Gary Gustin is an actor who works in the Pennsylvania area. In the following interview, Gustin talks about his experiences as an actor. His most recent film is Sean McKnight’s Disturbing Images (2006).
I am familiar with your work from Sean McKnight’s film Disturbing Images where you played the character of Byron Lloyd. How did you come to be involved with the film?
I learned of Disturbing Images after Director Sean McKnight started casting notices. At that time he was being assisted by Dave Von Roehm of Ningun Films. I met Dave when I worked on a trailer for the film Two of One Heart. You know working on Independent films is a pretty small universe, seems like everyone knows everyone.
Here’s another album loaded with crap. I present to you Random Encounters. Once again released in 1999. Once again it’s a mix of songs recorded long before they made it to this CD and others recorded minutes before the CD was burned.
This year the RPG run at Protozoicon will be decided by concensus. So if you’re planning on attending and interested in playing please give a little feedback if you’ve got time.
The survey only contains 10 questions so hopefully it won’t take too long.
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Flying Numbers (2005) is a series of 49 poems written over a two-month period or so in 2004. Originally I published them on the web, but in 2005, I edited them into a PDF book-like format. Personally, I like their web presentation a little better than their PDF presentation. Some of the pictures for example were changed in making them into a book, along with the background colors. Additionally, some friends contributed their versions of flying number poems, which I had on the web also. The PDF-book version lacks these poems, and the colors, etc, but in the end it is probably a little easier to navigate.
Thematically, each poem centers on the flying numbers 1, 2 and 3. Rather convolutedly, the poems were also connected to a project (which is currently shelved) called PJ the Robot (and who in many regards still lives on). Even more convolutedly, PJ was an acronym, standing for “propaganda jox”, both a call to arms against the current state of world affairs and an allusion to a bygone time when the only enemies on the face of the Earth were Russia and the USA. The final thing that should be noted is that both“propaganda jox” and PJ owe a lot to Stuart Gordon’s film, Robot Jox (1990).
Crash and Burn and Flying Numbers.
Click here to download a PDF version of Flying Numbers.
I recorded Today Was Painted Thin on the 4-track in Essex sometime around April of 2003. As with most efforts that I myself “recorded and mastered” without Tim, the quality is pretty poor. I always liked the song though and wanted to record it again with people who could actually play instruments, rather than bang them (which is typically my approach to playing instruments). However, like the Lesternomicon, this might be as good as it ever gets.
Click here to listen to Today Was Painted Thin
from the side of the highway
the traffic beyond.
Just wanted to say that Mike and I have been watching Uncle Nagy’s House. It’s pretty entertaining. It’s cool to see that there are other people out there doing video just for the heck of it. I think we’ll probably go to the Episode 6 screening.
Warning: if you are offended by rape jokes, don’t bother watching the show.
Spoon Test Factory (2006) is a short film about Marie, played by Beth Gillin, and Geoff, played by Brian Egendorf (MainFragger), who work in a factory where spoons are tested.
Beth Gillin as Marie and Brian Egendorf as Geoff
The idea behind the film was to shoot something that was visual and not dialogue-driven. I also wanted to write a script but not actually give the actors a copy of the screenplay. So while significant events in the film are structured, much of what happens on the screen was worked out in rehearsal through solutions the actors arrived at by improvisation. The script was written in Celtx.
The final point that bears mentioning is that Tim and I met Beth, Brian, and Andrew Salerno, the film’s director of photography, at the Philadelphia Filmmakers, Actors, & Screenwriters Syndicate, which is held at Katseye Studio in Philadelphia, PA.
Location: Studio 5 South
Run Time: 6 minutes 20 seconds
Date of Principal Photography: September 24, 2006
If you have trouble viewing this movie, please dowload Quicktime 7.
Mike and I were discussing the other day our massive quantities of crap we’ve created over the years. It was then decided that it’s all going to go up on the site. Why not? Because it’s embarrassing.
EP 2000 was one of the first “albums” we completed. Despite the name, it was recorded (mostly) in 1999 and was finished on 12/28/99.1 To point out some highlights on EP 2000, one must start out with the lead track Merchants of Evil.
I think Merchants of Evil was possibly the first song we recorded. Recorded on a cassette tape in a clock radio, it was certainly a sign of things to come. A bit ambitious, with severely lacking drums (incidentally a pair of drum sticks whacking sheets of paper), and ultimately poorly executed, this was certainly a pattern we would repeat many times in the future.
Up on the Mount was one of the few semi-serious songs we did, and for the time, it turned out rather nicely. Circle was one of those songs that I think I recorded a little ditty that I liked and never really knew what do with it. I came home one day and Mike had finished the song and I was always amazed what he brought out if it. Shades of The Beta Band.
Jo Japan. Check it out. To quote Stan Lee, “‘Nuff said.”
Here’s the complete track listing:
- Merchants of Evil (Intro)
- Merchants of Evil
- Up on the Mount
- Jo Japan
1 Completion dates of late December/early January are quite common with us, since winter break represented one of the few times that everyone was back from college/abroad and had any time to pursue on creative pursuits.
Get ready to mark your calendars, because Protocon 2.0 is official!
When: Friday, November 17th until Sunday, November 19th. Festivities will begin at 7pm Friday Night and last until 5pm Sunday.
Where: At Webb Manor in Chestertown, MD
Webb Manor comes equipped with 2 smoke machines and a wiener dog. You do the math.
If you are not a regular contributor to this forum but are interested in attending, please leave a comment on the website and we will get back to you with details.
We will be putting up an official itinerary of events here in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, take a gander at DJ Webb’s Wicker Duck submission (we are still accepting wicker duck design submissions, so be sure to email or post yours).