Originally, I was approached to be Art Director for Dave Made A Maze because of my history of building things out of cardboard. But due to scheduling conflicts, I took a position of Production Designer instead, working along side Trisha Gum. My main focus became the look and feel of the Maze, answering the question: What would a cardboard maze look like if it became a living labyrinth filled with assorted traps, unusual rooms based on Dave's psyche, and a murderous Minotaur? Needless to say, I had a blast designing on this project. After principal shooting had concluded, a decision was made to add extra time to the movie with a scene that saw the main characters turned into paper bag puppets. Not only did I get to Production Design this portion of the movie, but I also got to build the puppets as well.
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Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
Bill Watterson’s feature debut re-imagines classic 80s adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions. More than 30,000 square feet of donated/scrap cardboard was used in the creation of more than 20 unique sets.
Dave Made A Maze stars Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Adam Busch, Kirsten Vangsness, John Hennigan (aka WWE champion John Morrison), and Timothy Nordwind of music video pioneers OK Go.
The film was co-written by Steven Sears & Bill Watterson, and produced by John Charles Meyer.
Grand Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature Florida Film Festival 2017
One In A Million Award, Narrative Feature Sun Valley Film Festival 2017
Jury Award, Best Feature Omaha Film Festival 2017
Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature Slamdance 2017
Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature Boston Underground Film Festival 2017
Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature Calgary Underground Film Festival 2017