Disney Living – A Post Coloring Tutorial

Hey folks,

Our friends over at Basher Films put together a detailed blog on the process of color correcting our Disney “Ring” spoof spot.  Entitled “Anatomy of a Grade” Chris Hall takes us through the process of matching the cool style of the original material.  I highly recommend it for all those interested in the emerging art of film coloring.

Check it out:

Basher films ( just announced the addition of the DaVinci Resolve to their facilities.  If you are in need of quality color correction at a reasonable rate – give Chris a call!

Happy Halloween!

Published: October 29, 2010

MooVision Goes Live

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Hey everyone!   The complete site for the two webisodes series I edited just went live today.  Below are the details!


Click Here To Visit The Site

A tongue-in-cheek mockumentary Moo News team covers breaking news, investigative reports, revealing interviews and more for milk lovers coast to coast.






Lydia Sighting - MooNews Facebook Connect Episode

Click to see how we placed YOU into our episode!



We have 2 more episodes all finished, and they will be posted up there in the coming weeks.

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Coronado and the Moo Mobile take Boston and Miami by storm.

There are 3 more episodes we’ve already finished, and they’ll be rolling out in the coming weeks…

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Enter now to compete in Gourmoo Cookoff, a cooking competition featuring lactose-free milk. You could win a trip to Los Angeles, win premium kitchen gear and a dream culinary vacation!

The competition will be held in early December, and full episodes will roll out in February, 2011.  If you’re a cooking enthusiast, send in a video!!

Published: October 15, 2010

WCA 2010 Industry Forum – Not Your Mama’s Film Industry

Not Your Mama’s Film Industry

Every year the Women of Cinematic Arts puts on a killer conference with a line up of current power house players in the Industry.  On the whole, there are a ton of USC alumni and most encouraging – WOMEN in key creative roles.  Aside from hearing personal anecdotes on blockbuster movies and shows, it is also a great forum to catch up with up-and-coming peers in the industry.

I’ve been a volunteer for the WCA for the past four years and at every Forum as well.  I’m a bit of a junkie to these events.  But the value isn’t with the face time with these Industry elites – it’s really with the connection to the women in the audience.

The WCA is now about 700 members strong with a wide variety of people in various stages of their career.  From current students to working freelancers to young execs – We cover the spectrum.  And we also hire each other.  The Forum is always a great place to reconnect with old friends and new, and to seek out new opportunities.

I have to quote one member – an old friend of mine whom I started film school with back in ’05 – Kate Powers (MFA Screenwriting ’07 – now a writer’s assistant on Breaking Bad).  Her thoughts on the Forum:

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk, doing the *exact job* I dreamed of
landing when I started at USC — and I’m reasonably sure I couldn’t be here
without the guidance and lessons I’ve learned at these industry forums.

Kate is super talented, and I know she is going to be writing in the room on a show in the next five years, for sure.  I’ve had the privilege to direct her work which always had witty dialogue and fun comedic action twists that keep audience engaged.  If not for the WCA – I might have lost touch with Kate.

Yesterday I was able to touch bases with people I haven’t seen in over a year – and in some cases over 5 years!  All dynamic women with a lot of new exciting projects or job opportunities before them.  Many women were exchanging cards and figuring out how they can help each other in their objectives.  That was when it occurred to me…the WCA had achieved it’s goal.  Women supporting women in this industry.

I left yesterday feeling invigorated, as though I got a shot of adrenaline towards my goals.  The keynote speaker, Linda Woolverton, said you have to live your dream and every day work towards that goal no matter how discouraged or alone you may feel.  If you want to write – then write!  And as it turns out, most of the recent phenomenon “Alice in Wonderland” was written in the bathroom to avoid persistant animal distractions.  With organizations like the WCA, I feel a breath of relief, because it IS HARD and LONELY – but with them, that supposedly insurmountable mountain seems more like a challenging hike.

Thank you to all the volunteers and the School for all the hard work of putting on the Forum.  As always – top job ladies!

Published: October 10, 2010

Disney Halloween Spoofs – It’s Alive – Ahhhh!

Hey All,

Come check out my Disney Living Halloween Spoofs up on YouTube.  Disney Living is launching a Costume Contest.  Check out the details below from their YouTube Channel (via Facebook, too).

Disney Halloween Spoof: Ghoulish Greeting #1

Let Disney Living trick and treat you to three scary movie spoofs and participate in our Halloween contest with your own video. More details below. Don’t get too scared…these videos are just frightfully funny e-greetings for you to send to your family and friends this Halloween season!

Disney Living invites YOU to create your own Ghoulish Greeting video and enter it in the “Happy Halloween from Disney Living Contest” for a chance to win one of five $100 Disney Store gift cards. All you have to do is videotape an original Halloween video greeting including this Disney Living Happy Halloween Graphic:


and at least one Disney character costume (store bought or homemade). Then post your video as a “video response” to one of these three Halloween Video Greetings.

See full contest rules here: CONTEST RULES and terms of use here: TERMS OF USE



Ghoulish Greetings Spot #1


Ghoulish Greetings Spot #2

Ghoulish Greetings Spot #3


Published: October 5, 2010

Disney Living Halloween – It’s a Wrap!


We just wrapped production on 3 Disney Living web-mercials with Director Sebastian Davis.  I need to give a shout out to my fantastic crew who made the project not only visually stunning, but a smooth enjoyable time despite the record 110 degree heat wave in Los Angeles.

It turned out to be a Trojan reunion, with all of the Keys former USC film school grads.  Jay Visit and Raul B. Fernandez co-DP’ed the gig.  Susan Havens was on Locations.  Monica Surrena on Production Design. Michelle “you rock” Kramer is by far the best 1st AD I’ve worked with.  Paul Fonarev and David Lankton of Miso Sound were our tireless sound team.

I even met a new (and hopefully frequent) collaborator, in our stylist Myriam Arougheti.  She’s fantastic.  Hire her.

But mostly I need to shout out to Sebastian.  He’s a wonderful collaborator and fantastic director.  I knew it the moment we started casting and saw him working with the kids.  He’s a natural.  And the fact that he’s so darn level-headed makes working for him so much easier!  Thank you Sebastian for being such a great partner.

The spots recreate (satirically) classic Hollywood horror movie clips with a Disney flare.  Look for them all over the web during this Halloween holiday season.


Tess “tired, bruised, but loving it” Ortbals
Producer, Disney Living Halloween

Published: September 28, 2010