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Antarctica, Don't Come Here

Posted with tags Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO on 7/9/2014 10:57:43 AM by Michael Mulderrig


Antarctica is in critical environmental danger. This information shouldn't be news to anyone at this point. If it is, than you're more clueless then Beverly Hills socialite Cher from 1995. Here's some other interesting facts you might have missed: Elvis is dead, phones no longer need cords, and the Earth is in fact, a sphere. Many people seem compelled to travel to Antarctica, only making the economic situation worse by either littering, leaving moss bed footprints that can last for centuries, or eating the rapidly diminishing amount of ice that is still available. There's no reason to vacation in Antarctica. You are just making things worse. Listen to John Oliver, and go to Alaska if you want to see some ice!


Bite Night

Posted in Bite Night, Subway, Subway 2013 with tags bite night, subway on 3/8/2013 11:00:04 AM by Chris Donahue



Meet the team behind the SUBWAY® Fresh Artists Series "Bite Night":

Magee Clegg, Director
Magee Clegg is a Director/Producer pursuing an MFA at The USC School of CinematicArts. He began his career as a filmmaker when he traveled to India to direct a documentary about rural to urban migration titled A Box with a View. Shortly after India, Magee became a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines where he spent one year directing Filipino Rice Policy, a documentary which explores the corrupt politics surrounding rice importation in the Philippines. While living in Manila Magee also directed music videos for Filipino rock groups as well as an HIV Awareness PSA that aired nationally on MTV ASIA. Magee has screened his work in India, Philippines,Macau, and at many festivals throughout the United States including the academy awards, qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival. He loves to tell stories about coming of age, family, and young love. Magee is currently developing his first narrative feature film, which follows a man from the US on a journey to Philippines to meet his father for the first time. Magee is honored to be a Subway Fresh Artist and looks forward to directing more branded content in the future.

Jenny Koreny, Producer
Jenny Koreny has been on the forefront of producing digital media and web content since2006. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, Koreny produced and edited video & multimedia content for Tower Records, consulted on the development of start-up social networks, and worked as a freelance graphic designer. During her time at USC she interned for Warner Brother's Marketing Department on the campaigns for Argo, Gangster Squad, The Campaign, and The Great Gatsby. At the Sundance Institute she was one of two interns who worked for the Sundance Documentary Fund, the team of eight screens over 700 films and reviews proposal submissions from documentarians around the world. She is currently interning for the producers of the Emmy award-winning TV show Mad Men. She is currently developing a feature documentary that follows the experiences of female entrepreneurs and VC's, and is developing an application called "Flixie," a start up venture that helps users find content across streaming services.

John Berardo, Writer/Producer
A native of Norman, Oklahoma. John ventured to California to begin his career as a director after winning a 2005 student Emmy for technical achievement. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, John received a BA from UCLA in Theatre directing and playwriting with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. At UCLA he directed such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller’s controversial After the Fall. This summer John directed his thesis film, The Furies of War, which is to debut spring of 2013. During his time at USC, John has directed, written, and produced numerous short films and commercials for CBS, Disney,Vimeo, and MTV. He recently wrapped short films (Glass People) for David Hoberman and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and (Strings) produced by James Franco. John is currently developing a feature based on a short horror film he directed (Dembanger) which has received film festival success and won first prize Vimeo’s Cabin in the Woods Short Horror Festival.

Episode One

A female high school track star falls for a SUBWAY® sandwich artist, who turns out to have more bite than she expected.

Directed by
Magee Clegg

Written by
John Berardo

Produced by
John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Principle Cast
Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Carla – Gabriela Lopez
Coach – Jason E Kelley
Mr. Fowler – James Sharpe
Sherriff Blake – Jack Harding

Additional Cast
Young Officer – Brock Jones
Assistant Scout – Jordan Pina
Principle Quinn – Deborah Berman
Runner #3 (Judy Thompson) – Jill Renner
Announcer - Magee Clegg
Mascot – Jordan Pina

Crew 
Director of Photography Jonathan Pope
Edited by Rejh Cabrera
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Original Music by Giona Ostinelli
Production Design by Joe Haugen
Hair & Makeup by Yusuke Tateishi
Costume Design by Kristina Fenske
Sound Design by Zheng Jia

Assistant Director Jose Vazquez
2nd Assistant Director - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd Assistant Director - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill

Production Assistants 
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher 
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian 
Stunt Coordinator - David Thompson

1st Assistant Camera - Ted Endres
2nd Assistant Camera - Jeanna Kim
Steadycam Operator - Brian Freesh
Gaffer - Tim Smith
Best Boy Electric - Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip - Sarah Fox
Best Boy Grip - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grips - Chris King & Kyle Keeland

Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt

Costume Assistant - Brianna Quick
Costume Production Assistant - Francesca Reale

Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich

On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Boom Op - Chris Maynard

VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia

Featured Extras
Runners
Taylor Cox
Shannon Knepp
Sarah Quon
Isabella Scholss

Subway Patrons
Joel Clark
Molly McSherry

Fans in the Stands
Keisuke Akizawa
Sam Bader
John Branno
Brady Clegg
Haley Coleman
George Efremidze
Ivy Francis
David Gerhardt
Tony Hsieh
Sarah Henzler
Peter Holt
Liz Kernion
Sonia Nam
Erin O’Donnell
Francesca Reale
Marissa Ripalda
Rosalie Ripalda
Melissa Serres
Sara Simons
Joanna Yemi

Episode Two

A female high school track star falls for a SUBWAY® sandwich artist, who turns out to have more bite than she expected.

Directed by
Magee Clegg

Produced by

John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Written By
John Berardo

Principle Cast
Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Coach – Jason E. Kelley
Mr. Fowler – James Sharpe
Sherriff Blake – Jack Harding

Additional Cast
Young Officer – Brock Jones
Principle Quinn – Deborah Berman
Runner #3 (Judy Thompson) – Jill Renner

Crew 
Director of Photography Jonathan Pope
Edited by Rejh Cabrera
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Original Music by Giona Ostinelli
Production Design by Joe Haugen
Hair & Makeup by Yusuke Tateishi
Costume Design by Kristina Fenske
Sound Design by Zheng Jia

Assistant Director Jose Vazquez
2nd Assistant Director - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd Assistant Director - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill

Production Assistants 
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher 
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian 
Stunt Coordinator - David Thompson

1st Assistant Camera - Ted Endres
2nd Assistant Camera - Jeanna Kim
Gaffer - Tim Smith
Best Boy Electric - Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip - Sarah Fox
Best Boy Grip - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grips - Chris King & Kyle Keeland

Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt

Costume Production Assistant - Francesca Reale

Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich
SFX Makeup Asst - Ken Bunprosert

On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Boom Op - Chris Maynard

VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia

Episode Three


A female high school track star falls for a SUBWAY® sandwich artist, who turns out to have more bite than she expected.

Directed by
Magee Clegg

Written by
John Berardo

Produced by
John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Principle Cast

Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Carla – Gabriela Lopez
Coach – Jason E Kelley
Mr. Fowler – James Sharpe
Sherriff Blake – Jack Harding

Additional Cast
Assistant Scout - Jordan Pina
Mascot Jordan Pina
Runner #3 (Judy Thompson) – Jill Renner
Young Officer – Brock Jones

Crew 
Director of Photography
 Jonathan Pope
Edited by Rejh Cabrera
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Original Music by Giona Ostinelli
Production Design by Joe Haugen
Hair & Makeup by Yusuke Tateishi
Costume Design by Kristina Fenske
Sound Design by Zheng Jia

Assistant Director Jose Vazquez
2nd Assistant Director - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd Assistant Director - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill

Production Assistants 
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher 
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian 
Stunt Coordinator - David Thompson

1st Assistant Camera - Ted Endres
2nd Assistant Camera - Jeanna Kim
Steadycam Operator - Brian Freesh
Gaffer - Tim Smith
Best Boy Electric - Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip - Sarah Fox
Best Boy Grip - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grips - Chris King & Kyle Keeland

Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt

Costume Assistant - Brianna Quick
Costume Production Assistant - Francesca Reale

Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich
SFX Makeup Assistant - Ken Bunprosert

On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-MartinezBoom Op - Chris Maynard


VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia

Featured Extras
Runners
Taylor Cox
Shannon Knepp
Sarah Quon
Isabella Scholss

Extras in Subway
Kim Nance
Mollie McSherry

Fans
Keisuke Akizawa
Tai Arrant
Sam Bader
James Berardo
John Branno
Joel Clark
Brady Clegg
Haley Coleman
George Efremidze
Ivy Francis
David Gerhardt
Tony Hsieh
Sarah Henzler
Peter Holt
Liz Kernion
Jenny Koreny
Karl Kwaitkowski
Laura LaMonaco
Sonia Nam
Erin O’Donnell
Francesca Reale
Marissa Ripalda
Rosalie Ripalda
Melissa Serres
Sara Simons
Alina Vergara-Hegi
Joanna Yemi


Subway Fresh Artist Filmmaker Series

Posted in Subway, Subway 2013 with tags subway, fresh artist, filmmaker series, bite night, herman, minnie on 3/1/2013 12:00:00 PM by Chris Donahue

Subway Fresh Artist Filmmaker Series

Hey, we've got three new shows coming at you from the Subway Fresh Artist Filmmaker Series! Meet the first of our student filmmakers! They're three teams of students from USC. Please learn a little about them and meet all of the people who helped make their series come to life!





Bite Night:

Magee Clegg Bio
Magee Clegg is a Director/Producer pursuing an MFA at The USC School of CinematicArts. He began his career as a filmmaker when he traveled to India to direct a documentary about rural to urban migration titled A Box with a View. Shortly after India, Magee became a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines where he spent one year directing Filipino Rice Policy, a documentary which explores the corrupt politics surrounding rice importation in the Philippines. While living in Manila Magee also directed music videos for Filipino rock groups as well as an HIV Awareness PSA that aired nationally on MTV ASIA. Magee has screened his work in India, Philippines,Macau, and at many festivals throughout the United States including the academy awards, qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival. He loves to tell stories about coming of age, family, and young love. Magee is currently developing his first narrative feature film, which follows a man from the US on a journey to Philippines to meet his father for the first time. Magee is honored to be a Subway Fresh Artist and looks forward to directing more branded content in the future.

Jenny Koreny Bio
Jenny Koreny has been on the forefront of producing digital media and web content since2006. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, Koreny produced and edited video & multimedia content for Tower Records, consulted on the development of start-up social networks, and worked as a freelance graphic designer. During her time at USC she interned for Warner Brother's Marketing Department on the campaigns for Argo, Gangster Squad, The Campaign, and The Great Gatsby. At the Sundance Institute she was one of two interns who worked for the Sundance Documentary Fund, the team of eight screens over 700 films and reviews proposal submissions from documentarians around the world. She is currently interning for the producers of the Emmy award-winning TV show Mad Men. She is currently developing a feature documentary that follows the experiences of female entrepreneurs and VC's, and is developing an application called "Flixie," a start up venture that helps users find content across streaming services.

John Berardo Bio
A native of Norman, Oklahoma. John ventured to California to begin his career as a director after winning a 2005 student Emmy for technical achievement. Before starting the Cinema Production MFA program at USC, John received a BA from UCLA in Theatre directing and playwriting with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. At UCLA he directed such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller’s controversial After the Fall. This summer John directed his thesis film, The Furies of War, which is to debut spring of 2013. During his time at USC, John has directed, written, and produced numerous short films and commercials for CBS, Disney,Vimeo, and MTV. He recently wrapped short films (Glass People) for David Hoberman and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and (Strings) produced by James Franco. John is currently developing a feature based on a short horror film he directed (Dembanger) which has received film festival success and won first prize in Vimeo’s Cabin in the Woods Short Horror Festival.

Episode One
CAST
Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Carla – Gabriela Lopez
Coach – Jason E Kelley
Mr. Fowler – James Sharpe
Asst Scout – Jordan Pina
Young Officer – Brock Jones
Sherriff Blake – Jack Harding
Principle Quinn – Deborah Berman
Runner #3 (Judy) – Jill Renner
Announcer Magee Clegg
Mascot – Jordan Pina

Runners:
Taylor Cox
Shannon Knepp
Sarah Quon
Isabella Scholss

Subway Patrons:
Joel Clark
Molly McSherry
Fans in the Stands
Keisuke Akizawa
Sam Bader
John Branno
Brady Clegg
Haley Coleman
George Efremidze
Ivy Francis
David Gerhardt
Tony Hsieh
Sarah Henzler
Peter Holt
Liz Kernion
Sonia Nam
Erin O’Donnell
Francesca Reale
Marissa Ripalda
Rosalie Ripalda
Melissa Serres
Sara Simons
Joanna Yemi

CREW
Producers
John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Director - Magee Clegg
Written By – John Berardo
AD - Jose Vazquez
2nd AD - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd AD - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill
Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian
Stunt Coordinator - David Thompson

Production Assistants –
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Accountant – Reba Molock
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Director of Photography - Jonathan Pope
1st AC - Ted Endres
2nd AC - Jeanna Kim
Steadycam - Brian Freesh
Gaffer- Tim Smith
BBE- Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip- Sarah Fox
BBG - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grip - Chris King & Kyle Keeland
On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Boom Op - Chris Maynard
Production Designer - Joe Haugen
Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt
Costume Designer - Kristina Fenske
Costume Asst - Brianna Quick
Costume PA - Francesca Reale
Chief Hair/Makeup - Yusuke Tateishi
Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich
Editor - Rejh Cabrera
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
Sound Designer - Zheng Jia
Mixer - Zheng Jia
Music Composer - Giona Ostinelli


EPISODE 2
CAST
Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Coach – Jason E. Kelley
Sherriff Blake – Jack Harding
Mr. Fowler – James Sharpe
Young Officer – Brock Jones
Principle Quinn – Deborah Berman
Judy #3 - – Jill Renner

Extras in the cut high school steps scene:
Reporters
Amy Jorgensen
Jenny Koreny

Cameraman:
Mario P Colli
Kyle Keeland
Tim Smith

High School Kids:
John Berardo
Kristina Fenske
Angela Ortner
Francesca Reale
Tanya Salas Platt
Lanie Siegel
Tracy Smith

Mascot:
Jose Vasquez

CREW
Producers
John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Director - Magee Clegg
Written By – John Berardo
AD - Jose Vazquez
2nd AD - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd AD - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill
Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian

Production Assistants –
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Accountant – Reba Molock
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Director of Photography - Jonathan Pope
1st AC - Ted Endres
2nd AC - Jeanna Kim
Steadycam - Brian Freesh
Gaffer- Tim Smith
BBE- Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip- Sarah Fox
BBG - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grip - Chris King & Kyle Keeland
On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Boom Op - Chris Maynard
Production Designer - Joe Haugen
Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt
Costume Designer - Kristina Fenske
Costume PA - Francesca Reale
Chief Hair/Makeup - Yusuke Tateishi
Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich
SFX Makeup – Yusuke Tateishi
SFX Makeup Asst - Ken Bunprosert
Editor - Rejh Cabrera
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
Sound Designer - Zheng Jia
Mixer - Zheng Jia
Music Composer - Giona Ostinelli

EPISODE 3
CAST
Casey – Kelly Washington
Ian – Tyler Peterson
Carla – Gabriela Lopez
Coach – Jason E. Kelley
Mr Fowler – James Sharpe
Asst Scout - Jordan Pina
Sheriff Blake – Jack Harding
Young Officer – Brock Jones
Judy #3 – Jill Renner
Mascot Jordan Pina

Runners
Taylor Cox
Shannon Knepp
Sarah Quon
Isabella Scholss

Extras in Subway
Kim Nance
Mollie McSherry

Fans
Keisuke Akizawa
Tai Arrant
Sam Bader
James Berardo
John Branno
Joel Clark
Brady Clegg
Haley Coleman
George Efremidze
Ivy Francis
David Gerhardt
Tony Hsieh
Sarah Henzler
Peter Holt
Liz Kernion
Jenny Koreny
Karl Kwaitkowski
Laura LaMonaco
Sonia Nam
Erin O’Donnell
Francesca Reale
Marissa Ripalda
Rosalie Ripalda
Melissa Serres
Sara Simons
Alina Vergara-Hegi
Joanna Yemi

CREW
Producers
John Berardo
Jenny Koreny

Director - Magee Clegg
Written By – John Berardo
AD - Jose Vazquez
2nd AD - Lanie Siegel
2nd 2nd AD - Joel Clark
Production Manager - Sam Bader
2nd Production Manager - Jane Stupp - O’Neill
Script Supervisor - Samantha Christopher
On Set Photography - Vatch Karagozian
Stunt Coordinator - David Thompson

Production Assistants –
Aaron Adkins
Tony Hsieh
Austin Kolodney
Angela Ortner
Tracy Smith
Ellis Trespalacios
Anna Zlokovic

Accountant – Reba Molock
Casting by Kevin Mockrin, CSA & Karina Walters, CSA
Director of Photography - Jonathan Pope
1st AC - Ted Endres
2nd AC - Jeanna Kim
Steadycam - Brian Freesh
Gaffer- Tim Smith
BBE- Inga Mitinyan
Key Grip- Sarah Fox
BBG - Mario P Colli
Grip/Dolly Grip - Shawn Elmore
Grip - Chris King & Kyle Keeland
On Set Sound Mixer - Zheng Jia & Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Boom Op - Chris Maynard
Production Designer - Joe Haugen
Art Director - Erin O’Donnell
Set Decorator - Tanya Salas Platt
Costume Designer - Kristina Fenske
Costume Asst - Brianna Quick
Costume PA - Francesca Reale
Chief Hair/Makeup - Yusuke Tateishi
Hair/Makeup - Cara Liedlich
SFX Makeup – Yusuke Tateishi
SFX Makeup Asst - Ken Bunprosert
Editor - Rejh Cabrera
Post Supervisor - Jordan Ledy
VFX Supervisor - Gregory Jones
DIT - Gabriel Renfro
Colorist - Jerimiah Morey
Sound Designer - Zheng Jia
Mixer - Zheng Jia
Music Composer - Giona Ostinelli







Herman:


Josh Eiserike Bio
Josh Eiserike is a writer/cartoonist living in Los Angeles. He has written for the hit HUB animated series “G.I. Joe: Renegades” and MAD Magazine. His feature script “Booty Seekers,” a teen comedy set in pirate times was named a 2012 quarter finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He is currently finishing his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in writing and producing.

Josh’s first comic book “Class of ‘99” won an Ignatz Award (the Independent Spirit Award of the comic book world). Aintitcoolnews.com called his subsequent comic, amen-behaving-badly comedy titled “Assholes,” “A damn funny book.” His first graphic novel “Anyone But Virginia,” about a superhero who returns home to plan her high school reunion (and reconnect with friends and family), is currently distributed by Alterna Comics. Josh has also produced and written various short films, including“Volcano Girl,” based on “Anyone But Virginia.” He also produced USC thesis film"The Films of Avi Krum," starring Adam Herschman ("Accepted") and Dan Rather("CBS Evening News").
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Josh worked as a reporter in the Washington, D.C. area for the Washington City Paper, The Examiner and the News and Messenger. Josh covered everything from Congress to rock music to video arcades to comic books. His reporting and editorial cartoons received awards from various press associations and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. He has also completed internships at Marvel Comics in New York and, in Los Angeles, at the management production company Aligned Entertainment and at Robert Zemeckis' production company ImageMovers.

Christian Contreras Bio
Christian Contreras is the director and co-writer of the Subway Fresh Artists web series, “Herman.”

Christian is originally from El Paso, TX where his love for cinema was cultivated by the rich Mexican culture of a border town community. He holds a BA in Electronic Media with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2008, Christian won the national ‘Kennedy Center ACTF Barbizon Award for Excellence in Lighting Design’ for his work in his school’s production of Jose Rivera’s “Cloud Tectonics.”

Shortly after, Christian moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his passion for film and lighting. He is currently finishing his MFA in Film and TV Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where he focused his studies in cinematography and discovered his love for writing and directing.

Coming off his experience on “Herman,” Christian is revisiting his craze for puppets in his graduate thesis film, “Para Ellos,” a story about two children who journey across the U.S./Mexico border in search for their father; he is co-directing “Para Ellos” along with “Herman” producer, Victoria De La Torre. Christian hopes to continue making films that focus on the stories and experiences of the Mexican-American culture while pursuing a career in family entertainment.

Victoria De La Torre Bio
Victoria De La Torre is a producer and co-writer of the SUBWAY Fresh Artists web-series ‘HERMAN’. This California native is a current MFA candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Production Program. She received her BA in Communications fromCalifornia State University of San Bernardino where she had the opportunity of interning at Robert Greenwald Productions.

During her time at USC she has been a twice recipient of the Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship and was also awarded the John Huston Directing Scholarship (2010-2011) for her USC film titled ‘THE DAY BEFORE’. Although Victoria aspires to write and direct she had the great fortune to discover a love for Production Design. Over the course of her USC studies she has designed and set decorated over 20 projects; including in- class exercises, music videos, advanced shorts and thesis films.

One of her best experiences by far is working on the ‘HERMAN’ SUBWAY web-series alongside her classmates and friends.

Victoria is most inspired by her family and culture and is currently working on her thesis film with ‘HERMAN’ director and co-writer Christian Contreras. She loves everything about the production process.

‘HERMAN’ - Episode #1
Herman arrives to Hollywood and lands the ‘roll’ of a lifetime.
Directed by
Christian Contreras
Written by
Christian Contreras and Victoria De La Torre
Produced by
Victoria De La Torre & Josh Eiserike

CAST:
Herman
Voice: Danny Montooth
Puppeteer: Danny Montooth

Mona
Voice: Amanda Troop
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder and Alison Mork

Carlos
Voice: Kevin Carlson
Puppeteer: Kevin Carlson

Jacob
Voice: Adam Silver
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder

Leroy
Voice: Dustin Jacobs
Puppeteer: Edwin Bayan

Cindy
Lisa Martel

Casting Director
Eric Scott Cooper

Casting Assistant
Renee Dorian

Telenovela Female
Romina Peniche

Telenovela Male
Eric Marinho

PRINCIPLE CREW:
Director of Photography
Will Jobe

Puppets by
Russ Walko

Music by
Jackson Greenberg

Production Designer
Prerna Chawla
Editor
Michael La Breche
Supervising Sound Designer
Kim Patrick
Production Sound
Ashley Maria
Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Costume Designer
Sasha Williams
Visual Effects
Burak N. Kurt
First Assistant Director
Leslie Marchand

‘HERMAN’ - Episode #2
With the help of his friends, Herman ‘butters’ up for his Hollywood debut.But does he go too far?Directed by
Christian Contreras
Written by
Christian Contreras and Victoria De La Torre
Produced by
Victoria De La Torre & Josh Eiserike
CAST:
Herman
Voice: Danny Montooth
Puppeteer: Danny Montooth
Mona
Voice: Amanda Troop
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder and Alison Mork
Carlos
Voice: Kevin Carlson
Puppeteer: Kevin Carlson
Jacob
Voice: Adam Silver
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder
Leroy
Voice: Dustin Jacobs
Puppeteer: Edwin Bayan
PRINCIPLE CREW:
Director of Photography
Will Jobe
Puppets by
Russ Walko
Music by
Jackson Greenberg
Production Designer
Prerna Chawla
Editor
Michael La Breche
Supervising Sound Designer
Kim Patrick
Production Sound
Ashley Maria
Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Costume Designer
Sasha Williams
Visual Effects
Burak N. Kurt
First Assistant Director
Leslie Marchand

‘HERMAN’ - Episode #3
With the pressures of stardom upon him, Herman ‘kneads’ to decide if Hollywood is worth the sacrifice.
Directed by
Christian Contreras
Written by
Christian Contreras and Victoria De La Torre
Produced by
Victoria De La Torre & Josh Eiserike
CAST:
Herman
Voice: Danny Montooth
Puppeteer: Danny Montooth
Mona
Voice: Amanda Troop
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder and Alison Mork
Carlos
Voice: Kevin Carlson
Puppeteer: Kevin Carlson
Jacob
Voice: Adam Silver
Puppeteer: Amber Reeder
Leroy
Voice: Dustin Jacobs
Puppeteer: Edwin Bayan
Wayne Lasso
Tim Moran
Assistant Director
Christian Edsall
Commercial Director
Scott Vance
PRINCIPLE CREW:
Director of Photography
Will Jobe
Puppets by
Russ Walko
Music by
Jackson Greenberg
Production Designer
Prerna Chawla
Editor
Michael La Breche
Supervising Sound Designer
Kim Patrick
Production Sound
Ashley Maria
Jorge Ramirez-Martinez
Costume Designer
Sasha Williams
Visual Effects
Burak N. Kurt
First Assistant Director
Leslie Marchand






Minnie:


Annabel W. Seymour Bio
Annabel was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009. She spent most of her time at Dartmouth performing with the improv comedy troupe, “The Dog Day Players”, and studying French poetry for her thesis in Comparative Literature. Annabel returned to New York after college to work at BreakThru Films, where she worked for Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg on their documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. In 2010, Annabel moved to Los Angeles to pursue her MFA in Film Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she has co-produced a short documentary called Bingo Night, wrote and produced a graduate thesis, The Furies of War, and wrote a comedy feature about flight attendants, entitled Layover. While at USC, she has also worked as an intern the Montecito Picture Company (Up in the Air, I Love You Man, Old School) and as a set PA on the Rob Reiner film, The Magic of Belle Isle. She currently works as a development intern at Broadway Video (SNL, 30 Rock, Portlandia), and as a PA on several web shorts for Broadway Video’s digital venture, Above Average. She will be graduating from USC in May of 2013, and hopes to pursue a career in comedy writing and development.

Patricia Pham Bio
Patricia is the youngest daughter of Vietnamese immigrants who somehow managed tosettle in Southwest Missouri. She grew up in libraries and beauty salons, fascinated withthe ideas of truth, illusion, and identity, concepts that continue to inspire her creativework today. Throughout her childhood to present-day, Patricia has remained active invarious areas of performance and storytelling including theater, dance, music,photography, journalism, and independent filmmaking. She earned her B.A. in MassCommunication from Missouri Southern State University, where, as a producer, director,and writer, she received multiple media and journalism awards at state and nationallevels. Some of her many interests include pop culture, technology, criminology, andphotographing everything she eats. She is currently pursuing her MFA in FilmProduction at the University of Southern California where she has produced a variety ofwork including dramatic and comedic shorts, documentaries, and animated films. Shehopes to continue producing work that makes you say, "Whoa."

Conor Fetting-Smith - Director / Writer - Thoroughly Melted Minnie
Conor is a graduate student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts specializing in writing, directing and producing. His films have screened at Lincoln Center, Outfest, The Boston International Film Festival, and the United Nations Film Festival, among others. He’s the recipient of the USC Lambda Alumni Association Scholarship in Cinematic Arts, and an advanced student at The Groundlings Theater, where he performs sketch comedy and improv. Prior to USC, Conor began his film career at Miramax Films and IFP in New York City. He’s a graduate ofthe University of Pennsylvania and a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Conor will receive his MFA from USC in May 2013. He’s currently at work on his first feature screenplay Teach, and set to direct a web series this Spring called Butch & Belly Take the Rap about two gay best friends determined to become famous rap stars.

CREDITS: EPISODE 1 “Frozen”
After a dastardly trick left her frozen for 57 years, actress Minnie Mugaloo is back, fully thawed, and ready for her big break!
CAST
Minnie Mugaloo: Lizzie Redner
Durell: Barry Brewer
Katie: Aimee Lynn Chadwick
Gus: Justin Cone
William: Christopher May
Director: Conor Fetting-Smith
Writers: Conor Fetting-Smith and Annabel Seymour
Producers: Annabel Seymour and Patricia Pham
1st AD: Amanda Overton
2nd AD: Amy Reedy
2nd 2nd AD: Natalie Grover
Unit Production Manager: Tamara Shogaolu
Director of Photography: Alex Parker
1st AC: Dana Hill
Gaffer: Alejandro Martinez
Key Grip: Bryan Mendoza
Best Boy Electric: Mike Silva, Sean McDaniel
Best Boy Grip: Bryan Parry
G&E: Brigitte Bartholdi, Rachel Xu
PA: Reema Ramamurthy
Sound Mixer: Sahand Nikoukar
Boom Operator: Kristin Fione
Hair & Makeup: Denisse Avilla
Costume Designer: Silvanne Park
Costume Assistant: Samar Nattagh
Production Designer: Evelyn Ellias
Art Director: Lauren Meyer
Props Master: Adam Ruben
Script Supervisor: Alexandra Jensen
Composer: John Carey
Editor: Faroukh Virrani
Sound Editor: Sahand Nikoukar, Eric Marshall

CREDITS: EPISODE 2 “Thawed”
While the American Frozen Corn Company desperately searches for Minnie Mugaloo, she trains for the upcoming talent show with the help of her new Subway friends.
Minnie Mugaloo: Lizzie Redner
Durell: Barry Brewer
Katie: Aimee Lynn Chadwick
Gus: Justin Cone
William: Christopher May
Margarita: Cyrina Fiallo
Bernard: Victor Campos
Director: Conor Fetting-Smith
Writers: Conor Fetting-Smith and Annabel Seymour
Producers: Annabel Seymour and Patricia Pham
1st AD: Amanda Overton
2nd AD: Amy Reedy
2nd 2nd AD: Natalie Grover
Unit Production Manager: Tamara Shogaolu
Director of Photography: Alex Parker
1st AC: Dana Hill
Gaffer: Alejandro Martinez
Key Grip: Bryan Mendoza
Best Boy Electric: Mike Silva, Sean McDaniel
Best Boy Grip: Bryan Parry
G&E: Brigitte Bartholdi, Rachel Xu
PA: Reema Ramamurthy
Sound Mixer: Sahand Nikoukar
Boom Operator: Kristin Fione
Hair & Makeup: Denisse Avilla
Costume Designer: Silvanne Park
Costume Assistant: Samar Nattagh
Production Designer: Evelyn Ellias
Art Director: Lauren Meyer
Props Master: Adam Ruben
Script Supervisor: Alexandra Jensen
Composer: John Carey
Editor: Faroukh Virrani
Sound Editor: Sahand Nikoukar, Eric Marshall

CREDITS: EPISODE 3 “Fresh!”
Minnie Mugaloo hopes to catch her next big break at the Shooting Stars talent show, but will the American Frozen Corn Company foil her plans?
Minnie Mugaloo: Lizzie Redner
Durell: Barry Brewer
Katie: Aimee Lynn Chadwick
Gus: Justin Cone
Margarita: Cyrina Fiallo
Bernard: Victor Campos
Jamie (didgeridoo player): Desi Stein
Scott (belly dancer): Travis Hammer?Madame Monqueef: Jimmy Fowlie
Drama Teacher: Jason Boegh
Bonnie: Bonnie Shipston
Francine: Carol Mack
Chester Pindergrass: Stewart Skelton
Director: Conor Fetting-Smith
Writers: Conor Fetting-Smith and Annabel Seymour
Producers: Annabel Seymour and Patricia Pham
1st AD: Amanda Overton
2nd AD: Amy Reedy
2nd 2nd AD: Natalie Grover
Unit Production Manager: Tamara Shogaolu
Director of Photography: Alex Parker
1st AC: Zack Haskell
2nd AC: Dana Hill
Gaffer: Alejandro Martinez
Key Grip: Bryan Mendoza
Best Boy Electric: Mike Silva, Sean McDaniel
G&E: Brigitte Bartholdi, Rachel Xu, Diana Chao, Bryan Parry
PA: Reema Ramamurthy
Sound Mixer: Sahand Nikoukar
Boom Operator: Kristin Fione
Hair & Makeup: Denisse Avilla
Costume Designer: Silvanne Park
Costume Assistant: Samar Nattagh
Production Designer: Evelyn Ellias
Art Director: Lauren Meyer
Props Master: Adam Ruben
Script Supervisor: Alexandra Jensen
Stunt Coordinator: Dustin Courtney
Choreographer: Jimmie Fowlie
Composer: John Carey
Editor: Faroukh Virrani
Sound Editor: Sahand Nikoukar, Eric Marshall


'Chuting!

Now at this point, you may be thinking "WHAT ON EARTH IS CHUTING?!?!"  Webster's dictionary defines chuting as "the act of utilizing a chute (as by passing ore down it)."  But Webster's dictionary is an idiot.

In the 21st century, chuting, invented by Grace Helbig in a recent Daily Grace, is an alternative to planking (pictured above), which is for babies.  Here's two chuters inverted chuting at the American Museum of Natural History.

If you want to see what normal chuting looks like, you could hold your computer upside-down, or keep it rightside-up but look at it while inverted chuting yourself, or build a time machine and travel to 1897 to partake in George M. Stratton's perceptual adaptation experiment, in which participants wore goggles that inverted their vision vertically until their brain eventually inverted the image back to normal, at which point when the subject would remove their googles, their vision would be permanently upside-down.

Or you could check out this photo of a very athletic Darlene Contreras chuting on a soccer ball.

Or Taylor O'Brien 'chuting hoops.

And if you can't get enough of planking variants, check out this brief article from My Damn Chanel Blog Network member The Slacktory.

TGIF, HAGS, and happy 'chutin'!


"Touch My Junk" for Kids

In case you haven't heard, the TSA is now giving pat-downs to six-year-olds.  And while we admire the TSA's consistency, we can't help but wonder if this is one of those times when common sense could have prevailed and an exception perhaps been made.  I'm guessing the biggest threat poised by the girl in the video is the possibility of getting roped into a hyperactive, one-sided conversation about Justin Beiber.  God, kids will not SHUT UP about that guy.

Nevertheless, maybe instead of wasting their time with Journey, the kids of PS22 should brace themselves for the realities of modern air travel and instead do a cover of Harry Shearer's "Touch My Junk."  In fact, I can't think of one single reason why this might be a bad idea.  Oh wait, I just thought of about five-hundred.  Never mind.


Book of Mormon Sweepstakes

So if you're here on My Damn Channel reading this blog, then you're OBVIOUSLY in the top 1% of cultured Americans, fingers no doubt coated with ink from the latest New York Times book review, the scent of a well-aged Malbec still lingering in your nostrils from last night's upscale wine tasting.

And you're undoubtedly a lover of the finer things in life: air travel, social satire, Broadway musicals.  Lucky for you, we've rolled all of your interests into one amazing sweepstakes opportunity.  In honor of My Damn Channel's new show Gigi, we're flying one lucky winner to New York to see the new hit musical The Book of Mormon, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and starring Gigi himself, Josh Gad.

So put down your Chaucer, readjust your monocle, and head on over to our Facebook page to enter for your chance to win.  And what the hell, here's the Gigi trailer again.  YOU'RE WELCOME.


My Damn Channel SXSW pix!

"Sandwiches & Shorts" screened the winners of the Subway Fresh Artists Filmmakers Challenge at the IFC Crossroads House at SXSW. Grace was there as hostess with the mostest, Rob made his way around the scene, and the Fresh Artists winners were there in full effect. SXSW was a blast (but we've gotta get back to work now).

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Touch My Junk: Behind the Scenes

 

If you're already hip to Harry Shearer's latest video, "Touch My Junk", then feel free to jump down to the links below and check out two new videos documenting the making of. Or maybe you just want some tips on fashionable dress and sassy dance moves?

If you haven't seen the original yet, stop everything - and start watching. Then watch the behind the scenes videos, linked below.

Touch My Junk - Behind the Scenes: Wardrobe
Touch My Junk - Behind the Scenes: The Shoot


Big Love for The Book of Mormon

Today is the day: previews begin for the new Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" and I, for one, could not be more excited.  Why?  Three reasons.

1) Josh Gad, star of "Gigi: Almost American," My Damn Channel's original series premiering on 3/23, will also be starring in "The Book of Mormon" as Elder Cunningham, one of the two missionaries who travel to Africa in order to spread, eh-hem, the Book of Mormon. 

2) Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Matt Stone,  TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE!!!  "The Book of Mormon" is the brainchild of these two dudes who also created "South Park," you know, that show that's been hilarious for over a decade now.  These guys always go for it: it's guaranteed that "The Book of Mormon" will bring the hot fire cuz Trey and Matt they don't ever quit bringing the heat.

3) It's Broadway, baby!  I've seen every single show that's ever opened on Broadway since "Show Boat" opened in 1927.  I can't get enough of it!  The pageantry, the hot lights, the buzz, the singing, the dancing...at this tender age of 114, Broadway is more potent than a fistful of Viagra.

So scoop up your tickets right now.  Why wait?  WHY WOULD YOU WAIT?  There are no reasons.  Do it. 


Harry Shearer says, "Touch My Junk."



Harry Shearer is angry, y'all.

Air travel used to be romantic. Boyfriends and girlfriends could drop each other off at the airport and make out until the final boarding call sounded over the intercom.  Whole families could wait at the gate for their kids to come home from college at Christmas.  Travelers used to be able to choose belts and shoes for reasons that had nothing to do with how easy they were to remove quickly in airport security lines. 

These days it's a good day if your flight takes off within three hours of its scheduled departure time.

So for every one of us who has been subjected to a random luggage screening, or forgotten to take off our earrings before going through a metal detector, or had half a bottle of water in his carry-on, or had a tube of toothpaste larger than 4 ounces... for every one of us who has had to explain an oddly-shaped item in our suitcase,  had to pay an extra $100 just to take luggage on vacation... for anyone who has embarrassed herself by forgetting that she had her phone in her back pocket when she went through the scanner, or anyone who has had an anxiety attack when a TSA agent picks your bag up off of the conveyor belt and asks, "Is this yours?"  For anyone who has ever fantasized about screaming at the family with five kids and the stroller: "JUST FOLD THE DAMN THING UP BEFORE YOU GET IN THE SECURITY LINE!"

For everyone who's mad as hell that a trip through airport security might mean an inadvertent game of rub and tickle, this song's for you: TOUCH MY JUNK!






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