I have thoughts on book trailers. I’ll probably post them soon. Mostly, they revolve around how hard they are. So, when it came time to create the trailers for STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW, I was insanely lucky to get the pros at Plywood Pictures to do what they do best.


With unbelievable production design by Sara K White. Haunting soundtrack by Carey Wallace and Mark Wallace, The Wallace Bros.


I can’t stop raving about the CG effect at the end of this one. It’s hard to convey JUST how hard it is. With a moving camera, a sprinting actor, and a real background (no green screen here), this effect is INSANE. Adam Browne had to go through every single frame (24 frames per second of video), and cut the guy out of the background. Unbelievable.


Rube Goldberg machines are the BEST! I spend way too long on Youtube watching them. This video was a great excuse to make one–a real one, by the way, that worked.


I love the way Matt Hobby goes, “cheers” and trails off like he’s trying to reel the words back into his mouth. Cracks me up every time. All three amazing comedians (Matt Hobby, Mary Grill, and Chris Roberti) are members of an improv group here in NYC.

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First up in the Wall of Art: Lucas de Alcântara
Mario as the charmer of piranha plants? More like Mario as the charmer of OUR HEARTS!

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Wall of Art

The Wall of Art

Part of my job is to constantly dig through online profiles of illustrators, agency galleries, and student showcases, to look for fresh talent. It’s a time-consuming part of the job, but contacting a young artist out of the blue about a possible book project, and hearing his or her reaction is easily one of the most rewarding aspects.

On one of the walls of my office is a collection of various artists I admire, many whom I’ve worked with, and many more that I dream to collaborate with in the future. It’s the “Wall of Art.” I try to add something new each week. I figure, I’ll also post it here, as a virtual WOA.

* If you have any submissions for WOA, feel free to send them to the question line (in my “about” section). A link would be much kinder than a 5MG file.

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