1. My Dad Is So Gay


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    I originally shot this for a Fox late night pilot. Since it wasn't picked up (beat out by Wanda Sykes), I decided to break it up and use it for parts. This one stars Mitch Silpa as Robert, whose son Joel (Kyle Kaplan) suspects is gay. What do you think? Also stars Edi Patterson and Michael Naughton.

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      There were four long years between episode 3 and this one. We did it in only three takes, but we rehearsed all day before rolling camera. Starring Mikey Day, Michael Naughton and Mitch Silpa as David Blaine DP: Bernd Reinhardt

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        The second installment we knocked off in a morning. This one took an entire day -- nine takes altogether. Much of the day, the sun wreaked havoc, making it so half the alley was in the shade while the other was extremely bright. It was only later in the day that we lucked out and the sun disappeared behind the clouds. We packed it in after eight but after watching it with the group, we decided to catch everyone before they went home and reset for one more take. That's the one we used. Again, not cuts or other transitions and as always, the stunts were a little more elaborate than in the last one. We shot it in Santa Monica, in the alley behind a montessori school on a weekend, around seven months after "Blaine 2". This was done after our deals with HBO expired, so we did it independently in conjunction with Youtube. As with the second one, this is the first time it's being uploaded with no degradation, so as you'll see the resolution is a little higher and the colors more saturated than when it's been seen in the past. Starring Mikey Day, Michael Naughton and Mitch Silpa as David Blaine. DP: Andrew Sachs

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          I directed this in 2007, while working at HBO Digital. It contains all kinds of stunts and illusions, including levitation, and yet there are no cuts, dissolves, or other transitions. Nor are there any digital effects used for the stunts. The video has attracted over 30 MILLION VIEWS across multiple Youtube accounts, Funny Or Die (where Will Ferrell and Adam McKay chose it as one of their all-time faves), and other sites. The whole thing was shot on a Sunday morning in Burbank, using the former apartment of one of the actors. We shot somewhere between 4 and 6 takes. Shockingly, considering all the things that could have gone wrong, we could have used any one of them. We used the last one because it was the shortest and I wanted to get it in under five minutes. The whole thing was shot with a three-person crew and finished in four hours. Originally, we deliberately degraded the quality to give it more of a home video look. Although it was shot in glorious SD, this is the first time it's been uploaded in full resolution. Now it's easier than ever to see that David Blaine's beard was actually drawn on with a pencil. Starring Mikey Day, Michael Naughton and Mitch Silpa as David Blaine. DP: Andrew Sachs

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          • Constructing Business and Familial Relationships with Dr. Michael Naughton


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            This Reflections episode features professor of Catholic social thought of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Michael Naughton, discussing the role and influence of family relationships in a business.

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            • Work as Sacramental: Q&A Session with Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, and DSPT Fellows Michael Naughton and André Delbecq


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              Q7A session following a presentation on "Work as Sacramental: The Mysterious Dynamics of Personal Vocation" Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, introduced the topic of Vocation and Work; presentations by two DSPT Fellows, Michael Naughton and André Delbecq, followed.

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              • DSPT Fellow Michael Naughton - Beyond Career to Calling: Understanding Work as a Vocation within the Catholic Social Tradition


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                John Paul explains that work "constitutes one of the fundamental dimensions of [our] earthly existence and of [our] vocation." Too often, however, work can either be seen as a career defined solely in terms of one's own personal preferences or as a job defined solely in terms of one's remuneration. This talk explores why the Catholic social tradition rejects these definitions by exploring the theological and philosophical roots of the human condition.

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