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Reality TV to the Extreme!

Marco Scaringi  •  Production Assistant  •  National Reality TV  •  November 2012 – March 2013


 
So what’s Marco been up to during these cold winter months? Why, making his mark working on Reality TV, of course! There have been some pretty cool shows visiting Seattle recently, and Marco has had his hands on a lot of them, including Kitchen Nightmares, America’s Got Talent, Randy to the Rescue, The Dead Files, and even a couple shows we can’t tell you about! Several shows have especially appreciated Marco’s ability to find locations to shoot quintessential “Seattle” shots to work as B-roll for the shows (see above). So watch out, Spring filmmaking season, because Marco has kept his skills sharp this winter!

4-Hour Chef

Marco Scaringi  •  Production Manager, Media Manager  •  Book Trailer  •  RED Epic  •  October 2012
4-Hour Chef logo

The trend of making short films to promote book sales has been rising lately, and the recent books by Timothy Ferriss are no exception. You may know Ferriss as the best-selling author of 4-Hour Body and 4-Hour Workweek, and the promotional film for his latest book, 4-Hour Chef, certainly has some surprises in store for its viewers. Ferriss and director Adam Patch came up from San Francisco to shoot at Delve Kitchen below the Pike Place Market. The chefs at Delve were consultants on this book and famous for their revolutionary cooking compendium, Modernist Cuisine.

Marco was hired as production manager, and had to arrange for local crew, locations, and props, including a starter pistol and a live turkey that had to be killed specifically for the production, yikes! Robyn, as a vegetarian, wasn’t too pleased with this, but Marco assured her that this free-range turkey was killed humanely by the farmer that raised him at Thoughtful Food Farms, and the turkey was donated to artisan chefs at Delve after Timothy Ferriss had demonstrated how to gut the turkey. Balance restored! Never a dull moment on Marco’s sets, that’s for sure! Be sure to check out the finished trailer:



I Love You Puppet Man

I Love You Puppet Man screen shot
Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst Editor, Media Manager
Marco Scaringi  •  Additional Media Manager
Narrative Short  •  RED Scarlet  •  October 2012

Just in time for Halloween, Robyn and Marco got to work on a film in one of their favorite genres: horror comedy. I Love You Puppet Man, written & directed by Bry Troyer, is about a down-on-his-luck puppeteer who takes a part-time job with a mad scientist who’s trying to contact the dead. The cast & crew were a good mix of new and familiar faces, including DP Chad Perkins, who you may know as the creator of Godlizza, winner of the 3 Minute Masterpiece contest put on by SIFF 2012.

Locally Grown

Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst Editor, Digital Loader  •  Web Series  •  RED Epic & RED MX  •  October 2012
Locally Grown Logo

Locally Grown is a web series about the zany antics of the Granger family as they live and work around a Seattle-based farmer’s market. The pilot episode was a fast-paced 2-camera shoot, shot by Ryan Purcell and Sam Graydon, so the producers were smart to hire an experienced DIT in Robyn to wrangle all that footage. As DIT, Robyn’s made a habit of sending out reference stills for every set-up to all the key production personal, and they loved Robyn for doing that on this shoot. For more information about Locally Grown and future episodes, check out their website.

Local Sightings

Marco Scaringi  •  Field Producer  •  Festival Trailer Bumpers  •  September/October 2012



For those not in the know, Local Sightings is a gem of a film festival, located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at the Northwest Film Forum, and showing exclusively local films from around the Pacific Northwest. Since Eyes in the Dark screened at Local Sightings in 2010, Robyn & Marco have had films in the festival every year. The 2012 line-up included some of Robyn and Marco’s favorite films they ever worked on: Pretty Face and Green My Eyes, Door to Door, and Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass, as well as Hazzard, a documentary that Marco did voice work for.

Marco also got a chance to help make some very funny bumpers for the festival, working with some of the Scaringi’s very dear friends, Olin Padilla and Lionel Flynn. Check out one of the four videos above.

A Bit of Bad Luck

Marco Scaringi  •  Asst Production Coordinator  •  Narrative Feature Film  •  September 2012

A Bit of Bad Luck called on Scaringi Films to cover for a production coordinator who had to leave town at the last minute, and Marco was happy to oblige. With just a week before production started, the job kept Marco very busy, coordinating with rental companies, locations, and travel arrangements, just to name a few. The film stars Cary Elwes from Princess Bride and Teri Polo from Meet the Parents, so it’s sure to be a hit. Keep an eye out for it theaters in 2013.

Scrapper

Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst Editor, Digital Loader
Marco Scaringi  •  Asst Director, Actor
Narrative Feature Film  •  RED MX  •  August 2012
Michael Beach, of Backyard Man

Robyn and Marco were both excited to work on Scrapper (working title, Backyard Man) with Brady Hall, because Brady’s built a reputation for himself as a filmmaker who pushes the envelope — his last film was titled Hello, My Name is Dick Licker. In fact, when asked why he chose to write and direct this film, Brady said he just didn’t want to make another film about another white guy. Ha! The film also stars Michael Beach and Anna Giles, with Aidan Gillen in a supporting role, who you may recognize as Littlefinger from Game of Thrones. You’ll also spot Marco acting in this one, in the role he was born to play: a scummy scrapper! The film is both funny and moving and is sure to get a wide appeal in the film festival circuit.

The Ex-Lunch

Jade & Robyn consult the script on the set of The Ex-Lunch
Robyn Scaringi  •  Co-Producer, Script Supervisor, Digital Loader
Marco Scaringi  •  2nd Asst Camera, Actor
Narrative Short  •  RED Epic  •  August 2012

It’s hard to tempt Robyn into being a producer, but when a film like The Ex-Lunch comes along, it’s hard to say no. The Ex-Lunch is a comedic short by Jade Justad about two exes meeting for the first time and their best friends trying to coach them through it. This is Jade’s second film that she wrote and directed, and after seeing her first film, 3 Actresses Walk Into a Bathroom, you’d want to work with Jade too. As usual, Robyn managed to convince Marco to work on the project too, and once again, they both worked in multiple roles. All in all, this was a great project to work on, so keep an eye out for it during the 2013 festival circuit.

Top Chef

Marco Scaringi  •  Art Department PA  •  National Reality TV  •  June/July 2012
Marco on the set of Top Chef

This was the first time either Scaringi ventured into the world of production design, and like most things film-related, it turned out to be a lot more intricate than you would first expect. Working in the art department for a national TV series like Top Chef was a lot of work, but it was great to be part of such a large production and see behind the scenes on how much work goes into being able to catch the “reality” of the competition.

SIFF 2012 – Sissy Spacek & William Friedkin

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor  •  Clip Reels  •  May/June 2012

For the third year in a row, Robyn edited tribute reels for SIFF. But unlike the last couple years, SIFF had not one, but two big stars receiving awards, and as a result, they needed twice as many clip reels. Not to worry, Robyn was on the case! And this year, finally, Robyn was able to attend the events where her reels were screened. Any filmmaker will agree, nothing in life quite matches the joy of watching your work with an audience on the big screen.

The 2012 honorees were none other than actress Sissy Spacek of Carrie and In the Bedroom fame and director William Friedkin of The Exorcist and French Connection fame. See above to watch the reel Robyn created for Sissy Spacek and below for the William Friedkin reel.

You Can’t Win

You Can't Win book cover
Marco Scaringi  •  Transportation
Narrative Feature  •  May 2012

Based on the book of the same name, You Can’t Win is the memoir of drifter and thief, Jack Black (not the Jack Black you’re thinking of) and his adventures across the Wild West. Following up his Sundance success from Zoo, Seattle director, Robinson Devor helms this film with Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) in the lead along with co-star Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness). Marco got to drive some very talented cast and crew all over western Washington, which made working on this epic film completely worth it, despite the long hours. Even veteran crew members confided that they thought You Can’t Win was one of the best films they ever worked on.

Food Lifeline

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor  •  Promotional Video  •  Sony HDR-FX1  •  May 2012

Robyn likes working with Bjorn Anderson and Emerald City Pictures because the company has gone out of its way to make videos for non-profits like libraries and food banks. This latest video by ECP was for Food Lifeline, a company that coordinates with grocery stores and other vendors to get food to nearly 300 food banks and homeless shelters in Western Washington. The video was created to help encourage donations during one of the hardest times of the year for food insecure children — the summer months, when access to free school lunches is no longer an option. For more information about Food Lifeline and all the good work they do, check out their website at foodlifeline.org. And don’t forget to check out the finished video on Food Lifeline’s YouTube channel.

Touchy Feely

Marco Scaringi  •  Production Office Assistant
Robyn Scaringi  •  Production Office Assistant
Narrative Feature  •  April 2012

Both Robyn & Marco worked in the production office for part of Lynn Shelton‘s newest film, Touchy Feely. The film reunites Shelton and star Rosemarie DeWitt after their success with Your Sister’s Sister, which was the first Washington film to open the Seattle International Film Festival. The film has an awesome cast with Ellen Page (Inception), Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Josh Pais (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Ron Livingston (Office Space).
 

The Next Step

Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst Editor, Digital Loader
Marco Scaringi  •  2nd Asst Camera
Narrative Short  •  Canon 5D  •  April 2012

Have you ever read a story and thought you could predict the ending, but then it ends in a way that you never would’ve guessed in a million years? That’s The Next Step. Mel Eslyn, who you might know as one of the best producers in Seattle, wrote and directed this comedic short, and naturally, some of the best crew in town followed her lead. The film also has a sweet cameo by one of our favorite Seattle actors, Ernie Joseph, who you might remember as one of the leads in This is Ours. The Next Step is sure to be a festival favorite, so keep an eye out for it on the 2012/2013 circuit. If you need a taste to tide you over, check out their Kickstarter video.

Frank Hardon: Life Coach

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor
Marco Scaringi  •  Assistant Camera
Web Series  •  Canon 7D  •  April 2012
Frank Hardon logo

If you’ve ever worked in the indie film industry, you probably know that 9 out of 10 films you work on are deep, arty, story-less dramas that are meaningless to anyone other than the writer/director. And then something like Frank Hardon: Life Coach comes along, that’s so funny, so low-brow, so well-written, and so much like something you’d actually want to watch, that you’re reminded of why you got in this business in the first place: for the fun of it! On top of the script and premise being so hilarious, Robyn got to work with a great cast and crew, too many to mention here (that’s a first!). Really, we can’t wait til the world gets to see this show, because they’re gonna laugh their butts off for this one!

Dancing With the Stars

Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Notes/Logger  •  National Reality TV  •  March 2012

That’s right, THE Dancing With the Stars. The show is usually shot in LA, but one of the stars (mums the word on who) had a previous engagement in Seattle, so they shot a couple of their rehearsals here. People don’t realize how fast the turnaround is on reality shows like these. Our Thursday/Friday shoot was set to air the following Monday, so this dancing couple definitely needed someone there writing script notes to cut down on edit time. It was a lot of fun watching the dancers progress during the rehearsal process, and we can see why the show is so popular. Check it out Monday nights on ABC, or on Hulu.

Koinonia

Marco Scaringi  •  Grip & Lighting  •  Narrative Feature Film  •  RED Epic  •  March 2012
Marco steadying a light on the set of Koinonia

Literally the day after Marco graduated from film school, he was whisked away to Greenwater, WA to help shoot a post-apocalyptic feature film called Koinonia, starring Tony Doupe of Off Hours fame. The cast and crew spent the 10 day shoot on location in a cabin near the set. This was Marco’s first time working with director Andrew Finnigan. His clear vision and directing style made the production run smoothly. Marco got to work with a lot of familiar and talented crew for this film, especially gaffer Rory Emmons of Fifth Door Films, cinematographer Sam Graydon, camera Seth Wessel-Estes, and make-up artist Shawn Shelton. Look for Koinonia on the film festival circuit in 2013.

SIFF Fly Film Challenge

Robyn Scaringi  •  Digital Loader  •  Narrative Short  •  Sony F3  •  March 2012

Every year, SIFF selects a talented group of local filmmakers to make 3 or 4 short films to play in the festival and beyond. There’s various time restrictions and “flies in the ointment,” as they call them, that make the film challenge a little more interesting. Jeremy Mackie, the director of the Fly Film that Robyn worked on, is usually known as one of the best gaffers in town, but he’s been making a splash lately as a director, like in his recent labor of love While You Weren’t Looking, which Robyn also DIT’d for.

This was Robyn’s first time working with media from the Sony F3, but she quickly realized that the F3’s post workflow was a breeze, especially compared to the RED’s. The shoot also lost one of their AC’s on their last shoot day, so Robyn ended up running slate and wrangling lenses and camera batteries for half a day. She didn’t expect that, but Robyn never passes up a chance to step up and just generally be awesome on the set. And it sure is a good thing Robyn learned to slate from the best: Marco! Watch for the Fly Film’s premiere at SIFF 2012, which happens May 17–June 10.

Oh, Hello & T-Mobile

Robyn Scaringi  •  Digital Loader  •  Commercial  •  Canon 7D  •  March 2012
Robyn walking in the background during an Oh, Hello/T-Mobile commercial

Robyn loved working on this shoot, and why not? It doesn’t get much cooler than working for Seattle-based creative production company Oh, Hello, making a commercial for T-Mobile. Not only that, but this was also Robyn’s first union set. That’s right: every crew person on the set was in the union, except Robyn. Which meant 10 hour days instead of 14+ hour days, much better craft services, and many other very nice perks. Robyn can thank Fred Beahm once again for the referral, who is now officially Robyn’s Best Friend of the Year.

The union-ness of the set also meant that Robyn knew absolutely no one on the crew (another first), but she made friends quickly with the camera team and some of the gaffer/grip crew. Robyn’s also proud to say that she held her own: doing media management work for union commercials is extremely similar to doing media management work for indie shorts. Robyn’s ready for it: bring on more union work!

Vitrectomy – Eye Surgery Videos

Robyn Scaringi  •  Editor  •  Presentation Video  •  Zeiss Microscope Camera  •  Feb/March 2012

Robyn helped Dr John Choi of Retina & Macula Specialists of Renton assemble some eye surgery videos for a presentation he’s giving this month. Yes, some of the footage looks like something out of Clockwork Orange, but most of the video looks kinda cool and outer-spacey.

Dr Choi found Robyn through Thumbtack, a service booking company, after he tried to edit the video himself and got frustrated with the weird codec the Zeiss microscope camera was using. Luckily, Robyn loves transcoding! The final video turned out smooth and effective, and was definitely interesting and educational to its audience.

3

Marco Scaringi  •  Assistant Director, Post-Production Supervisor
Robyn Scaringi  •  Script Supervisor, Editor
Narrative Short  •  Canon 5D  •  January/February 2012

Marco and Robyn teamed up with director and Seattle Central alum Dan Howes, who we met on the set of our recent 48 Hour Film Happy Monday. Most of the short film, simply titled “3”, was shot in a piano store in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, and, oddly enough, almost every costume that every character wore had a sweater vest! Seriously though, “3” is an intriguing film about the loss of human senses and how music can effect our connection to reality.

Originally, Marco and Robyn were only slated to be assistant director and script supervisor, respectively, but when director Dan Howes had to leave town and the original editor found himself overbooked, AND with a public screening date for “3” already set in and locked, Marco and Robyn took on the roles of post-production supervisor and editor as well (read: they saved the film). It just goes to show, you can always count on the Scaringi’s in a pinch!

Boeing

Robyn Scaringi  •  Asst DIT, PA  •  Corporate Video  •  Multi-cam RED Epic  •  Jan/Feb 2012

Robyn recently found herself at Boeing, in the largest building on the planet, no less, helping to shoot a video to celebrate the one thousandth 777 being built.

She was lucky enough to work with Fred Beahm, one of the best editors and DITs in the state. And he needed the help on this shoot — we had 3 RED Epics shooting interviews and b-roll all day for 4 days — that’s a lot of footage to offload, back up, color correct, and transcode. But don’t get us wrong, as much as Robyn helped Fred, Fred helped Robyn: with stories, advice, and tips about gear and software. It was definitely a fruitful shoot for all involved.

Also of note, the director for the project was Michael Stephenson, of Best Worst Movie fame, who turned out to be a super nice guy. Word on the street is he’s planning to shoot a horror spoof feature in the Seattle area this summer. Our fingers are crossed that the Scaringi’s will get to be involved!

Hey Marseilles

Robyn Scaringi  •  Digital Loader/Media Manager  •  Music Video  •  Canon 7D  •  January 2012

Robyn recently helped shoot a music video for the Seattle band Hey Marseilles, with Seattle Magazine photographer Hayley Young in the director’s chair. If that wasn’t cool enough, this is also Robyn’s first official gig with Ben Kasulke, a cinematographer whose kindof a big deal in the Seattle indie film community. The crew was otherwise very similar to (and cream-of-the-crop awesome like) the crew for While You Weren’t Looking. More importantly though, Hayley, Ben and the band chose a very unique approach in how they shot the video, so everyone involved was pretty excited to see how the final video turned out. To see the final video, click here.

 

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