I want to look back and note all of the amazingly talented people I've worked with over the last year and give you an update on each film and series. So here's the quick run-down in the best format I could conjure up.

Love in the Time of Monsters - horror comedy

Highlight: Working with all of my University of Arizona friends on such a big endeavor! 

Accomplished: Film is complete and our Trailer is online! We hosted Private Screenings in Los Angeles, CA, Crescent City, CA & Tucson, AZ for Cast, Crew and Colleagues. We signed with reps at Circus Road Films.  We've been featured on Ain't it Cool News, Dread Central and in Sci-Fi Magazine!

Looking Forward: Film Festival Premiere (announcement coming January 29th), Thunderdikk Music Video Party and Release (coming soon!), more festivals around the world and distribution so our fans can finally see this bloody masterpiece!

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42 Seconds of Happiness - drama 

Highlight: Working with writer/director Christina Kallas who is fearless and brilliant.

Accomplished: Completed a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo to fund our shoot. We shot the feature film in five days and it was amazing; unlike any film I've ever been a part of.  We have an editor working on the cut and we're seeking grants for finishing funds. Juggling People in Love in NYC and Writers Improv Studio.

Looking Forward: Bringing on the rest of our post production team. Hopefully receiving Finishing Funds for post and getting the word out to online distributors and film festivals about the film.  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.  Christina and I have already begun discussing plans for the next feature (aahhhh!)

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Ablution - drama

Highlight: Meeting Writer/Director Parisa Barani and being a part of this brave film.

Accomplished: Successful Kickstarter campaign raised enough money ($18,000+) to shoot the film!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to shoot this film and introduce the world to Parisa's voice.

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American Terror - action drama

Highlight: Hosting our first table read with talented US Veterans/Actors.

Accomplished: Our IndieGoGo Campaign allowed us to hire a writer, David Taylor, and grant writer, Aliza Pearl, to help us through the next stage of development. We had our first table read and invaluable feedback from US Veteran contacts. 

Looking Forward: We can't wait to finalize our screenplay, apply for grant money and get financing in place so we can go into production!  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.

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PAWDCasts: Pilar and the World of Dogs - hosted

Highlight: Directing an entire season of a show co-created with friend, Pilar Kuhn.

Accomplished: Completed 23 episodes of dog care tips. Attended the South Bay Kennel Club Dog Show in August. 

Looking Forward: We're planning topics and shooting dates for Season 2. Looking into brand sponsorship as well as launching a PSA campaign. 

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Producing Juliet - drama

Highlight: Working with Tina Cesa Ward again and joining the production in person in December for our second shoot!

Accomplished: 250,000 views on our first two episodes in a few weeks. Featured in Curve Magazine (Dec 2013 pg 68), After Ellen, Huffington Post and many other publications.  The fabulous Rochelle Dancel launched our Stage Stories website and we have some amazing stories you should check out! Watch Cast Conversations with our talented cast. Tina and I were interviewed on The Cutting Room Floor with Casey Ryan.

Looking Forward: We're launching Ep 3 on January 15th and Ep 4 on January 29th (so make sure you subscribe!) and hope to shoot more in the near future.

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Lookbook - drama

Highlight - Finally getting a chance to work with writer/director Bernie Su!

Accomplished: Kicked off the series launch with a packed party in Hollywood. Launched nine episodes on Lookbook.nu to a very engaged and hungry audience. Great coverage of our release across the web including The Hollywood Reporter and Tubefilter. Brand sponsorship and donations (because who can do a show about fashion without fashion brand involvement?!)

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The Ladies and the Gents - comedy

Highlight: Being able to write for a series that I'm not producing. While I would have loved to be in town and direct my episodes, being a writer only this time was a welcomed treat!

Accomplished: Wrote two episodes of The Ladies (Our Song and Rag Doll). Attended a packed launch party for the show. Episodes are online now for your viewing pleasure!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to hear what The Ladies and the Gents does next! Where ever they decide to go, I definitely want to be involved.

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My Gimpy Life - comedy

Highlight: Meeting and working with the lovely Teal Sherer!

Accomplished: Shot 4 episodes of My Gimpy Life Season 2. Got to work with some great actors including Mindy Sterling and Geri Jewell. Finally got to work with director Sean Becker.

Looking Forward: My Gimpy Life Season 2 launch dates coming soon so keep an eye out!

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Brian Majestic: Dinosaur Hunter - comedy

Highlight: Seeing Rob Gokee and Brian Majestic successfully complete their IndieGoGo Campaign in 4 days!

Accomplished: Successful fundraising campaign. Casting talented people like Sheila Daley and Daryl Crittenden to accompany the rest of the cast. Bringing on a small but dedicated crew.

Looking Forward: Locking Locations and shooting this crazy show!

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Cost of Capital - drama

Highlight: Working with Goldie Chan and Brian DeChesare on Season 2 plans.

Accomplished: Hired writer, Douglas Stark, to work with us on Season 2 and it's currently in the works!

Looking Forward: Hopefully shooting Season 2 this year!

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What's Your Healthy? - hosted

Highlight: Working with My Damn Channel & Aetna on this show.

Accomplished: Shot 10 episodes of What's Your Healthy? and six of the 10 are online.

Looking Forward: Four more episodes going up soon and hopefully more productions in the future.

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New Projects

I can't talk about some of the other projects I have in the works - YET. But what I do know is 2014 is going to rock even more than 2013. Let's do this!

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Thanks for your support.

Cost of Capital Ep 3 - "The Reversal" is now live!  If you haven't seen the first two episodes, now is your chance so visit CostOfCapitalTV on YouTube and catch up!!  Please "like" and comment to let us know what you think.

Enjoy!

 

Cost of Capital red carpetYou've heard about Cost of Capital since December of 2011 when Goldie Chan and I begin shooting a 6-episode dramatic series about the shadowy world of investment bankers created by Brian DeChesare.  It's been a long road of production, pick-up shoots and post production but all the hard work has paid off.  Not only do we have an amazingly talented group of people in front of and behind the camera but we can now also say we've got the best audience as well.  

Last month we launch our Official Trailer and we have over 17K views to date.  A week ago we discovered to our astonishment that we ranked on IMDb's Movie Meter at #4 and Popular TV at #2.   This means that we were one of the most searched shows/movies on IMDb last week.  Our rank changed from 67,000 to 2.  How does a webseries with no released episodes rank this high on a site next to Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Dark Knight Rises?  Well, we'd also like to know so we can do it again and again!  The only thing we can say is that our social media efforts and creating something for a captive audience on M&I has paid off.  We've used Email Marketing, Facebook, Twitter, CrowdSpring, Video Content, Blogs and a Live Event to spread the word.  And it's working.

This week we were proud to release Episode 1 "The Idea"Episode 2 "The Fundraising" online and people are eating it up.  I'm so happy to hear people say, "professional TV quality," "this should be on HBO," and "it looks so good and the characters are so compelling."  How can I not be proud?  Another amazing thing to see is that our cast and crew are also proud of their work as well.  They are promoting and talking about it as much as we are - as they should - but it doesn't always happen.  And I say "they should" because it's their careers they are promoting.  If you are proud of a job well-done then get the word out and promote.  We all do it.  That's how the world will find out who you are.  Unless the eyes are on you, you may continue to struggle and doubt yourself.  Shout from the rooftops and share your links.  We're all routing for Cost of Capital together.  

We submitted Cost of Capital to the IAWTV Awards this week and may submit to others in the near future.  The release schedule for the rest of the show is listed here.  

The Release Schedule:
Monday, Sept. 17 – Ep 1 & 2
Monday, Sept. 24 – Ep 3
Monday, Oct. 1 – From the Red Carpet
Monday, Oct. 8 – Ep 4
Monday, Oct. 15 – Ep 5
Monday, Oct. 22 – Ep 6
 
If you're so inclined, visit www.costofcapitaltv.com to do all those things that help get the word out about the show: watch, like, subscribe, share and comment on the episodes.  Thanks in advance!

The Links:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CostOfCapitalTV *subscribe to our channel and like each video
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CostofCapitalTV *like if you're on Facebook
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CostOfCapitalTV *follow if you're on Twitter
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2351072/  *10 stars is the best rating!
 
About the show:
How far would you go for the biggest deal of your career?  "Wall Street meets The Social Network." It's a rare behind-the-scenes look into the shadowy world of billionaire investors -- where egos and intrigue collide and a single deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars must get done at any cost. This 6-episode web series was created by Brian DeChesare. Brian is the Founder of Mergers & Inquisitions, the biggest investment banking blog in the world, with nearly half a million monthly visitors and tens of thousands of subscribers. 
 
 

Black Tie Premiere Party - Thursday, September 13th

Lots of very exciting news this week regarding Cost of Capital, the new webseries I produced with Goldie Chan.  We're having our very fancy Premiere Party at Dim Mak Studios Thursday, September 13th.  RSVPs are almost closed (we're almost sold out!) so get your ticket soon!  Meet Cost of Capital and Mergers & Inquisitions founder Brian DeChesare and join the cast and crew on the red carpet as well as photographer, Michael Jackson, and Red Carpet Host, Cyndee San Luis!  While everyone is enjoying drinks from the bar, we'll be announcing giveaways to some lucky guests.  Around 8pm we'll be screening Episodes 1 and 2 in the Dim Mak Studio Screening Room.  

Official Online Release - Monday, September 17th

Cost of Capital release image

Make sure you're subscribed at Cost of Capital TV and our YouTube Channel so that you receive notification of new episodes. Monday we're releasing Episodes 1 and 2!

Cost of Capital Release Schedule

Monday, Sept. 17 - Ep 1 & 2
Monday, Sept. 24 - Ep 3
Monday, Oct. 1 - From the Red Carpet
Monday, Oct. 8 - Ep 4
Monday, Oct. 15 - Ep 5
Monday, Oct. 22 - Ep 6

Gasp!  I've been going non-stop since before the holidays and realized that I've been a bit off the grid because of it.  Well, I'm still here.  Busier than ever but coming up for a breath of air before the next round of productions.  So what have I been doing?  

November started with a video job for Prolacta BioScience, a company who takes breast milk donations from mothers with excess, processes and fortifies the milk and then provides it to hospitals and doctors for premature babies.  The videos I produced are "How To" videos for donor mothers to walk them through the steps of becoming a milk donor.  We had a great two day shoot and a quick post schedule.  Our cast was awesome: Chenoa Mitsui and Tanya Ihnen.  Also, huge props to our team including Maura Concannon (Director), Jorge Urbina (DP), Eli Benavidez (Script Supervisor), and Moira Taylor (Hair & Make Up)! 

In December, we went into production on the drama, "Cost of Capital," a new webseries created by Brian DeCherase, produced by Goldie Chan and myself, Allison Vanore, and directed by Jorge Urbina.  We had an ambitious 9 day shoot and rocked it out just before the holidays.  We're now well into post-production.  I can't wait to get these episodes online for you all and especially for Brian's investment banker audience!  

Literally within 24 hours of landing in LA after the holidays on the East Coast I was back on set.  This time for a feature horror film by Todd Johnson and Mike Campbell, The Rental.  We shot for 3 weeks with a small but very talented cast: Kimberly Browning, Mike Campbell, Ashley Love, Leah Verrill and Tiffany Walker.  Our crew was amazing and included some who I've worked with before: Frederick Snyder (1st AD), Erin LeBre (Make Up, SFX, Hair), Moira Taylor (Make Up SFX, Hair), Mike Halper (Sound), etc. And I met some new people: Rick Greenwood (DP), Mohnish Sawaswat (Gaffer) and their teams.  Now Todd is going to hybernate for a few months editing and creating the VFX for the film.  At some point he's going to emerge to hand over the edit to music composer, Rob Gokee.  For more updates about the film check out the Facebook Page and follow on Twitter!

Now there's more to do so I'll be updating you about that soon.  Happy New Year!