FILMMAKER. FUNNY MAN. (MULTI)FACETED CREATIVE.
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BEHIND THE CAMERA
COMMERCIAL WORK: DIRECTED
COMMERCIAL WORK: WRITTEN AND PRODUCED
IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
This campaign was one of the more fun campaigns I had the pleasure of working on. The client was sold almost immediately on my idea for Burnie and Burnadette: The "Funstigators". The campaign was heavily focused on social media, as well as two :30 video spots for OTT, pre-roll, and broadcast. After leading a multi-city casting call, we identified two fantastic stage and screen actors and comedians to pick up the mantle of "Funstigators". Working with my partner in design, we created the layout of the website as I created copy, and backstories, for the new brand mascots. Over the course of the two-year campaign, we created social videos every two months that were thematic to the time of year, we did live appearances for the Funstigators, and created a Burnett's fan club to increase engagement.
Hello! And welcome to the bio section of my website. Let me tell you a little/a lot about myself and what I've done in my career.
I attended Brown University in the lovely city of Providence, RI. Fun fact, Providence is only one of two cities to elect a convicted felon as mayor! Oh, Buddy Cianci, you rascal. Another fun fact, Buddy was married to a woman named Nancy Anne. So her name was Nancy Anne Cianci. I wish I was making that up. Anyway, back to me. I graduated with a BA in Art/Semiotics. What is Art/Semiotics? It's the study of signs, symbology, and visual representations in art and media. It was such a popular concentration (yes, we called them concentrations, not majors) that I was one of two people to graduate with it and it's no longer offered as a concentration. So, I'm a pretty big deal.
After graduating, I packed my bags and my Star Wars collection and moved to LA with a hope and a dream: to get coffee for a major Hollywood producer for zero money. Just kidding. I first began working with producer Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3, Pretty Woman, What About Bob, ect.). Subsequently, I was hired as writer's assistant on Spider-Man 2, working directly with 2-time Academy Award winner, Alvin Sargent (Julia and Paper Moon). Shortly into pre-production on Spider-Man 2, I proved my writing skill to Director Sam Raimi and was asked to write portions of the final shooting draft, including the last line of the movie. Go get 'em, Tiger.
After Spider-Man 2, I landed a job shadowing director/producer, Shawn Levy on several film and television projects, learning valuable directorial knowledge as well as in depth development and producerial skills. It's weird that "producerial" doesn't appear as a real word when we all use it so much. Hint hint Oxford English Dictionary. You added "bruh" and "awesomesauce". Maybe look into this. Sorry, back to me. Alongside Levy, I was involved with the hit Steve Martin comedies, The Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2, as well as the 20th Century Fox mega-hit, Night At The Museum, starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Rami Malek, and Dick Van Dyke. I oversaw Night from pre-production all the way through release, making key casting and producerial decisions as well as being responsible for all on-set rewrites during principal photography. I also directed 2nd Unit MOCAP with Gentle Giant studios, shot a ton of BTS footage including a DVD featurette titled Directing 101, and got flicked off of Ben Stiller's shoulder in the movie (who needs a stuntman?).
After four years at 21 Laps, I furthered my career with director/producer, Ben Stiller, on Tropic Thunder, and in the writer's room on Brüno, working side by side with Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2009, Ned Adams and I formed Cherry / Adams Entertainment, penning several projects and serving as producers on Nigel & Oscar vs. The Sasquatch! (currently released as Sasq-Watch! on streaming services) starring Tim Meadows and Neil Flynn. In addition to feature and TV work, Cherry/Adams has also produced work in the new media space for clients like GoSwype anti-bacterial device wipes and FluBok influenza vaccine.
But what about your own projects and other fun work? I'm glad you asked! I have received accolades for writing and directing the short film Neighbors, which has screened at film festivals nationwide and won two Grand Jury awards for best comedy short film. My 2019 short film Relative Danger won Best Director, Best Film, Grand Jury Award, Audience Award, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best of Fest amongst other awards (is this a humblebrag or just a brag?). It screened at Filmapalooza 2020 in Rotterdam, representing Los Angeles. I previously taught screenwriting and ran film seminars as the artist in residence at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL as well as at MI’s Westside Comedy Theater’s Training Center in Santa Monica, CA.
In my spare time, I mentor with The Young Storytellers Foundation, teaching elementary students the fundamentals of screenwriting. I am also a trained comedian, performing improv and stand-up comedy in LA and touring nationwide with an award-winning improv/trivia comedy show I created called Nerdology.
While continuing my passion for writing and directing short films, TV and features, I most recently served as Head of Creative Video Production, Senior Copywriter, Creative Lead in Social Media, and Associate Creative Director at XenoPsi Media where I've written, directed, and produced commercials and online content, as well as spearheaded new creative and social media campaigns for several major brands.
And that's all. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.