Danny Johnson

June 8, 2010

 

Biography: Born on April 18, 1991. The second of  three children. Born and Raised in St. Paul MN. My home neighborhood is the West Side but I spent a lot of time on the East Side as a kid. I have always enjoyed movies even since I was very small. There used to be a video update right across the street from my Grandmas house when I was a kid and I gave them a lot of buisness to say the least. I remember me and my sister must have rented Forest Gump and the Naked Gun movies a hundred times. That Video Store contributed highly to my love for film. Growing up I didnt have a father figure around most of the time so the movies every kid watches with their Dad at one point or another I was laging in and still kinda am. I remember one time I was spending the night at my Grandma’s house and my Grandpa and I started talking about Clint Eastwood movies and I he asked me if i had seen any of the Dirty Harry movies. When I said no he had kind of a disgusted look on his face and promptly walked out the front door without saying anything. He was back in 10 minutes with Dirty Harry and Sudden Impact in hand and we watched both of them that night. I thought that was pretty cool.

I went to Catholic schools all my life though you probably wouldnt know it from my work or my vulgar language. I went to Holy Trinity Elementary School from kindergarten through 8th grade. I met Joe Vaske there in Kindergarten and other Off the Edge member Peter Capecchi in 7th grade.

For High School I went to St. Agnes High in St. Paul. I was never really a fan of school but I absolutlely hated High School. I mean that to the fullest extent of the word I hated it, so much so that I wasnt there a great deal of the time. Although it was horrible I met a few great friends there who hated it just as much as I did.

I realized I wanted to get into making movies in my high school Chemistry class when this particular teacher killed my love of science. I was bored out of my mind in that class and I sat next to a kid I had know since kindergarten but wasnt really close friends with up until that point. All we both did in that class was pass notes talking about all kinds of movies. I mean that was literally the only thing we did in that class. That young man was Joe Vaske. Off the Edge Productions as we know it today was pretty much founded in that room (even though Joe had started it on his own a while earlier with several hommade films starring his family.) I joined Off the Edge Productions in the fall of 2006.

Influences: to name a few; Martin Scorsece, Stanley Kubrick, George A. Romero, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and of course hometown heroes Joel and Ethan Coen.

Favorite Film Genre: a toss up between Film Noir, black comedies, and Horror.

Six Favorite films: (Subject to change) The Godfather, Dr. Stangelove, On the Waterfront, Taxi Driver, Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Casablanca.

Directorial Credits: Paint it Black, and Tale of Two Cities (third part)


Peter Giuseppe

June 8, 2010


Joe Vaske

June 8, 2010

Joe Vaske was born on July 3rd, 1990, and was the eldest kid in his family of 5 brothers and sisters. This lead to a sense of self entitlement that he still carries with him today. Joe’s love of film was first peaked when he saw Jurassic Park when he was 8. The awe and wonder he felt while watching dinosaurs and hearing John Williams score contrasted sharply with the terror he felt during a certain scene that involves a dinosaur spitting and blinding a man and then devouring him. This same sense of awe and wonder and sheer terror was later rekindled when he was 11 and first saw Jaws. On a side note Joe has a deep distrust of the ocean and the creatures in it. These two films helped shape who Joe was and wanted to be as a filmmaker.

When Joe was 12 he first began making films on an old digital camera his dad had. While his films strived to have the same sense of terror, awe, and wonder as the ones he had grown up seeing, they mostly fells short thanks to the wooden acting of himself and his siblings and of the limited knowledge of moviemaking in general. This did not deter Joe though as he kept making films under his Company name, Off the Edge Productions, until a fateful day when he realized he was not alone in his love of filmmaking during converstations that took place in a chemistry classroom with Danny Johnson. New member of Off the Edge in hand Joe went on to make his short film directorial debut with “The Death of Death”. This film involved death personified, sean connery, chase scenes through tunnels, random loud outbursts of music, and alcohol. While all these things by themselves are really awesome, Joe learned that combining them didn’t necessarily make a good film.

Since then Joe has kept on learning and growing in his filmmaking ability and has continued to set his goals high. Often Joe has been heard quoted saying, “If I could make a film that contains a quarter of the greatness that Jaws has I will die happy”. Joe’s most recent works have been a fake advertisement for Granny’s Donuts and Takers and Leavers, a musical of sorts that is about a man and a deal with the devil. As of now Joe is working on a bevvy of projects and is still trying to make films that convey who he is and what he is about. Joe’s films often deal with dark subject matter and can be fairly depressing. Joe has commented on this matter, saying, “I was never the same since that chemistry class”.

Influences: Bergman, Kubrick, Coen Brothers, PT and Wes Anderson, Sam Raimi, donuts, Spencer Krug, Isaac Brock, Rice Park, The Mississippi, John Darnielle and pretty girls

Favorite Film Genre: Drama

Six Favorite Films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Jaws, The Fountain, The Seventh Seal