June 15th, 2016

Lazy update!

It’s been a LONG while since I’ve updated this blog, so here we go. Things have been a bit busy in Savage Henry Films land…but this week I finally have a bit of a breather.

SUPER MARSHA has nearly completed principal photography, and we have submitted a cut to the Austin Film Society to hopefully receive a grant to put towards post-production.


Marsha was a trooper and was always happy to shoot. I can only imagine how stressful it would be to just compete in the Ironman 70.3, let alone know that you’re being followed by a camera crew at nearly every stage. Our edit for the film should be complete by the fall, and will be shown in a private screening, and then begin a festival run.

Yesterday we wrapped TENDER MOMENTS, a short film made for the Louisiana Film Prize. The film follows our protagonist John (Brian Watson), as he gets laid off in Houston during the oil downturn, and flee’s with the company car to hide out in Shreveport.

Our AC Adonay Gallardo admires Brian Watson’s stylish underwear before a take.

We had a jam packed schedule, and shot on-location along the Red River for three days and got everything in the can….mostly on-schedule. I think I can speak for the Houston based crew and say we fell in love with Shreveport, it’s people, and amazing locations. I know that our grips especially loved leaving their money at the casino’s.

Melanie Haynes, Shelley Calene-Black, and Julitta Pourciau work out their scene.

My co-director Alberto Govela, writer/producer Mariella De Alba were overjoyed with the performances we got from our cast (Brian Watson, Julitta Pourciau, Melanie Haynes, Shelley Black, Heather Bloom, and Joe Grisaffi). This morning I began prepping the footage for post-production. Our rough cut is due July 12th, and with a bit of luck we will make the top 20 films and have a screening in Shreveport in the fall.


Next up for the Savage Henry Films crew is the short film Wrong Numbers, a short film for Joshua Starnes. We’ll hopefully have some on-set updates for that in short order.

March 26th, 2016

Vivaldi Music Academy

Vivaldi Music Academy from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

Here’s a short spot we recently made for Vivaldi Music Academy in Bellaire/WestU. We had a great time working with these talented folks. If you’re looking to pick up an instrument, or just brush up with some lessons give them a call!

February 25th, 2016

Super Marsha: Work in Progress

Super Marsha: work in progress from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

Password: supermarsha

In the past few months, Savage Henry Films has been shooting a short documentary on an 80 year old Houston-based triathlete: Marsha Smith. During last years Ironman 70.3 race, she placed first in the country & world for her time in the Ironman 80+ age group.

We’ve been shooting with a minuscule crew, with a variety of lens formats on the Blackmagic URSA. Going into the shoot I had thought that in no way was this camera suited for documentary shooting….but it’s performed nicely, and been fairly smooth to work with despite not having a camera assistant on our shoots. I had originally planed to shoot with the more doc friendly C-300, but having the extra dynamic range and frame rates has been a boon.

Right now we’re a few months away from the event that will serve as the climax to our film: The Ironman 70.3, which is taking place in Galveston Texas. We will follow Marsha as she steps up her training to prepare for the race, an to defend her title.

Marsha has been so generous with her time, and our intrusion into her private life…so I wanted to put up a little sneak peak for anyone interested to see. Enjoy.

January 27th, 2016

New Year, New Reel

Now that we’re in the full swing of 2016, I decided to quickly cut a new Savage Henry Films corporate/commercial reel. Thanks to all of the great clients, companies, and crew that made these shots possible. A 2016 Savage Henry Films narrative reel is also on the way in the near future.

Savage Henry Films is a Houston Texas based boutique video production company devoted to producing cutting edge visual media. We are committed to working closely with our clients to deliver high quality work within their budget & timeline. We utilize the latest in technology to provide beautiful imagery, but more importantly we have a talented team behind the camera to leverage these tools.

December 21st, 2015

Hank & Honey: A Holiday Horror

Hank & Honey: A Holiday Horror from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

Hot off the presses is Hank & Honey, a holiday horror short that I wanted to deliver for all of my friends in time for Christmas. Watch it if you dare!

Travis Dunn
Brian Watson
Kristen Lindner
Polly Belchek

Written, Directed, Shot by
Rob Neilson

Produced by
Alberto Govela

Edited by Hans Vipersteen

November 15th, 2015

“Picky” Doritos Crash the Superbowl spot

"Picky" – Doritos 2016 Crash the Superbowl Commercial from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

My wife came up with a last minute idea for a Doritos Crash the Superbowl commercial spot, so we threw this together at the 11th hour. Next time I will not decide to shoot anamorphic with a three hour shooting window, and a small lighting package to shoot with on a dark and rainy day…

If you like the spot, please click here and give it some stars.

June 24th, 2015

Vote for our bumper UPDATE!

Toasted from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

UPDATE 7-6-15
It looks like we were lucky enough to win the Tentsquare contest! I’ll be headed to Montreal, and hopefully get to see it on the big screen! Thanks all who viewed/voted and a special thanks to Tentsquare for making it all happen!


This past weekend we shot a little :30 contest bumper out in Savage Henry land. If you like what you see please go here and vote for us!

They are using some sort of voodoo-like algorithm to rate “member enjoyment” so by giving us a like, favorite, or a comment will increase our chances to get to the next round…and possibly win a trip to the Fantasia Film Festival. We have until July 2nd to get some views, likes, and comments before they take the top 15 entries to send to the next round of judging. So vote early, and vote often!

June 8th, 2015

Joe’s Crabshack “Walk-Up Window” spot

Joe's Crab Shack: Walk Up Window from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

Now that our little spot has finished it’s run on TV, here it is for you to peruse. Produced by Norton Creative, Shot/Edited by Savage Henry Films, color by The Colour Cafe.

April 15th, 2015

Tourists poster!


Poster for “Tourist’s” hot off the presses. Thanks to designer Sean McAllister for his great work.


March 16th, 2015

Tourists – available for a limited time!

Tourists from Savage Henry Films on Vimeo.

My latest short “Tourists”, written by Angel Luis Colon, starring Joe Grissafi, Guil Fisher, and Neal Gage is nearing completion. This version is without the final sound mix, so expect some changes in the near future.

BTW this short is NSFW! If you like what you see, check out the author: Angel Luis Colon’s blog.

Also, feel free to comment on the film over at Aint it Cool New’s Saturday Shorts Column.