Filmmaking Portfolio

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Live-Action Tutorial Videos
December 2012 – Present

Directed, filmed, edited and exported over 150 separate video tutorials for eHow.com on a variety of topics generated by user searches. Ranging from “How to Increase Your Heart Rate During Resistance Training” to “Which Short Sleeve Styles Are The Most Flattering” and from “How to Use Rose Petals as Table Decorations” to “Straight Edges vs Disposable Razors for the Smoothest Shave,” these video series have been very well-received and have been shared on numerous websites and blogs.

The League of Ordinary Gamers

Live-Action Webseries
May 2011 – April 2012

Three roommates get sucked into a world of espionage and danger when they steal a TV that secretly contains a device for granting superpowers. Colin ends up with the ability to control electronics, Annalise with the ability to control other people’s bodies, and Martin with the ability to transform into the beautiful Martina. But will the allure of the supernatural, and the dangers of the people tracking down the stolen device, be enough to convince them to get up off the couch? The League of Ordinary Gamers was the vanguard of the return of Edgeworks Entertainment after a three-year hiatus from filmmaking.

The Heretic

Halo 2 Machinima Webseries
May 2006 – May 2007

Following the wild popularity of The Codex, Edgeworks released a feature-length prequel entitled The Heretic. It explored the backstories of the characters from the original series, and answered many questions left over from the finale. The Heretic was very successful in its own right, garnering tens of millions of hits and numerous press features, and remains one of the first and only machinima webseries to include fully-integrated computer animation sequences.

The Heretic follows the story of Dove Antenatee, a High Cleric of the Holy Covenant, who begins to find evidence that makes him question his faith. Realizing that he must flee his own people to discover the truth, Dove begins a journey across the galaxy, forcing the Human and Covenant fleets to chase him. Whoever reaches him first will have access to a wealth of powerful secrets, but with two enormous fleets closing in on one another, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle for the fate of the galaxy…

The Codex

Halo 2 Machinima Webseries
November 2004 – August 2005

The Halo machinima phenomenon that launched Edgeworks Entertainment, The Codex garnered over 90 million hits and was featured on MTV, NPR, the Dallas Observer, the Houston Press, XBOX World 360 Magazine in Britain, and the professional blog of the Editor-in-Chief of WIRED Magazine, Chris Anderson. The Codex won numerous awards, was featured in innumerable online features and interviews, appeared at several conventions nationwide, and is still cited as one of the best Halo machinima series ever made.

The Codex follows a dual narrative: as the Covenant lands in force on the planet Ariaos II, we track the guerrilla campaign of the Spartans fighting to survive and defeat the alien invaders, as well as the political and military intrigue among the Covenant leadership. What results is an epic story of ambitious personalities, powerful forces, and unstoppable armies, told against a backdrop of apocalyptic potential.

Awards

  • WINNER, Episode 20 – “Best Movie of 2004-2005” 2005 RoP Awards
  • WINNER, Episode 20 – “Best Halo 2 Movie” 2005 RoP Awards
  • WINNER, Episode 20 – “Best Action Sequence” 2005 RoP Awards
  • WINNER, Episode 18 – “Best Screenplay” 2005 RoP Awards
  • WINNER, Episode 18 – “Best Musical Score” 2005 RoP Awards
  • WINNER, Episode 17 – “Best Editing, Sound, and FX” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED – “Best Series” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Episode 20 – “Best Cinematography” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Episode 19 – “Best Musical Score” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Patrick Malone – “Best Male Performance” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Lauren Davis – “Best Female Performance” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Megan Foster – “Best Female Performance” 2005 RoP Awards
  • NOMINATED, Alexander Winn – “Best Villain” 2005 RoP Awards

Cloud Jumping

Live-Action Music Video
January 2005

Developed, produced, exported, and finished in eight hours for the Student Television Network 2005 Convention in Los Angeles, this music video for the song “Cloud Jumping” by the band Solari beat over 200 other entries from all over the country to win the “Best Music Video” award. Featuring two young lovers enjoying a romantic day at the Universal Citywalk, it was co-produced and edited by Alexander Winn during his senior year of high school and remains his first video project to be shot in Los Angeles.

Awards

  • WINNER – “Best Music Video” Student Television Network 2005 Convention

Baggage Claim

Live-Action Short Film
August 2004

Alexander Winn’s first independently produced short, made outside of any school course or job, was a live-action slapstick comedy filmed at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas. Adapted with permission from the licensed Cirque du Soleil song “Zydeko,” Baggage Claim follows the story of a love-struck young man on his way to propose to his girlfriend. Before he can, though, he switches bags at the airport with a beautiful woman, sparking a frantic search through the airport to get his bag (and ring) back, and then an even more frantic race to meet his girlfriend on time.

Awards

  • WINNER – “Platinum REMI Award” 2005 Houston Worldfest
  • WINNER – “Best Student Film” 2005 Phoenix Film Festival
  • WINNER – “Best Student Film” 2005 Student Film Festival Hollywood
  • WINNER – “Best Student Film” 2004 Delta Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Carolina Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Tiburon Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Director’s View NY Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2004 Dallas Screenwriter’s Showcase

Jack O’Neill: Private Detective

Live-Action Short Film
May 2004

Inspired by the classic private detective movies of the 1930’s and 1940’s, and specifically the Tex Murphy video game mystery series, Jack O’Neill: Private Detective is a no-dialogue live-action short film about a detective hired to find the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy client. A string of clues leads the private eye to a climactic chase and a gun-fight in an industrial district, before the girl is rescued safely. This short film went on to win numerous awards at film festivals across the country, and featured a completely original musical score.

Awards

  • WINNER – “CINE Golden Eagle” 2004 CINE Film Festival
  • WINNER – “Best Student Film” 2004 Berkeley Film Festival
  • WINNER – “Best Student Film” 2004 Bare-Bones Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Syracuse Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Phoenix Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2005 Danville Film Festival

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