Thursday, April 21, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
I'm a huge fan of Sesame Street and one of my favorite skits was when a Muppet (Kermit, Grover, etc.) would talk one on one with a kid. Ever since I got my own Muppet Whatnot from FAO Schwarz in 2009, I wanted to do my own twisted version with my kids. I finally got around to doing it this past summer (above).
Here's some outtakes (below)...
"Ted on Dolphins" (TALKIN' WITH TED outtake)
"Ted on Curious George" (TALKIN' WITH TED outtake)
"Ted on Recreation" (TALKIN' WITH TED outtake)
"Ted on Bluetooth Headsets" (TALKIN' WITH TED outtake)
Jim Henson is rolling in his grave.
©2010 FUSCO FAMILY FILMS
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I had gotten some positive feedback from family and friends on the last two Fusco Family Films – YOUNG DRACULA and THE SQUIRE, THE MAIDEN AND THE DRAGON. So when I decided to have a summer barbecue with some old friends I thought it would be fun to make a movie with them and their kids.
Of course I wrote an overly ambitious script, not taking into account that I'd have less time to shoot than my usual productions. Plus, I added 15 more actors than my usual productions – 10 of those being KIDS! Needless to say, attention spans were short and directional skills were limited...and that's just the PARENTS! (((rimshot))) But seriously folks...this meant shooting in a more "run and gun" approach so the end product is a little rough around the edges.
And here's a little fun fact: All the kidnappers in this movie also starred in one of my first movies, NUDE AND DISMEMBERED...20 years ago!
©2010 FUSCO FAMILY (& FRIENDS) FILMS
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
In the middle of filming YOUNG DRACULA, Casey pitched me another idea for a movie – and I mean literally between takes. This time he wanted to play a knight that fights a dragon. I told him "We'll see"...meaning..."I'm not sure I can pull that off". But after some thought I figured I could just green screen the dragon. I'd done a little green screening on the video I shot for Billy Kelly (posted here), so I was semi-confident it would work – emphasis on "semi". Here's what we came up with.
©2010 FUSCO FAMILY FILMS
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Casey had so much fun making our "Sabotage" video that he came to me with a new idea…to make a Dracula movie! Beyond knowing he wanted to play Dracula he didn't know what the story should be so he put me in charge of script development. Of course I had to put my stamp on it. This is what we came up with.
©2010 Fusco Family Films
Monday, April 11, 2011
When Casey showed interest in the "70's Detective" costume at the Halloween store I was thrilled. That night I grabbed my Beastie Boys Video Anthology off the shelf and showed him the "Sabotage" video. He loved it and we watched it again and again. This secured his decision on being a 70's cop for Halloween. But the costume store only sold adult sizes so we made our own – it was easy enough. Since he was so jazzed on the video and his new costume we decided to make our own "Sabotage" video. My apologies to the Beastie Boys.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Here's the very first Fusco Family Film, made before I even thought about starting Fusco Family Films. We recorded it on September 4th, 2005, when Casey was just 45 days old. It would be another four years before we'd make a second.