I Have Fear
15 minutes / (not yet released) 2018
I Have Fear is a short anthology. Three stories, nested within the other, all dwelling on the idea of fear.
I planned on it being a quickie, with the goal of making the whole thing start-to-finish in one month. I ended up going way past that deadline in post-production, but it still went easier than Black Weeds.
The first two stories came from ideas that I'd been thinking about for a few years. The third story came about as a result of the cast and location that I wanted to work with, and to tie it all together.
20 minutes / September 28, 2013 (Salt Lake Film Festival, Tower Theater)
Black Weeds is the story of a depressed guy who is house-sitting. After an encounter with a door-to-door salesman, things get increasingly upsetting and strange.
This was my attempt to culminate everything that I had learned about filmmaking up to that point. I came up with a script that I thought was ambitious enough to be difficult, but still doable. It turned out to be a very difficult production, and took me well over a year to complete.
Although there are things about it that I'm not happy with, I learned a ton, and am proud that I completed it.
3 minutes / 2009 (first screened May 19, 2010 Tower Theater)
Dream is a short meditation about the recollection of a dream.
This was my final University project, a 16mm film edited on a traditional flatbed. I decided not to worry about making something entertaining or academically impressive. Instead I focused on an idea that was maybe only interesting to me. I was also inspired by the short story "Birthday Girl" by Haruki Murakami.
The experience of flatbed editing was incredibly valuable to me. It changed my approach in a lot of ways. It's old-fashioned and impractical - but physical. It's hard to explain, but it left a lasting impression. I think the University stopped teaching it a year or two after I left. I'm very lucky that I was able to have that opportunity.
5 minutes / September 17, 2014 (Tower Theater)
Rear Foggers is about a guy who is losing his mind while his girlfriend is out of town.
This was a collaboration with my buddy Geoffrey Leonard (of the band Muzzle Tung). It started off as a joke, then became almost a dare, then we went ahead and made it.
3 minutes / 2008 (fall)
This came about in a University class (the same class in which I made Dream). The assignment was to shoot a 100 foot roll of 16mm film on a wind-up Bolex. Basically the idea was to prove that we knew how to operate the camera, get a correct exposure, etc.
I didn't want to waste the opportunity, so I came up with this simple story. Everything is in-camera - no editing, no second takes, and I had to do my best to time everything out. It was a little nerve-racking.
Toward the end, you can see the camera move on the final static shot. That was from me winding the camera back up, and forgetting that I had the motor locked on... So as soon as I let go, it started winding again - shaking the camera and cutting my hand.
2 minutes / 2008 (spring)
This is another school project. Everyone in the class was very confused by it.
At one point, I wrote and drew storyboards for a third part to the 'untitled series', but did not end up making it.
Marty Todd Jacobs Meets Drambus Strangelove
4 minutes / September 21, 2011 (Tower Theater)
A couple of my friends had these sort of 'alter-ego' characters that they were working on. I don't remember whose idea it was to film this 'meeting of the minds', but it came together sort of impromptu one night.
The actors came up with the dialogue themselves. My only contribution to the 'writing' was the black discharge on Drambus's face. Marty Todd went on to perform standup comedy at venues around town, and Drambus went on to star in Black Weeds.