CRAZY NEW THING

We had the western genre make intercourse with a crack rock that knows kung fu & called it THE MAN FROM DEATH.

I was hired to develop the I.P. + feature outline of THE MAN FROM DEATH + direct / write / edit / produce / build over-sized matches on my kitchen table for this insane proof-of-concept short to help drive it into your hearts and faces. And hey, it's getting love out there in the world.

Vimeo Staff Pick

ShortOfTheWeek picked it and says "Blending psychedelic visual effects, with playful video-game inspired touches, it is a stunningly original visual experience — we liken it to Freddie Wong crossed with Quentin Tarantino." 

TwitchFilm Founder and producer of THE RAID movies Todd Brown writes "This is super fun stuff from a perpetually restless creative talent."

Thee Nerd Writer makes me feel warm and fuzzy by posting: This batty, hysterical short film by Stephen Reedy makes me very excited about the future of movies"

RefinedGeekery goes: It is pure creativity on screen. I have watched this short a few times now, and each time I process something different. For example, aside from all of its zany action, there are actual moments of pathos where the film slows down to reflect on the nature of being right before someone gets their head split in two.

FilmCombatSyndicate is like "It's a love story in more ways than several and chock-filled with blistering sequences of action and fantasy that transcends many planes and dimensions that just leave you wondering "Exactly what the fuck kind of good shit is Reedy smoking? And when is he going to share???"

French culture magazine BLENDED states it is "THE MOST WTF IN THE WORLD!"

Kiai-Kick be all like "Director Stephen Reedy just launches this short film right at you, and it’s a lot of fun, playing like the steroid-fueled brother of Scott Pilgrim, The Good The Bad and The Weird and Millionaires Express. The fights are awesome, but I’ll say it right now, it’s NSFW, so proceed carefully! Check out the video below!"

It'll also be featured at the TULSA OVERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL this month and was just picked as Film Shortage's #DailyShortPicks. Alright!

 

 

A schizophrentic 3 months

It's been crazy, can't wait to share it all. 

Fashion. Satan. Organic food. Parrots. Inflatable elephants. Martial arts westerns. Coming soon.

 

The past 3 months of shooting have been quite weird.

The past 3 months of shooting have been quite weird.

Parrots hate oranges. #TheMoreYouKnow

Parrots hate oranges. #TheMoreYouKnow

Blood + Dry Ice = ruined shoes.

Blood + Dry Ice = ruined shoes.

Building THE BIG BANG practically, by painting fake spider webs and other magical magic. 

Building THE BIG BANG practically, by painting fake spider webs and other magical magic. 

I'll have to write about how we literally trained a living leaf to act on command (P.S. the shot is in my demo reel). Also notice the PRACTICAL BIG BANG action!

I'll have to write about how we literally trained a living leaf to act on command (P.S. the shot is in my demo reel). Also notice the PRACTICAL BIG BANG action!

How do you make a typical jungle more interesting? Layers of depth. Weird lenses. Pretty girl. SHIMMER THINGS. 

How do you make a typical jungle more interesting? Layers of depth. Weird lenses. Pretty girl. SHIMMER THINGS. 

Rented a fake western town, filled it with martial artist masters and cowboy extras for our Spaghetti, er, Chow Mein Western.

Rented a fake western town, filled it with martial artist masters and cowboy extras for our Spaghetti, er, Chow Mein Western.

THE FORGE getting press love + National Suicide Prevention Week information

THE FORGE and more properly, the anti-suicide / alchemical message it's based on is getting more love and attention than we can even post in a blog here, but some great noteworthy, er, UPWORTHY pieces are here:

UPWORTHY article

A very detailed MASHABLE article

The Daily Dot

JoBlo

AintItCool New

Martial Arts Movie Junkie

For National Suicide Prevention Week, I did a Google sponsored hangout on the topic of "suicide in the media" while Actor Rainn Wilson gave the cause an extra push via the video below...

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Austin Wintory's amazing The Forge score available

So I was playing the awesome (and now celebrated Ign GAME OF THE YEAR) Playstation 3 title JOURNEY. It's a beautiful video game that personifies and makes emotional the philosophy behind Joseph Campbell's "HERO'S JOURNEY" with minimalism and technical innovation that results in a whole lot of heart.

I loved it all, but I was especially blown away by the brilliance, originality and overall "feels" of the score, whose epic'ness and creativity was better than most huge Hollywood movies. I came to find out it was made by a local fellow named Austin Wintory who I quickly hit up about scoring our in-post-production short THE FORGE.

Shortly after he agreed, he made music history by having his video game score get nominated for a movie soundtrack Grammy, competing against legendary film composers like John Williams, Han Zimmer and Trent Rezner. Equal amounts of excitement and fear hit me as, first off, he deserves this in the highest definition of the word "deserved" and second, because I figured he'd be so busy being Captain-Famous-Awesome-Popular-Man (a *well earned* title, by the way) that there's no way he'd want to do a low budget YouTube charity video. Luckily, my fears were wrong and Austin didn't just deliver something good, he delivered BEAUTIFUL INCREDIBLENESS. He (with vocalist Malukah and Cellist Tina Guo) provided an emotional experience I never could have dreamed of receiving for our labor of love.

Even more awesome, the score for THE FORGE is online for free via Austin's bandcamp page. It's "pay what you like," so if you wanna throw down some dollars, 100% of it goes straight to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (a wonderful service that provides realtime help, 24/7 to anybody who may be on the edge of an intense life decision). 

Check out the score here: https://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/the-forge 

 

 

The Forge

It's rare to get to make a project with a deep emotional purpose. In the case of THE FORGE, the deepest of all purposes may have jumped into our lives.

Tanya Lim killed herself, leaving her aspiring producer/actor brother Eric her savings and a request to make something with it. So he contacted me out of the blue and we teamed up to mix this sentimental situation with an idea I've had ever since I worked in a metal foundry. The result is THE FORGE.

My goal was to get at least one person to say "this helped me." Mission accomplished. We've received *thousands* of comments sharing appreciation and, most heavily, a few e-mails saying this prevented their own personal suicide....... ... ... (!!!!!!!!!!!) This sort of thing makes me feel weird, proud and humbled.

When receiving the first e-mail that said "I was going to kill myself today until I watched this, this is a sign," I stopped what I was doing and stared at the wall for a few awkward, tingly minutes. It's a gift to be able to turn a bad situation into something with human value. It's also a gift to be able to make something that's genuine, thus creatively rewarding. This gave us everything- a higher purpose, a great team, a great concept and the ability to give meaning to some humans.  

It's released with the help of actor Rainn Wilson and his great SoulPancake youtube page. Check it out below.

 

 

Star Trek Into Blockness

Pretending I'm cool (far left) with people who are actually cool (everyone to the right of the far left)

Pretending I'm cool (far left) with people who are actually cool (everyone to the right of the far left)

I've been super lucky to do a lot of freelance work for J.J. Abrams' BAD ROBOT the past few years, directing, designing a TV show title sequence, writing and even helping with pitches and marketing. This time around I was presented with a new challenge, er, a new frontier: Stop motion animation. I was brought on to take over an already started short film / commercial for Hasbro's KRE-O toy line as a director and one-dude-stop-motion-animation entity (with post production help from a ton of CG genius').

The challenge was extra unique because it served the dual purpose of marketing the upcoming film STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, thus there were several clients in which to get all creatively polygamous with: Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro.

So I spent a a handful of hardcore weeks eating, breathing, sleeping, dreaming of and playing with little plastic blocks to tell a fun little story, ultimately to air on Cartoon Network.

Lighting was interesting, as we used dozens of watch batteries glued to LED lights that were drilled into Lego blocks for easy stackability. Camera movement was super mind bending to calculate, as it was easier to move the entire table-sized set around (millimeters at a time for days on end) than to risk moving the camera incorrectly thus messing up a few days of work. Rotating the entire set while keeping the camera and the "actors" stationary created the illusion of whipping backdrops and kinetic camera movement.

The amazing VFX were done by in-house Bad Robot guru Brandon Fayette, the Star Trek: Into Darkness VFX team and CG Superheroes at Industrial Light and Magic. 

As we transitioned into post production mode, I shot a pitch video for JJ's upcoming book and helped cut a few versions of an EMPIRE OF THE SUN music video, as a few of the writers were also working with the band. 

Fun times and many thanks to the Trek'folk and plastic block actors who were only divas when their arms fell off from too much wear and tear. It's always fun to learn an entirely new creative skill-set on the fly and it's super rewarding to see it hit the TV screen. To Mrs. Fabian, my 4th grade teacher whose DNA was comprised of disgusting evil: yes, I can make a career of playing with toys all day long. Evil Laugh. Evil Laugh.

See the finished thing below:

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To light Legos, we must make light-Legos.

Low angles = raising the entire Star trek Enterprise engine room.

Low angles = raising the entire Star trek Enterprise engine room.

Watching it air on Cartoon Network from the Robot kitchen.

Watching it air on Cartoon Network from the Robot kitchen.

Aintitcool.com says nice, gross things about my comic

Aintitcool.com talks about our new short comic in the awesome western anthology OUTLAW TERRITORY (released thru IMAGE COMICS).

Here's the rundown, where they say...

This is a gory, brutal mess of a masterpiece with an ending that I didn’t see coming. After reading so many somber and serious stories, the placement of “One Man’s Land” in this particular spot of this book is perfect. Loads of over the top action is here with a tongue firmly placed in cheek (although this wildman of a short story may bite off that tongue and spit it in your face).