Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Speaker Night

Thank you Jeff Burns, the creative genius behind the web series "Super Knocked Up", for joining us as our guest speaker on Monday June 25, 2012!

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Jeff shared with us that he is a writer, director, producer... who focused his web series on telling the story of human interaction (more than superhero special effects).
 (Photo by Micaiah Siemski)

He also has a masters degree in history and devotes much of his time to tutoring and working with children with learning disabilities.

 (Photo by Micaiah Siemski)

 This presentation was more of a discussion group and everyone enjoyed the interaction.
 (Photo by Micaiah Siemski)
He shared the comic book art work, fan art, a few episodes, and gave out pins and other promotional materials!! And we learned that MVCA members like free stuff!!! ;)

  (Photo by Micaiah Siemski)

Two of the "Super Villains" in the third episode of "Super Knocked Up" are local teens who also joined us and talked about their experience working on the project.

  (Photo by Diane Hale Smith)

Jeff's formal Bio:

Jeff always wanted to be a superhero. But since he doesn’t have any superpowers (except the power to be super-geeky) he decided to make a web series about superheroes and villains instead. He first got the film bug in college where he and his friends improv-ed an entire movie for fun (when they weren’t studying, of course). The film was about an evil twin, pimps, and Darth Vader. Deciding to make more professional and less ridiculous sounding films, Jeff made his first real short after grad school, even though he had no idea what he was doing. Several short films later, his films have screened on PBS and at festivals throughout the northeast.

When he’s not making films, Jeff tutors high school students and is co-founder of Dyslexia Consultants where he helps learning-disabled high school students improve their writing and critical reasoning skills. Jeff ‘s current project, the web series 'Super Knocked Up', has been viewed over 900,000 times in its first few months of release. Jeff is having a blast shooting the series with his amazing cast and crew! 'Super Knocked Up' is based on Jeff’s actual life. Okay, not really. But he would really like to date a hot super-villain!

(Photo by Diane Hale Smith)
MVCA wanted to see more of his films (like the one with Darth Vader and the one about Britney Spears). Do you think we can get him back again with those movies?!  

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  1. Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the meeting. Looks like I missed a great speaker.

  2. Thanks Linda! And thanks so much to Jessica and everyone for having me! I had an awesome time and was really impressed with the group :)