My Work

Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)

Role: writer, director

Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.

Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)

Role: director.

Agency: tbd 

We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.

Otis – Jay Z and Kanye West (parody / viral)

Role: creative, editor

Viral video done late one night at the office that found it’s way to the Huffington PostNew York Magazine, Playboy and Sundance website and blogs etc.

Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)

Role: writer, director

This video recently crossed 100,000 views on YouTube without any advertising.

HANGOVER

Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app.

Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)

Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)

Client: Laika

The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)

Role: Director, Editor, and DP (concept by Mike Merrill, animation by E*Rock)

Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD. 

Nike ID – Patty Cake :15 

Role: Director, co-star

Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

(producer: Jeff Selis, CD: Mike Byrne)

I won’t be seeing Suicide Squad

I’m not a big fan of INTENSE SUMMER MOVIES.

I like popcorn flicks, during this time of year. The kinds of movies, that entertain you. Take you away. Like the old comedies and musicals used to. Like the adventure films of the 80’s and 90’s did. You walk out a little lighter, having had a good experience. I felt this, after leaving a recent screening of The Secret Life of Pets, which was funny, had some heart, and enough action to keep people of all ages entertained.

But people like SHOCKING MOVIES now. Gotta keep raising the stakes. The bar. Tom Cruise has to be holding onto a real plane, thousands of miles in the air. Everything’s gotta be scarier. Louder. Bigger. Darker. Stop.

I mean, didn’t they get the memo? We LOVED GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! More humor please. Less darkness.

(And I know, they’re making Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but we dug, that it felt original).

Here’s the problem:

“We have a system where if an indie movie says “f–k” one too many times, it gets an R-rating, but a studio blockbuster can show torture and as long as there’s not too much blood, it gets a PG-13.” – Matt Goldberg on Collider.com

Look, I know it’s about making as much money as possible. Get the teens in seats. Get the pre-teens who want to be teens. Get the adults. Get anyone. We don’t care. Fill those seats. We’ll sell a movie ticket to a 5 year old! We spent $200 million marketing this thing!!!!!

I’m bummed, feel-good summer entertainment like Tomorrowland and The BFG haven’t been doing as well as deserved. (Though, I did recently enjoy Star Trek: Beyond which brought both action and hope together on the screen, with strong characters, a good message, and was fun).

But Suicide Squad?

I know people will want to see this.

My friend’s 11 year old daughter wants to see this.

Is this really a movie she should be seeing?

Hollywood knows what it’s doing. But I want more fun, original feeling movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, more collective good-time experiences we can all have during the summer.

There’s enough dystopia and torture on the news.

 

A kid’s book that adults love.

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A fantastic review of Hello, My Name Is Octicorn was posted on Amazon recently. It was written by Gayle H. Swift. Made my day.

“Hello, My Name Is Octicorn by Kevin Diller and illustrated by Justin Lowe invites readers to consider befriending Octi, a creature whose mom was an octopus and whose dad was a unicorn. Octi has trouble finding friends because he is so unique. Everyone shuns him. Because they fear his differences, they miss out on the pleasure of knowing him.

Octi showcases his many unique talents he has because he is half unicorn and half octopus. At parties he can juggle and dance with the best. At campfires he can toast marshmallows on his horn!…if he were invited. Ah, but that is the situation. Octi doesn’t get invited.

After presenting his case, Octi concludes his story with an invitation: “Will you be my friend? Yes or No?” This is brilliant writing because the question lands directly in the reader’s personal world. And hopefully, in their heart. Octi challenges them individually. They must make a choice–even if only in their mind. Will they choose friendship or rejection?

Justin Lowe’s quirky, unsophisticated, child like illustrations further the sense that this story is a personal conversation between Octi and the reader. This is a short, easy read with a message that packs an important punch.

Adoption-attuned (AQ) Lens: This book has an obvious and easy segue into discussions of the challenges, realities and benefits of being biracial and/or multiracial. So, kids who are bi-racial or multi-racial may feel a special resonance with the theme of this book. One illustration shows a genealogical diagram depicting Octi’s parents. (Dad is a unicorn; mom is an octopus.) This illustration might lead to conversations about the heritages of each birth parent. Parent and child can discuss both the reality and the cultural beliefs of both groups.

The book highlights the benefits of Octi’s dual heritage. This is an important point for all adoptees. There is a richness that comes from muti-ethnicity. We see it as an additive experience instead of as a subtractive one.”

WAITING FOR STAR WARS

That time in 1999 when I set out to scalp tickets to The Phantom Menace, and had to wait in line all day with a bunch of die hard fans. I had my videocamera along with me.

[With Star Wars: A Force Awakens coming out soon figured I’d jump in the Delorian and bring the internet this video.]

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Sid and Rose

Last summer I became a babysitter momentarily and found myself watching these two rug rats, Sid and Rose.

They reminded me that everything in life is a circle. And to remember the duality.

Adults teach kids. But kids also teach adults! Pay attention everybody.

Synchronizing Ratatat

Back in 2004 when Ratatat released their debut album, I thought it would be cool to direct a music video to 17 Years featuring synchronized swimmers.

A co-worker at the time, Jessica Vacek mentioned I should check out some Esther Williams. So I ended up at a Hollywood Video and rented Million Dollar Mermaid on VHS. I scrubbed through it and found a fantastic sequence choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Colored smoke, swimmers launching into the water from great heights – they just don’t make ’em like they used to. My plan was to pitch the band on the idea of shooting a synchronized swimming video with me, by synching some footage up to their song. However, I had no idea how well it would actually synch. This, my friends, is magic…