Michael Parks Randa

  1. PRESS:


    Brooklyn Vegan:

    Director: Michael Parks Randa | parksranda.com
    Starring: Madeline Rhodes and Nataysha Echevarria
    DP: Eric Teti
    Producer: Jake Sharpless
    Editor: Michael Parks Randa
    Colorist: Rob Bessette
    Choreographer: Nicole Johnson
    Makeup Artist: Mariella Dawn
    Dancers: Edwin Vega, Rayquan Wilson, Francesca Rodriguez, Bibby Moreno
    Dog: Annabel

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  2. PRESS:
    Director's Notes: directorsnotes.com/2017/09/12/michael-parks-randa-fires-down-in-mexico/

    BOOOOOOOOOM: tv.booooooom.com/2017/09/08/matthew-logan-vasquez-fires-down-in-mexico/

    Director: Michael Parks Randa
    DP: Matthew Canada
    Producer: Jake Sharpless
    Edit: Michael Parks Randa
    Color: Rob Bessette
    Wolf Skaters: Paris Peterson & Andrew Dell Isolla

    "When I wrote the concept for Fires Down in Mexico, I knew I wanted to approach the production as an experiment in spontaneity. With a loose concept centered around two wolf-masked, skateboard-toting teenagers on the 4th of July, I decided to root the process in discovery during production rather than over-preparation in pre-production. I threw my hands up and decided there would be no shot list, no location scouts, no rehearsals, and no permission to do anything that I envisioned in our 48 hour production window.

    The plan of action was to assemble a skeleton crew in Brooklyn, head south to an unfamiliar town in New Jersey, steal as many shots on the fly in as many locations as we could, and construct the jigsaw in post. With a mood board in my head informed by the tone of the song, lyrics, and characters I created, we hit the ground running, chased inspiration as it came, ever in search of the strange.

    Bare-boned with just a Red-Scarlet, Zeiss Contax lenses, and a minimal lighting rig, we drove around rather aimlessly and let the locations and residents reveal themselves naturally. We welcomed blacked-out attendees at the motel pool to co-star (they probably won’t remember being in this), staged fights on a farm (the cops inevitably showed up) and were welcomed with open arms by the enigmatic, endearing carnies of the State Fair.

    A far cry from my general practice, deciding on a run and gun structure was anxiety-inducing. Without a proper shot list how can you ever know that you’ve shot enough? What if it doesn’t flow the way you think it will in post? What if this was actually a really shitty approach? The devil was firmly planted on my shoulder.

    As it turned out, all those fears were put to rest immediately once we started to film. We quickly found the tone in the characters, luck in the locations, and the charm in the chase. It was an ‘anything goes’ approach; no idea too large or impractical. What did we have to lose? When things didn’t work we moved on, and when they did we pushed them to their limits. 48 hours of creative exploration later, I left New Jersey feeling renewed, free from the shackles of my own common practices.

    As a director who always edits his own music videos, this was a dream to sit down and create. I was giddy. Surprisingly, the only drawback was that we shot too much! It was tough to leave some really deserving footage on the cutting room floor, but I can say with certainty that the final product is my proudest edit. I love the flow and pacing of it and I’ve been encouraged by its reception.

    Fires Down In Mexico was one of those ethereal productions where you’d stop to pinch yourself if you weren’t too busy chasing the magic. It felt like we were levitating – I’ll forever chase that feeling. Lucky for me, I think I have a better idea now, more than ever, where I might find it."
    - via Directors Notes


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  3. Starring: Charlie Randa
    Director: Michael Parks Randa
    Producer: Christopher Tao Randa
    Producer: Jake Sharpless
    DP: Matt Canada

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  4. VIFF 2016 - RENDER: Official Selection
    SILVER SOUND SHOWDOWN 2017: Official Selection

    Written + Directed by Michael Parks Randa


    NOISEY | VICE - "The result flexes not only some of the prettiest coloring in any video, but some of the trippiest storytelling. A novel unto itself...with a Lynchian twist you'll have to see for yourself." (noisey.vice.com/blog/donovan-wolfington-mercurus-hxc-punk-video)

    Starring: Matt Spadi
    Director: Michael Parks Randa
    Executive Producer: Rob Maloof
    Producer: Mike Furbush
    Producer: Chris Randa
    DP: Rob Maloof
    Production Designer: Michael Parks Randa
    Costume Designer: Honah Lee Milne
    Make Up/Hair: Angela Marinis
    Editor: Michael Parks Randa
    Colorist: Rob Bessette
    Visual Effects Artist: Kagan Durmer
    Sound Design Artist: Jared Lennox
    Aerial Photography: Level Imaging
    Additional Photography: Justin Callahan, Reanna Marth-Grisso, Alexander Morrow, Mason Marino

    'Let You Grow Inside' is a short film featuring the songs 'Mercurus' & 'HxC Punk' by Donovan Wolfington.


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  5. 2016 WINNER: Video of the Year - Boston Music Awards
    2016 WINNER: Video of the Year - New England Music Awards
    2016 WINNER: Video of the Year - Improper Bostonian
    2016 NOMINEE: Video of the Year - Independent Music Awards
    RAINDANCE: 2016 Official Selection (UK)

    As seen on MTV, MTV2, FUSE, and Funny Or Die.

    Written by Michael Parks Randa

    Starring: Paris Peterson
    Director: Michael Parks Randa
    Producer: Christopher Tao Randa
    Associate Producer: Ondine Taft
    Director of Photography: Justin Poirier & Michael Parks Randa
    Additional Photography: Madeline Herec, Mason Marino, Jeff Munro
    Technical Supervisor: Rob Maloof
    Sound Design: Ross Matthei
    Editor: Michael Parks Randa
    Production Design: Randa Brothers
    Production Assistant: Brian Freedman & Adam Schwarz
    Costume Design: Katie Caruso & Emily Dixon
    Colourist: Rob Bessette
    After Effects: Kagan Durmer
    Hair & Makeup: Angela Marinis


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Michael Parks Randa

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Michael Parks Randa
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