Short Film – Candy Crush: An American Saga

Candy Crush: An American Saga

This is my second short film effort, a play on the game Candy Crush Saga. Having seen quite a few videos showing the danger of video games, I thought it might be interesting to write something that skewed the other direction. In our little film, Candy Crush is a critical necessity for American society to succeed economically.

We had a fantastic team put together: Olivier Le Blanc who is an amazing director, Josefin Pehrson as our producer, who made sure everything went smoothly, Rudy Telson as DP, Jamie Coupar on Sound, Elaine for Graphic Design. Several people also did double duty as actors.

“Candy Crush: An American Saga” was a part of the CueFILM Series. (It was the easiest/best way to find the footage). cueFILM is a weekly film festival delivered to your home or portable device and highlights filmmakers from the Virginia, D.C., and Maryland community. cueFILM launched May 5, 2014 at 8pm on Cox NoVa 74/77.

Seeing it as a part of the film series reminded me that I have photos from the set.  Please see below.  🙂

Opening Dialogue

Opening Dialogue

Olivier Le Blanc - Director

Olivier Le Blanc – Director

Doctor's Office - Olivier, Josefin and Jamie

Doctor’s Office – Olivier, Josefin and Jamie

Elaine as our "Teacher of the Year"

Elaine as our “Teacher of the Year”

Rudy, our DP

Rudy, our DP




Strange Dreams and Batman

I don’t dream.  Well, I’m sure I do.  Everyone dreams.  I just don’t usually remember my dreams.  But for some odd reason, I remember last night’s dream.  And it was…strange. I was solving a Miss Marple-style mystery. In a locked 1930s bedroom. With Batman. I couldn’t find a good way to articulate the strangeness of the dream.  However, I have good friends. Understanding friends. With some free time to put to this quandary. With Photoshop.  Please see below.  🙂



Tony F. is a genius.

[Image: Me, “dressed” as Ms. Marple, with 1950s Batman, in a pinkish-peach flowered 1930s bedroom.]

Ray Bradbury Traumatized Me as a Child

bradbury-starI recently posted about books (and short stories that stuck with me).  One that I didn’t mention was Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day.” I think it may have been my earliest exposure to science fiction (other than possibly a couple of terrifying Dr. Who episodes of which the only thing I recall was giant black spiders).

I only recently read the short story.  What traumatized me was the short film made from it in 1982.  I am not sure how old I was, not very, because I remember the movie in tiny snatches of images and emotions more than the words.  It left me profoundly distrubed. To this day even thinking about it leaves a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Some of that is likely from my first exposure but reading it, as an adult, it still was emotionally devastating.  Poor Margot!  And even though the short movie has a “happier” ending than the story, it still  eats away at me.

I wonder what it means.  Every so often I poke and prod at my own feelings and thoughts but have yet to come to a solid conclusion.  What I DO know is that Bradbury reached in and touched something very personal that, more than 30 years later, still resonates.


RavenCon and Slushies

Okay, I should have massive amounts of blogging for RavenCon.  It has been a fantastic weekend and I really enjoyed the film track, but I had too much fun to even think about writing about it!  Isn’t that awful?  Or isn’t that wonderful?!

So, in penance, I’m sharing a photo.  One of the most awesome parts of the trip?  The hotel was less than half a mile from Sonic.  We’ve visited it three times in two days (so far).  BEHOLD!  THE SONIC WATERMELON SLUSHIE WITH NERDS!