Blue Goggles Films is an Austin, TX production company focusing on video game-inspired content. We love making movies and we love video games, so why not combine the two?
BEN MOODY — Writer, Director, Editor
Ben Moody lives, breathes, eats and sleeps film. He started working in the industry at a post-production trailer house in Los Angeles. There, Ben was exposed to the marketing side of the film world where he wrote copy and became an HD Finisher. He worked on a number of large campaigns for movies such as, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and a number of video game campaigns like “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “God of War.” From there Ben moved to the startup Internet site Gametrailers.com. He wrote, produced and edited video segments for the site. Viacom/MTV Networks picked up the company and Ben continued to work on creating original content for the growing site. Ben created several original series for Gametrailers.com including a 6-part Legend of Zelda retrospective that gained over 7 million downloads and is still watched today.
Ben left MTV and Gametrailers.com in the beginning of 2007 to pursue more story-driven work. He is now looking to combine his experience in filmmaking, marketing and Internet video in a unique way with Blue Goggles Films.
RACHEL MOODY — Producer
Rachel Moody is a web designer and product manager by day and producer for Blue Goggles Films by night/weekend. With a general love for movies, Rachel decided to try her hand at taking her product management skills from the web world into the film world, and it turned out the two industries have more similarities than differences. As a producer, Rachel enjoys the challenge of making all the pieces come together before a film shoot. Much like a web site release, preparing for a film shoot brings the rush of adrenaline and stress of getting everyone and everything in sync before a film shoot followed by the excitement of seeing the final product.
SHAWN E. MARCHESE — Writer, Assistant Director
Shawn E. Marchese began his writing career at an early age, writing crude vampire fiction and a comic strip sitcom starring the planets as characters (taking the term “science fiction” far too literally). He soon graduated to 80′s cartoon-themed parody lyrics for top 40 radio hits, and adapting movie villains into NPCs for pen-and-paper roleplaying games. He’s been a PC gamer since the days of text and 4-color graphics, names Tron as the movie that changed his life, and still has a copy of Pac-Man Fever on vinyl. He joined the Blue Goggles Films team in 2010. In addition to writing, production, and a love for sci-fi, fantasy, and Asian movies, he is also a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer with a beer blog at lastofthezymelords.com.
LISA TALLEY MARCHESE — Writer, Script Supervisor
Lisa Talley Marchese has been a fan of movies all her life. Most of her earliest memories involve movies, such as watching repeat-run Bond films in near-empty theaters or the day she met her first crush, Indiana Jones – NOT the actor who played him. Her early career as a playwright included a one-time gala premiere production of the epic 20-minute horror duology House of Doom and House of Doom II for an exclusive audience of her fellow 3rd graders at St. Rose Primary School. She has been playing console games long enough to remember when one orange button was enough to save the universe, suffering the utter disappointment and trauma of E.T.: The Video Game. She first worked with Blue Goggles Films in 2010. You can read her thoughts on movies, food, drinks and the usual ephemera at dispatchesfromcatopia.com.
We’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of talented professionals who always make our projects more fun and do amazing work. We want to give our team a shout out below and can’t recommend them enough.
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|Alan Koda does audio for things that need audio. He’ll record the production sound, cut the effects, track the foley, and probably write a song about it. He also works with visual media as a graphic and web designer, and occasionally makes noises and flashy things with Max/MSP.|
|Travis Jones is a film maker, lover, and dominator when it comes to composing amazing images on film. It is his person goal to outfox, out-do, and outwit himself on every film project he encounters. A long time student of film, currently @ Austin Film Works, and Austin School of Film, he began his love for the craft in high school when he made a 45 min adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Devil And Tom Walker.” The film is still used today at the school as a teaching aide and replacement for aging, but still relevant, bill nye the science guy tapes. His roles on set change almost as frequently as his underwear, and his knowledge and expertise become so finely tuned that they must be examined by a microscope. In other words, he is awesome. Check out his portfolio @ cargocollective.com/travisjones (which is not written in third person.)|
|Crushing Force Productions specializes in Custom props form movies particularly weapons but our abilities reach into costuming including armor, set construction, script writing to storyboards. We can work in steel, wood, leather, plastics, and paper. View our portfolio at CrushingForce.com.|
We’ve also been fortunate to have support from local businesses who have provided services and locations. Their valuable contributions truly make Austin the best place to film. We love keeping it local!