Take two out of your
mind, fun loving and highly professional men who are tired of working
their asses off in multimedia waiting for their big break to direct feature
films, mix it with a great script (that they wrote), lots of talent (Mark
Snow, John A. Alonzo, to name a few) and a whole lotta SWEAT, determination
and calling in favors -- what do you get?
A 20-minute directorial/producing debut with a production (donated) budget
of a quarter of a million dollars called The Dancing Cow.
Built-d Media is a
diverse independent production company that has served as a one-stop shop
for clients ranging from regional ice cream chain Foster's Freeze to Sony,
Inc. Built-d founders, Taz Goldstein + Robert Moniot both write, direct,
and produce, and everything else needed such as graphics design, storyboards,
or music. Clients have come to expect and appreciate this "hands on" approach
from the principals.
include: The radio campaign for Universal Picture's Jim Carrey starrer
Man On The Moon; The home video trailer for Columbia/Tristar's
20th anniversary re-release of Hollywood Knights, a product reel
for Fuji Film; A behind the scenes featurette for the new Columbia Film
Stuart Little; A documentary fund raising reel for Center Theater
Group featuring Tom Hanks, Danny Glover and Al Pacino,
and the radio campaign for last summer's smash hit comedy, American
Past clients include: Columbia Pictures, Miramax Films, The Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences, The Seiniger Advertising Group, Sony Signatures,
Variety Magazine, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Hamon & Stern Communications,
The Hotel Bel Air, Showtime, Mazda, and Wild Rivers Waterparks.
That Buzzed About Project
Built-d Pictures, the
company's new film division, recently wrapped production on their first
short comedy, The Dancing Cow. Goldstein directed and Moniot produced
this dark comedy about a young indie filmmaker who's first movie has all
of Hollywood's top brass in a feeding frenzy -- the only problem is, Hollywood's
been watching the wrong film. The film stars Byrne Offutt, Butch
Hammett, David Finkel, and Otto Coelho.
Goldstein + Moniot decided to shoot the film after their first feature
screenplay The Minor Detail - an action movie about child spies
-- received a positive response from Hollywood's development community
early last year. Rather than be pigeonholed as "just writers," the duo
set about raising support for their first film.
victory came when Oscar nominated cinematographer John A. Alonzo (Chinatown,
Scarface, Norma Rae, Star Trek Generations) read
the script and offered to donate his services as Director of Photography.
Producer Moniot capitalized on Alonzo's involvement and procured goods
and services donations to the tune of approximately a quarter of a million
dollars from companies such as Panavision, Kodak, Fuji, Sony Studios,
Imageworks, Deluxe Labs, and 4MC, to name a few.
In order to manage an incredibly daunting three-day shooting schedule,
Director Goldstein rehearsed his actors for weeks, and used several pre-visualization
applications including Walkthrough Pro, to create complete 3D storyboards.
Once the film was shot, a rough cut was passed to Emmy nominated composer
Mark Snow (The X-Files), who loved the film and offered to score
it for free. Among the other finishing touches added to the film was the
creation of a corporate logo for Built-d Pictures, which was shot on High
Definition Video with equipment donated by Bexel. John A. Alonzo
lensed for director Robert Moniot, with visual effects for the
piece provided by Max Ink Café, LLC.
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