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I’m Going to Sundance (and other news)

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm

I scored the short film Under Covers, by Michaela Olsen, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. I was hired by Mighty Oak last year to compose the music, and I had the absolute best time. Re-watching it over Christmas with my musician father was a real treat as I got to discuss some of the more nuanced aspects of the score—stuff like repeating motifs, and the challenge of writing and recording a song that sounds like Billie Holiday. Check out the trailer below!

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The Backward Astronomer has a lot of laurels

I’m so happy that the movie I made with Jake Nelson is getting so much attention. I’ve been flying to as many festivals as I can to accept awards. Here’s a picture of me in Winchester, England, where we got “Honorable Mention”.

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And here’s just a current screenshot of our film’s page where Jake has been updating this image with every new festival laurel we receive.

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Almost a complete set!

Stay tuned for some Side Effects news that should be arriving shortly. Happy 2019!

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My short film: The Backward Astronomer

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

A couple of years ago, an acquaintance whom I occasionally saw at parties of mutual friends handed me a doodle with his contact info written on the back. This happened at my 30th birthday party, which Kat and I hosted at our apartment in Brooklyn. I had seen his animated short Hungry Boy before and was tremendously impressed with his style and aesthetics. I was also a big fan of his paintings, which hung on the walls of many of our shared friends. Flattered and intrigued, I met with this man, Jake Nelson, for a beer to discuss the potential collaboration.

After sending him an assortment of my short stories, he ultimately picked one that I had written in graduate school and that was published in the 2013 Fall/Winter issue of H.O.W art & literary journal. It was called The Backward Astronomer—part poetry, part fiction. It belonged in a larger collection of these po-ficts that made up my novel The Dead Space Architects. Each po-fict described the relationship of two people in different settings, and each piece could stand on its own.

I got to work translating the po-fict into a screenplay and Jake began the long process of directing and animating it. Fast forward about two and a half years and we finally have a finished short film (runtime = 10min).

Watch the trailer here…

TRAILER – The Backward Astronomer from Jake Nelson on Vimeo.

 

The film is playing at select film festivals. You can find the complete list including more information here: thebackwardastronomer.com

The score is all original music by myself and Jesse Perlstein.

Pre-orders Are Open, But Not for Long

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Hurry up and click these words to order a copy of Side Effects! We’re ending the pre-order period on April 15. Buy your copy for just $25—and if you live in the US, it’s free shipping!

We also released an updated print-and-play version of the game with two new bonus cards! Download it here. Password: RxRefill

For complete Side Effects rules, including how to use the new cards, visit pillboxgames.com/instructions

And don’t forget to pick up some swag at Pillbox Games’s Society6 page: society6.com/pillboxgames

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Swaaaaaaag!