Summertime

Moving Boxes short film

June in Los Angeles, and it’s heating up. I’m coming up to one year on the West Coast but it feels like much longer (that’s a good thing!) Most recently, I was cast as a lead in a retro Sci-Fi musical short film, Attack of the Tropes! It’s not an easy one to describe, but it feels like it’s somewhere between Grease and a Mel Brookes film (excellent!) Lots of double-entendres and ’60s B-movie goodness!

In the continuing trend of internet casting (which is how I jumped aboard director Ken Gregg’s Moving Boxes, more on that below), Attack of the Tropes! director Carl Pinder requested an audition after discovering my profile on Stage 32 (a fairly new social networking site for entertainment industry professionals, which is definitely on the up and up!) I loved the story and musical numbers, auditioned, and the rest is in pre-production. To read about the casting process from the other side of the table, check out Carl’s blog entry on his film production website, Rubicon Crossing.

As for Moving Boxes (which wrapped filming in Prescott, AZ, a few weeks ago), director Ken Gregg recently released the first still from the finished short (see below):

Moving Boxes short film
Andrew McFadden (as Mike the delivery guy) and Ross Denyer (as the hapless, hopeless Daniel) star in the upcoming Moving Boxes.

 

I also just had word from co-star Nicole Neuman that the Ghostbusters 3 iPhone Promo we featured in last December is currently a finalist in the 2012 Cannes Future Lions Competition! Winners will be announced on June 22nd. To get the latest updates, check out the Future Lions facebook page and visit director Tyler Jensen’s online portfolio for some more examples of his innovative commercial work.

That’s all for now, but with 3 projects in post-production and 2 up-coming film shoots, I’m very happy to say summer’s just started!

When it Rains

April has been a busy month for me, and I couldn’t be happier. Just wrapped filming last weekend as the lead in a romantic-comedy short in Prescott, Arizona and this weekend I’m acting in a serialized Sci-Fi feature film, complete with green screen, giant spaceship sets, and aliens! I’ve been auditioning on a regular basis, my short film “Quiet Mountain” has been released on Vimeo and YouTube and is now featured on IMDb as it makes its way to a few film festivals (fingers crossed), and some projects I filmed last year are beginning to get released.

But perhaps the most remarkable moments of April have happened when I least expected them. I’ve met some really fantastic people on set, off set, in coffee shops, karaoke bars, airplanes, shuttle buses, and even just walking down the street. I’ve met like-minded souls, complete-opposites, seriously funny people, and intensely committed artists. I also received this pearl of wisdom from a man I worked with: “I have a story as we all do and it’s made me who I am, and when i get the chance to be with people who allow that self to come out, brilliance happens.”

I believe our best work happens when we are our truest selves. And it’s so much easier for our true selves to make an appearance when we create an environment of mutual respect and undying curiosity. It’s a tough world, but sometimes a gentle touch is more helpful … and disarming.

One last pearl, from a brave and gentle storyteller: “Grace is not a matter of time. It is a matter of timing.”

Here are a few “new releases” (which somehow feel so very long ago):

Ghostbusters 3 Phone App Promo from Ross Denyer on Vimeo.

Ross Denyer appears with Nicole Neuman in a promo for a Ghostbusters 3 smartphone app. Directed by Tyler Jensen.

“Tennis” (short film, 2011) from Ross Denyer on Vimeo.

"Tennis" is an experimental short film about a high-stakes tennis match …. to the death! Directed by Darren Herczeg. Ross Denyer features as a member of the Black Guard. Filmed on location in Malibu, CA.*

*I’m the one in the white facepaint.