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Texpat Christopher Shea

16 Jan

Christopher Shea is not only a great Assistant Director. He is one of those people with wattage. This guy could charm the pants off even those mean ladies who work behind the counter at Macy’s. Chris shares his experience working in the film industry and what we all know to be the true meaning of life: TACOS.

Where are you from in Texas?
From NE San Antonio, the closest side to Austin. Then I lived in Austin for 15 years. San Antonio has my birth certificate, Austin has my heart.

Did you always want to work in movies?
ALWAYS. Acting, writing, directing, editing, lighting, cinematography. I LOVE it all and I’ve done it all at one point or another, only to settle most recently on the highly stressful task of Assistant Directing. Yay me!

How’s NYC compared to home?
NYC is waayyyyyy more vibrant, fast-paced, and gritty, but the people are generally the same considering 50-75% of the people you meet are usually from somewhere else also. The getting dark at 4:30 thing takes some getting used to and the frequent rain is also something that’s made the umbrella the ultimate NYC accessory. And the big culinary trade off seems to be bagels and pizza for quality mexican food and of course, TACOS. If you ask for a breakfast taco in New York City, you hear crickets dropping pins as tumbleweeds blow through the minds of the vendors you ask. Tacos = NWTBF.

How’s the New York film scene?
The New York film scene is thriving. Maybe not as strongly as the television scene, but the film scene is much stronger than it is in Austin, at least during the course of the last year. I love meeting new people and experiencing new activities not previously encountered on film sets. New York is perfect for that sort of thing, but just because there’s plenty of work AND because it is New York City, does not necessarily mean people up here have a firmer grasp of filmmaking than filmmakers anywhere else. In fact, there have been numerous occasions where it is quite the opposite. Either way, I think the concentration of affluence, mated with the attractiveness of cinema sort of produces a high frequency of projects in production at any given moment.

What’s your most surreal ADing misadventure?
That’s a tie. On one film last Summer called “Mt. Joy,” we built a barn exterior only to burn it down at the end of that week. The entire population of Lancaster and surrounding areas, news media and the fire department were on hand to watch, along with several Amish adults and children. It was suggested that 40 feet would be a “safe” distance to shoot from, but previous experience had led me to believe that at 40 feet, it would feel as if our faces were melting off. I suggested we go back further (65 ft maybe), but was overruled by the director (a always present part of the job), so we shot, lit the fire and then after 10 minutes, the blaze was starting to melt stuff and people’s zippers were starting to heat up beyond reason (not a great spot for concentrated heat). We had to cut and relocate the entire crew, back, another 20 feet to finish shooting before the structure completely fell. It was a lot of yelling and ensuring that we were indeed getting the right shots. I remember looking back into the eyes of some Amish kid (in my mind he has a beard, but I know that’s impossible) about 20 feet further back and the look on face was that of pure astonishment and wonder. You could tell he’d never seen anything like that. It sort of lent an interesting perspective about the movie, my job, and my life. I smiled.

And the second involved a film I worked with TexPats’ own Jenny Joslin where not enough planning was made to ensure that a 65 foot Panavision Technocrane would make it’s way poolside at the Catalina Beach Club near Long Island. The shot involved tracking a subject from a 2nd floor cabana house down to a diving board where the subject would dive into a pool (where we followed him with a underwater mount called a “Hydroflex”) and then reveal our protagonist at a poolside bar. The Shot was suppose to be spectacular, but no one had checked to make sure there was a six foot clearance at any of the entrances to the club before hand. We could not get it in, or around, or poolside, for that matter. So, this $7,000 dollar, 5,000 pound, German designed, steel beast only got as far as the parking lot where we opened up the truck it was in to pose for pictures before sending it back to Panavision. The Teamsters were smiling in the pics, but now I realize it’s probably because they got paid well to basically do nothing. We made our day anyway and came up with some nice alternative shots, but I think all day, people were left wondering what that shot would have been like. I certainly was. Jenny of course looks beautiful no matter what angle you shoot her from, so she made the day that much better to get through.

Most magical ADing experience?
Making it rain. Again, the same project I was on with Jenny. The budget was just sweet enough to recreate a classic film noir scene on film with fog, a circa 1940s vehicle, period costumes, and of course, rain. Three rain towers positioned over an area about 150 feet in length meant we could only have two towers on while the third waited to be activated as the camera tracked and panned with our lead. The pressure from the hydrant on the street wasn’t strong enough. Couple all of this with special lighting instruments that recreate lightning and from watching the monitor, it was clear that magic was indeed made.
Any juicy celebrity sightings?
Uhh, Jarred Harris in the East Village. Haley Joel Osment on a music video in Prospect Park. Kristen Wiig at Jenny Joslin’s birthday party. OH, and Curt Humphries at a Annette Flores afterparty – probably the best one.

Where can we find you on a normal day?
Daytime working – you can’t. Although you may run into me somewhere on the streets of New York City. Daytime not working – humble abode in Clinton Hill – BROOKLYN. Night time – Fulton Grand in Clinton Hill, Franklin Park in Prospect Park, Bar 116 on MacDougal Street and of course late nights at Artichoke Pizza.

You’re hosting a dinner party with five of your favorite people (living or dead). Who’s in attendance?
Stanley Kubrick, Eddie Vedder, Albert Einstein, Grace Kelly, Buddha (standbys – Gary Oldman, Ernest Hemingway, Christopher Marlowe)

One piece of advice for someone who wants to work in the pictures?
“Keep it up, don’t stop, don’t lose your place.” — New Villager
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/newvillager/

Texpats Episode One is here!!

21 Nov

Would-be stars Curt, Jenny and Annette are going to make it in New York (even though they can barely survive) by battling big city humiliation with decadence, glamor and substance abuse.

Starring Annette Flores, Curt Humphries and Jenny Joslin

Created by Lauren Thompson, Annette Flores, Curt Humphries and Jenny Joslin

Episode One Directed by Lauren Thompson, Produced and Edited by Zachary Donohue

Things are too boring here in NYC. Think I’ll move to New York, Texas

5 Nov

New York, Texas lies at the intersection of FM 804 and FM 607 in a stereotypically flat portion of East Texas, surrounded mostly by farm land. It contains no streams, lakes, hills or other notable geographic features.

New York was first settled around 1856 by James C. Walker, Davis Reynolds, Jesse M. Forester, and A. M. Otts at a location south of the present site. The present site was settled in 1873. The community was reportedly named either by T. B. Herndon as a joke or by Reynolds because of his hopes for the town’s future.
By 1884 New York had two steam gristmills and cotton gins, two churches, a district school, and a population of 60, which rose to 100 by 1892. A post office operated there from 1876 to the first decade of the 1900s.
The town declined after it was bypassed by the railroad in 1901. Its school was consolidated with the Poynor system in 1936.

In 1986,nearby Dunsavage Farms (a restaurant, antique shop, and bed and breakfast) began to market New York, Texas, Cheesecake, which became nationally known by 1992.

Exciting stuff.

Hope you people had a nice Halloween!

3 Nov

The TexPats had a crazy Halloween (as usual)…here’s to hoping all of you did as well!

Now that we have that out of the way we can start tearing down our spooky decor and replace it with fall leaves and little gourds and cornucopias! The earlier you prepare for Thanksgiving the better.

If you don’t have money to travel or can’t save up enough in time…why not start planning a holiday with friends. Collect some fun recipes and have a reserve of Pilgrim hats and Indian feathers ready for when the time comes! Early prep is the best…especially if your name is Curt and you tend to forget things when the time comes. 🙂

So…give yourself a few more days to sleep off those ghastly Hallow-hangovers and then get your butt to work on the next party day!

Nancy Sinatra tries to hitch hike to Texas (or Arizona)

28 Oct

I want to talk about this Nancy Sinatra song that popped up on my itunes shuffle (no doubt purchased during a drunken night of playing sing-along-dress-up).
Now those of you who know Nancy know that she’s usually singing about boots walking over people or getting men drunk with wine she made of lavender and then stealing their stuff.
But THIS song…Nancy is out in the rain, walking down a HIGHWAY, sleeping under park benches hoping she doesn’t get offed. See she’s just trying to get to 1. San Antonio or 2 Phoenix. Whichever one. To get the hell away from her horrible man. By HITCHHIKING. This song is a cover, usually done by a man, and I’m not trying to be sexist but..this image disturbs me. I guess things in the 70’s were safer for a young, attractive woman, walking down a highway by herself hoping to get picked up by a trucker.
And the music is awfully romantic which just kind of adds to the fact of how disturbing I find it. At least she’s got a hat on. I guess.
I think it’s probably good that us here in the modern times have pop stars with some common sense. Like Nikki Minaj. Who I’d actually love to see do a cover of this song.

Breakfast Tacos

25 Oct

Okay Fatties, I know you have been wondering how to make some delicious breakfast tacos. Alright, maybe that’s just me, but anywhoo, here’s a recipe I like to whip up for Jenny and Curt when they have a case of the hangovers.

    POTATO EGG AND CHEESE BREAKFAST TACOS FROM HEAVEN

1 TSP OLIVE OIL
1 LARGE BAKING POTATO (DICED)
4 EGGS
1 BAG FLOUR TORTILLAS
1 CUP OF THE CHEAPEST FAKEST SHREDED CHEESE AVAILABLE
CILANTRO (optional)
SALSA (optional)

First heat the OLIVE OIL in a pan over medium heat on the stove. Next add POTATO to the pan and cook until dark brown, about 20 minutes. Next whip EGGS in a bowl and add to the cooked potatoes, add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. I like to heat my tortillas on the stove over direct flame until they bubble just a bit. After cooking the eggs for about 2-4 minutes remove from heat and add CHEESE. Let the cheese melt on to the scrambled egg and potato mix. Fill FLOUR TORTILLA, you can garnish with a bit of CILANTRO and SALSA if you like. ENJOY!

AMF