Handy IMDb Chrome extension for doing searches

Tales of the Frontier - Debt Collector

In breakdowns you’ll see names of Casting Directors, Directors, and Producers. In deciding if I want to submit for the project or not I’ll often look up those people in IMDb to see if they have done other projects or if we’ve worked on any projects together.

To speed up this process, I made a simple Chrome extension that takes any text you highlight and with a right-click will do a IMDb search for that text in a new window. That’s all it does – simple.

Click here to see it in the Chrome store (it’s free): Right-Click Search IMDb

right-click search on imdb
Screenshot of tool at work

To Survive available on DVD

Touch of Darkness

The post-apocalyptic thriller, To Survive, that we filmed back in 2012 is finally available on DVD through Amazon.com.

The story is about a man named Jonathan who is on his own after the collapse of civilization. He spends his time just trying to stay alive – avoiding people to stay safe. Quite by accident he finds a family hiding out in a church who see in him a leader and soon Jonathan finds himself leading a growing group of good guys. Jonathan has to overcome the tragedy of his past in order to allow these new people into his life. Can he keep them alive in the face of constant danger?

This was my first lead role in a feature film and director Stephen Folker‘s first feature. We filmed it over three weeks in and around Davenport, Iowa. I prepared for the role by walking across Illinois just prior to filming. This was the route Jonathan took prior to the opening of the story and the solitude of the walk got me into Jonathan’s head space. The walk also generated press coverage for the film.

This film is now available with two day shipping and for under $10! If you liked The Road, or have interest in the post-apocalyptic genre then check this movie out.

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To Survive on DVD

Airing this week: Hurricane 360 – “Mayhem in Mississippi”

The Dark - Teenage Angst

My episode of Weather Channel’s Hurricane 360 called “Mayhem in Mississippi” airs tonight at 11pm and then again on Saturday (8pm) and Sunday (11pm). It’s a recreation show which means that the actors recreate the scenes that are being described by people who were actually there.

Below there is a trailer for the episode.

I had a lot of fun working on this one with Sam Dolan, Erika Toraya, and Max Lasser. Sam did such a great job editing that you can’t tell that the recreation scenes were all shot in drought stricken Los Angeles!

Watch Criminal Minds on April 2nd

To Survive

Criminal Minds episode 920, “Blood Relations” is airing April 2nd at 9:00pm on CBS. My main scene is in the teaser (the part before the main titles) so tune in early. I play Clark Howard who is a member of West Virginia family that is embroiled in a long-simmering feud with another local family. Things get ugly and the Criminal Minds team has to come in and figure it out.

It’s going to be a great episode. For starters, the script for this episode was written by co-executive producer, Breen Frazier, who is known for his intriguing episodes. This script is true to form and will keep you guessing until the end. Also, it was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr Spencer Reid on the show (the tall, fast-talking, kind of geeky agent). This is the seventh episode he’s directed and he pays such close attention to detail on every aspect of production that the results are seamless.

Working with Matthew was a joy. He has specific visions for his scenes in mind and is totally articulate with his descriptions which makes it easy for the actor to bring it to life. He also has a calm and patient presence which helps everyone stay focused when there is an inevitable problem on set (lighting, squeaky dolly wheel, uncooperative props, etc).

Enjoy the show and let me know what you think!

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Criminal Minds Season 9