Brian Doom, Director

The Templetons in “We All Scream For Ice Cream”

May 28th, 2014

Directed by Brian Doom and Matt Voss, and Based on the comic book by Matt Voss:

The second installment in Matt Voss’ “The Templetons”, we join the dysfunctional family as Noodlesville is besieged by the Ice Cream Truck Serial Killer.

Shot on green screen by Tom Krymkowski with hand-drawn virtual sets by Matt Voss, and composited by Brian Doom with his (experimental) “black halo” procedural outlining filter (i.e. it’s not rotoscoped).

$6 Film School: Days of Heaven

February 9th, 2012

‎$6 Film School: read the production details, and then watch Terrence Malick‘s “Days of Heaven.”

Notice where the light is coming from in the different shots… what time they must have shot which scenes… it’s sort of crazy.

Woody Harrelson

January 5th, 2012

I may have contacted Woody Harrelson using a small metal cube (actually a cuboctahedron) created with psychic energy.  We’ll see!


May 11th, 2011

We’ve just wrapped principal photography on I WORK FOR NEMESIS! I’m very excited and relieved.

Thanks to every agent and operative in NEMESIS! Future generations of the Free World thank you.

Open Acting Roles

March 9th, 2011

Scary Cow, the film collective I belong to, now has a page with all the open acting roles.

Yowza! Merry Christmas!

Vinyl Ashes

January 15th, 2011

Still hard at work on I WORK FOR NEMESIS, which now has a Facebook page. Two locations remain!

In other news, I got a shout-out from RAOUL HERNANDEZ in his fun (thought-provoking?) article Vinyl Ashes – Your remains at 45 rpm?. Whee!

In Production: April 2010

April 28th, 2010

Preproduction is gaining steam for I WORK FOR NEMESIS and I’m very excited about our actors and our production team. Website to come soon.

Accessible Cube Puzzle

March 18th, 2010

UPDATE: copies now available for sale at The Retina Burn shop.

I know this has nothing to do with I WORK FOR NEMESIS or Devious, Inc., but I had to share this:

A few years ago (2002?) I made this “accessible” cube puzzle by simply gluing/drilling an existing cube. The goal was to get an intuitive sense of “where the cubes went” when a face was turned – by holding the back and viewing the front, the cubist can sense all faces at all times. This makes the design ideal for puzzling in the dark (which I did) but also as an enhancement for the visually-impaired without sacrificing usability for the sighted.

Additionally, many “blind” people are not entirely blind, so any bright color differences would help them visually distinguish any two faces. To this end, I removed the red face, replacing it with black, because in dim light it looks too much like orange. Arguably I could have done the same with yellow vs white, or green vs blue, but the textures were different enough it wasn’t necessary.

Note that if I had used a simple braille solution with the labeller, the result is quite unusable – a single turn and a given braille character is read as a different letter, if it isn’t already sideways. And reading braille backwards on the reverse of a cube… tricky.

Each face has a unique color, shape, and texture, with the each face’s modification material chosen for ease of recognition relative to the other faces.

color shape texture made with
yellow round “mushroom” smooth, wood wooden screw-hole (furniture) plug. The wood is close to yellow, anyway! The texture lends a organic feel – my original design concept was to have “pure materials” for each face, but the “metal” face (cut brass) was too much of a pain to get into a uniform shape.
green flat smooth, plastic DYMO label – it’s just R and a number, like “R4”, because it’s reminiscent of electronic schematics (resistors)
blue flat with round fluff circular, fluffy self-adhesive “coaster dot” for under appliances – I couldn’t find anything blue, so I had to settle for green. Although the effect is still easily distinguishable from the green face, this is why I chose the green face to be the default “flat” face.
orange raised circle tacky rubber transluscent self-adhesive non-skid “dot” for under appliances – color stays orange
white raised square (less) tacky rubber self-adhesive non-skid “dot” for under appliances. Fortunately there was a shape much different from the round transluscent dot!
black (formerly red) protruding (screw) metal screw, sandpaper this was the most labor-intensive face – the screws cannot be drilled too far in, because they would interfere with the mechanism. But they must go in far enough to stay embedded in the plastic… the screws penetrate the plastic and are bonded with resin glue in the hole. The sandpaper is glued.

Since then, the cube modification scene has blossomed, with puzzle designers like Tony Fisher and M. Oskar van Deventer using resin casting and 3d printing to make shapes not even based on the original 3×3 Rubik’s cube.

In Production: March 2010

March 5th, 2010
  • We’re ramping up on a secret project called I WORK FOR NEMESIS!
  • Devious, Inc., a Hella Fresh production, is being submitted to film festivals – wish us luck!

Cult Fiction online

October 7th, 2009

The award-winning “Cult Fiction,” directed by DC Kasundra, is available for viewing online.

I lit this film with Stan Ng, and it looks pretty good, if I say so myself! Tom K was the DP.

Watch for my 1-second “background artist” cameo!

Cult Fiction from Dead Set Films on Vimeo.

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