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An unnamed hero faces imminent danger as he confronts a gluttonous mob boss and his two henchmen. Just as he is about to make his move, something unexpected happens that completely changes his world.  This film premiered at the Phoenix Art Museum on August 10th 2012 for the IFP Beat the Clock Challenge 2012. It was Nominated for best trailer, Awarded 3rd Place overall and Best Actress (Chelsea Samuelson). It screened at the Phoenix Film Festival during

an IFP Short’s Finals showcase at Harkins Theatres Scottsdale 101 and took home 2nd Place overall. It was an Official Selection of Phoenix Comicon 2013 and nominated for several awards including: Best of Arizona, Best Narrative Short, and Best Action Adventure.

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64330_314153972046078_2092282656_nProduced by: JP Frydrych and Craig MacDonald
Directed, Shot, and Edited by: Robert Garcia
Written by: Nicki Legge
Set Photographer: Jacquelyn Nelson
Makeup & Wardrobe: Devon Garcia
Script Supervisor: Chelsea Samuelson
Behind the Scenes: Herbert Steve Hernandez
Lighting Technician: Jeff Elwell

Sound Design: Nile Popchock


Hero: JP Frydrych
Villain: Herbert Steve Hernandez
Comic Book Boy: Craig MacDonald
The Duel ActressComic Book Girl: Chelsea Samuelson
Henchmen: Jonathan Levy Maiuri & Mike Diaz
Damsel and Jackie: Nicki Legge
 Alvis Scary and Cool Kat Lyss

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Poster GriefBy: Nicki Legge

One of the most impressive projects I have seen bouncing around the wide world of Facebook is a feature film called Grief. With Kevin R Phipps at the helm, this film has snowballed into a substantial project with some of the most talented actors and crew on board. Grief delves deep into a surreal world of life and death, following a main character, Kari who unexpectedly takes her own life, leaving her friends and family to plummet through the unforgiving stages of grief. With the combination of impressive special effects, and phenomenal acting, Grief is sure to be a film that you do not want to miss. Kevin was kind enough to tell us about his inspiration for Grief and the long, rewarding path he has gone down to breathe life into his creation.

How long have you been involved in filmmaking?

I have been involved in filmmaking for about 7 years now. I started out as an animator doing motion capture etc. and then did comic book coloring for some major comics like X-men and Gi-Joe for about 6 months. Then I decided I didn’t want to be in a cubicle anymore so I said, “Let’s make a movie!!” I had no idea what I was getting myself into. LOL I have been professional AD for about 4 years working on some great projects like Oil of Olay, Kelloggs, Qwest, and Head and Shoulders among others, all while gathering more and more knowledge about directing, which is where my heart really lays.

What made you interested in creating films?

Well to be frank I asked this of myself about a year and half ago. I said, “Why the hell are you doing this?” The truth is when I started I wanted to feel worth it… to be validated. I was searching and giving pieces of me to the audience and hoping they liked it. If they did then I would find my worth through that. That wasn’t really healthy for me and since, it has changed. Mostly, it has been about challenging the audience, finding truth in acting, and I have learned you can inspire and change the way people see things as long as you tell the truth with your work. Mostly though, I want to let the audience lose themselves for a couple of hours and forget the craziness in their lives. They can smell and taste the truth in your work and if you’re lying or not willing to go down the rabbit hole fully, then they will be weary of your work.

What made you interested in coaching actors? How has this affected your writing/directing style?

This is a really great question. I got interested in coaching actors when, after seeing my first feature, I realized that I wasn’t there for the actors to allow them to feel like they could truly let go. I had no idea what I was doing, and I could have been more conscience of them and what a truthful performance in the imaginary circumstance is. So I started studying, acting with a passion because I knew actors were the face of the film, and without them being able to be their best, your film is dead… After learning the Meisner program, I realized I wanted to give back to AZ and share this powerful program to help actors find their truth. It really has become a huge part of my life, and to see them grow and change has been a blessing.

Meisner 2013 class graduation showcase.

As far as writing and directing, it has definitely had a huge impact on my directing. I am flabbergasted that most film schools teach lighting, camera, art, etc. to directors, but they don’t teach how to work with actors… so many directors have no idea how to speak the actor’s language. In fact, most have no idea if the actor is really being truthful… I beg all directors to please learn how to work with actors; it’s a must. If you don’t know how, then you have no business directing…Too many beginning directors get focused on “I need you to cry here!!!” But what does that mean? Where do the tears come from?

Incidentally, I am working on an 8 week intensive program for just directors who want to learn how to work with actors… It will truly transform the way you see your films, and I can’t wait to see some amazing things the directors will come up with afterwards.

How many projects have you completed (rough estimate is fine)?

I have directed 1 feature (and I’m working on another right now), about 7 shorts, 4 music videos, and a handful of commercials. I’ve been an AD on about 8-10 features, 9 shorts, and about 12 commercials.

Have you received any awards or recognition?

I have a few awards, for my first feature. I won best audience award at the fear festival, which in turn got me distribution. I got 2nd place at the SCC film festival for my short, Sitting. I got best live action short at the Phoenix Film Festival about 6 years ago…. My favorite is the audience award; that is what I find to be the most rewarding because they are my target, to speak in marketing terms. If they are happy, then I am happier.

What do you love the most about film?

Film can be the most exhilarating, sometimes most frustrating drug addiction I have ever known. Mostly, I love the massive amount of creative people you put into a room… all fighting for the same cause. Artists can be known to be introverted, but here they are forced to speak a language together, and it just works. I didn’t understand the family thing until… a couple years ago… I saw the wave of emotions and personal journeys, and at the end we all loved each other. It was amazing. I also love it when the actors find their space and truth on film. They just get it, and it’s extraordinary; it can make the crew and me cry and laugh. It truly is a magical experience that can’t be traded for anything.

What is one thing you want people to know about you?

I love with my heart. I come from a place of love even when I may not be feeling well. That sometimes I’m introverted, and most of the time I get excited about just being around people and helping them on their journeys. Oh, and I love chocolate pudding on my pizza… Don’t ask. And Transformers.

Where did you get your inspiration for Grief?

I had just got done doing a program in the mountains called the Mankind Project. I had hit rock bottom, lost my home, my car and my job all at once. I had to rebuild, and that meant becoming more aware of who I was as a person and learning to let go of my past to find my present. So, after I got done with the program, moved back to AZ, and started teaching again, I started to become interested in how you can really find your own truth by hitting the bottom. So I started writing Grief to help actors go the deepest they have ever gone. It started out as one story, then ended up being six stories all tied into each other.

Did you do any research on the stages of grief while you were writing the script?

I researched a couple of different takes on the Grieving process. Of course there was Kübler-Ross’s take on the grieving process and her five stages. There is a newer thought that it’s seven stages, but I find that Kübler’s has those seven, she just condensed them…. It was absolutely imperative to research it because each stage is the “theme” of each of the characters stories. So whenever I felt I was getting off track, I would read my research again and go noooooo, she wouldn’t do that that’s more like Denial.

Each of your characters seem to have such different and unique personalities; did you base any of them off of people you know, build them around their stage of grief, or did you have another method of breathing life into them?

I did a ton of things when doing this script. They are very unique and different, but Kari, the main character bonds them all. I used some people I knew or know, I used myself in a few different places like anger and the alternate version of Kari. I even did this great thing where I had two actors improv some scenes that I outlined, watched them work, and recorded it. It was amazing, and they came out to be some of the most fun characters in this film. They are going to get a special thank you because they really brought a new awareness in my work.

How long did you spend in preproduction?

I guess about 3-4 months. I am not really sure because it was a back and forth thing. Part of the purpose of this film was to go on a raw journey for myself and see what would come out of it. We are flying by the seat of our pants sometimes, and other times we do heavy pre pro. We are shooting this film a few days at a time every two weeks. That gives us time to do some more pre pro for the next few days that are coming up. Sometimes you just have to do it, and the footage has been amazing! The producers and most of my crew I have worked with before and we trust each other. It’s their journey as much as it is mine.

How long do you anticipate production and post-production will take?

We are editing as we go. We finish scenes; they go to the editor for a rough cut. I have scenes we shot the day before rough cutted the next day. It’s awesome!! I highly recommend it because it would tell me immediately if we missed anything or if we want to get more. Post production is estimated at 3 months I believe. We are trying to hit some festival deadlines.

It looks like you have some impressive special effects in the film. Are you working with an effects artist and if so, who?

There are some awesome effects, and we are doing them live; no CGI. The film is about not only what is going on inside, but each character has a manifestation on the outside as well, a more physical denial or anger if you will. My effects team is collaboration with three talented ladies, Vicki Xericos, Vanessa Siler, headed up by Dania Garza who has been amazing at the makeup and visual effects. I like having a makeup artist doing the effects too because Dania understands painting with makeup so she uses layers to find the realness… these 3 have been awesome to work with; I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I keep challenging and they keep meeting me with awesome results. We puked up another person the other day but that is all I am telling you.

I know that you had an Indiegogo campaign back in 2012, have you utilized any other means of raising funds for your film?

We did! It went well. We also did a home auction and donations. I have sold things to make this film. Most of the stuff is just material things, stuff I don’t touch anymore or don’t need. It has been great in simplifying my life. The amazing donations have kept us a float and we are almost done so it’s working. But you are always hustling. Make no mistake my producers and I are always thinking of new ways to do this or do that. If you have a passion for something, you will find a way; if not then you may have to ask yourself if it’s what you really want.

Have you learned anything new from your experiences with this project?

Do everything from the heart with a little sprinkle of logic so you’re not flying blind. If it’s not from the heart, then no matter how much cool stuff you do it’s going to be missing something. I also have discovered that if you have a great project, you will be humbled and honored at the gifts you will get from the world around you. I am an AD by trade so I understood my limits and how much we should be shooting a day as to not burn us out and have a quality project. Some people think it’s great to burn though a film as fast as possible; unfortunately I have seen the results, and I know they could have done better.

Do you have an estimated premiere date?

January. Earlier for festivals, but I believe we are shooting for early January.

Do you have any other upcoming projects planned?

Next up is “Iniquitous,” with my good friend and partner Andre Payton as the exec producer, and my friends and partners, Ruben Angelo and Jason Wiechert, helping on the production side. It’s great! It’s about a troubled woman who lost her mother when she was young. She then decides to purposely get possessed with her mother’s spirit to save her, and of course it all goes wrong and she ends up with a different person inside of her. Andre had approached me with the film, and I wasn’t sure at first because I didn’t know what I could offer to the genre. When we decided to make it so that she purposely possess herself, that was where I was like, “I don’t know that I have seen anything like that! LETS DO IT!!!”

Then we are working on to a couple of others. I have “107/Juliet,” my first action film and an awesome film written by my personal friend Josh Mathieson… and another personal project called “Mend.”

Is there specific contact information you would like us to list in the article for interested parties?

Check out Rangelo Productions on Facebook! And check out the site page which is almost done. Also, Epic Sky Productions on Facebook!

By: Nicki Legge

Desiree Srinivas

“I’m surrounded by people who are capable of changing the world someday.”

It is not particularly often that you find an actress with looks, talent, enthusiasm, and professionalism all wrapped in one, but Desiree Srinivas achieves all of these things flawlessly. Jump Ship Productions has had the pleasure of working with her during the IFP Breakout Challenge in 2012, and she was an absolute delight throughout the project. It seems lately that I cannot go to a major function without running into her, and she always happens to be working on some interesting project, literally right there on the spot. Since Desiree is currently doing so much within the industry, we thought it would be the perfect time to write about her as our Filmmaker of the Week!

Desiree comes from a family that appreciates the comforts of a good salary, so it was not easy for her to take the plunge into the film community; however, now that she has, she cannot imagine ever living without it. She is currently starting her second year at Arizona State University as a Marketing student. She did try exploring her options in theater for a semester but decided that it would be better to “get (her) coaching for acting and film outside of school and focus on a degree that will benefit (her) in more ways than one.” Desire has been involved in the AZ film community for a little over a year, but she says “it feels like so much longer with all of the change and growth I’ve experienced over the last year.” Her ultimate passion is acting, thinking of each character as a different variation of herself; however, her hunger for film is insatiable so she takes every opportunity, in front of or behind the camera, to be on set.

When divulging what she loves about film, Desiree’s passion absolutely shines through. She says “I think the greatest thing in film is the insane amounts of passion… Getting the opportunity to immerse myself within this small film family has made me realize that I’m surrounded by people who are capable of changing the world someday… Film lets me tell a story. It lets me convey, and hopefully evoke, emotion in someone… though I haven’t been in this industry for long, I can honestly say having the accessibility to do that has already changed me as a person.” Thus far, Desiree has been involved in (roughly) 15 or so projects, including student short films, feature films, television, and a variety of other film-related shoots. She was the main actress in Jump Ship’s own Face of Innocence. She was recently involved in a film in the 2013 Almost Famous Film Festival’s 48-Hour Film Challenge.


Most recently, Desiree has begun working on a new film called Helsing with ARTofWAR Pictures.  Her good friend Ryan Johnston has had the project brewing in his brain for some time. With her help fleshing out the story, as well as the talents of Will Hirsch writing the script, they were able to bring the idea to life on paper and have taken considerable steps toward bringing it to life on screen. Helsing is a spinoff of the notorious story of Van Helsing, with an original script and a unique western and steam punk-infused style.” Aside from helping with the story, Desiree will also be playing the Vampire Queen Moria, “the first victim that Dracula ever turned into an immortal vampire, who serves as the antagonist against Van Helsing in his never-ending hunt for Dracula.”

Desiree uses an array of techniques to get into character, switching it up as she needs to for different types of roles.  She says “for Helsing in particular, I am going to be doing something a little different. Over the next month, I plan to meet with Ryan for multiple rehearsals to work on the character development for Moria. I also plan to work closely with Wardrobe (Autumn Lewis) to get comfortable in the gaudy, eccentric wardrobe pieces… in order to evolve into this character.” Desiree considers this her most difficult role to date, but she plans to make it her strongest performances. ARTofWAR is in the processes of putting a Kickstarter campaign together in order to raise funds for the production. The team has already done some impressive work on the film, securing locations as well as a full cast and crew, and even completing their first day of filming. You can check the film out on Facebook, and keep an eye out for their Kickstarter; it starts next week!

Aside from being a talented actress, Desiree has also started doing a little modeling. With a few gigs under her belt already, she recently filled in for a missing model at a booth during the Phoenix Film Festival Industry Night for Brian Pulido’s new comic book character, Maria Muerta.” Her friend, Sage Greenawalt, asked if she could fill in for the missing model; his father, Mark Greenawalt, “is a notorious, insanely talented body painter,” and he was doing the makeup for the model that night. They loved Desiree so much that they brought her back on for Phoenix Comicon. Desiree is interested in dabbling in modeling a bit more alongside acting. If you are interested in working with her, you can find her on Facebook or email her Here.

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By: Nicki Legge

Steve Wargo

“I am a businessman who creates films for a living. I am not an artist.”

Several weeks ago I was Facebook stalking one of my favorite fellow filmmakers, Mike Rea, and I noticed a series of very intriguing photos from the set of a film called Poison Sky. Soon after, another one of my favorite people, Nile Popchock, suggested Steve Wargo as a Filmmaker of the Week. Since two of the most talented people I know in the Arizona film industry seemed to speak so highly of the same person, I decided to do a little research on his project Poison Sky. I was absolutely blown away by the scope and professionalism of the project, so I contacted Steve to do an interview.

Steve Wargo has been “in the video production business since 1981 when Director Ken Kennedy asked (him) to shoot a new open and a new close to his Nick Nolte film, Aggie.” He has been involved in over 7000 video projects, nine short films, and six feature films. He even acted as an extra in Used Cars, The Gauntlet, and Cloud Dancer. Instead of spending big bucks on film school, Steve “hooked up with seasoned veterans and learned from them.” His absolute passion is camera work. He loves to be the one “creating the image.” He says that “film is all about the message.  It’s a communication medium that can have an entertainment wrapper.” Steve is constantly inspired by “directors who find a new way to present their images to their audience. Alfred Hitchcock had his style; he scared the crap out of people in a very subtle way. Quintin Tarentino has an alarming style. If we were to do what he does, it would not have the same level of acceptance.”

When I asked Steve to name one thing he wants people to know about him, his answer was far too good to paraphrase. Steve says, “I am 100% serious about my job – FilmMaking. I have a reputation of being a hard ass on set. Well, the professionals that I work with will tell you different. There are a LOT of people in Phoenix who want to be filmmakers and there are a few who really have the potential to go all the way; the remainder are dreamers who think that being on set is the time to socialize, tell jokes, talk loudly, and just generally act like children. Well, the children on our sets don’t act like children. They act like “actors”.  Actors read their lines, get into their ZONE and become one with their character. I am a businessman who creates films for a living. I am not an artist. Almost all of my projects are paid. When we do free charity work, those jobs are treated the same as any paying jobs.”

Most recently, Steve has been working diligently on a film called Poison Sky. “In 2000, (his) friend Tony Kyle informed (him) that there were planes spraying chemicals on the populace of the United States. (Steve) laughed at him asked him what he was smoking. But, found out later that a whole bunch of people believed the same BS.” He decided to do a little research, and became fascinated with what he found; he even “started to keep records of what was going on in the sky above us.”  In 2001, Steve wrote a screenplay entitled Chemtrails, DFA. The timing was not right for his screenplay to come to life, so Steve continued doing research over the span of about ten years. Steve says, “I started with a small film that I hoped someone would be interested in but it has grown far beyond my expectations due in part to my cousin, WGA writer, Julianna Joyce Feher, who has taken the film to an entirely new level.” Poison sky is not only going to be a full feature, but it is “the first of a three picture franchise.”

Poison Sky

Once he got the ball rolling on Poison Sky, Steve needed to do a little casting; he went into great detail about his process:


Tyler Gallant was recommended by Steve Briscoe… I invited Tyler to meet with me, Yvette Edmond and Georgia Tavera at Outback at the Scottsdale 101. We talked for two hours and I selected Tyler based on his person, his political convictions, his patriotism and his darn good looks.

Nicole Randall attended a fundraiser that I was part of for UMOM… with me, Diane Dresback, Yvette Edmond, Steve Gottry and a few others. Nicole… had just recently sent me a headshot and resume. We all sat at a few tables and just talked about things. As I looked at Nikki, I realized that she fit the part of Samantha to a T. I gave her what I call a table audition and selected her to do the part. I chose wisely as she does a great job and she is very physically appealing.


We wrote a very lightweight part for our Bad Guy. This was a character that we would only see in small parts, like a jaw, eyes, back of the head, a shadow. Over time, we felt the need to develop this character further and went looking for our villain. An actor friend, Arlene Newman-Van Asperen called me to recommend an actor named Glenn Plummer, star of South Central, Southland, and Sons of Anarchy. We looked him up and we were intrigued. I sent Glenn a note, along with a script and he called me two days later and we did a deal over the phone.

Now, we needed a sidekick for our villain. In actuality, the sidekick is a more dynamic part for reasons that I can’t disclose at this time… I called a friend to get the phone number for Trisha Mann in L.A.   I had worked with Trisha on a project about 8 years ago.  I offered her the part and she snapped it up.

On Sunday, June 2nd, we met with Glenn and Trisha at LuLu’s Restaurant in Van Nuys  and sealed the deal. Glenn was a perfect choice because he has been a Chemtrail enthusiast for years. He already knows the subject. And, to top it off, he and Trisha played husband and wife in a film last year.

Poison Sky already has a huge following on social media sites, although it comes with no surprise since the film has such a controversial subject and such talented actors. Steve even received a check from an investor in Hawaii who did not even ask for a contract due to Steve’s reputation for ethics and honesty. He says, “That completely blew me away and it still doesn’t seem real.”  Steve hopes to premiere Poison Sky in the fall of 2013. He is also “in development on (his) next film and has secured two of the actors so far. (Plus he has) five more films in the cue.” If you are interested in contacting Steve, he can be reached HERE. You can also check him out on IMDB. Read more about him in MyLife Magazine.

Written By: Nicki Legge

Most of us have grand dreams when we’re kids about what we want to be when we grow up, but as we get older and learn the ways of the real world, a lot of us lose that childlike belief that we can do anything so we settle for something more practical. There are many things that I like about filmmakers, but the one quality that I absolutely love the most is our ability to hold onto that childlike love for filmmaking and our drive to never stop until our dreams come true. Jump Ship Productions recently participated in both the IFP Breakout Challenge and the Almost Famous Film Festival’s (A3F) 48 hour film challenge, and during both there was one group that caught our eye. LJR Productions put out two delightfully whimsical films that were very obviously made with a lot of love. We had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Ray, the writer/director and owner of LJR Productions about his experiences.

Jon Ray is a perfect example of a filmmaker who will never give up on his dream; he wanted to be an actor as a kid, and even skipped school to go to an audition for a feature film, but unfortunately there weren’t too many productions in his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He got his start as a filmmaker in 2001, “when (he) shot 3 episodes of a Claymation series called ‘Toby Bear.’” From there, Jon received his first paying gig as “a PA on a Wonder Woman music video,” and he became a working filmmaker (which is a major accomplishment in itself).  Jon gained experience as an “actor, A.D., cameraman, boom pole, script supervisor, special FX, prop maker and of course PA.” From 2007 to 2012, Jon’s film career slowed down. He worked on finishing a degree in Digital Video at UAT and got “caught up in the game of making a living,” putting his family’s needs first.

In Dec. 2012, Jon decided it was time “to walk away from a 12 year career in Information Technology and change career fields to TV/Film,” and now he is able to do what he loves full-time as a freelance Videographer and filmmaker.  So far, Jon has “directed at least 11 shorts films,” not counting ones that were made for film school. He says, “I’m working my way towards Hollywood. One of my ultimate goals is to write and direct a studio film. Afterwards, I’d be happy going back to being an Indie or taking on more studio projects, but at least I want that one shoot in LA.” He is currently under a six month contract doing video work, but after that’s up he plans to “go back to working for my wife’s production company Sysnia Creative, where she is developing a TV show and has years of experience working on other TV shows.”

Jon has participated in six 48 hour film challenges with the IFP, the National, and most recently the A3F. His film Ring of Time was my favorite of all of the honorable mention films (and would have made it to the top 20 if I had been judging). One of the things that I personally found to be impressive about his film was the sheer size of the production that LJR pulled off in just 48 hours. They had a huge cast and what appeared to be several different locations. Jon says, “I signed up for the challenge a week before it began so I didn’t have a lot of prep work. Also, I only had 2 actors who were committed to the project, no location, no story idea and not much in the way of funds… Within the week leading up to that Saturday… we grew to 26 cast/crew members. We obtained access to a very nice mansion in north Scottsdale, thanks entirely to my producer and wife Samantha Ray… My secret was the mansion though in regards to locations. The place was so huge and the property varied so much I was able to stage all my scenes from photos of the place I got the night of the kickoff.”

Jon only knew five of the people involved in his production when the challenge kicked off Friday night, and one of the things he is most proud of was his ability to “take a group of people who have never worked together and forge them into an awesome cast and crew to make great art.” Jon says “It was amazing to see everyone come together to help bring my written word to life within such a short period of time.” What most people don’t understand about filmmaking is that getting your film shot is only half the battle. Postproduction is where a film really comes together, and Jon worked very closely with his wife, who edited the film while he worked on pulling together other information for the entry. He hoped to save time in post by using royalty free music, but he wasn’t satisfied with anything he found “So, being a keyboardist and composer, (he) wrote every bit of music you hear in the film in the final 2 hours before (they) left to turn the film in.”  

It was difficult for Jon to cut down such a grand idea into just 5 minutes. He learned during this challenge that the widely known rule that one page of script equals one minute of screen time does not always work out, and he ended up with about a six and a half minute film. Although he had to cut out one and a half minutes, Jon was able to keep everyone’s scenes, which is something he is very proud of. Jon says, “I feel like we are the underdogs, team wise. No one really knew LJR Productions or me and it was a group of mostly strangers who came together to make a great little film. As this was my most ambitious 48 Hour film project to date, I was hoping it’d at least screen with the top 20, but regardless, the feedback has been great and I’m proud of this film and the work everyone on my team put into it. We had some real professionals on hand that if not for them being there, might have made this a much more difficult interview to answer.” 

Jon is currently working on three documentaries, one of which is about his own struggles to make it to Hollywood. Jon says, “Regardless, what ends up happening to me, I plan to eventually release a documentary showing my ups and downs to hopefully inspire others to reach for their dreams and believe in themselves. It starts with letting go to all the things holding you back and then believing that with skill and effort the journey will take care of you… Never give up and never stop believing.” He is also writing two feature films and plans to start production of one of them later this year. One is “a paranormal thriller… the other bigger budget film is a high fantasy about knights and the Fae realm.” Jon has “started acting as an extra for other productions in order to be a better director, by understanding the process in front of the camera,” and offers his skills as an extra and production designer to interested filmmakers. He can be contacted HERE or through the LJR Productions Facebook Page, and you can see his work and look for cast and crew calls on his website.

Written By: Nicki Legge

Photo Oct 31, 11 43 52 AMLast weekend, Jump Ship Productions participated in the Almost Famous Film Festival’s (A3F) 48 hour challenge. We have participated in four challenges so far, and our crew has grown bigger and better for each one. During the Breakout Challenge, we turned to Sean Rasbury to do some Photoshop work on one of our props.  We were so happy with his work that we decided to bring him back for the A3F 48 hour challenge as an editor. Sean worked tirelessly during the shoot, dumping, organizing, and syncing all of the footage from our dual cameras, and when the shoot was over and the majority of the crew went home for some much needed shuteye, Sean downed a pot of coffee so he could work on the edit. Sean grew up in Metro Detroit; he “wanted to move to an area that had more film and video opportunities, but (he) didn’t want to move to California,” so he moved to the beautiful valley of the sun.

Sean has “been working on graphic design and video production since 2004, and audio production since 1998.” He was drawn to the wonderful world of film because it provides a diverse range of areas and ways that he can exercise his skills.  Sean loves that “there’s endless subject matter and new worlds to be created when you’re working in film.” He is most fond of editing, because “going through all the footage and assembling it is like a giant fun puzzle,” but his skills don’t end there. Sean also loves compositing and doing visual effects. Sean thinks he might also like to try writing and editing scripts, although being on screen is out of the question because as he says, “I have a face for radio and a voice for silent film.” Sean attended Schoolcraft College in Michigan for his degree in graphics, where he “won first and second place with two projects for the Motion Graphics category in a student and teacher judged competition.” Sean is a big believer in the programs at community college as an alternative to bigger film schools, and he can’t say enough good things about his experiences at Schoolcraft College.

When Jump Ship Productions invited Sean to work with us on the A3F 48 hour challenge, he jumped on board. He participated in this exact challenge several years ago with JP Frydrych and Craig MacDonald on their submission, Open Mic Night with Ber Co. Productions.  What sold Sean on the challenge was the ability to work with people he enjoyed working with on previous projects, while also getting the opportunity to work with some new people as well. He says his favorite thing about these challenges is “the camaraderie on the set.” Obviously the worst thing about these challenges is the lack of sleep (Especially for the editor who stays up all night while the rest of us sleep… Seriously… Thank you, Sean), but Sean never let that slow him down. As far as prepping for the challenge, he made sure to pack up all of his gear ahead of time so he could begin work on set while the scenes were being shot, and to get a few extra hours of sleep the night before. Sean says he might participate in another challenge because this last one was so fun.

As of right now, Sean does not have any definite projects lined up; however he is working on creating a variety of stock footage. He is always willing to work with other people and groups, and he has a wide variety of skills to offer. Sean believes that you learn something new and valuable on every set, and he loves to learn from new people and experiences; it is an added perk when he has more pieces to add to his portfolio. If anyone is interested in working with Sean, he can be reached HERE.

Written By: Nicki Legge

_MG_3666During the month of January, Jump Ship Productions had the pleasure of participating in the IFP Phoenix Breakout Challenge, and last week was the seemingly long awaited premiere of all the participant’s films. I definitely feel for the judges this year; there was a wide variety of excellent films from a number of talented teams. Although I had more than one favorite, the film that really stood out as a whole was Mission Control. This little gem took home Best Overall Film, Best Story, Best use of Theme, and Best Poster. We had the pleasure of interviewing the Producer and Editor, Parco Richardson about his experiences with the challenge.

Parco was born in in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He relocated to California when he joined the Marines and fell in love with the West. Once he was out of the Marines, he decided to say on the West coast, but California was a little too expensive for his taste so he moved to Arizona. Parco has been interested in the film industry since he was in the 6th grade, but did not start getting his hands dirty until he began film school a few years ago. Parco says, “I wanted to become an actor/ comedian when I was younger, but when I first saw Pulp Fiction it inspired me to work behind the camera.” Now his main area of interest is Cinematography, although he does like to dabble in writing and directing as well. Parco has “collaborated on about 15 projects over the last three years.” Above all else, Parco just loves to tell stories. He is always astounded by “how you can get a group of people to collaborate together and bring the story to life.” His favorite project so far was a short film, directed by Travis Mills, called “Escort Driver.” This was Parco’s very first Cinematography job so it has always been close to his heart.

Parco decided to participate in the IFP Breakout Challenge because he is now in his senior year of film school and he “wanted to test (his) skills that (he) learned over the past three years.” He said that overall the challenge was pretty much what he expected, however there weren’t as many teams participating as he had hoped. Parco’s favorite part of the challenge was designing a kid’s room filled with all sorts of fun space paraphernalia. Parco said that his team came up with a number of solid concepts, but they ultimately chose to film Mission Control because it was the most fun and the easiest for the span of time they had. To prepare for the challenge, Parco invited several people on board who had participated in similar challenges; giving them the experience that helped them win four awards.

As a prize for winning best overall film, Mission Control won free submission to EIGHT film festivals, including Carmel Film FestivalSeattle True Independent Film FestivalPrescott Film FestivalSanta Fe Film FestivalBendFilm FestivalVegas Indie Film FestFilmStock and automatic selection to the Phoenix Film Festival this April! Parco says that, after adding a few final touches to the film, they might possibly submit it to even more festivals. Parco plans to participate in the A3F 48 hour challenge this weekend, and will also be working on his senior film in April called “Spirit Inside.” His ultimate goal is to become a successful Cinematographer and eventually have one of the films he directed in the Sundance Film Festival. Parco is very open to collaboration. If you are interested in working with him, you can reach him Here

The premier of “The Face of Innocence” will be held at The Phoenix Art Museum, February 7th 2013. Purchase your tickets here!

Until then Jump Ship Productions will be releasing pictures taken by our wonderful set photographer Jacquelyn Nelson. She has picked 19 of her favorite pics from the set and color corrected them for your enjoyment. You will only be able to see these photo’s on our website and on her Facebook page Decorated Photos! Don’t forget to like her page, if you want to comment or like any of the photos below simply click the pic! To contact Jacquelyn Nelson message her through her facebook page or click here.

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The Face of Innocence Postcard 4X6 FrontThis project is especially significant to me because it is my first drama. When we all got together to brainstorm concepts for the Breakout Challenge, I was particularly drawn to this one. I have never had the privilege of working with a story so full of complex emotion, and with such a heavy subject matter, I knew it would truly be a challenge to make it into something beautiful. The Face of Innocence has been Jump Ship’s most ambitious project to date; we had the most locations and biggest crew of any other project that we have done together. I cannot express how lucky I am to have such a talented collection of people in my crew. We managed to make it rain on the coldest night in December, push through a 16 hour day with a broken Dolly and overheating hard drive, and my exceptional AD took the reins and directed the opening scene while I was stuck on the other side of town with a broken-down truck. This project is the perfect example of how you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. Together we made a film that we can truly be proud of.

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Director: Robert Garcia
Cinematographer: Robert Garcia
Editor: Robert Garcia & JP Frydrych
The face of innocence Credits PosterWritters: Nicki Legge and JP Frydrych
Produced by: Craig MacDonaldJP Frydrych
Original Score By: Nile Popchock
Set Photographer: Jacquelyn Nelson
Makeup, Wardrobe and Props: Devon Garcia
Behind the Scenes: Craig MacDonald
Lighting Technician: Mike Rea
Sound Mixer: Nile Popchock
Boom Operator: Ryan Ammann

Jacob Szczpynski: JP Frydrych

Detective DeAngelo: Jonathan Levy Maiuri

Cassandra DeAngelo: Desiree Srinivas

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