Title: “Magic Phone”
Released: October 2014
Primary Duties: Co-Writer, Co-Director, Editor, Camera, Actor
Magic Phone started in 2002, when Nathan Smith and I wrote and shot two 22-minute episodes of a Magic Phone sitcom as our final college project. We were lucky enough to cast our friend Curtis Retherford in the role of Ron, a character whose whole life revolves around the phone calls he makes with his Magic Phone.
In the summer of 2014, eleven years after completing the original Magic Phone episodes, Curtis came to visit me in L.A., and we decided to revisit the concept. This time, instead of using bad fake mustaches to show a Ron in a different time-period, we used the original 2003 footage of Curtis. We wrote and shot new “present-day” phone calls so he could interact with that old footage. It was a really interesting writing and directing challenge, and I’m really happy with the final film.