmaking experience. More to come after we shoot, when there's an actual film for me to write about.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Top 10 Warcraft Soundtracks

Obligatory disclaimer that listicles like this are intrinsically subjective and fallible and don’t mean much.

Warcraft is a grand series of video games about to make its way to the big screen. In anticipation of this film (and Ramin Djawadi’s score!) I’ve decided to look back at the many Warcraft soundtracks over the years. And hey, why not try to rank them?

The Warcraft series differs from other extended fantasy franchises like The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit because it’s simply much bigger. Whereas the Tolkien films were all scored by Howard Shore, Warcraft has seen contributions from dozens of composers over the years. And with many games over the years with many different styles and huge amounts of content, the sheer amount of musical material in Warcraft is just enormous. For most of the World of Warcraft releases there is around 10 hours (!) of music available to listen to on YouTube (for this article I'm really only looking at the official releases though). And it’s all incredibly varied, as Warcraft has touched on genres of fantasy, war, science fiction, melodrama, romance, horror and even comedy.

So much brilliant music to get through! Here’s my ranking:

10) Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994) by Gregory Alper, Rick Jackson, Chris Palmer, Glenn Stafford

The original WarCraft may not have many lasting themes, but it's a high energy soundtrack that forges a path for what's to come. The fast marching drums and taut, dancing brass define the WarCraft style to this day.

9) Taverns of Azeroth (2007) by David Arkenstone, Jason Hayes

A change of pace: gentle, hearty and warm shanties from the Warcraft world.

8) WarCraft II (1995) by Glenn Stafford

Similar to Orcs & Humans, but brings Tauren-sized bucket loads of fun. Electronic, but oozing with rhythmic marches and fist-pumping motifs. Lots of attitude and personality. Highly memorable.

7) WarCraft III (2002) by Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, Jason Hayes, Glenn Stafford, Victor Crews

Diverse; often ethereal, intermittently creepy, sometimes grand.  Enormous and rich, it builds upon some WarCraft II themes, and is the origin for some of the greatest in the series. While it may not be wall-to-wall fun like WarCraft II, Warcraft III is when the series began to become beautiful and sentimental.

6) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (2007) by Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Matt Uelmen, Jason Hayes, David Arkenstone, Brian David Farr, Neal Acree

Adding some terrifying sting to the vanilla World of Warcraft.

5) World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (2010) by Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford, Neal Acree, David Arkenstone

Many of the best themes from the series are vividly re-imagined.

4) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (2008) by Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford

A cold, operatic despair harks the terror of the Lich King.

3) World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012) by Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Sam Cardon, Edo Guidotti, Jeremy Soule

Warcraft meets Eastern styles. It works ridiculously well. And Jeremy Soule's flourishes are fun.

2) World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (2014) by Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian, Sam Cardon, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti, Eímear Noone

Some of the most powerful melodies I've ever heard, and some of the most heartbreaking. Like Pandaria and Lich King, Draenor's score feels truly unified in a theme - here the Orcs' quest for a home.

1) World of Warcraft (2004) by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke and Glenn Stafford

World of Warcraft takes the fun of Warcraft II and the beauty of Warcraft III and blends them into something unforgettably glorious.

Special Mentions:

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Sweet, gentle, toe-tapping music is featured in this Warcraft spinoff game.

Echoes of War

Some of the best recordings of Warcraft pieces ever.

Heroes of the Storm

Warcraft has a place in this mishmash of Blizzard IPs, and it’s pretty rock’n’roll.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

On Battlestar Galactica

The other day I watched the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. A year ago I had never watched any Battlestar Galactica. These are some thoughts I have on Battlestar Galactica.

It's an amazing show. I can't help but compare it to modern Doctor Who, which is also a reboot of a science-fiction show from decades ago. BSG and Doctor Who's 21st Century rebirths both began around the same time (2003 & 2005 respectively). I wonder what I'd be like now if I had grown up on BSG instead of Doctor Who. I imagine I might be more grounded, with less starry-eyed optimism but greater appreciation for the fallibility of humanity.

Like Doctor Who, BSG is a show with huge variances in quality. But in both programmes the "ups" heavily outweigh any "downs". At its best, BSG is a sprawling sci-fi epic, with lively characters scrambling through the moral murkiness of a world with highly-developed advanced artificial intelligence. We get so many stories of the beginnings of AI, but BSG is really about what AI could be like after existing for hundreds of years.

Throughout the whole show, but particularly towards the beginning, I found it difficult to know if the show wanted me to relate to the Cylons or not. They're certainly initially portrayed as evil robots of destruction, but then there are many times when the viewer is supposed to root for them. Which is something I would be happy to do, but then the show would change its mind again and say they're evil robots. I appreciate that they were probably aiming for some kind of "objective" portrayal, with lots of grey area, but the show really wants the viewer to feel something towards the Cylons and I was never sure what that something was. Again, maybe this was the point, but it felt clunky.

Speaking of clunky - I'd say the whole plot is a pretty big mess. I can't get my head around the Cylons' plans at all. Totally random things happen all the time under the guise of "destiny". But again, this is just like Doctor Who. The plot is allowed to be a disaster because this show is all about the characters. I was pretty disinterested in the plot of most of Seasons 3 & 4, but it's all time spent building these characters, so it was worth it. And chief among the characters in my books is none other than Mr. Gaius Baltar. A wildly interesting person, stunningly portrayed from the pilot to the finale. Gaius was often used as comic relief and, like in many stories, that allowed him to evolve into the most three-dimensional, intriguing and heartbreaking character of the lot.

"I know about farming."

I thought the musical score by prolific TV maestro Bear McCreary was great in the show, but I think it's actually even better on album. His music is so unique and rich and bold. It certainly holds up against Murray Gold's Doctor Who, if I'm going to keep this comparison going. Here's one of the most extravagant pieces in BSG, which made me suddenly sit bolt upright when it first started playing in the show. Like, I kinda didn't even know strings could do that.

A good test of how invested I am in a show is often how I react to the finale. In BSG's case I was pretty affected. It was devastating to see these characters come to terms with everything and say goodbye to one another. The finale was also loaded with a surprising amount of pointed religious and anti-technological messages, which I know have bothered some people, but I prefer a show has too much to say than not enough. And that rather sums up Battlestar Galactica for me. It's a show that was too ambitious to be perfect. But where's the fun in watching something that's perfect?

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Talkin bout Big Cooperative Internet activities

Otherwise and better known as Massively Multiplayer Online games. I'm going to be exploring my own MMO fandom in a YouTube video series called gaMMOn. Every week I'll be looking at an MMO I find unique or interesting. Here's the kinda romantic introduction video:

And the first episode is up already, too! Here's me on Allods Online:

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Cue Awards 2015

Another year of The Cue Awards is officially finished! For those that aren't aware, The Cue Awards is an annual celebration of the best in original music for films, television and video games. It's run by Tracksounds, and the nominations are decided by the Tracksounds team (of which I am a part).

This was another spectacular year in original scores, and it was incredibly tough to narrow down the nominations. There are certainly a few big names that didn't make it, but the final nominations (and winners) are undoubtedly worthy. And as always there are a few titles that have been under-appreciated by general audiences, and The Cue Awards is an excellent way to give them a little limelight!

Dance over to the official Cue Awards website to listen to the award announcement show! Later today there will also be a reaction show published, in which a few of the Tracksounds team discuss the outcome.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Two Comedy Shows in Melbourne

I am writing to inform you that during this month of March in the year of our Lord 2016 I will be performing in two comedy plays in Melbourne.

The first is a short play in Moreland Theatre Company's "Two Pairs of Shorts" at The Butterfly Club. Here's the event on Facebook. I play a pretty dim guy stuck in the boot of a car. It's a bit'a fun, written and directed by Matt O'Reilly and Silvi Vann-Wall.

Second comes a play by Brendan Black of Bon Voyage Productions. "Trotsky and Friends" is an original comedy set in a Café in Austria in 1913. It stars an ensemble of lovable misfits featuring Freud, Lenin and Stalin. I play the unfortunate waiter of this Café. And again, I'm dim. Why would you want to see me any other way? Anyway, this show's a part of the Melbourne Internationall Comedy Festival this year, and more details are over on the Facebook event page.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Sketch Files 2

It's been about 1 year since The Sketch Files, and it's about 1 year before The Sketch Files 3 (lol jks getting ahead of myself), which means it's time for The Sketch Files 2!

Much like the first Sketch Files, this is a short series of arguably connected comedy skits. Thanks again to all the people who contributed to this, having no idea what they were doing or how it was going to turn out!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

2 Episodes of Impress Me

My entirely random (but totally accurate and trustworthy detector of impressiveness) game show podcast, Impress Me, recently sang out a couple of new episodes. Lexie, Zoe, Jordan, Tim. These are just some of the names of the contestants on these podcasts. That last sentence was not true; they are in fact all of the names of the contestants on these podcasts. I immediately felt bad for lying to you, I'm sorry. But I'm just trying to convince you to listen to these podcasts. Yes, even when you are here, on my website, looking at my stuff, I am nervously asking if this is something you want to listen to. Perhaps that's why I'm insecure. I mean, imagine if I came to your iHome and touched all your stuff while you weren't there. Or while you were there, same difference. 

So anyway... umm... here's the podcasts, sir/madam:

You can see everything about the show at its dedicated page over here.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

2 Star Wars: The Old Republic Videos

Recently I made a video with footage from the video MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, then by complete coincidence I did exactly the same thing again. In other words, I recently made two videos featuring Star Wars: The Old Republic. I should point out that they measure dangerously on the quirky-o-meter. They are quite quirky. This is them:

Game-recording based YouTube videos are something I keep coming back to every now and then because they are easier than other kinds of videos. It's a nice way to play around with some funny ideas and stuff without having to go outside. It's hot outside at the moment. Well, granted, it's hot inside at the moment too. But... shut up.