Blame — Some Know-How from an Ass-Kicking

I’m a stubborn man. Sometimes it gets me into trouble.

Earlier this year, I was hell-bent on shooting my first short film called ‘Blame’. It’s a comedy about the longterm effects of bullying. The words ‘bullying’ and ‘comedy’ do not often appear in the same sentence, for good reason. But I think laughter is a valuable medium for difficult subjects, and I have things to say.

I work for Shark Pig who has a wealth of knowledge from the commercial and film industries. I work hard, and I had money saved up. So I was suddenly in a position to write and direct a film! Exciting right? It was! But by the time it was done I felt like Ben here (this is a screenshot from the film).

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Why? Because I’m stubborn.

This film wreaked havoc on my financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. But that’s because I made classic mistakes that could have been avoided. Here’s an incomplete list of examples. For any professionals out there, these are probably no-brainers. But they weren’t for someone like me.

Writing explosions and car crashes
Leaving too much for post (not being practical)
Shooting without permits in private areas
Asking too many favors
Saying, “We’ll wing it.”
Producing, Writing, Directing, DP’ing, and Editing a 20-page script

However! This is not a blogpost about failures. On the contrary, this project marks a great success in my life. This film is complete. And because it exists, it is a win. Even though it was difficult, even if people think it sucks, the crew and I made something together. And people might like it!

So now I’m in a strange position where I, along with Shark Pig, can potentially lend some helpful do’s and don’t’s to filmmakers out there who are trying to do the same thing. It’s hard to give specific details without spilling the beans too soon, but the crew and I did something kind of impossible. Plus! We’re still hungry for more and we’re about to shoot my second short in November, and we’ll be able to see how we can put these lessons into practice.

Since the film is being submitted to festivals, we can’t put it online yet. So instead, Shark Pig and I will share sneak peaks here on the blog – along with a full list of the bonehead things I did to make this film happen – until we can share it.

If you’d like to follow along, just check in with this blog and follow me on instagram at @mrwadekoch. I’ll also post any festival successes.

In the meantime, here is a little preview: a synopsis, some stills, a list of cast + credits, and a short clip. Hope you dig, and thanks for reading!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to my friend Mylissa Fitzsimmons (more on her and the mind-blowing value of friendship to come) who is helping me navigate the festival world. Without her I’d be winging it right now. On top of that, she’s a talented and prolific filmmaker. Follow her on @mylissafitz to keep up with her films and festival appearances!


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A lot of talented people worked on this film! Here is a full list of credits.


Written & Directed by
Wade Koch

Benjamin Webb
Sean Harrison Jones
Murphy Martin
Schuyler Jeffress
Steve Pappin
Geoff Boothby


Gracyn Chamberlin
Brekkan Spens
Blake Perry
Shawn Kissinger
CJ Diehl

Produced by
Wade Koch

Executive Produced by
Shark Pig

Director of Photography
Wade Koch

Asst Camera
Corey Bienert

Art Director & Wardrobe
Allison Honeycutt

Makeup / Hair & FX Makeup
Chelsea Dorris

Max Nikoff

Sound Mixing
Michael Weinstein

Music by
Satern and Pond5

Edited by
Wade Koch

VFX Supervisor
Erik Tillmans

CG Artist
Jason Stovall

Hanny Boyer

Production Assistance
John Koch
Mandy Hobmeier
Robert Ingraham

Craft Services
Rainbeau Tharp

Special Thanks
Fast Toys, Inc
Atwater Village Tavern
Nordoff High School

Gregory Ignacio
Bobbi Hagan
Mylissa Fitzsimmons
Al Vuocolo
James Dorris
John Koch

Pig Trouble in Little Chinatown

We’ve been doing some work with Panda Express for their Orange Chicken Love Truck Tour.  Did you know Panda Express is run by Super Intelligent T-Shirt Wearing Pandas who only communicate through dance?  Here is a video of Brian Morrow, our creative director in a very important business meeting:

Just kidding.  They’re totally just dancing about Kurt Russell.

Wine Box Art Talk Episode 3 is this week!


From Wine Box Art Talk Director – Louise Lynch: In preparation for our third Wine Box Art Talk, I had the pleasure of visiting our featured artist, Allison Honeycutt in her studio downtown. I wanted to try on one of her recent fabric sculptures. This artist interview is unique for me, in that I have known Allison most of my life. I have countless memories from school of her drawing and doodling; curved over her paper, hand moving in rapid, precise strokes. Her work then was mostly drawings and paintings; realistic, controlled, and very polished. It was not the logical precursor to the expansive and uninhibited mixed media pieces that she is doing now. Having the opportunity to learn what pushed her to grow and evolve as an artist is partially why I wanted to work with her on Wine Box Art Talk.

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Trying on the Flesh Suits was akin to a Rorschach test, in that it was such an honest reveal of myself. I was excited to try them on, while simultaneously worried about it; What would they look like on my body? What would people’s reaction be? Could I loose five pounds before I had to wear one on camera? I had initially thought I would choose whatever piece would be the most flattering, but at some point my vanity was won over by the beauty of the Flesh Suits and their unexpected humor. I stopped thinking of them in relation to my physical self and was drawn towards how they made me feel.


Later that evening, long after taking off the suit, I began to feel vulnerable; not because I had felt physically exposed but because I had felt emotionally exposed.  While reading thought her statement on the pieces, I was intrigued to find my experience perfectly represented.  “The Flesh Suits are an investigation in modesty, obscenity, exhibitionism, and the appropriateness of nakedness. When worn, the Flesh Suits speak even more to their contradictions of clothed versus naked, and public versus private. Through the context of the individual model and their words, actions and emotional state this false nakedness can take on very different meanings. In what context does genitalia turn from “natural” to offensive? With my more recent work I’m also exploring beauty versus weirdness of the human body and finding beauty in what is not “ideal.”

I am eager to see other people’s response to the Flesh Suits and continue the conversation with Allison on Thursday evening.

If you are in the LA area and would like to join us, please RSVP to

Photos by Rainbeau Tharp



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Ruth Moody – Far and Wide

When I was in high school, my closest friends and I were in a garage band called Johnny Cockaroo & The Mojos. I was a horrible musician, but there were a few people in the band that actually had talent, particularly the bass player Sam Howard. I recently got a call from him asking if I wanted to come up to Portland to shoot a video of his current band recording in studio before they left on tour. I was excited to reconnect with my old friend, but I had no idea how legit it would be shooting with The Ruth Moody Band. Check out the video so you know what I’m talking about. They’re legit!

Not only am I impressed, I’m also so inspired by the message of this song. Far and wide, before I die, let there be peace! You might recognize Ruth if you’re a fan of The Wailin’ Jennys and if you want to catch them, they’re currently on tour with Mark Knopfler in Europe.

Wine Box Art Talk – Premiere Episode!


At Shark Pig we are always excited to bring together our creative community for the opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, engage, or just chat over a glass of wine. Which is why we’re so pumped about our latest endeavor, Wine Box Art Talk.

Wine Box Art Talk is a free evening that we’re producing where we invite an artist, creative, entrepreneur, or maker, someone that we find really inspiring to have a conversation with us about creativity and productivity and how it relates to their work. The evenings are warm, intimate, beautifully styled and will hopefully inspire all of us in our personal projects and professional work.


Our kick off evening featured the talented Jennifer Banash, novelist, high school English teacher, and mother. Jennifer’s 6th novel “Silent Alarm” was just published and she shared with us her inspiration for the book, as well as discussing the fickle nature of creativity and inspiration and how she manages to accomplish so much with her very full schedule.


Every Wine Box Art Talk at it’s core is an event, where our friends and colleagues can get together and discuss the topics brought up by our guest, but of course we film it too. Each episode is a shortened version of highlighted points from the evening. Check it Episode One below! Moving forward we would love to get your input on future guests as well as topics that would inspire you. Leave it in the comments or contact us at
Thank you to Jennifer Banash, Happenings Co for the styling and branding, YEAH rentals for the furniture and Bota Box for the wine! – Louise Lynch