The Night in Hot Springs | Episode 1 (2007)

Episode One of the original “Week in Hot Springs” series (2006-2009). Jesse calls Taylor for help contending with a home intruder.

Re-edited from scratch using video restored from original tape sources in 2017.

Starring
Jesse Needham as Jesse Gump
Taylor Lund as Taylor
Drake Piper as Mario

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Kazoo Hero | Short Film (2009)

Re-edited and re-mastered from scratch using new transfers of the original source tape, Kazoo Hero pits Gump (Jesse Needham) against the Grim Reaper in a spoof of the music video of the obscure sequel song “Devil Comes Back to Georgia.”

Contains some previously unreleased video and lip-sync fixes. No random baby, though.

Starring
Jesse Needham as “Gump”
Hunter Cutchin as “Death”
Justin Gausman as “Preacher”

True Love Sunglasses (Remake) | Short Skit (2008)

 

Recently restored & re-edited from original tape & digital transfer sources.

The original True Love Sunglasses – made for a school project making a commercial for a fake product – was the first short I was ever involving in filming. This remake was shot as part of the “Adventures in Hot Springs” webseries in 2009.

The Big Play | Unfinished Short Film (2014)

In 2014, around the same time we shot Jamie Klotz’s Diary II (and using some of the same cast), we also started working on developing a series of film noir-inspired shorts about a teenage “detective,” Jim Boise (played by Sam Martin), and his buddy, Derek Phillips (played by Isaiah Crossman) who act as private investigators, taking on mundane cases, usually involving interrogating little kids, resolving trade disputes on playgrounds and stopping Pokemon card bootleggers. Eventually, they would witness what appears to be a murder and then following up on the supposed coverup. In the meanwhile, Derek tries out for a play for the local community theatre, and the murder investigation ends up crossing paths with cast members of the play, so the title “THE BIG PLAY” ends up having multiple meanings.

I wrote three scripts of the planned five, and we shot a good chunk of the first episode, but ended up not finishing the rest of it due to focusing efforts on Jamie Klotz’s Diary II.

What is contained here is an edited version of the existing video of the first episode, with parts of a live read-thru from early 2014 added to fill in the missing couple of minutes in the middle. Also missing is the opening montage (briefly showing the cases described above) but for all intents and purposes, you should be able to follow along well enough!

Fun fact: For the spring 2017 Southern Hills Community Theatre show, I approached the SHCT board with two script ideas to develop, an adaptation of The Big Play or an original play idea, I Sent My Grandma Into The Past. The latter ended up being the one I wrote and directed and beyond the original pitch and the original short scripts, no other development was done on the play.