Win Conditions!

Had an interesting conversation with a video game designer friend, Michael Marzola (CEO of Run Games), recently.  

I was getting bogged down in the minutae of my field.  You know:  Like not booking commercial work I want.  And trying to pay rent... with side jobs instead.  

He told me what that there's a thing game designers do every day-- Set up "Win Conditions".  You know, like creating a really cool jump for a character, or making a hat look awesome.  Basically- stuff you can do, that you're good at, that you can get done in a day.

A Win Condition.

(In actor-land, I've heard these called "Achievable Goals", but I think you'll agree that "Win Conditions" sounds wayyyy more badass.)

With 7 year old Netflix comedy whiz: Alana Lasry.

With 7 year old Netflix comedy whiz: Alana Lasry.

So with that in mind, and the help of Matthew Keoki Miller, Patron Sands, Colleen Irene Boag and Danny Harmeling- (the finest crew a gal could ask for), tiny little comedy genius Alana Lasry and I  made a very adorable, slightly twisted video called "ABCDeath".  

You can catch her on Netflix with Bob Odenkirk in his new show "W/Bob and David".  And you can catch the whole team, plus animator Steven Markowitz's work, in Feb 2016 on YOUTUBE!

Now there's a Win Condition for everyone!

Carmel International Film Festival- Finalist!

I am a producer of HELP YOURSELF! a comedy webseries about three women. Think 1950s instructional video- with a millennial spin. We've produced our first season, and are pitching to seek funding for Season 2.  

Recently, we got the chance to do our first real pitch- in contest front of a panel of industry judges, at the Carmel International Film Festival in beautiful Carmel, CA. We worked extremely hard on our pitch-- and it paid off- we made it though to the final round! 

In the finals, we recieved wonderful feedback from Variety, Honest Engine Films, Sander/Moss Productions, and many others. Our series was called "very clever" "highly original" and they said, "your show's got legs!"

Nicole Starrett, Mariangela Pagan, and Colleen Boag the red carpet at Carmel Film Festival.

Nicole Starrett, Mariangela Pagan, and Colleen Boag the red carpet at Carmel Film Festival.

  However, there were some truly amazing pitches out there, from Eric Karkheck's African Pirate Epic feature, to Nemanja Colovic's Animated Series "Oaksterdum", and Owen Thomas's project on the CIA's use of LSD...to name a few.  

But- we didn't win the top prize in the finals, which was hard. Very hard. Because we really want to pay our cast and crew for Season 2.

But then, we remembered why we make comedy... to have fun!  So we celebrated on the beach... with our new friends, of course.  Here's a photo from Carmel International Film Festival afterparty.

On the Beach with our Judges and Fellow Filmmakers at Carmel International Film Fest. PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Olivier Leblanc.

On the Beach with our Judges and Fellow Filmmakers at Carmel International Film Fest. PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Olivier Leblanc.