CHECKMATE Shoot—Oct 2019

Checkmate 2019

These are some still from footage shot for a very cool student film I’m involved with. We shot the last week of October and the director got these stills to me the other day. We will shoot the conclusion to this project in March 2020—judging by these stills it’s going to be a real treat. I’ll update then when it goes down.

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In the Dark (a Halloween near-horror story)

A post just for shits and giggles because it’s sorta theatrical and it was a lot of fun.

I was invited to my first Halloween costume party in I don’t know how long. Decades? Gimme a break I was busy raising kids and taking them to Halloween parties and trick or treating. 😉

So I thought it would be a cool project to have some fun with. Let’s go all out.

Now, I haven’t worked with latex and airbrushes since high school and that was (ahem) a while ago. But with the help of an artist friend and a ton of youtube videos I felt pretty confident. The planning, acquisition and preparation stages went fairly smoothly. I felt prepared and confident.

And then the night before Halloween, what we called Devil’s Night when I was a kid, we had a tremendous storm of driving rain and high winds. And so the power went out. I woke up Halloween morning hoping that the power would be back on but no joy. So I waited. And waited. And waited some more.

By three o’clock I decided that I needed to start while I still had light and resigned myself that I would most likely hav to finish up in the dark. The application process went smoothly and was a lot of fun even though I was way out of practice—I only spilled the liquid latex once and it wasn’t all that much and it was in the sink where it did no damage. 😉

By then it was six o’clock in the evening and it was dark. Makeup and costuming was accomplished with the aid of several flashlights.

All in all, considering the challenges I was pretty happy with the results and I got a lot of compliments at the party. 🙂

The pix below save for one were taken after the party so the applications are starting to peel a bit and the makeup was wearing off after about nine hours of wear. Still, not too bad I think!

Any horror-movie directors out there please take note! lol

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New Play Staged Reading 5/25/2019

I’m really looking forward to reading playwright Adam LeFever’s new piece, Foreign Policy, at Unison Arts Center on May 25th. Adam’s plays are always amazing and this one is no exception. Also reading will be Lori Wilner, and Nicole Quinn will read stage directions. Davis Hall directs.

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Pix! WFF Reading 5/11/2019

A coupla nice candids from the recent reading of Feeding Mrs. Moskowitz, a new original screenplay sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival and presented at the Klienart James Art Center on Tinker Street in Woodstock. A wonderful screenplay and an audience of almost 80 people (SRO!) made for a lively and fun evening.

L to R: Mary Gallagher, Katherine Burger, Joe White, Some Guy in Glasses.
Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the WFF gives the welcoming address before the reading. Behind and to left, an actor prepares. 😉

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Woodstock Film Festival 2019

I’m excitedly looking forward to this.

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.

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Cool Student Film Shoot

Was on a Greenepoint, Brooklyn rooftop on Fri Feb 15 shooting a scene for a student film with a really cool script with the working title NAMELESS. Very professional set with really nice people. It was fun working with director, Jason Wen and his entire crew. I hope I have the opportunity to do so again. 🙂

Chillin' on the set with my scene partner, Nicolai. Great guy.
In the scene, I'm being interrogated. I'm SUPPOSED to look beat up. 😉
Setting up the shot. Chinese cigarettes are excellent, btw.
Between takes with director, Jason Wen.

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Holiday Environmental PSA Location Shoot

A coupla selfies from yesterday’s location shoot for a PSA promoting an environmentally-friendly holiday season. Professionally-run set and actors, friendly directors and crew, and a nice message to boot. Getting paid to hang out in pajamas all day—not so bad.  😉

PSA Location Shoot, 11/28/18
PSA Location Shoot, 11/28/18

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Hackerland Shoot, Jun 10, 2018

A few selfies from yesterday’s Hackerland shoot. Very professional set and crew. Enjoyed the company of my fellow actors. Couldn’t ask for more. 🙂

Love the photo bomb in the last pic! Haha!

Hackerland shoot Jun 9 18

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Brian Pop/The Half-Baked Radio Hour Playlist for Monday, April 09, 2018

The Half-Baked Radio Hour with your host Brian Pop streams on Mondays (usually) at 8:00 p.m. EST (or so).
Join us for ~180 minutes of what we like to call entertainment (we really don’t know what to call it).
The showreel to last night’s show has been posted at  just in case you missed it.
Last night’s playlist of music and highlights:

Show Title: “Mashups, Remixes, and Freestylin’”

Name Artist Album Year
Pomp and Circumstance Grimethorpe Colliery Band Brassed Off! 1997
HBRH-BPOP Captain Peon Radio Spots 2018
SET 01      
Mouth Silence Neil Cicierega mouth sounds
SET 02      
Mouth Moods neilcic  
Happy Birthday Concrete Blonde Free 1989
SET 03      
Do Ya Thing (Full 13 Minutes Explicit Version) Feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000 Gorillaz Do Ya Thing (Full 13 Minutes Explicit Version) Feat. James Murphy & Andre 3000  
Stayin’ Alive Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston & Jo Stafford) Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston & Jo Stafford)  
Drive My Car/The Word/What You’re Doing The Beatles Love 2006
SET 04      
The Beginning Of The End [Ladytron Remix] Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D 2007
When You’re Dancin’ (Rhythm Method Mix) Brian Pop Brian Pop Love Is A Bullet 2018  

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