Nefarious Guy (Harrison Heller) is an award-winning machinima director and co-founder of Amorphous Blob Productions. He recently graduated from Brown University with a BA in Modern Culture & Media.

More Screenings for Stop, Rewind!

I recently found out that Stop, Rewind will be screened at the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in Seattle, Washington! The festival is one of the biggest student film festivals in the United States and the screening marks the first time an ABP machinima has been accepted into a broader animation category that includes more than just machinima. This is very exciting!

Stop, Rewind (2010)

Stop, Rewind will also be one of a small group of films screened at Brown University’s first ever MCM Student Works Exhibition at the newly constructed Granoff Center for the Creative Arts tomorrow night. The other projects include film and video works, written work, animated films, and more. MCM or Modern Culture & Media is the media production and theory department at Brown from which I will be receiving my degree come graduation. I hope the screening will give me the opportunity to introduce machinima to more people at Brown.

Stop, Rewind @ 2011 Videoformes Festival

Our machinima Stop, Rewind, in addition to other films from the machinima selection of 2009 and 2010 Atopic Festivals, will be screened this spring at the 2011 Videoformes Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France!  We are excited to be part of this event!

Stop, Rewind release promo

The festival runs from March 16th – April 3rd. The screening of Stop, Rewind will take place on March 18th.

Drone — A Work in Progress

The next ABP film will be Drone, a machinima that I’m making as my senior honors project at Brown University. The movie is a drama that explores some of the ethical/moral and psychological questions raised by the emergence of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (such as the predator drone), which are changing the face of warfare.

William Haskell is one of the best at the U.S. Air Force videogame American Drone Warrior. His skills catch the attention of Colonel Jeffrey Stevens who recruits him into an experimental predator drone unit that performs remote strikes in Afghanistan from Nevada. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Haskell’s unquestioning faith in the system is shaken and he is thrown down a mental spiral where the line between videogame and reality begins to blur…

If you’re interested, check out the Drone Production Blog where I will be posting updates on the development of the project over the next few months.

ABP Release: Shelf Life

After a few months of casting, rehearsing, and preparation, one very long day of shooting, and a week of intense editing, ABP is finally ready to release our new live action film, Shelf Life.

Shelf Life

The film was shot on a Canon 7D as a final project for an advanced film/video class at Brown University. It stars two very talented actors, Dennis Kozee and Josh Wallace, who I was extremely lucky to be able to work with on this project. It also features a short musical theme that I wrote.

We hope you enjoy the film!

Phil is a shady businessman grooming Lenny, a recent college grad, for the accountant position left vacant by the mysterious death of Lenny’s brother Frank. On the day of Lenny’s graduation, Phil arranges a meeting between Lenny and The Boss in order to officially induct him into the organization. But, Lenny suspects that the company may be hiding a terrible secret about his brother’s fate.

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Shelf Life (2010)

Phil is a shady businessman grooming Lenny, a recent college grad, for the accountant position left vacant by the mysterious death of Lenny’s brother Frank. On the day of Lenny’s graduation, Phil arranges a meeting between Lenny and The Boss in order to officially induct him into the organization. But, Lenny suspects that the company may be hiding a terrible secret about his brother’s fate.

Starring Josh Wallace and Dennis Kozee. Original music by Harrison Heller.