Special Features

Special Features creates a fully improvised summer blockbuster straight to DVD. Each member of Special Features have studied every screenwriting book from Joseph Campbell to Tommy Wiseau, and bring you an unscripted, summer blockbuster that is packed full of extra features and off the cuff-the-cuff comedy. Every movie quote is said for the first time and plot lines are created on the spot. Grab some popcorn, and watch a DVD like you have never seen before.

My work with Special Features includes writing, acting, and production of a monthly improv/ sketch show. Read more about Special Features here.

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The Rip Off Show

WHAT IS THE RIP-OFF SHOW?

The Rip-off Show is, at its core, a comedy show. Contestants are comedians (stand-up and improvisors), they write jokes, and they perform a set during the intermission. But if a thing can have two cores, the second core of TRS is a gameshow. Three comedians are pitted against each other in a game of wits and humor and speed in games like “Juggalo or Cat?”, “The Price is Weird”, “Love Me Tinder”. The prize? A very bad DVD from host Geoffrey Gauchet’s ex-wife’s DVD collection she left, or from the $3 bin at Walmart. Sometimes that’s the same thing!

The show runs on three different web-apps. There’s the producer app, running on a MacBook Pro at the tech booth. It functions as a server for the other apps and is connected directly to the projector for the audience to see the display window. The projector is set up as a second monitor to the MacBook so the producer can control the show when needed. The server application UI is written in regular ol’ HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It sits atop of a node.js server running locally on the MacBook. The server makes only one call out to the internet: to broadcast its local IP to the Rip-off Show’s remote webserver. The producer controls the actions on the display screen via buttons that use window.postMessage() to communicate with the pop-up window.

The second app is the Host App, which is served via the producer’s node.js server. It runs on an iPad to give the host as much control as possible, while still off-loading some tasks to the producer. It communicats directly to the node.js server via WebSockets with the help of Socket.io.

The third app is a Cordova app running on an Amazon Kindle Fire HD7 for each of the three contestants. It runs local code, but reaches out to the internet on start-up to get the local IP of the node.js server. It then uses Socket.io WebSockets to broadcast to the server, and receive feedback.

These apps all allow for real-time communication between host, producer, and contestants, such as contestants buzzing in and their name lighting up on the projector screen and the host’s iPad. And with the exception of the two internet calls mentioned above, can run 100% offline, provided a local network exists.

Cryptid Logos

Cryptozoology is the study of folklore legends. It mostly focuses on animals of legend like Loch Ness.

America is chalked full of these faux animals, like Bigfoot. My love of these creatures grew out of a trip to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans when I was younger. There was a section of the zoo that highlighted Cajun animals. This area had a swamp and gigantic alligators just chilling in the sun. This area was filled with zydeco music that I normally only would hear at a local fair, however they had a section that had the albino alligator. Audubon has one of only a handful of these sad looking creatures with their pink eyes and all white bodies. This could have been a contender for a real life make believe creature.

audubon_zoo_296Now around the corner from these lizards, was my first bit of exposure to a cryptid. The Loup Garou, or cajun werewolf. The name itself sounds like it is being said by a dude in a straw hat who is eating boudin making wolf noises. The model the zoo used was this derpy looking monster thing with giant eyes holding a stick with kid shoes tied to it. The red lights gave it a menacing feel. And when you are 8, it is utterly terrifying. I used to run past it to get away, or I would push my younger brother into the sign and run past. You know, its not about being in first place, its about not being last.

As I got older, this thing became more interesting. The plaque has a drawing of this swamp spirit thing that is just a fart cloud with arms and give the lore of the Loup Garou. It was our cajun Big Foot.

When I was in design school, I was tasked with a photoshop project on blending two animals together. I started thinking of what I could do and after going down a rabbit hole of googling, I found a website with a ton of cryptozoology entries. I was hooked. There was pages of pages of these weird animals and weirder people saying they saw them. Europe has a ton of them that sound like they are from a Dungeon and Dragons Monster manual, like Pixies, Leprechauns, and Sea Dragons. However, the United States has a huge amount of these weirdo magoo things. I got inspired to challenge myself to highlight these folklore creatures and to do a series of logos for each. I selected 10 for this project that were each unique and weird.

Check out my work section for my Cryptid Logos and read more about these weird creatures.

10 Cryptids I selected

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