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Billy Zabka Saves The Universe

This was my final film project for my Literature To Film class, in my senior year of high school. We were assigned to read a short story (in this case, The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Pierce) and adapt it into a short film. My partner-in-crime Bobby Whitehouse and I decided to make it a very loose adaptation, incorporating science fiction and comedic elements as well as changing the names of the characters, and adding in a (rather beautiful) musical number.

Bobby’s performance is a testament to his talent at improvisational comedy, and the amount of injuries her sustained while filming the action scenes showed just how much of a trooper the man is.

Out of all the short films I made during high school, this one was my favorite.

When their beloved teacher is brutally murdered, teenage detective Billy Zabka and his sardonic friend Ralph Macchio attempt to bring his killer to justice amid a web of corruption, seances, and Papa John’s.


The Janitor: A Horror Odyssey Through Time & Space

This was my final film project for my TV Production class in my junior year of high school. We had to make a film about a real experience, and after some liberal fact-smudging, my group produced this very loose adaptation of a somewhat sketchy encounter I had with a school janitor in freshman year. With green screen work and visual effects done at my town’s public access TV studio, the final product ended up looking fairly decent for a no-budget student film shot on handheld cameras (sadly, the heavy-duty Panasonic was taken by another group).

I would also like to say that my friend Freddy’s performance as the titular Janitor gives me chills to this day.

Learn, Don’t Burn: The Lost PSA

This is an old PSA I co-wrote and directed for my 20th Century Film class in my junior year of high school. The assignment was to make a public service announcement about anything – anything at all – so my friend and I decided to make a parody of blatantly homophobic and severely misinformed 1980s propaganda videos such as Rock: It’s Your Decision.

Our teacher’s exact comment was, “Well, that has to be one of the more interesting student films I’ve seen”. We ended up with an A-.