Pictures of People Watchin’ Movies

A couple of weeks ago, Sarah and I had some visitors from Indiana. Every Christmas Sarah’s sister Stacy and her family (her husband Nathan and their three kids Dylan, Kayla, and Aubry) come out to Pennsylvania from the Hoosier state to spend some time with us. And by “spend time with us” I mean lounge around the house all day with us and play games.

This year was special because my brother Ray and his family (his wife, Piper, and their daughter Valencia) came out as well. We played a lot of games and then played some more and had a blast.

One of the highlights of our time together, though, was filming the final chapter in our goofy little homemade video series about a warped super hero, Terocus. We filmed the first episode back in 1992 with an oversized camcorder (you know, the kind where the video tape was an actual video tape) when we were a lot younger. I’m 40 now and my brother isn’t too far behind and I’m proud to say we haven’t matured a bit.

We filmed for a few hours over two days and I spent the following week after everyone had gone back home editing away. Sure, it’s silly and inane and to be honest, probably only funny to those of us who were there, but I enjoyed putting all the pieces together.

I finished the final edit a few days ago and uploaded it to YouTube, only to have it rejected because of copyright violations which basically translates to: we used music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers over the end credits and didn’t get permission from the president of BMG Music. I’m still not sure how some people get away with uploading entire videos and songs and we got screened for using a 40-second clip, but oh well. More than likely I’ll just swap out the music at the end and re-post it soon.

But in the meantime, we wanted Sarah’s family to see it. We sent them the file and then held a Skype session so Sarah and I could watch them watch it. It wasn’t the most ideal of circumstances but at the same time it was really cool to be able to share the moment with them. I took some photos of our Skype session and it was a true technological Kodak moment.

So yea, I’ll have the video up soon. In the meantime, swing by Terocus’s fan page and enjoy the photos of our big premiere.

Hammer time.

Production Update: “The Blanket”

Yes, fans, the wait is almost over. Another short film by Yours Truly will be on its way soon.

For those of you who may not know, Sarah and I spent an evening with our friends John and Lisa and their son Alex. Part of that time was spent eating an incredible meal, part of it was spent playing badminton. But the majority of our time was spent filming. We finished up a project for work that is a parody of one of our favorite films (we also filmed a trailer for this film but, alas, it is only available to my Facebook friends. But before you friend-request me, take note of my previous post).

This is the final product of the work project. How jealous are you that I get paid to have this much fun?

The bulk of our time, though, was spent working on a personal project of mine entitled The Blanket. I wrote the script last year and wrote it specifically with John, Lisa, and Alex in mind. It’s not my first time working with kids (while I was in Indiana my brother and I put together an asinine mini-series called “Terocus” and in one episode his daughter played one of the bad guys who met a most untimely demise).

But this was my first time working with a kid as my star (okay, yeah, Alex starred in our “Cha Cha Slide” parody, but he didn’t have to learn any lines in that one) and it’s been a fun journey. Alex is 10 years old and I’ve been talking to him about this for the last six months. It got to the point, though, where I think he became a little sick of hearing about it and whenever I would mention The Blanket to him, he would roll his eyes and tell me he quit the project.

About a month or so ago he came in to work and I filmed a few quick shots of him in front of the green screen and last week we got all of his filming wrapped. I think he’s glad to be done with it and now he’s eager to find out when it will be finished.

I took what footage I have and edited it down into a very rough cut of the short film and so far I’m happy with how it looks (and is going to look). Alex and his family did a great job for me and they look great on the screen.

I only have two more quick scenes to shoot: I need to shoot an exterior shot of the house and also nab a quick shot of Sarah and me in front of the green screen. Next week I’ll be recording a good buddy of mine for a voiceover and then it’ll just be down to the final editing — my favorite part.

Hopefully I’ll be blogging again in a couple of weeks to let you know the short film is finished and ready to view. In the meantime, here are a couple of shots Sarah took while we were filming. Until next time…I’ll be in the editing room!


It’s that time again to bore my friends and loved ones with a capsulated look at 2006. Enjoy. I’ll wake you when it’s over.

A Timeline by Ed Placencia

As the year began I was living in New York City. I was a regular performer at the National Comedy Theatre (which I will heretofore refer to as NCT) and the ink on my divorce papers still hadn’t dried. My first year as The Single Guy. Let’s do this.
January 1 I ring in the new year by performing at a special New Year’s show at the NCT. We had a blast and it was a great time.
January 12 My digital camera breaks. No one has seen a picture of me since.
January 31 At the NCT banquet in a weird moment of ironic foreshadowing I was awarded “Most likely to be available for 208 shows/year.”

February 19 A reporter from The Daily News does a story on the National Comedy Theatre. A lot of pictures are taken and the cast is saddened when the article comes out and they use a picture with none of us in it.
February 28 In a stunt of unparalleled proportions, JT and I went to pick up some used carpet to put in the green room of the NCT. Because we don’t have a vehicle, we carry this huge roll of carpeting. From the corner of 3rd & 11th to the theater at 36th & 9th we maneuvered through the busy streets of Manhattan and didn’t bump into anything. And we only stopped to rest once. How manly are we?

March 8 My good friends John and Lisa come up to visit from Pennsylvania. We checked out a Mountain Dew snowboarding ramp in the middle of Times Square and interview a ukulele expert at a music store for Lisa’s radio show, The Kids Cookie Break. So, it was a usual day for me.

April 2 Worked on the set of a new FOX show, The Wedding Album. It was slated to come out this year, but haven’t heard anything on it since.
April 10-13 For four days straight I work from 6:30pm to 5am as an extra on the set of August Rush, starring Robin Williams, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Myers. We spent four nights in the middle of Central Park pretending it wasn’t freezing cold as we watched a performance by a symphony. Right now it is slated to release in February 2007. If it’s anything like my last work as an extra, be sure to have your freeze frame remotes ready so you can see me.
April 22 My sister Jaime comes up for a visit and we see and do everything in Manhattan in a span of 7 hours. We are, in a word, amazing. And tired.
April 27 Fellow NCT comedian Virginia and I witness someone trying to base jump off of the Empire State Building. A crowd gathers. The jumper is arrested. Everyone seems slightly depressed they didn’t get to see someone splat.
April 30 Worked on the set of Without A Trace playing an FBI employee. The episode airs the following month and I was nowhere to be seen. So far, no proof of the fact I’ve ever done any extra work exists.

May 4 Realizing a lifelong dream, I get to attend a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman. Even though the guests are Rosie Perez and Danika Patrick I still manage to somehow enjoy the experience.
May 13 My final show at the NCT for 2006. I have 81 performances with them under my belt, and all of them were a blast. The rest of the gang is still there putting on great shows so if you’re in Manhattan, be sure to stop by and see a show.
May 14 Left NYC for Pennsylvania, where I will hang out for a week before my departure for Indiana. My buddy Ethan volunteers to drive me to PA and while there I stay with him and his wife Aubrey, and also with Jon & Lisa. I get a chance to connect with all of my dear friends from the radio station I worked at in Lancaster, WJTL. Good people. Good, good people.
May 21 Dad arrives in Pennsylvania with his truck and we load up the small amount of junk I have and head for Indiana.

June 2 Almost a year after doing extra work on The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, it is released in theaters. None of my scenes make the final cut. I am not disappointed as there’s always the DVD deleted scenes. And I got to roller blade behind Jennifer Aniston for half a day. And the check cleared.
June 4 Fifteen years after its first conception, my brother Ray and I begin production on the long-awaited sequel to Terocus. We film four episodes and post them all on YouTube. The internet community is collectively confused.

July 15 I film an entry for a contest NBC is having to make a promo for the TV show The Office with Ray, Piper, Dad, and cousin Rich. Even though we don’t win, we have fun filming it and putting it on YouTube to further confuse the internet people.
July 16 The Placencia family reunion. Or, The Largest Gathering Of Minorities In Indiana Since The Last Placencia Family Reunion.

August 3 I am legally a Hoosier again when I get my driver’s license. After finally making it through the DMV line, a week later my money clip is stolen and I have to go through all of it again.

September 30 The county fair comes to town and all of Indiana’s finest are in attendance. Mullets and poofy hairsprayed bangs abound. I get together with my friend Amy to hang out at the local coffee shop as they walk by and poke fun. Without recognizing him, I inadvertently end up making fun of my uncle.

October 14 I killed a bird with a ladder.
October 17 The Break-Up is released on DVD. Although the packaging boasts “17 extra minutes!” I still have not made the film. Nor did I make the deleted scenes. Even my deleted scenes were deleted. But still, at least I got to roller blade behind Jennifer Aniston for half a day.

November 1 Awarded “Boxer of the Month” for the month of October at the Dekalb County Boxing Club. I celebrate by not going down for the rest of the month.
November 9 Itching to get back into comedy, I perform stand-up in front of a crowd of about 350 people at Snickerz in Ft Wayne and it goes well and the crowd goes wild.

I’m working with Dad and still doing production for WJTL. I’ve been writing a lot of short stories recently and I’ll be back at Snickerz doing stand-up on December 21.It’s been a fun fun year and am eager to see what 2007 has in store.

To keep updated on what I’m doing, I keep a pretty consistent blog online. It’s the easiest way to see what I’m up to and going through. You can also visit that link to get all of the details on the highlights I mentioned above.

Goals for 2007:
*Return to NYC to perform again at NCT.
*Visit London.
*Kiss a girl.

It’s my prediction that the first two goals will be the easiest to accomplish.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you to find out how you’re doing.

Keep in touch!


Terocus, Terocus, Terocus

Wow, what a weekend it’s been. I feel like I’ve spent the entire time either filming or editing, and that’s not stretching the truth much.

Ever since I decided to make my way back to Indiana and revive a corny home movie my brother and I filmed about 15 years ago, I’ve been in full movie-making mode and loving every bit of it.

Not only has it been a blast hamming it up with Ray, Piper, and Valencia (yes, her name is indeed Valencia Placencia!), I’ve also been in film editing boot camp. In the month since I’ve been home, we’ve filmed four episodes of Terocus (final total running time about 27 minutes) and I’m learning new tricks and shortcuts all the time.

We actually filmed Episodes 3 and 4 this weekend and last night about 3:30am I finished the editing. We’re getting ready for the big premiere at the 4th of July festivities today, so swing on by if you get the chance!

Yay for fun!

Hello Again

Wow, look at that. Almost 20 days since my last blog. So much has happened yet I feel to lazy to encapsulate all of it. But for you, dear reader, I shall try.

I’m now in my own little upstairs apartment in Auburn, IN. It’s about 3 miles from Garrett, the little town I grew up in. It’s a neat little apartment, one bedroom, nothing fancy, yet just the way I like it. It’ll give me a chance to save money and that’s always a plus.

I’ve been working for Dad as the radio gig here didn’t pan out. But it’s cool. I’m not at all upset or bitter about it. I know I’m back home again for a reason and now I’m just trying to figure out what that reason is.

In the meantime I’ve had a blast hanging out with my brother Ray, his wife Piper, and their little girl Valencia. I’ve really missed having the chance to see them on a regular basis. One of the things I was determined to do while I was here was work on filming and editing and Ray and I have been able to make that happen.

Back in 1992 before I moved away from home we filmed a silly little movie called TEROCUS about a superhero who has the power to make hammers appear out of nowhere. Since my return to Indiana we’ve decided to turn TEROCUS into a series, and we began filming the first season (which will be 6 episodes). The original Terocus and first episode of the new season is here on my YouTube website. Check it out, and enjoy the inanity.

By day I’ve been working with Dad painting houses and what-have-you and it’s given me some good time to think all day about story ideas for other films, plotlines, et cetera. I’m also looking forward to working with a buddy of mine on an idea for a film. He lives on the other side of the country, but I’ve done that kind of long distance co-writing before with my good buddy Ed Doney with pretty impressive results, and I’m looking forward to collaborating again.

The point is, I’m able to keep my creative juices flowing while I’m back in Hoosier country. I’m still getting used to the Indiana slang and phrasing. “Pop” instead of “soda” (although I think I’ll stick with “soda”), “sack” instead of “bag” (neither one of these words is really much more appealing than the other), and that God-awful phrase, “couple-three” (as in “Did you pick up some apples?” “Yeah, I got a couple-three.”).

One of the Indiana sights that I had totally forgotten about and it brought back a huge rush of nostalgia is the fogger truck. Every summer this huge truck drives around town spewing this cloud of anti-mosquito spray into the air and this thick cloud just kind of hangs in the air. Kind of like an ice cream truck. Just creeping along, spraying this mystery chemical around. Just like ice cream trucks do. I recall, very much against our parents’ wishes, rushing out into the street into the cloud of spray to make sure we would be protected against the wretched bugs. How none of us ever got tagged by a moving car while we pranced in the thick vapor is still a mystery to me.

And that’s where I am for now. Things are good. I’m not where I thought I would be a year ago, but when I stop and think about it, I can pretty much say that for every stage in my life and I have no real complaints. The adventure continues, and we can either drag our heels and let it pull us against our will or we can buckle up, throw our hands into the air, and enjoy the ride.

Let’s do this.