Laura Dances

I almost forgot about this, that is until I watched PINA 3d and remembered that I have also directed dancers. Not to suggest that the below is anything like PINA 3d, it was more a happy set of circumstance drummed together during a workshop with Daniel Conrad.

After a kind of tedious set of days trying to get filmmakers and dancers who had never dabbled much with the other to work in stride and make dance films, Laura Cleveland lightly galloped into the studio and quietly announced to me that she had been working on a dance upstairs… if I wanted to film it. I did.

Sam Naiman and John Petrina, the sort of tech support for the workshop, also welcomed the distraction and we fled upstairs to make something. We really only had about an hour at most and in that time Sam and John set up a make-shift dolly rig while I directed Laura and her choreography into a story I could tell and mapped the terrain.

I took my metaphorical director’s chair, Sam the reins at the camera, and John made magic of a hand truck turned dolly. And this is what came of it:

Oh the the music I just added on the fly for your pleasure [Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass], it is neither original nor what Laura was actually dancing to.

Day 14: I’m With Cupid

For me, the joy of the Whiteman Brothers exceeds their relentless humor and permeates into an even better place. A place where I remember that this–making movies and art, etc.–is just as much about having fun as it is for any other reason I could conjure.

In all their prolific glory, and as part of their series on a movie a day for 29 days (first brought to you in 2008, and back again for the latest leap year), Sean a Christof brought me one step closer to my dreams of becoming Portland’s premier split-screen actress.

Here it is, the Valentine’s Day special of a lifetime:

Party Gurl.

While tweaking RACHEL, RYAN, JAMIE & KATIE the other day, I got a little side tracked. Intending to participate in some office spirit, I made an entry for the Film Center’s MAKE IT SHORT contest. There’s basically one rule, it has to be 40 seconds or less (in honor of the Film Center’s 40th anniversary season).

So, using some already acquired footage, I give you Katie… or PARTY GURL.

Movers & Makers

I gave you a sneak peak at the TWOMP screening last month (also a kind of sneak peak in itself for that film), but coming to you again–and this time not on a sheet!–I give you RACHEL, RYAN, JAMIE & KATIE.

Join me and some other incredible makers at the Northwest Film Center on January 26th, 7 PM. It’s part of the Movers & Makers screening of shorts, and if we’re buddies I can probably make it free!

Now all I need to do is finish some sound work on it this weekend!

Screening, a Two for One!

On Thursday December 29th, please join me for a screening of “The World of Missing Persons”! This film I produced for writer/director Travis Ezell is still a work-in-progress, but we’re excited to be showing it before the new year. The screening will feature other works by cast and crew, which means I got the chance to sneak “Rachel, Ryan, Jamie & Katie”, a film I co-wrote and directed with Shawn Sullivan and Liz Lewis, into the mix.

It’s a fun (free) night of shorts at the Waypost Cafe on N. Williams. 7 PM.
TWOMP Dec Screening

Top Down Trailer

I recently made this trailer for work. My first sort of full on animation exercise and the first time I’ve ever used After Effects! There are a million things I could still tweak or animate differently, but I am fairly happy with it. The band at the beginning is The Harpoons (under Creative Commons licensing) and you can go here for more information on Top Down.

TWOMP Kickstarter

I told you I’d be back! As we  make the transition from pre-production to production with The World of Missing Persons, we need some more funds to get all the way there. The Regional Arts & Culture council will get us part way, but here is where you come in! Below is our kickstarter video, but the get more information and donate to the campaign click here! Visit us on Facebook too!

The World of Missing Persons

I am producing a short film for writer/director Travis Ezell. We are currently in preproduction, gearing up for an August shoot! I’m really excited to be on board with this! Hence every sentence ending with an exclamation point! Not only is Travis extremely talented and experienced, but we also have DP, Jon Beanlands on board to help create some beautiful images!

This project is also partially funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (so we’re not the only ones who believe in us)! I’m sure I will be updating soon with our kickstarter campaign as well.

Until then, we would love your support by checking out the website for The World of Missing Persons and the Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” us) to learn  more.



Recently we wrapped on writer/director Michael Roberson’s short film Rossum.

I worked on set as AC, my husband Michael as the still photographer (his lovely image is seen below and if you follow the Rossum link above you’ll find more). I am really excited to see this whole project come together at the premiere in October! Stay tuned, I’ll have some behind the scenes footage. Until then check out the FB page. Oh, did I mention Michael and I had the opportunity to act in the commercial which appears in this film. Really terrific stuff!