underscorepry asked: Hey Frank, I'm a large fan of your short videos. Do you have a favorite filming experience from this past year? Or favorite a collaboration with any other filmmakers?
Thanks! I’m glad you like my videos!
I had a great time filming my Subs vs. Dubs sketch Who’s Afraid of Sailor Moon?. The decision to shoot it in one take was done on the spot and it was made possible by the casting of my actor friends Janet Paraiso, Nick Gligor and Kelly Marie Tran. They all live in Hollywood and are in various sketch/improv troupes, so they’re really talented and it was great working with them. We decorated the set with a ton of ridiculous anime posters, rehearsed the scene and shot it several times. After an hour of work, the video was complete. It blew up on Tumblr too, getting almost 30,000 notes which is crazy and awesome.
Making Hatsune Miku App feat. Domino’s Pizza was also a lot of fun. I saw the crazy original video and immediately started working on a parody. I wrote the script in 30 minutes, called up my friends and asked Rocco if I could use the Mega64 studio. We arrived in San Diego around 1AM, busted it out, and it was online in less than 24 hours after I saw the original video. I didn’t sleep, I just was so driven to get it done.
Another highlight this year was filming Wish List. I made it just after watching every Woody Allen film and I was inspired by his rapid production rate. We shot a 7 page script in 4 hours in multiple locations. It’s rough, but I was excited to make something longer than usual and it had a goofy dramatic side to it. We filmed at a park in Irvine in the middle of the night and a police officer stopped by to ask us what we were doing. I told him I was shooting a video and he was glad that we weren’t just teenagers drinking or messing around. I even gave him my business card and he was impressed.
As far as collaborations, I’m happy that this year I finally started directing videos for The Midnight Show, a fantastic sketch group based in Hollywood. Many of them are working writers/actors who’ve done shows like SNL, The Eric Andre Show, American Dad, and Whose Line is it Anyways? It’s really fun getting to work with older, professional comedians. They’ve taught me a lot and likewise I enjoy bringing my breakneck DIY filming style to their group. I’m proud of The Worst Death Scene Ever: Deleted Scenes which has over 150,000 views and my personal favorite is my Spring Breakers parody Final Fourers. I just finished a new video with them that’ll premiere at the December Midnight Show in LA.