Based on a loosely recounted dream about a portal in someone's basement. We threw it together and filmed it at Joe's during quarantine. This was done for $20 and in less than a week.
The trailer for our Stephen King Dollar Baby project. My first film with a budget and an actual crew! I am so proud of this short, but per the contract with SK, I cannot post a public link to the film! If you do reviews or run a film festival, please contact me and I'll send a private link.
A music video I created for Downstaaiirs.
“The songs, Excavate’ and ‘Din’ attempt to reconstruct early childhood memories of Santa Fe, NM, to give context to the pain and confusion of losing an estranged father,” Thin tell Decibel. “Music video creator Robbie Smith amplifies the sonic chaos and emotional turmoil of the tracks with unsettling, cinematic visuals, producing a cathartic, multi-sensory assault on the audience.” A music video I created for THIN from NY out of stock footage.
We made this for the third year of the Unnamed Footage Festival and it was accepted. Oskar filmed it on his iPhone.
Created for the #CormanChallenge. We have had a shelter in place in California since 3/17/20 due to COViD-19. As a result, there has been a number of quarantine themed film festivals popping up around the web. Roger Corman's challenge stood out to me. Must be under 2 minutes and must be filmed in your home with your phone under compliance with the shelter in place regulations. I used my significant other's home videos and spliced those into footage I shot on my iPhone11 of her late grandmother's home (it is next door, we share a yard). I shot it, edited it, wrote and scored it in about 6 hours. There's something about working under certain restrictions that really gets me high and I remember why I love making visual art.
We had just finished editing The Dog Barks and I felt stagnant. I just wanted to make something. So we went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of plastic sheeting and made our kitchen into a sort of death arena. This was originally intended to be a video for my old band, I Wanna Die, but as most of those songs barely breach the minute mark, we decided to do a sort of noise track to the short. I shot it, probably the most action I've attempted to shoot. Albert and Joe do a fantastic job as the fighters/lovers.
Joe shot this one. Stacie did costume work and a bulk of the behind the scenes planning. This does not at all resemble what I had wrote before we had headed out into the woods to make this one, but I am nonetheless proud of what we made. Sam Pura helped us record sound and thank god for that. Brennan and Roo did the score. I love that damn score and I'd like to put it out someday.
2 GHOULS is an Official Selection of Unnamed Footage Festival 2018. My first attempt at the Found Footage genre.
I filmed SNAKE BITE on my old iPhone in my bathroom. I did the makeup and that is me acting.
SNAKE BITE won the Audience Choice Award and was an Official Selection of UNNAMED FOOTAGE FESTIVAL 2019.
I wanted to make a series of shorts where people killed themselves. It isn't easy finding actors who want to do that. We filmed this in the course of a few hours and I think Jessica did a fantastic job. I tried a couple new things with the camera and the editing. Couple silly Malick shots. I had a blast with this idea and would like to do more absurd suicide fantasies.
My first short film. Originally a contest entry for the ABCs of Death 2. I could not have done this one without Stacie Willoughby. Santa Cruz was the perfect place to shoot this idea and thank goodness people liked us and wanted to help.