Archive for Jan 2009

I am working on a show right now and we are loading into a huge warehouse space in Downtown Los Angeles. Julie and I are standing in the corner, over there is a group of new Production Assistants talking about how easy it would be to work in Art Department. One of them just said "it's such an easy job, they just give you money to shop". Of course  I wanted to jump across the room and shake him- then I had to remember that the poor kid was new, probably his first job in tv. I should ask him if he wants to work with us for a few days, he would probably cry, pack his bags and move back to Kansas. With that here is a another Mind Of Mencia before and after. This set involved custom made puppets, a talking Bono on a brick wall, a place for 3

What is this? Dirty Close-Up what? Let me explain. My first encounter with the people that work behind the scenes in the entertainment business was almost twenty years ago, and to this day I still think that their stories and experiences are usually more interesting than the PR spin that any actor would reveal. On most shoots I hear the most insane stories about Hollywood in the location scout van, or at the craft service table and I always wanted to give these below the line types a place to share a few. The Dirty Close-Up interview is just that. I am starting them as written interviews and will be posting video interviews soon, both give a behind the scenes look at the personalities and quirky individuality that make up a call sheet on any film or television shoot. Oh yeah, in film slang a "dirty close-up" is a close up

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I finally got my Vimeo page up and running, and the Sixteen Blue Productions Vimeo page is linked there too. I put the Ike Turner, Kara Dioguardi, Celebrity game show and Shut Up Stella presentations up last night and will add a bunch more later. There have been so many interesting meetings, pitches and inquiries about these projects in the past few days that having them here to easily view is better than sending a dvd. The stories behind these videos are unreal. I need to write about the blood, sweat, tears and kidney stones that go into trying to sell a project.

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Tomorrow I start on the new Top Chef spin-off for Bravo called Top Chef: Masters. The art crew you know and love with be there too! Julie Drach (Assistant Art Director), Josh Ritcher (Leadman), Shane Passantino (Swing) and Angela Clubb (Buyer) will join me for the next eight weeks with some long stretches without a day off. We're all excited to be working together again after the holiday break (last year we did nine shows together...NINE!). Everyone I know is really excited too, even friends and family who normally don't care one bit about what I am currently working on react like I just won the lottery. Top Chef is so loved by all of my friends, heck, Kay has even volunteered to PA or whatever she has to do to be a part of the show. Click on the picture below to read a blurb about the show from some reality tv blog.

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At what point do wedding pictures, slideshows and videos get old? Never. Justine and I finally got our pictures from our genius wedding photographer Greg Gibson. Here is an incredible slideshow he put together for us. We watched it and drank red wine. You should do the same.

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I just looked at last minute, impulsive-waste of money-do I really need to fly to Boston for the weekend-it is fucking cold there-it is warm here-I see these people every day here in Los Angeles do I really need to fly to the east coast to see their show, plane tickets on JetBlue.com. The price, $325.00 each way from Burbank to Boston. So, I am not going, and yes it was impulsive and I also have a ton of work to do here in LA, but it would have been fun to see the amazing Figgs, American Hi-Fi , Letters to Cleo and Billy Janovitz. Mike, Kay and the kids ae leaving tomorrow morning and I guess I am just a bit jealous and wanting to get out of town for a minute before my next show starts on Monday. Instead I will stare at this poster and marvel at the guitar

I love acupuncture-it helps with so many ailments, emotions, aches and pains. I also love Los Angeles because we are always first to try anything that will make you feel your best. That's why I think this new acupuncturist in my neighborhood will make a killing. There are so many losers that will benefit from curing ailment #3. If it really works we may soon see freeway drivers using blinkers, people putting their cell phones down on the checkout line and Ed Hardy stores going out of business.

The little girl you hear singing on this free MP3 download is Valentina Santiago, my 6 year old friend. I saw Valentina in the Nutcracker last month, played Santa at her house a few days ago and have known her way before she knew how to sing. (Back to the Santa thing for a second-Valentina's parents, Joey and Linda had a Xmas eve party this year and I showed up to play Santa. Everything was going great for the 60 seconds I was there until Valentina decided to start screaming "it's Gaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrryyyyyy" and then all 15 kids figured it out and I ran out the door.) Valentina's dad is my friend Joey Santiago...the guitarist from the Pixies. His new band, with David Lovering (drummer in Pixies) is called Everybody. The music is incredible, but I'm not sure when you'll get to hear it. In the meantime if you give them your