The Delivery (Branded Short Film)

Commercial + Branded Short Film

The Delivery

The Delivery - Branded Short Film + Commercial

The Delivery is an over-the-top action satire about a man rushing to deliver (pun intended) the news to his wife about their child’s gender. Its a humorous, tongue-in-cheek critique at the rise of more and more ridiculous gender reveal movies online in what used to be a simple, ordinary, no-frills affair. The film stars Erik Valdez, Jonathan Lipnicki, and the late Verne Troyer who sadly passed away a day after filming concluded.

We got brought into the project by Erik who was impressed by our past action and automotive work since he wanted a hybrid of the two. Though comedy wasn’t really our wheelhouse (pun again intended), we worked with Erik to come up with some good moments of levity so the film had high stakes yet still felt fresh and light. 

Starring: Erik Valdez, Candice Valdez, Verne Troyer, Jonathan Lipnicki, Chris Mintz-Plasse, Coby Ryan McLaughlin
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Erik Valdez
Line Producer: Stephen Enloe
Music by: Jordan “Infinity” Suecof
Edited by: John McMinn
Cinematographer: Vic Huber
Steadicam: Ivan Valadez
Camera Team: James LaFortezza, Robert Chuck, Kenan Kamal, Alex Evans,
Grips: Robert Orozco, Ryan Sadler
BTS Video & Coloring/DI: Trevor Hollander
Camera Car: Marshall Chabot
Production Manager: Emily Oeller 
Assistant Directors: John McMinn, Chris Wilson
Production Assistants: Rupanshee Sharma, Charlie Gorzelak, Aaron Brakband

After releasing the film, we were featured on Extra TV as part of Erik and Candice Valdez’s baby announcement. Sadly, a lot of the celebration was overshadow by the untimely death of Verne Troyer and our film was dedicated to him.

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Slick

Short Film

Slick

Slick: A modern heist short film with a twist

First four minutes of Slick, one our first ever independent short films shot in Riverside, California. 

After successful heist on the mob, 5 robbers meet at their rendezvous location. One of them suddenly doubles over dead. Suspecting a rat in their midst with the arrival of SWAT teams via helicopters imminent, accusations fly and conflicting personalities clash in a heated standoff that could very well spell life and death for all involved.

Special thanks to California Aviation Services for the helicopters and Diffenbaugh for the location.

 

Starring: Aidan Bristow, Wayne Stribling, Mike McNamee, Jillian Fisher, Nathanael Overby, Kate Bridal, Michele Boyd, Carl Isherwood, Leon T. Mann, Bill Babcock, Gabriel Lane, Nick Turjillo, Steven Trujillo Jr, Bryan Sewell, Derrick Griego, Justin Harralson, Greg Hendrix, Ruth Camarillo, Jonathan Hart, LeLand White, Andrea Pasquettin, Gary Robert, Stan Morrison, Alfredo Figueroa, Rodrique Van Blake, Jeremy Cowley, Eric Chan, Caesar Marmolejo, Michael Calles, Michael Carollo, Hector Rivera, Leo Bell
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”, Kevin Theal
Producers: JP Castel, Steve Nguyen, Richard Zapp, Alex McKay
Edited by: Kendra Pasker
Music by: Robert Safir
Assistant Director: Gavin Green
2nd Assistant Director: Kari Lane
2nd Unit Director: Masumi Asahi
Post Production Assistants: Erika Drazen, Katryna Shattuck, Loren Prendergast 
Colorists: Carey Gallagher, Danny Gallagher
VFX Supervisor: JP Castel
Producers: Richard Zapp, Alex McKay
Production Manager: Kate Clothier
Set Manager: Bradley Guarano
Director of Photography: Ivan Valadez
1st Assistant Camera: Aldo Valadez
Written by: Kevin Theal, Thomas Marquez
Assistant Writers: Lyn Stephenson, Chloe Veylit 
Sound Designer: David Long
Camera Team: Humberto De Luna, Doc Bernard, Masumi Asahi Special Effects: Thomas Marquez
Sound Operators: Leon T. Mann III, Ronn Kilby, Denton Bulaclac Storyboard: Thomas Marquez
Choreographer/Armorer: Wayne Altman
Location Manager: Richard Zapp, Joe Martinez
Casting: Gavin Greene
Script Supervisor: Kirsten Graham
Wardrobe:
Serene Lee
Make Up: Alka Sharma
Technical Coordinator: Mitch Gunn
Prop Master: Gary Robert
Aerial Film Coordinator: John Gallata
Production Assistants: Morgan Vicario, Levi Jackson, Hart Lee, Tim Lee, Alan Troung, James Porras, Royce Cho
BTS Photographers: Ryan Tiet, Michael Chu, Timothy Wang, Thomas H. Frederick, Brian Evangelista Graphic Designers: Michael Vu, John Giries, Krissy Taylor
Publicists: Mark Lester, Jamey Schrick, Andrea Fasano, Anny Huang, Katie Colllin, Yusuke Sato, Kevin Longa, Asher Blumberg, Ty Coughenhour, Nick Fullen-Collins
Special Thanks: California Aviation Services, Diffenbaugh Inc, City of Riverside, Stickblade Inc, Step 1 Productions, Bengal Productions, Renegade Studios, Marcello’s Pizza, Big Ben Army Surplus, Force vs. Force, Leo Bell, John Gellata, Ellie Uli, Tim Chin, Alexei Vranich, Jim Whitaker, Kyle Hoffman, Lindy Fennex, Kim Tan, Nick Chapa, Kenn Heller, 

One of our first ever independent short films, Slick got into the Riverside International Film Festival, Action on Film Festival, Temecula Valley Film Festival, Campus Movie Fest and the Vignette Film Festival.

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310.944.2777

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Los Angeles 90034

Battle H2O

Branded Short Film + Commercial

Battle H2O

Battle H2O: a fun branded short film commercial

Imagine a world where water is deadly. Battle: H2O is a spec commercial we did for the Xploderz water gun company (Maya Toy Group) that ended up being picked up by them (to be renamed Battle: X after Xploderz) and subsequently clinched us our first national and international TV spots on Nickelodeon for Xploderz. 

We shot this commercial over half a day with a combination of 5D Mk2s, GoPros, and a single Phantom flex high speed camera and our biggest challenge was trying not to get the cameras wet while having as much fun as possible.

Starring: Jasyn Jeffries, Tony Fiala, Radick Cembrzynski, Dina Fiala, Whitney Moore, Stephanie Lynn, Wesley John, Kamil Haque, Xango Hendry, Erin Granat, Alex Case, Caitlin Bishop, Karen Crane, Julia Koheler, 
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Katryna Shattuck, Hans Wang, Andrea Pasquettin
Edited by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Cinematographer: Graham Robbins
VFX Supervisor: Matthew T. Lynn
High Speed Camera Operator: Dan Panzone
Camera Team: Andrew Bemis, Aaron Hall, Jace McPartland, Carr Thompson
Production Coordinators: George Prado, Ty Coughenour
BTS Photo: Hans Wang
Gaffer: Joe Yacey
Grips: Tyler Hart, Sam Hamilton
Production Assistant: Scott Millard

Despite being done completely on spec for fun on a warm Sunday afternoon, we put it online with zero expectations but were contacted by the Maya Toy Group, the company behind ‘Xploderz’ and they not only bought the video from us as a commercial but also commissioned us to film a slew of national TV commercials that aired on Nickelodeon internationally. 

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Los Angeles 90034

Holdout

Short Film

HOLDOUT

HOLDOUT: a wW2 psychological thriller short film

HOLDOUT is based off the true story of a Japanese WWII Lieutenant who got left behind on an island in South East Asia after the war. Fighting a one-man war against an enemy that no longer exists, he nonetheless takes solace in his patriotism and loyalty to the Empire. However, one day he encounters an American backpacker that leads him to question his entire existence.

When I heard about the story of Hiro Onoda, the last Japanese holdout from World War 2 (who only surrendered 30 years after the war), I wondered what would drive someone to do that? It puzzled me for ages until I came up with a single hypothesis: The war had become so inseparable from his psyche that admitting it was lost would mean he would lose all sense of self, identity and purpose. It was easier to continue even if he knew he was wrong deep down inside. I thus decided to make HOLDOUT a cautionary tale of what happens when we get so caught up in a particular mission or cause that we lose sight of not only who we are, but our core values and beliefs in the process too. Shot on location in Hawaii over a weekend with the generous support of the talented Hawaiian film community, we braved inclement weather, almost constant rain, leech-infested mud, and a concussion from one of our crew members to make this film a reality.

FEATURED on Indie Shorts Magazine, UK Film Reviews, the Daily Bruin, Rama’s Screen, Stage 5, Reel Romp, and New Filmmakers Los Angeles

Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Produced by: Angie Laprete, Chris Pluchar, Wainani Tomich
Executive Producers: Ric Galindez, Roy Tijoe, Dean Des Jarlais
Written by: Christina Burlison
Cast: Toshi Toda, Mick Tolbert, Wesley John, Joji Yoshida, Timothy Chin, Ajax Maharlika
Director of Photography: Graham Robbins
2nd Unit Cinematographer: Vince Keala Lucero
VFX Supervisor: Paul DeNigris
Editor: Gabriel Montoya
Production Designer:
Cedric Fujita
Music: Tony Fiala
Casting: Amanda Jacoby
Editing: Gabriel Montoya
Make Up: Mahealani Diego
Production Manager: Derek Sherwood
Production Assistants: Chris Chabriel, Sky Fung, Rebekah Dalton, Starlani, Corynn Musser
Sound: Scott Mohanram
Sound Design: Barry Weir Jr.
BTS Photographer: Migwa Nthigah 

Showcased at the Los Angeles Film Festival & Awards, Film Shortage’s Pick of the Day, Catalina Island Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Made in Hawaii Film Festival ASEAN International Film Festival, Ohina Film Festival, Action on Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.

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8800 Venice Blvd, Suite 303,
Los Angeles 90034

Boot police short film

Short Film

BOOT

BOOT: A police short film about loss & grief

A cynical, burnt out police Sergeant leaving the force is faced with a dilemma when his rookie partner is killed and he has to tell the rookie’s abusive father about his son’s demise. Unfortunately, the sickly old man mistakes the Sergeant for his own son and the veteran cop is stuck between a rock and a hard place – Continue the mistaken identity ruse and dupe the father, or break his silence and the elderly man’s heart in the process.

We had a lot of fun on this one, particularly because of the realism of the production. We not only got to use real-life working police cars from the UCPD of Westwood, CA, but also got to film in a real station. Instead of filming in a studio, we even shot all the driving scenes on location for added realism. 

Starring: Graham Clarke, John Redlinger, Richard Johnson, Bill McGarry, Danny Chee Kwan, Margarita Reyes, Georgina Bekerian, Nina Herzog, Jesse Correa, Eboni Thomas
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Chris Pluchar
Edited by: Gabriel Montoya
Cinematographer: Andrew Huebscher
VFX Supervisor: Paul DeNigris 
Production Designer: Todd Smoyer
1st Assistant Director: Kari Lane
2nd Assistant Director: Maeva Asare
Script Supervisor: Joseph Gualtieri
Production Manager: Steve Bernard
Assistant Production Manager: Nick Fullen-Collins
Production Coordinators: Masai Murihia, Paul Han
Production Assistants: Derek Sherwood, Josiah Yu, Stephen Dam, Andrew Myers, Michael Tang, Ryan Bickford
Casting: Amanda Jacoby, Elise Hodge
1st AC: Wade Ferrari
2nd AC: Dan Caplan
Camera Team: Samantha Himes, Andrew Inglin, Jesse Ricketts, Ivan Valdez, Kyle Stryker, Kayley Johnson
Gaffer: Stacy Dean
Drone Operator: Tony Thompson
Grips: Harris Smith, Taylor Park, Chandler Lynn, Robert Orozco
Process Trailer: Marshall Chabot, Bill Peters
Crane Operator: Charles Chen
BTS Photographers: Valentina Vee, Emanuel Flores, April Larivee
Make Up: Jocelyn Lamarque, Sylvia Lmarque
Costumes: Lisa Jn Marie
Art Department: Adonnis Asencio
Sound: Chris Wilson, Ben Chan
Locations: MaryAnn Talino, Max Mak
Armorer & Special Effects: Gabriel Lane, Aaron Burgess
BTS Video: Cristian Coldea
Storyboard Artist: Vanessa Goh
Post Production Assistant: Collette del Paso 
Technical Advisor: Jeff Chobanian 
Sound Design: Barbara Delpuech

We shot BOOT in conjunction with a UCPD police recruiting commercial and managed to cross over some of the footage as part of our co-production agreement in order to use some of the real police assets for the film.  

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Los Angeles 90034

Sensor

Short Film

Sensor

Sensor: a Sci-Fi Horror Short about pTSD

Haunted by his experiences from the war, a Vietnam Veteran has had enough. Placing motion sensors around his property, he’s decided to face his demons once and for all. Unfortunately, he’s in for more than he bargained for. Starring Dana Lee (Dr. Ken, Pineapple Express, Rambo) and Nikki SooHoo (Lovely Bones, Stick It, Bring It On, Heathers).

What inspired it? Well we’re all haunted. By our past trauma, previous mistakes, and regrettable moments. In essence: Ghosts of the past. But what if the ghost was real? Unfortunately for our Vietnam Veteran (played by the brilliant Dana Lee, a real life Marine Corps vet), his demons have become a literal threat to his very existence and sanity. Deciding he’s had enough, he employs an ingenious combination of high tech motion sensor lights coupled with old school grit and determination to face his deepest fears once and for all. Thanks to freezing sub-zero desert temperatures on our one-night production, I saw a lot of parallels with our story as I fended off the worst flu of my life whilst trying to get the then-brand new Aputure MC-12 LED lights to cooperate with our on-camera choreography. Fun times!

 

Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Shot & Edited by: Trevor Hollander
Producer: Andrea Pasquettin
Written by: Jonathan Hirsch
Production Designer: Danielle Lee
Production Assistant: Yukali Wennekes
1st Assistant Camera: Daniel Appel
2nd Assistant Camera: Michelle Mendoza
Make Up Artist: Gabriel Lane
BTS Photographer: Mike Adan
Gaffer: Eduardo Gonzalez
Swing Grip: EJ Manolo
Special Thanks: Josh Dove, Melissa Humiston, Hideaway Ranch

Selected to be a part of Screamfest and Film Shortage’s Pick of the Day.

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310.944.2777

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Los Angeles 90034

Kill Joy

Short Film

Kill Joy

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Kill Joy - Iraq War Short Film

On routine patrol through a small Iraqi hamlet, a convoy of US Army vehicles is suddenly ambushed. Private McKay, the squadron’s newest recruit, finds himself thrust unexpectedly into his first ever combat experience. 

His ears ring from the shrieking of exploding shells, but McKay hesitates to return fire. In a matter of seconds his understanding of warfare is forever changed as he raises his gun and unloads on the target.

Kill Joy is basically about the danger of socialization, the power of social change, and the effects of warfare on our veterans. While there have been countless war films in the past, Kill Joy seeks to present an unbiased glimpse into the lives of those fighting in Iraq. As an objective film that seeks to neither glorify nor condemn the US invasion, it hopes to encourage viewers to think about their world view and challenges them to make their own mind about armed conflict on a very real, applicable level.

Starring: Mike McNamee, Frank T Ziede, Jasyn Jeffries, Kamil Haque, Sam Puefua, Frederick Lawrence, Patrick Castillo, Nathan Daly, Nicholas August, Lex Rapaport, Mason Bontempo, Ivan Gaspar, Kyle Agnew, Harpreet Shinger, Michael Cook, Haref Topete, Matt Louie and Martin de Bore
Directed by: Brian L. Tan “BLT”
Producers: Steve Nguyen, Alex Valentine, Chris Mogannam
Edited by: Kendra Pasker
Cinematographer: Graham Robbins
Music: Tony Fiala
VFX Supervisor: Matthew T. Lynn
Stunt Choreographer: Martin de Bore
1st Assistant Director: Katryna Shattuck
2nd Assistant Director: Joel Reaves
2nd Unit Directors: Kevin Theal, Sanjay Belani 
Writer: Ty Coughenour 
Associate Producer: Andrea Pasquettin
Production Managers: Simon Wang, Yue Deng, Ryan Domipge Production Coordinators: Kyle Lau, Wayne Altman,
Armorer: Steve Bernard
Script Supervisor: Dina Fiala 
Gaffer: Chris Geukens
2nd Unit Gaffer: Alex Evans
Camera Team: Daniel Fritz, Daniel Pazone, Jace McPartland, Andrew Bemis, Ivan Valadez, Pat Geraghty, Brian Frager, Shamil Erfania, Ron McPherson, Yusuke Sato, Adam Hall
Steadicam: Aldo Valadez
Sound: Monica Lancaster, Chris Wilson
Grips: Levi Jackson, Marlow Nunez, ML Wills, Brandon Cunningham, Joseph Hernandez, David May
Production Designer: Sonny Nguyen
Make Up: Alka Sharma, Karen Crane
Special Effects: Aaron Burgess
Stuntman: Michael Cook
Humvees: Stan Serr
Production Assistants: Cody Coker, Julie Park, Leonard Menchiari, Christina Andrews
BTS Photos: Scott Dee, Hans Wang 
Data Wrangler: Brian Ramirez

Apart from countless festivals, Kill Joy got us into finalists of HBO’s Project Greenlight, Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF Festival, Big Bear Lake Film Festival, ShareGrid’s Community Showcase before being picked up by DirecTV. 

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310.944.2777

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Los Angeles 90034