I have always been making films and videos. Between the ages of 15 and 21 I had made around 14 feature length films which I directed, wrote, edited and starred in. With a band of school friends we’d make these in our weekends and school holidays. We’d make armfuls of vhs copies to give out to our families and anyone else who’d have the will power to get through one. This led on to making more films and various music videos and goofy comedy sketches. (photo below of some of the early videos)
I was asked to direct a music video for the australian pop group The Potbelleez. I also wrote, storyboarded, puppeteered and helped with producing the clip with Ben Falk of Asylum Films.
Music video I directed, edited and welded for my friend’s band. Starring Mina Dutton as the sexbot.
In 2006 I went along to see my all time favourite bands Fantomas and Melvins perform as their supergroup big band at the Kentish Town Forum. I asked Greg Werckman of Ipecac Records if I could take some photos which he said was ok. To cut a long story short I went in the end with my mates Matt Rozeik and Alex Gunnis armed with 3 crappy camcoders and decided to film the entire show. We managed to get enough footage between us to knock together a live performance DVD which was (after lots of video and sound editing) released 2 years later. The cherry on the cake was a full length commentary track by the band’s number one fan Danny Devito.
“I have to admit. I am not crazy about music DVDs. Just the thought of sitting and watching a full concert, you know? From front to start is hard enough in person for me. Let alone on a fucking DVD. To me, unless the footage looks really spectacular…Unless it’s a one-time project that I want to document, I have no burning desire to do concert DVDs. That being said, every now and again someone does something really cool. And the next one we will be doing after Patton/Kaada live is The Fantomas Melvins Big Band. That is a similar case. It was a friend of Buzz’s, from the Melvins, that happened to be at one of the London shows. And he said, “Hey, I am going to do this whether you want it or not. You don’t have to pay me, blah, blah, blah.” I was like, “Okay. No harm. No foul.” And he sent footage. It is fucking stunning. He did a bunch of visual effects. It is more than just a concert. There is animation in it. It is really well done. We will be putting that out in the summer of 2008.” – Mike Patton
“At the last minute, Greg Werckman [who runs Ipecac with Mike Patton] came up with this idea of doing a commentary on the whole thing. Mike Patton and Greg are friends with Danny DeVito, and he agreed to come down. So it’s me, Greg, Robby Frazier from William Morris, Dale and Danny all talking. Mostly, it has nothing to do with the DVD itself. We got to ask him any question you can possibly think of — what it was like to work with Andy Kaufman, and who was the biggest a**hole he ever worked with. He told us really great stories — all of which are on there.” – King Buzzo
Some dirty pirate has put the whole thing up on youtube. Oh well, here it is..
In 2008 I made a stop motion animation called Thistle. About a little character who desperately wants to get the last peach from a tree but cannot reach. This swallowed up most of my weekends outside of work and took over a year to complete due to making it alone on my parent’s dining room table.
With a soundtrack by Astrohenge, here’s Thistle.