“Dating Magick” :: A 48-hour short film editing project

Film editing has become one of my favourite elements of production. To finesse my skills I've been taking on short-notice challenges including, recently, this entry to Vancouver's 48-hour Run N' Gun Film Competition.

Conceived, written and directed by Nate Kelly, Dating Magick is a wacky comedy about two dopey guys who get more than they bargained for on dates with two mysterious women. As editor, fresh challenges for me included stringing together parallel plotlines (in a five-minute film!), the extremely delicate art of editing a table-bound conversation, and of course, comic timing. I do so love the awkwardly extended…

 

 

 

…pause.

There are certainly things I'd do differently in retrospect (if only we'd had more time, the editor, and everyone else in the world, cried). But hell, not a bad way to spend a weekend. The "Last Second Squad" lived up to its name submitting the results the competition, with eight minutes to spare. The tale of Nate sprinting across town with an SD card is a cinematic event of its own.

The rush is addictive. See you folks at the next fest!

Wn8O Presents: Seth Whittaker, Acting / Music Reel

Wn8O Presents: Seth Whittaker, Acting / Music Reel

Sourced, edited and mixed this acting and music video reel for actor-musician Seth Whittaker. It looks simple, but the timing on this took ages, flowing between vocal and instrumental versions of the track and timing verses with edits.

Seth’s star keeps rising; he and his brother Daniel (as hip-hop duo Wn8O) have recently opened for such greats as Fetty Wap, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Rich Homie Quan and and Tech N9ne.

Could this video have anything to do with their meteoric success? Well. I guess it doesn't hurt!

Seth Whittaker / Wn8o Dices & Acting Reel from J.R. on Vimeo.

Editing / Production: Seth Whittaker’s Demo Reel

Editing / Production: Seth Whittaker’s Demo Reel

I was recently contracted to fully produce a demo reel for one Seth Whittaker, a talented young actor and performer in Vancouver. This project consisted of sourcing and converting source clips, creating intertitles, and seamlessly editing the footage (both video and audio) to subtly boost the actor’s profile within the scene. Music of the performer’s own creation was added to the audio mix, at his request. I think this came out well!

Seth Whittaker, Actor/Performer Vancouver, BC – Demo Reel from Jordan Boos on Vimeo.

Dead Rising: Watchtower zombie concept art & execution

Dead Rising: Watchtower zombie concept art & execution

In 2015 I was sought out by special effects master Ryan Nicholson to whip up some concept art for a few 'special' zombies in the upcoming film "Dead Rising: Watchtower", based on the Capcom game series. Being a fan of the games since the initial XBox days, I couldn't say no.

After a few iterations, I was proud to come up with a new addition to Dead Rising's roster of dangerous clown characters. Bonzo here is played in the film by Ernst C. Harth, with make-up effects by Ryan Nicholson, Megan Nicholson and Michelle Grady. They got the look down exactly! The art shown here was also used as a vinyl print for Bonzo's truck, seen in the film.

I'm not mentioned in the following "Making Of" feature, but you can see interviews with actor and artists, including great close-ups of Bonzo and his creepy van: