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Sketch Show

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My creative project was the (aptly named) "Sketch Show," short series of sketches presented in order without greater context or structure. I challenged myself to push the limits of my

My creative project was the (aptly named) "Sketch Show," short series of sketches presented in order without greater context or structure. I challenged myself to push the limits of my creativity and be involved in every aspect of the production. I wrote, directed, shot, edited, acted, scored, and color graded 3 sketches. I chose sketch comedy as my genre of focus because it is one that I have loved my whole life, and wanted to try my hand at. My research process was expansive, as I studied many of the great sketch shows and tried to learn what makes them successful. I next wrote many sketches, and they were almost uniformly terrible. My rewrite and selection phase was very difficult as I struggled to identify which of my sketches were working best, and I still question the decisions I made. Regardless, the shooting process began and I continued to push myself through cinematography and especially acting, something I have the least experience in by far. I had acted in theatre in high school, but I quickly learned this was completely different and struggled to give myself the performance I had in my head. Finally in the edit, where I am most comfortable, I pushed myself one step further to score the project, something I had never done before. "Sketch Show" may not have turned out to be the project I intended, but it taught me more about writing and myself than any project ever has.

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  • 2017-12

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Dan Miller's Spec Campaign Showcase (Available for Hire)

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I've spent the last four-plus years in Arizona studying to earn a degree that hopefully will get me an interesting and well-paying job. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that my Filmmaking

I've spent the last four-plus years in Arizona studying to earn a degree that hopefully will get me an interesting and well-paying job. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that my Filmmaking Practices degree will adequately describe what I've done with my time at Arizona State University. In addition to studying film, I spent my first year in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; I wrote for, acted in, and later directed and hosted the webshow Devil's Chowda for The State Press; I did marketing for companies including HBO and RAW Rolling Papers; I performed improv comedy every week with Barren Mind Improv for two semesters; I wrote and acted in Farce Side Comedy Hour sketch comedy this past semester. It is clear that my interests do not lie in one area \u2014 my education is mostly in film, my resume is mostly marketing, and my extra-curricular interests lie mostly in comedy. To best prepare myself for the job market post-graduation, I believe that I need an example of my work to show a prospective employer that I have knowledge beyond how a camera works and the films of Steven Spielberg. To do this, I have chosen to create two spec advertising campaigns for large companies: Heinz and Burger King. This allows me to use my knowledge in film, marketing, and comedy all at once. The Heinz campaign revolves around real-world experiences of children using their French fry as a utensil rather than a food item. The Burger King campaign is based around a limited-time offer to get an entry code into a contest for a bathtub full of chicken nuggets. Each campaign is fleshed out with video advertisement storyboards, audio advertisement scripts, print advertisement mock-ups, and social media hashtags and plans.

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  • 2015-12

Tempe Late Night

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Tempe Late Night is a student run weekly variety comedy show at Arizona State University. The show tapes weekly in front of a live student audience and publishes videos online.

Tempe Late Night is a student run weekly variety comedy show at Arizona State University. The show tapes weekly in front of a live student audience and publishes videos online. The show specifically tackles better representing student perspectives at ASU. Additionally, Tempe Late Night also strives to provide an un-censored real take on college life. Tempe Late Night focuses on reaching a broad audience of students, local and nationwide.

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  • 2016-05

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Why I Tell Jokes: Examining Abjection and the Performative Potential of Stand-up Comedy

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Stand-up comedy, as a performance art, has a dearth of serious academic literature and exposition. In this paper, I set out to analyze comedy at the edge, what I refer

Stand-up comedy, as a performance art, has a dearth of serious academic literature and exposition. In this paper, I set out to analyze comedy at the edge, what I refer to as abject comedy. I draw on the major performers in this vein of performance to analyze the effects of their material. Also, I use my more than three years experience in the stand-up world to take a sincere look at the power and effectiveness of this brand of comedy. The abject comedian addresses the personally political narrative of self-discovery, social inequality, and performative boundaries to absolve herself of the existing circumstances she perceives as deplorable and unfounded. I show that abject stand-up exhibits realistic performative change in not only the audience and performer, but in society as a whole. Lastly, I seek out my own motivations for performing stand-up comedy and address my personal relationship with humor and audience interaction, finding that I aim to discover truth, establish uncertainty, and test the limits of social boundaries. At the very least, I aim to make the audience question, to make them think. I do not expect my material to always have my personal intended affect on the audience, but making an affect, sparking a question, challenging the individual's accepted conceptual boundaries, these are my reasons for approaching the stage. Baring my self through a microphone on a well lit stage in a dark room for a group of strangers whose acceptance or denial elevates or remands my spirit; this is my pursuit. This is why I tell jokes

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  • 2012-12

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Delusions of Grandeur: A Collection of Emotionally Revealing and Probably Not Funny Comedy Vignettes

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This creative project, titled What Did You Expect?, is five comedy plays all written and edited by me (with the help of my director Jason Scott), to ideally be performed

This creative project, titled What Did You Expect?, is five comedy plays all written and edited by me (with the help of my director Jason Scott), to ideally be performed all in a single night of entertainment. All five plays are united with an overarching theme, which sits somewhere on the borders of subverting expectations and the fortitude of human emotion. I have a long history writing sketch comedy (for a college student), but each of these plays were all written with the specific intention to divert from the style of short-form comedy to longer stories with dynamic characters and plot movement, rather than circling around one singular joke. Each play tells a story placed in a setting with specific expectations, then follows an absurd character as she or he subverts each and every one of those expectations. There are five plays. The first and fifth play comprise the two parts of the story of Leonardo Da Vinci and Mona Lisa, their secret love affair, and it discusses, through a series of misunderstandings and insults, broad realizations about love and art. The second is the story of a therapy session between a seasoned professional and a nightmare patient, and it follows the therapist's absurd descent into (brief) madness, as well as the patient's ascent into (brief) catharsis. The third play serves as a transition; a short monologue by a 13-year old boy delivering a science fair presentation about a hermit crab \u2014 only to realize that he and the crab have more in common than he would like to think. Finally, the fourth play is called Space Cowboy, and to discuss it any further would take all the fun out of reading it. Overall, the project was about self-discovery through a new form of comedy writing, and hopefully it's funny enough for someone to read. Hell, I'd even take a skim. If someone skimmed the plays, I'd consider this creative project a success. You've already read the abstract though, so we're off to a good start! If it's not up to your standards, all I have to say is...what did you expect?

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  • 2016-05

This Isn’t Funny: An Exploration of the Value of the Workshop for the Development of a Comedic Autoethnographic Performance

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For my honors thesis, I decided to do a creative project in the form of an extended comedy act. With this performance, I wanted to make jokes about my identity

For my honors thesis, I decided to do a creative project in the form of an extended comedy act. With this performance, I wanted to make jokes about my identity and experiences in my life while synthesizing the skills I had acquired over my college career. I decided I wanted to do this project because it felt like the best way to combine my passion (comedy) with my major (communication) in the form of a comedic performance study. And while I thought the performance would be the most informative aspect of my project, the workshop process ended up being far more enlightening. Through the workshop process, I was able to better understand the challenges that come with developing a comedic autoethnographic performance, and to discover the true purpose behind the art I was creating.

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  • 2020-05

Funny For A Girl

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I created a sketch comedy show called Funny For A Girl, which featured the talents of women in both the film and theatre communities. The show began as a very

I created a sketch comedy show called Funny For A Girl, which featured the talents of women in both the film and theatre communities. The show began as a very vague idea, and throughout the year of 2019, the show began to come to life. I immediately brought on a producer, who helped form the crew while I was working on building the cast. The writing process took about four months. There was lots of writing and rewriting, basically up until the end of August, when rehearsals started. Filming began in September, and by the last week of September, we had an entire show ready, consisting of nine sketches and four stand-up acts. The show featured a variety of sketches, including Lesbain Bachelorette and So You Want A Good Yelp Review? (SYWAGYR). The production team and I proposed the show to Binary Theatre Company, which picked it up as the first show of its season. The show ran in the Prism Theatre from October 4th through the 6th.

Funny For A Girl gained quite the following on social media in just a week, and the show was completely sold out before it even opened. I was interviewed by both The State Press and ASU Now, and I’m being considered for a second feature in ASU Now as part of the graduate spotlights. The show was a huge success, and it really helped me narrow down to what it is I want to do with my life.

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  • 2019-12

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Vermillion Comedic Anthology

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The Vermillion Comedic Anthology comprises of three works of fiction, each around fifteen pages in length. The stories were written throughout the course of Hunter Vermillion’s residency in the English:

The Vermillion Comedic Anthology comprises of three works of fiction, each around fifteen pages in length. The stories were written throughout the course of Hunter Vermillion’s residency in the English: Creative Writing (Fiction) program at Arizona State University. The first story Study-a-Broad, was written in his capstone fiction class, while the second story Herald’s Horticulture was the first piece Hunter wrote in his first fiction class.

The content of these stories is edgy, humorous, satirical (unlike this abstract), and generally absurd—all this while retaining elements of realism. “Realism” in the sense that any of these stories could occur; there are no supernatural elements contained. However, the actions and characters are so exaggerated that their purposes are to call attention to the character/societal flaws to which they reflect. The more edgy elements of these stories are not included for shock value; in fact, just the opposite. Their sparse use is purposeful to call extra attention to a certain scene or action. Often a story’s use of crude language is intended characterize these despicable actions as negative—to show that a boss should not be treating those around him like servants, for instance (as is the case in the story Fore!).

Disclaimer aside, the true intention of these stories is simple: to entertain. These are humorous pieces, aimed at poking fun at some typical college, workplace, and neighborhood drama. That’s not to say the pieces are devoid of any deeper meaning, because as described above, they seek to satirize overlooked bits of culture. However, the overarching goal of the Vermillion Comedic Anthology is to entertain readers and provide them much need escape from the stresses of the world.

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  • 2019-05