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December 17, 2005

Well, we had a fine stay in California. Nice and warm, December sun, such a novelty! Whilst we were out there, we sold our house, so much of our "vacation" on Friday was spent reading, signing and faxing documents back and forth. With our house now sold, we are making a mad rush to find ourselves a new home. We thought long and hard about moving to Cali, but we decided that now just is not our time. We'll find a (hopefully) great house here in Michigan that will do for a year or two, and then do what we gotta do.

Merry Christmas and rap atcha soon!

December 6, 2005

Jacquie and I are taking off for California in a couple of hours. We'll be staying with our friends Kris & Tony (of Curious Jack fame) at their house in Valencia. Some relaxation and some house/apartment hunting are in store, plus other delights of a warm nature. We're excited to spend some time out there and see if it feels like it's time for us to head west permanently. Talk to you next week, dear reader.

November 27, 2005

It's been quite a while since I've posted. Sorry about that. I've been revamping my wife's and my own web sites, as you may have noticed. I'm not the world's greatest graphic artist, but I tried to clean up our sites and make them as clutter-free and sharp as possible. I hope I've succeeded.

I finished up my month-long run as the fill-in singer of Soul Circus last night. I had a great time with those guys, playing a bunch of songs I've never sung on stage before. John, Rusty and Kenny are a group of wonderful lads, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to help them out. Next Saturday, December 3, my new band Hose is having our coming out party at the Croatian-American hall. $5 cover, cheap beer and food. Call Mike at (586) 943-3899 for details. Come on out and "get hosed"!

October 27, 2005

I've posted a couple of photos from last weekend's movie shoot (Mark France's The Fallen, in case you've forgotten). You can view them here. My tripod is still in the shop and Mark still has my camera. I feel naked without my tools!

Also, this weekend I am filling in on vocals for the band Soul Circus. They are another No Deal Records band, as Elixir was. We're playing at The Dawg House on Groesbeck in Clinton Twp. We are playing a bunch of stuff that I've always wanted to sing but never have. Gonna be a fun weekend. I wonder if we're going to have to play an extra hour on Saturday night. We better get a tip if we do!

Finally, if you make a U-turn and there is no sign prohibiting it and you still get pulled over, does a tree crap in the woods?

October 24, 2005

We had a chilly yet successful weekend shooting Mark A. France's new project, The Fallen. It was exciting to be behind the camera for the first time, and there were no technical difficulties with the camera. The same cannot be said, however, for my $400 tripod which is barely 1 year old. It's a Bogen 501 with this ball-socket contraption for leveling and rotating the head. Anyway, whilst setting up for a shot yesterday, the whole thing just fell apart. Fortunately I had a firm grip on the camera and no damage was done to it, but the tripod is in shambles. OK, technically not the tripod but the head. We tried for about 30 minutes to figure out how to put it all back together again, but not even our mechanically inclined star actor, Richie, could figure it out. So we went hand-held the rest of the day, ignoring the protests from my aching, frozen arms. I took the mess into a camera repair shop today, and am awaiting an estimate.

The shoot, as I said, went very well both days. It is truly a beautiful time of the year to shoot. Hopefully it will all look as good on TV as it did in the viewfinder. Jacquie looked wonderful on Saturday and decomposed on Sunday, as unfortunately her character met an untimely end at the mouth of a radiator grille. I also got to play Runt, an emo/slacker dude. I took the character to heart, as I called in sick to work today! Nothing feels better...

October 17, 2005

Mark A. France's new project, The Fallen, shoots this coming weekend. I am helming the camera and playing an emo-goth punk named Runt. My beautiful bride is playing the lead role. Nothing like the pressure of making sure your wife looks perfect in your first foray into cinematography! This film is described as "a horrific psycho-drama involving love, loss and the living dead." Should be a good one! :)

September 30, 2005

A bunch of local Detroit musicians recently got together and recorded a benefit song for the victims of hurricane Katrina. I "lent my voice" to the song, and it's now available online at www.rockinforthehurricane.com. It's a $0.99 download, and all proceeds go to the American Red Cross. So do your part to support disaster relief AND Detroit rock and roll!

September 26, 2005

Holy cow, what a weekend! On Saturday, Mike (Elixir's guitar player) and I played our first acoustic show up at Filippa's in Sterling Heights. We had a great time and so did the people that pay our bills, so we will be back there sometime in October. Dates will be posted here...

Then on Sunday, Jacquie, Sid Redlin, Melissa Zinn and I traveled east to Cleveland to see Love & Plutonium in the Twisted Spine "Micro" Film Festival. It was a lot of fun and we met some interesting people. And to top it all off, we won the "Best Feature Film" award! We are on cloud nine right now. Read all about it at www.LoveAndPlutonium.com, and see proof here. :)

September 19, 2005

Well, my band Elixir had our swan song last weekend. We had 4 fine 4 shows with some good crowds out at Jack's Waterfront. We rocked, we hugged and we rocked some more. I posted some photos on the Elixir web site, probably the last things I'll ever post there. Enjoy!

Speaking of photos, today I picked up some photos from the Talk America shoot I did back in August. I did a TV spot and a print ad. I've posted a few of the print shots on the Photos page (check out the 2nd row). Not sure which one the client actually picked. If you get a Talk America mailing with my mug on it, drop me a line and let me know which shot they used! Just for some context, I played a man's man working on his hot rod in his manly garage.

September 15, 2005

My scenes in Probejackers have been completed. It was a lot of fun and quite challenging work, what with all the green-screen acting. I've posted a couple of photos from the shoot on the Photos page. In them I am wearing the t-shirts of my character's (Meltdown) favorite Martian rock bands, written in Shavian. See if you can translate them... :)

Went to the production meeting for Numb, the independent film I was cast in. Still don't know too much on that, other than I will wear a suit in the rain in one scene. Better not be one of my suits!

This weekend also marks the last 4 gigs of my band Elixir. We are "retiring" as a band and pursuing other interests. I will be resurfacing in a newly-named, but hauntingly familiar, band in the next couple of months. In the interim I'll be playing some acoustic shows at Filippa's in Sterling Heights, starting on Saturday, September 24. Then the next morning we'll be leaving for Cleveland to see Love & Plutonium in the Twisted Spine "Micro" Film Festival! Slow down? Me? Ha, don't be foolish.

September 5, 2005

Love & Plutonium has been selected for the Twisted Spine "Micro" Film Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, in Cleveland, Ohio. Love & Plutonium will be screened at 2:30 pm on Sunday. For more information and analysis, visit the official web site at www.LoveAndPlutonium.com.

The Too Good To Be True project is on hold while the wacky MPI people sort out all their equipment scheduling problems. For all the money kids pay to go to that school, the organizational skills displayed by the faculty are quite poor!

More Probejackers shooting this Saturday, this time in fake zero-gravity, spacesuit and all! This should be interesting.

I've also been cast in another independent film, Numb. Our first production meeting is this Friday. I'll post more when I know more...

August 25, 2005

Jacquie and I finished up our participation in the University of Michigan's Eat for Life photo shoot today. We both had 2 days of shooting. It's always good to get the print experience!

We've got Probejackers shooting this Saturday, and then the MPI student film Too Good To Be True on Labor Day weekend. I'm happy to be working!

August 17, 2005

I shot the Talk America TV spot today, and it went really well. There was also a still photo shoot after the video stuff was done, which I believe they will use for some direct mailings. I got to work under the hood of a 1967 Plymouth Road Runner as I extolled the virtues of Talk America. Thanks to Ron & Carla from Production Cafe who produced the shoot, and Wayne who directed. 

August 12, 2005

Wow, it's been a good week! I've been blessed to land a speaking role in a Talk America TV commercial, shooting next week. And I've also been selected to be involved in a big photo shoot out at the University of Michigan. Glory to God!

August 9, 2005

Today I was offered the lead role in Too Good To Be True, a student film by Chris Jones from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan. It's an exciting role, in which my character undergoes a horrific transformation. Production begins the first week of September. My beautiful bride Jacquie has also been cast in this project.

August 6, 2005

The first weekend of Probejackers shooting went very well. We spent an entire afternoon on the Stony Creek disc golf course, learning the coarser points of the "sport" and having a good time. Meltdown is such a fun character; think of him as a smarter Stifler. Also, I auditioned today for a short film called Shooters, written and directed by our friend Maggie Patton, and I've got 3 more auditions between now and Monday afternoon. It's a busy life. Time to quit my real job? :)

July 20, 2005

I have been offered the role of Meltdown in Tom Mansell and Matt Pearson's upcoming sci-fi adventure comedy, Probejackers. Production starts in August. This is a very challenging project, filled with special effects and other fun filmmaking tricks!

June 29, 2005

Some photos of the new, skinny Jeff have been posted to the Photos pages. (Yes, I've lost 40 pounds since January. Yes, I meant to. No, I'm not currently dying.)

June 24, 2005

What a great night last night, especially if you are not a Pistons fan! We premiered Love & Plutonium at the Emagine Theater in Novi last night to a very receptive crowd (227 people!). Everyone seemed to enjoy it immensely and laugh in most of the right places. So thank you to everyone for your support of me, Jacquie and Loose Change Entertainment. Now you can show even more support by ordering your own copy of the movie, packed with extras!

Now it's on to the next project!

June 17, 2005

The press blitz for Love & Plutonium has begun, with a story in yesterday's Ferndale/Berkley Mirror, and a story and review of the movie in today's Daily Tribune. There should be a story in Sunday's Source & Advisor in Shelby Twp. as well. You can read all the stories on the Press page at www.LoveAndPlutonium.com.

June 8, 2005

A movie that both Jacquie and I appeared in last fall, 21 Carbs, has been selected for the Planet Ant Film Festival. Unfortunately, Love & Plutonium was not selected, but at least we'll still be represented as actors at the festival!

As mentioned previously and above in this space, Love & Plutonium will have its world premiere on Thursday, June 23 at the Emagine Theater in Novi. You can visit the official web site for more details, and you can read the official press releases here (1, 2).

The Trevor Lork shoot went well last Saturday, despite the sweltering heat. We are kicking some major butt on this production.

May 30, 2005

Yes, the honeymoon is over. Well, only the physical travel aspect of the honeymoon, as I am still extremely happy being a married man. But after 11 days in jolly England, it's nice to get back and sit in front of the computer. We saw all the sights and I'll be posting a few pictures from the trip when I'm able to get around to it. Right now I'm concentrating on:

1) Learning my lines for the Trevor Lork shoot on Saturday;

2) Remember how to sing as Elixir has 6 gigs in the next 2 weeks after being off for nearly a month due to my nuptial happenings;

3) Preparing for the Love & Plutonium premiere on June 23. Working on contacting the media, pulling together props and other memorabilia to raffle off, and other publicity and promotional aspects.

Marriage will not tame the insanely busy beast that is I. Never!

May 6, 2005

Well, it's now only 9 days until Jacquie and I tie the knot! Man, how time is flying. Elixir threw our CD release party on Thursday, Cinco de Mayo, at Bartini's in Clinton Township. It was a rousing success! Love & Plutonium is completed and the premiere date has been set: Thursday, June 23, at the Emagine Theater in Novi. So much going on, so much to do. I know we are going to enjoy our honeymoon in England (though being away from my computer for 11 days does scare me a bit)!

April 13, 2005

The first weekend of shooting on Trevor Lork is complete. We had a good day of shooting at Benny's Pizza for my big anti-comedy stand-up routine. I really think this anti-comedy thing is going to take off!

Elixir is playing a big gig on Sunday, April 24. We're competing in the Labatt Blue Battle of the Bands at Fifth Avenue in Novi. The winner gets a year sponsorship from Labatt Blue and some other monetary prizes. So be sure to come out and support us (especially you west-siders)! We go on at 9:00 pm.

March 27, 2005

Trevor Lork begins shooting next weekend. We'll be shooting at Benny's Pizza in Westland, the same locale that we used for the Secret Hideout Bar & Grill in Love & Plutonium. Should be fun!

The Elixir Love Goes Boom CD release party has been set. It's gonna be on Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May for those who are not bilingual) at Bartini's Blue Moon Lounge in Clinton Township. Check the Elixir web site for more info.

March 11, 2005

Pre-production on Noelle LaPrise's movie Trevor Lork is in high gear. Shooting begins in early April. Jeff is playing Billy Napoli, best friend of Trevor and creator of anti-comedy, a revolutionary new form of stand-up.

Also, the date of Jacquie & Jeff's nuptials is rapidly approaching (May 15). If you'd like to make a new bride and/or groom's day, why not pick something up off their registries? :)

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March 4, 2005

Post-production on Jeff & Jacquie's film Love & Plutonium is nearing completion. Soundtrack music is done and is being inserted into the movie as you read this. Read all about it on the official Love & Plutonium web site.

January 24, 2005

The weather promos Jeff shot for Fox 47 in Lansing last fall have finally begun airing, apparently in heavy rotation. Please keep an eye out for Jeff's mug if you are in the Fox 47 viewing area!

January 2, 2005

A new prank phone call has been posted to the Phone Calls page. Also, Happy New Year to all!

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