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My marathon work schedule soldiers on. I haven't had a day off since I was in New York at the end of January for Lisa Loeb's wedding. It has been 7 days a week and 16 hours a day ever since. Just ask my friends and wife, they barely remember me. I am so thankful for my other family, my art department peeps. They inspire me and keep me going every day. I am humbled by their greatness.

I just looked at the buttons above and realized that they feature TWO cancelled shows. Mind Of Mencia and Chocolate News were cancelled, as well as Root Of All Evil. These were three Comedy Central shows I art directed and now is the first time since 2005 that I am 100 percent Comedy Central free!  Once I get the logos for the TWO shows I am doing right now I will ask Tea to switch them out.

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.


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.


I don't know if you knew it or not but before KISS took their makeup off in the 80's they were actually four black guys under costumes and greasepaint! This was such a fun sketch to Production Design. The script called for a super run down front yard, a 70's era dressing room for black KISS and to build a concert stage to match the original Gene Simmons concert footage. Of course we had to tweak the look of the KISS logo because, even though Comedy Central was OK with claiming KISS was a bunch of black guys before removing their makeup in the 80's, using the real logo is a no-no. Click here to watch KISS My Ass Josh, Shane, Dalton and Nandor built the tank and canon to match the KISS stage in the 70's and the KISS lights in the background are the lights from the 'Black Daddy' sketch, just

Here is an example of a live studio audience piece we did for one of the last episodes of Mind Of Mencia. The script called for a crack alley that will play in front of the live audience during the taping. The art department got the script a few days before the shoot, and in the middle of two other field shoots, pre-tapes and cold open set construction this is what we came up with. First I drew the sketch, then Bianca Ferro waved her set decorator magic wand and found all the pieces and had the major pieces built and painted, Josh and Shane brought it to life building the telephone poles and Ron found some scary realistic drug props (hmmm, how did he find them). Here is what it looked like at show time. What makes these sets difficult is they all have to be mobile and be set up

Here are a few stills from a sketch we did on Chocolate News for the Fat Man character. This time Fat Man got his own sitcom on Nickelodeon called "Bitch You Betta Don't", sort of a Honeymooners meets King of Queens...except for the half naked dancers. We had a limited budget and time frame to design, build, dress and prop this shoot but I think it came out perfectly. Julie Drach, the set decorator, was able to find the saddest run down inner city apartment dressing and Josh Green added such great details. At the end of the night Josh Ritcher & Shane Passantino wrapped the downstage side of the set with plastic and Fat Man had a foam party! All in a days work. The foam party courtesy of Tom Bry!