“Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp for Troubled Couples” was written, shot, and edited in two days as part of the Panasonic 48 Hour Film Challenge at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival. As part of the challenge, the films were asked to include the following:
• The theme of “A Good Idea”
• A conflict resolved through dance
• An upside down moment
• The phrase “night sharks”
• A local or festival celebrity
• Something hidden in a book
• A moral lesson
• And a bag of apples
Check it out and see how we did!
A short film directed by Greg Pak, produced by Kim Ima, and written by Greg Pak, Kim Ima, and Vin Knight
2005, 6 1/2 minutes, color. A man gets the hiccups at a holiday camp for troubled couples. But what secret is he really hiding?
Starring Vin Knight and Kim Ima, with Peter Donato, Tanya Tavereau, and the voice of Anthony Marchegiano
Shot and Cut by Greg Pak, http://www.gregpak.com
Boom, Graphics, Production Assistance: Anthony Marchegiano
Original song, “Wherever It Might Lead,” by Nancy Atlas, http://nancyatlas.com
Porn and Camp music by David Libby, http://www.broadwaydemo.com
Approximately one million years ago, I directed a short film based on a brilliant idea by the brilliant Lisa Jolley. It’s a Blair Witch spoof called “The Penny Marshall Project,” and it stars Lisa, Todd Stashwick, and Bobby Nakanishi as three filmmaking titans who get lost in the woods while searching for their independent spirit. Todd reminded me about the film today on the Twitter and suggested I put it online, and that sounded like a great idea. So enjoy!
Big news: I’ve started a video blog called the Pakcast that will provide periodic updates about my projects — along with interviews with interesting friends or collaborators. First up, “Robot Stories” producer Kim Ima, who just opened the Treats Truck Stop bakery and restaurant in Brooklyn! Check it out and spread it around:
Greg Pak is one of six filmmakers selected for Visual Communications’ inaugural Film Development Fund. Each filmmaker will develop his or her project with VC and may be provided with up to $100,000 for the production of his or her feature.
Read more about the program and the other selected filmmakers at Angry Asian Man.
By Greg Pak
I helped judge Press Play’s VERTIGOED contest, in which entrants combined Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant “Vertigo” score with unexpected movies. Check out the winners!
And here’s a direct link to my fave, William D’Annucci’s “Alien,” which made me care about the alien for the first time ever. Amazing stuff.
Charlie Jane Anders says some incredibly nice things about my film “Robot Stories” at io9. An excerpt:
…it’s one of the human, moving films we’ve seen in a long time. Your friends who love Sundance Channel indy films about small personal experiences will eat this movie up…. If at least some of the stories in this film don’t make you cry — and think about robots in a new way — then you’re dead inside.
UPDATED: Pak will give away free copies of his graphic novel “Vision Machine” at the signing after the event – first come, first served! See you there!
Greg Pak will sit on a panel at the Kyopo Project book release event in New York on October 12. The details:
Celebrate the national book launch of Kyopo, a photographic and textual project on identity and immigration through the lens of the Korean Diaspora.
The Kyopo Project features a series of over 200 standardized full-body portraits of Kyopo (A Korean term for people of Korean descent who reside permanently outside of the Korean Peninsula) from around the word, which are currently on exhibit at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. NY1 News anchor Vivian Lee will moderate a discussion about the Kyopo Project featuring the project’s creator, CYJO, as well as comedian Esther Paik Goodhart, politician and civil activist Kevin Kim, comic book writer Greg Pak and art historian Alexandra Chang. A book signing will be held after the talk.
Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2011, 7 pm
Venue: 92YTribeca MAINSTAGE
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street
By Greg Pak
I’ve tumbled head first into Google+ and am enjoying it enormously. Please feel free to check out my posts there — lots of stuff about all of my comics and film projects.
And if you need an invite, have one on me! Google+ is still in beta and to sign up you need an invitation — but the service is letting everyone currently on board invite up to 150 people. And I still have 130-something invites left. So the first 130 people or so who click on this link will get an invite. First come, first served!
Have fun and see you on the other side.
Greg Pak will be on a panel about comics at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival at 12:30 pm on March 13, 2011. Here’s the description:
THE “ISSUES” ISSUE: DECODING RACE AND THE AMERICAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN COMIC BOOKS
One of the first published graphic novels illustrated deeply personal experiences against the backdrop of an immigrant community in the Bronx. More than 30 years later, the themes from “A Contract With God” still resonate with media makers and readers of comics. Race and racism, cultural melding, and generational conflicts continue to play an essential role in comic-book narratives. In this exciting panel, guests from multiple disciplines will discuss how the American immigrant experience has colored their own work, and how representation in comics is a crucial part of the media landscape at large.
Featuring: Hellen Jo (Cartoonist and comic Book Writer, “Jin & Jam #1”), Greg Pak (Filmmaker and comic Book Writer, ROBOT STORIES, “Planet Hulk,” “Vision Machine”), Alex Rivera (Filmmaker, Sleep Dealer), Gene Yang (Illustrator and comic Book Writer, “American Born Chinese”)
For more details and to buy tickets, visit the official website.
David Pepose has conducted what may be the longest interview ever of filmmaker and comics writer Greg Pak for his “Writer’s Workshop” column at Newsarama. Here’s an excerpt:
I should say this too, all this stuff I’m saying is stuff that I know, but that I have to struggle everyday to actually implement it, you know what I mean? [Laughs.] It’s an ongoing struggle to have the discipline to make these stories work the way they really should. To cut out the stuff that doesn’t belong, and to invest the stuff that should be there with real emotional truth rather than manufactured shortcuts, and to find the most dramatically compelling fashion to tell the story rather than just the easiest way to tell the story. These are ongoing challenges that I wrestle with every single day, trying to do the best I can and trying to figure out better ways to do it.