The High Templar vs. Jimmy the Street Guy

There is a mysterious character in Citizen in the Temple named High Templar Lothryn. She is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to the fate of our hero, Jennon Ril. On 6/9, we shot Lothryn’s scenes with a very talented actress named Iris Kohl. It was a lot of fun and I think Iris nailed the cold authority needed from the character. Check it out!


The man who lifecasted Iris, built the prosthetics and painted them up was Ken Hertlein. Check out my updated Links page for his site or click here. Ken is a very experienced artist with a jaw-dropping portfolio. If you’re looking for some Hollywood-level practical effects for your film, Ken is your man.

After we shot her scenes, Iris thought it would be fun to go to Starbucks with her make up on. So that’s what we did. We had no idea we would meet Jimmy the street guy. I don’t know if he’s homeless but I do know he was a little intoxicated. Check him out at 2:20. Did he just say something about having a dead head in his bag?!

In other Citizen in the Temple news, I’m closer to locking the revision edit of the film. Digital matte paintings are coming in and VFX work is about to get underway in the next day or two.

In stark contrast to the above, last weekend we began shooting a music video for pop singer, Flora Simon. For the last year we’ve been making people bloody, mutated and tattooed. Here we have a drastically different look. I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone at The Paramount Theater in Aurora for being so accommodating during out shoot. It was a great experience to work there. The song is in Assyrian so it was fun to dissect the meaning in order to direct effectively. It isn’t often that you get to deal with source material that isn’t in your native tongue…unless you’re Mel Gibson. BOOM. More stills:



Today I mailed The Drone submission materials off to Chicon 7. Did you know that this 5 day long event has been held each year since 1939, with the exception of four years during WWII? I’m very thankful for that invitation!

Lastly, Paul G. Lyzun and I just won another Telly Award! This makes my fourth! Woohoo!

That’s all the news I have right now, yall. Follow me on twitter so we can live chat during the show. No, wait. That’s what Tosh says.

See ya.


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