Director: Emmy’s 70th Birthday Tribute from the Cast of Acting Dead


The Emmys are turning 70 this year and the award winning cast of Acting Dead (watch it on Amazon Prime!) wanted to celebrate!  The stars of the show (Brian Beacock, Patrika Darbo, Paul Nygro, and Jillian Clare) reunited for an epic original musical number to wish Emmy Happy Birthday. Brian, the show's creator, asked me to direct and shoot the project – I am so glad I took on the challenge.  We had the BEST time!

Because it was a musical number, I felt I needed a little something extra myself. If you're not wearing a director's tiara, HOW WILL THEY KNOW WHO THE DIRECTOR IS?!

Choreographer and actor Paul Nygro helped me frame the ‘in the box' shot

When framing a shot like this, you have to keep in mind what you will see. Because the ceiling of our location was not cute, we set up some flags to fake a white ceiling.

Yes that is a brain cake.  



For more on Acting Dead, you can follow the show on Instagram – leave a zombie and birthday cake emoji so they know I sent you!

Meet Marielou Mandl

Marielou Mandl is a tech blogger, photographer, filmmaker and host with a healthy appetite for gadgets + glam. In addition to creating tech based content for her YouTube channel, she has produced photo/video content for clients such as Nickelodeon, HBO, Sesame Workshop, Nintendo, Cupcake Vineyards and more. When she is not playing with new gadgets or dancing in glitter, she can be seen as the host of her podcast On the Fly Filmmaking, featured on the hit online network Popcorn Talk.

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