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A cycle of wonder

Those who know me know of my love of this insect. In celebration of an emergence of a female monarch butterfly today, I created this video just for her.

The vulnerability of creativity

Still from movie trailer, 'Collider', by Steve SugrimStill from movie trailer, 'Collider', by Steve Sugrim Being a creative has its ups and downs.

And for anyone who creates, it can be a lot of downs, with great effort to stay 'up'.

Today was one of those days, where I wanted to put all the stuff I've created in a pile, and set it on fire. Kind of like this still from my movie trailer, Collider. Stand away from the craziness, and just walk away.

But, I was reminded of the words from a message sent to me by a fan:

"Hi Steve Sugrim, Your Collider trailer was beautiful! I really enjoyed it and think that your nomination for Best Trailer was well deserved. The music was expertly timed and thrilling. Thank you for keeping the industry going with wonderfully creative media!" - Amy

I have a digital folder and wall called 'Cheer Me Up', and this message is in it. It made me come back 'up'.

The lesson? If you love something, say so. Your words and actions can make all the difference. Hit 'Like' or 'Love', and send that message back to all the people who create.

Gotta go - have some stuff to make.


Welcome - Miriam Korn

I knew when I was writing '68 Anywhere Street' that the key role was going to be Kelsey. The entire story circles around her and her grief around losing her mother. I could tell from talking to Miriam that she knew what this was about. Her depth showed in her audition as I could hear it in her voice. But more than that, she is an accomplished actress and improv person, and challenged me on a few points in the script. I was fascinated with her perspective and ended up changing what I thought was a final script. She is beyond gold for this project, and I am glad to have her as my key actor. Can't wait to showcase her to you through this film.

Miriam OlsonMiriam Korn Miriam Korn is an actress, known for Supernatural (2005), Break-Up Nightmare (2016) and The Vampire Secrets (2011). In addition to her voice-over work, Miriam is an improviser who trained at Upright Citizens' Brigade and Groundlings and has been working on-camera for the past two decades. She studied at UCLA where she graduated Cum Laude and works with the UCLA Medical Department with regularity, to continue honing her medical and scientific language skills.

Audio editing

Audio editingAudio editingSplicing bits of audio for the dialogue for 68 Anywhere Street Now begins the glamorous duty of micro-editing all the 'tasty bits' of dialogue recorded by the voice actors.

For me, this is where the magic of any short film begins - with the sound. I will lay down all the audio BEFORE one single visual frame is placed in.

Audio for me paints the visuals. I can't see this film until I hear it first.

Weird huh?

Welcome - Carrie Drovdlic

It's fun working on animations where you have to 'visualize' the character before it even hits the screen.

When Carrie auditioned for the role of Marcella in the upcoming film '68 Anywhere Street', I burst out laughing. It was so great! She nailed the suspicious old lady voice right out of the gate. Voice acting is a hard thing to do, and it is so inspiring for me to work with such great talent.

Can't wait for you to see what we heard together.

Carrie DrovdlicCarrie DrovdlicVoice of 'Marcella' for '69 Anywhere Street' Carrie Drovdlic

Carrie Drovdlic is a voice artist in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a dog who likes to eat garbage. She has created character voices ranging from an old crone, to a warrior princess, to a scared Japanese teenager, with many in between, including several witches (which she doesn’t take personally). She has been occasionally heard singing the National Anthem at The Ohio State University sporting events, and she loves using her voice as a creative outlet. With the exception of hanging with her family, in front of the mic is her favorite place to be. If you’d like to know more about Carrie, including her surprising stint as a scientist, check out her website:

Welcome - Thomas Hagena

As part of the cool process of filmmaking, you get to meet some pretty awesome people.

The first time I heard Thomas, I knew he was the right voice actor for 'Julian' in the upcoming short film I'm producing called '68 Anywhere Street'.

A followup Skype call with him proved he was gold. On a side note, we share some of the same music laughs, as he is a drummer and I'm a bass player. Good connection for this film!

Thomas HagenaThomas HagenaVoice of 'Julian' for '69 Anywhere Street' Thomas Hagena

Originally from South Dakota, Thomas moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue a full time career in voice acting. Since that time, he's completed hundreds of voice over projects ranging from animation, video games, audiobooks, business/web/education and explainer videos, as well as radio and television commercials that's reached a global audience. He is currently voicing on-going projects in interactive education, audio drams, and animation.

Thomas enjoys coffee shops and the outdoors - specifically hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing. With his home studio's close proximity to several national parks, you may find him on a quick weekend excursion up in the mountains.

New Project - 68 Anywhere Street

So I'm beginning a new journey into short film - a project called '68 Anywhere Street'.

The script has been in play for a couple of years, and now it is currently being cast for voiceovers, in preparation for 3D animation.

This is brand new digital territory, so wish me luck. I'll try to remember to post things once in awhile!



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