Thursday, November 5, 2015

Monologue from "Wolf of Wall Street"

Back in December 2012, I was hired to play one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s office workers in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street". I was one of 200 guys who worked 15 hour days for a week under direction of Martin Scorsese. This was great for me as needed the income to make my SAG health insurance that year. It was also a great experience to be right there and get to observe Marty directing. 

In one of the film's big scenes, Leonardo gives an intense speech about how we should all get on our phones and sell Steve Madden stock. We, the office workers, were all directed to cheer, applaud, and go mad over what he says and at the end of his speech we all get on the phones and start selling like crazy. This went on for a full day — same speech over and over again. At one point, in order for Leonardo to rest his voice when the cameras were shooting him from behind, he just mimed along to his own recording. The rest if us still cheered on like maniacs.

A year later I went to a pre-release screening of the film attended by Leonardo who told the audience that he had felt so energized doing those speeches because he got this amazing response from 200 guys who were screaming back at him and egging him on. He felt bad though he said, because everyone had to act excited even though they had to listen to him do this over and over again. Of course I can’t speak for everyone there, but shooting those scenes was exciting EVERY time. Leo’s performance was electrifying, and though I'm  not  a sales guy (at all!) —  at the end of Leo's big speech,  all I wanted to do was to get on that phone and start selling — EVERY time! He was that good. 

While watching Leo perform this one speech over and over again for an entire day I started memorizing it. Last year I brought it in to my acting class to work on. Inspired by Leo, I too get pretty worked up at the end of it. Please check out the video and let me know what you think! Also, note that this is the whole speech (as far as I recall). In the finished movie some parts of it were edited out. Oh, and if you haven’t seen "The Wolf of Wall Street" make sure to check it out — DiCaprio definitely deserved that Oscar nomination. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pride of the Ocean goes to Hawaii

After my film A Last Farewell won the audience award at the Bear Film Festival in Vermont, I was invited to come along and screen the film at the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival on a cruise ship in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago. This is my 4th trip with this amazing festival. There are some great people running Pride of the Ocean and we had so much fun; watching films, talking about films, group dinners, and of course exploring the different islands of Hawaii where the cruise ship took us (though I have to admit - I also spent quite some time of the trip working my current Kickstarter campaign). Anyway, I would highly recommend other filmmakers to apply to the festival and hopefully get to go on next year's cruises to the Caribbean or Alaska.

Good morning Big Island!
Programming Director John Scagliotti with Susi Walsh and Bob.

Spending time at the wonderful "Little Beach" on Maui. 
Some of the Pride of the Ocean group.

Leaving Kauai early in the morning.
Thanks Susi Walsh for catching me in the act...
...of taking a fabulous selfie!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kiss Me, Kill Me, Kickstart Me!

I'm so excited to be working on my new film KISS ME KILL ME. I've always loved a good murder mystery and it's going to be so much fun to make my own. The script is great, our actors are tremendous, and I can't wait to get started shooting!

For the first time I'm raising the bulk of the budget on Kickstarter. The way the independent film market looks like these days, funding a movie with the help of people who want to see the project happen seems to be the only way to make a film like this.

It's very exciting to see that over 200 people have already supported our film in just a few days. And all the amazing feedback we have been getting makes the whole endeavor to make another feature film seem worth it -- something that I've had reason to question at times when declining DVD sales, illegal downloads, and streaming services that pay filmmakers next to nothing makes the film business look like anything but a sustainable business.

Do you want to see this film made?  If so, please support the campaign by donating and/or posting this link on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Fan artwork! 
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the campaign so far!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall getaway to Connecticut

I spend a lovely time with friends in Connecticut this past weekend. It was beautiful (even though the leaves where not as red and yellow as we had hoped :)) My friend Michael Trapp, who we stayed with and who does interior design and gardens, had his annual fall party in his magical farm house - that he of course designed himself. We also went for a couple of hikes and got quite a nature-fix before heading back to the city.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Film Festival wins!

It's been a busy summer for my short film A LAST FAREWELL. It has been playing festivals all over the world and is playing even more of them this fall. We have now been accepted into over 80 film festivals! I think that is a record for any of my films. My current goal for the film is to reach 100! :)

This coming weekend I'm off to Qfest in Philly to present the film. Over the summer I was able to personally attend and present the film at Pride of the Ocean going to Bermuda, Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Frameline in San Franscisco, Outfest in Los Angeles and Newfest in New York. Its been amazing to meeting audiences after screenings and receiving a lot of wonderful feedback.

Today, I found out that we won the Jury Award for Best International Short Film at Outflix in Memphis. Another award that I'm super-excited about is the Audience Award at the Vermont Bear Film Festival. I didn't think of my two leads as "bears" until festival director John Scagliotti suggested I submit the film. I'm glad he did, and that the audience agreed, and awarded the film the Paw Award -- that this year included an invitation to the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival in Hawaii next month! That's right -- I'm heading to Hawaii to attend a film festival! Thrilled! (Visit the website if you'd like to learn more and perhaps join!) I had an great time back in June at the film festival on the Bermuda cruise and I can't wait to do it again.

Here is the complete list of all the awards that A LAST FAREWELL has received:

Best Short Film, Audience Award - The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy

Best GLBT Short, Jury Award - Cleveland International Film festival

Best Short Film - Connecticut GLBT Film Festival

Best Short Film - CineSlam Film Festival, Vermont

Best International Short - FilmOut, San Diego

Best Short film, Audience Award - Vermont Bear Film Festival

Best International Short, Jury Award - Outflix, Memphis

Special Mentioning - Pink Apple Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

Best of Fest - Palm Springs International Short Film Festival

With the whole Pride of the Ocean film festival group at the Bermuda cruise, June 2014 

Attending Outfest in Los Angeles, July 2014

At Newfest in New York, July 2014

With my producer David Färdmar at the Palm Springs
Int Short Film Festival, June 2014

Enjoying Bermuda! Pride of the Ocean, June 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Join me on a Film Festival Cruise to Bermuda in June!

My short film A LAST FAREWELL has gotten into a bunch of festivals this spring. Next month we will play the Cleveland International Film FestivalRoze Filmtagen in Amsterdam, and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. In April we will play at the Torino GLBT Film Festival, as well as the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Garden State Film Festival. And it looks like we have many more lined up in both May and June!

One of our festivals in June is The The Pride of the Ocean film festival that takes place on a cruise ship leaving New York City on June 1 and going to Bermuda for a week of cruising. Both me and my producer David Färdmar will be attending. I've been part of it before and it's a lot of fun! Each day at the festival there will be film screenings, seminars about filmmaking etc and you are welcome to join. 

Check out the festival website to learn more: The organizers also set up a "Friends of Casper" page that gives discounts on the bookings:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it. 
Hope to see you on the cruise!! 

Me on "Pride of the Ocean" in 2010 when I was invited with "Violet Tendencies"

Me on the beach in Bermuda in 2010. Can't wait to go back! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Good times at Gothenburg Film Festival

I'm back in New York after a great time in Gothenburg, Sweden where I presented my short A LAST FAREWELL at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. It was my first time watching the film with  an audience. The screenings went quite well (lots of tears and laughter!) and it was really nice that most of our crew were able to join us, as well as many friends and family. It was also fantastic to have our actors Ivar Wiklander and Tomas von Brömssen joining us on stage at the screenings.

Me at the Göteborg Film Festival, 2014. 

Crew and cast get-together prior to the premier screening of the film. 

Me, producer David Färdmar, and star Iwar Wiklander  at the Swedish premiere of the film. 

Post-screening toast with crew at Sky Bar, Hotel Riverton (the regular festival hangout spot!)

Star Tomas von Brömssen joined me and David on stage for our second screening.