This short film was written and produced by the incomparable Summer Spiro, who also plays our one-and-only character. Summer came to me with this idea, based on the lyrics to a song her sister Ruby was writing. We shot the entire thing in an afternoon in Oceanside, CA. No permits, no $$, no script & a borrowed bicycle. Just simple ideas like, this girl wakes up alone, sad, heartbroken, etc..  Summer even sweet talked the front desk manager at the motel saying, "I'm getting married today and I only need a couple hours to get ready." He obliged and proceeded to watch me haul 6 trips worth of gear up the stairs to our 'room'. God only knows what he thought we were doing up there... My wife Christa was our only other crew member, she drove the car while I sat in the open hatch and filmed the final scene. 

Ruby & Summer Spiro & I have collaborated on countless projects. They were the first band to take a chance on me and for that I am forever grateful. We constantly pushed the boundaries of what we thought we were capable of, all the while feeling so incredibly free to bring our individual visions to each and every frame. We laughed often and cried a little bit too. Creativity can be a real pain in the ass sometimes, but these girls made it fun.


Film shot entirely on the Black Magic Cinema Camera. An incredible piece of equipment for $2,000!!

GQ - Nouveau Garage


In 2012 I got a call from a random number with a NY area code, ignored it and waited for the voicemail to pop-up. When I listened to it, I couldn't really hear what the dude was saying.. "Hello, I'm [static] Michael Allin from [static rumbling...] ...Eee ....Que Magazine." Oh boy, I thought, somebody gave my number to an independent music magazine and now they want to pay me $50 to shoot some random thing that will drag on and totally ruin me.. I decided to call back way later in the day and Michael picked up. The call was crystal clear this time and he asked if I had heard of the magazine. I said no, so he began to explain that it was a pretty big & well read international monthly men's magazine based in New York City and founded in 1931. Wow... why had I never heard of it... I began frantically googling while on the phone, maybe I spelled it wrong.

We spoke for a little bit and ended the call with plans to talk again after I had read the creative brief. 10 minutes later I received the email containing the brief from Michael Allin, Senior Visuals Editor - GQ Magazine! My heart stopped for a second... Guess I should have clarified what publication he was talking about in the voicemail since the reception was so bad.. 

I got the gig anyway, and since then I have been a GQ contributor 6 times which has been one of the highlights of my career so far since, well, I of course have heard of the magazine!

See the GQ Editorial Here


R5 - Smile [Official Video]


FROM INSTAGRAM: I learned a whole hell of a lot on this video. 1. Trust your instincts, even when the label thinks you're ideas are futile. 2. The only way to ensure virality is to give the audience something to watch over & over. 3. Work with bands who fucking get it. Shoutout to @rikerr5 for his devotion in learning this song backwards! [ @officialr5 - 'Smile' ]