"Idiots" - Comedy Shorts - Behind The Scenes

Recently my friend, comedian and actor Greg Santos approached me to direct a series of comedy shorts he wrote. Short, sweet, hysterical vignettes into the ridiculousness of relationships. He teamed up with the very talented Jade Catta Preta as his co-star.

Greg getting into character. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Greg getting into character. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

I was so pumped to do it, Greg is a fantastic talent and a gifted writer as well. (Check out Billy and Greg's sketch group The Yacht Club.) 

Essentially, the sketches are quick moments of voyeurism between Greg's character and his girlfriend (played by Jade). The idea is to present a window into who these people are (in a short amount of time) and showcase the absurdity of a long term relationship as it grows. Few situations include; being too funny, mangina, PDA, misspeaking, food in beards and catching someone singing a horrible song out loud. 

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

I enlisted my friends at Stommelhaus, Clifton and Evelyn Stommel to give the films a look. Clifton and I decided we wanted the look to be natural light motivated, so the space seemed natural and the comedy could play out front as the star. Often times the aesthetic can distract from the content in comedy, so it was important to me this look as natural as possible. Makeup artist Lili Kaytmaz made everyone look soft and beautiful on screen.

Lili making Greg look human. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Lili making Greg look human. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Lili fixing one of the talents hair. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Lili fixing one of the talents hair. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Hey I know that guy! Special cameo by Kevin Nealon. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Hey I know that guy! Special cameo by Kevin Nealon. Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

We shot six sketches over the course of one eighteen hour day. We set up around 8 am and moved quickly through each short script, (about 1 min each) making sure to gather plenty of options for the cutting room. I was a bit nervous about shooting 6 concepts in one day, but Greg and Jade delivered with ease, and the vibe on set was one of camaraderie. Made the day go smoothly, and we got everything we needed.

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

I'm pretty excited about these, we just reached picture lock and are in the process of coloring picture and mixing the audio. Shout out to my friend Michael Seifert for his post mix work on this as always. Stay tuned for more information about the release. Thanks to everyone who came out for this one. Excited to start working in the comedy world.

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

Photo Cred: Evelyn Stommel

ENDPAIN : Earl Granville - "The Things We Carry"

Today on Veterans Day, I am honored to share the film I created about my friend Earl Granville for an organization called ENDPAIN. Earl is easily the most inspiring human being I've ever met.

So many people to thank. Huge thanks to Travis Mauck for making this possible. Thanks to Nicola Raggi for shooting the film so beautifully and gracefully. Tim Schmalz for the amazing and compelling score. Joe Lombardi for his wonderful color work, and Michael Siefert for his mix/sound design. Huge thanks to Rick Kolberg, Melanie Davis and Lindsey Hardin for helping out as well. 

I am very proud of this piece and how it will help people struggling with physical and mental pain. Hope you enjoy it.

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine - Feature

In only an average of twelve minutes, mini documentaries by Director Nick Cavalier leave you feeling connected to the subjects of the films. Short stories capture the subject’s feelings about their passions and their chosen life path. Incredibly thorough, these films leave a lasting impression. His work is very personable and intimate, but also very physically involved. Throughout his documentaries you feel involved because the filming is done so that you’re always seeing action, you are observing how things are done; it’s almost like you were in the film doing all the things the subjects were doing. Cinematographers pick up their cameras and start filming there on the spot, wherever they are at the moment. It is feels spontaneous and real. This style of cinematography makes you partake in the activity; it takes you there and makes you experience everything you are watching on screen.
— Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Thanks to Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for the feature!

Gotta Groove Records Review - CutPrintFilm

With so much focus on process, Gotta Groove Records could easily be qualified as an industrial video … if a slickly produced one. But it never falls into the tedium of that industrial format. That’s because Cavalier and DOP John Pope lens the action with such obvious affection. Every moment of this film is meticulously constructed and flawlessly executed – including a dynamite tracking shot that unfolds over the final few minutes. If nothing else, Gotta Groove Records is a gorgeous film to look at. But Cavalier has more than just looks in mind. He further tempers the film’s industrial nature by keeping the human element front and center. It’s humans running the machines. It’s humans enjoying the music on all of those gorgeous discs too. And Gotta Groove Records is a company based around the human musical experience. Many of the company’s employees are working musicians on the Cleveland scene. Throughout the film, Cavalier shows us glimpses of who they are, where they’re from and why they love records. The more we get to know, the more Gotta Groove Records becomes a compelling narrative about human passions and shared human experiences. It’s a damn informative one at that. And yeah, with music from the likes of Suzuki Junzo, Lemon Sky and Hazard Adams, it’s gotta killer soundtrack to boot.
— CutPrintFilm.com