Travis Carr

PROJECTS

WRITING:

Unbought and Unbossed (feature length drama) - The first black woman in the House of Representatives, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM, aims to make history again as the first black woman to run for President, taking on the mainstream political machine in a fiery underdog campaign marked with violence, mudslinging, racism, and sexism, but most importantly hope. - SEMIFINALIST Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition. TOP 75 scripts of 2018 Trackingboard Launchpad Competition.

Seared (30-minute comedy pilot) - A celebrity chef on-the-rise is dragged home to backwater Florida in the wake of a family tragedy. Between having visions of her dead father, dealing with family drama, and the craziness of life in weird-Florida, she must try to save her sister’s crusty old seafood restaurant in order to get back to her rising career in New York City.

The Murder Trust (feature length dark comedy) - Based on true events from Prohibition-era New York City. Daniel Kriesberg is desperate for a better life for his family. He gets wrapped up in a scam by an unsavory group in a sleazy speakeasy to kill and cash an insurance scam on a drifter in the bar. But much to the group's dismay, the man just won't die.

Post Mortem (60-minute drama pilot) – A mild-mannered funeral home director starts killing citizens of his sleepy small town to drum up customers for his floundering business. Quickly caught in a cycle of crime to cover up crime, matters get worse when his unwitting coroner wife starts helping the police investigate the murders. - 2nd Round Consideration Sundance Episodic Labs, FINALIST TrackingBoard LaunchPad Pilots Competition 2017 and winner of MENTORSHIP PRIZE, SEMIFINALIST Shore Scripts Pilot Contest 2017, NY Metropolitan Screenwriting Competition 2018, CineStory TV Writing Fellowship 2018, QUARTERFINALIST Screencraft Pilot Launch 2017, Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship 2018, 2nd ROUNDER Austin Screenplay Festival

The Rock Shop (30-minute comedy pilot) - The Rock Shop, a once great New York City rock club, is threatened when a smarmy businessman wants to buy and tear down the venue. Can its 60-something burn-out manager and rag-tag crew of young slackers work together and save the legendary Rock Shop?

Hopeless, Romantic (feature length dramedy) - Laura is an artist living in Manhattan with her well-to-do fiance, Jonas. All seems well until she meets Jonas’ wayward younger brother, Noah. Getting involved in the underground art and music scene, she starts living Noah’s lifestyle of drugs and parties, igniting a turbulent love triangle with near fatal results. 2nd ROUND CONSIDERATION SUNDANCE SCREENWRITERS LAB 2012

 

SHORTS:

Dischord (short) - A mysterious piano has magical properties and a mystical draw -- but is it safe? - Writer/Director - View here

America: The Truck (short comedy) - Parody truck commercial about patriotism in truck advertising. - Writer, Director, Editor - View Here FINALIST 2016 SketchFest Seattle

Fuck-Up Syndrome: PSA (short comedy) - A parody PSA about the dangers of a growing disease: Fuck-Up Syndrome - Director, Videographer, Editor - View Here

Never Sleep (short art film) - Electronic music and timelapse photography turn the city life of New York into a machine. - Director, Videographer, Editor, Music

The Laughing Heart (short art film) - Kinetic typography art project based on Charles Bukowski's poem of the same name. - Director, Editor - View Here Featured at Cork International Film Festival 2012, ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2013

Bees (short art film) - Documentary of closeup photography of pollinating bees, playfully set to music. - Director, Editor Featured at 2011 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Killers Never Die (10 pg. short, thriller/drama) – A dark look into the mindset of slick, urbane, serial killer Vincent Wood. Following him from his origins, through his arrest, to his sentencing. – Writer — Winner of Top Rated Script of the Month from American Zoetrope’s online writers community

 

SKETCH WRITING:

Travis has trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City since 2014 through the Sketch Writing Program, including elective courses in Video Sketch Writing and Advanced Sketch Writing.

 

EDITING:

House Hunters International - HGTV - 2016 - Present - Editor

The Greatest Bars in the World - 2018 - Editor/Producer

Unkillable: The Bizarre Case of Michael Malloy - 2017 - Editor/Producer

On the House: The Bizarre Murder of Michael Malloy - 2016 - Editor/Producer

House Hunters International - HGTV - November 2012 - 2015 - Senior Assistant Editor and Media Manager

House Hunters Off the Grid - HGTV - January 2014 - August 2015 - Assistant Editor and Media Manager

The Filthy Rich Guide - CNBC - May - August 2014 - Assistant Editor

Pheonix Flip - HGTV - 2014 - Assistant Editor

Flip Queens - HGTV - 2014 - Assistant Editor

Overseas and Underpriced - HGTV - 2014 - Assistant Editor

A Restaurant Divided - Food Network - April - June 2013 - Assistant Editor

Man Caves - DIY Network - October - November 2012 - Assistant Editor and Media Manager

Broadway or Bust - PBS - July - September 2012 - Assistant Editor

History Detectives - PBS - June - August 2012 - Assistant Editor and Online Conforming Assistant

Battle of the Beaters - YouTube/Hearst - March - June 2012 - Assistant Editor/Loader

Driver Rehab - YouTube/Hearst - March - June 2012 - Assistant Editor/Loader

 

ADVERTISING:

House Hunters International Web Tosses - Produced and edited twelve 10-second promotional tags for House Hunters International. Clips included in every episode 2014 - 2017

Driver Rehab - 30 second promo for Car and Driver's YouTube Program,'Driver Rehab.' - Writer/Editor - May 2012 - See the promo here.

Cartoon Network 'Regular Show' Promo - 30 second evergreen promo for the Cartoon Network program, 'Regular Show.' Completed for the Turner T3 Program. - Writer - July 2011

'Seacrets: Jamaica, USA' Weekly Television Commercials - Weekly 30 second and two minute commercials promoting Seacrets' entertainment calendar and weekly food/drink specials. - Writer and Producer/Editor - June 2010 - January 2012

 

WRITTEN WORKS, PRESENTATIONS, AND ESSAYS:

You Are Invited to Mandatory Office Happy Hour Drinks - Comedic Essay, in consideration, McSweeneys Internet Tendency

Modern Home Design: The Bastard Basement - Comedic essay parodying home design articlees. Published in Neutrons Protons literary journal 2015. Read it here!

Ready to Feel Old? Rowlf the Dog is Almost Certainly Dead! - Comedic essay published on Funny or Die. Read it here!

The Adapation of Masculinity as a Theme in 'Glengarry Glen Ross' - How the use of the theme of masculinity in James Foley's 1992 adaptation of David Mamet's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' is imperative to the film's fidelity to the original source material. - Completed for a 'Literature in Film' course in May of 2010.

The Use of Mise-en-Scène in 'The Virgin Suicides' - Making the argument for how mise-en-scène is used to communicate mood, character, theme, and time in Sofia Coppola's 1999 adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenide's 'The Virgin Suicides' and how the particular use of this style makes the adaptation true to the original source material. - Completed for a 'Literature in Film' course in May of 2010.

You Don't Talk About (the Unfaithful Elements of) 'Fight Club' - An examination of how on the surface, David Fincher's 1999 film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's 'Fight Club' may seem like a faithful adaptation, but through the alteration of scenes, particular dialogue, and the ending of the narrative, the film is actually a fairly unfaithful adaptation. - Completed for a 'Literature in Film' course in April of 2010.

From 'Wise Guy' to 'Goodfellas' - A look at fidelity in the adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi's 'Wise Guy: Life in a Mafia Family' into Martin Scorsese's infamous 1990 film 'Goodfellas.' - Completed for a 'Literature in Film' course in March of 2010.

Fidelity in 'Proof' - An examination of the 2005 film adaptation of David Auburn's play, 'Proof,' and how the addition and slight alteration of scenes can drastically alter the audience's impression of character and affect the film's fidelity to the original source material as a whole. - Completed for a 'Literature in Film' course in March of 2010.

'The Wire's' Depiction of the Two Americas - A 15-page seminar paper on the use of the theme of the two separate and inequal Americas, throughout David Simon's HBO series, 'The Wire' with particular focus on crime, education, employment, and neighborhood safety. - Completed for a 'Communication Seminar: Television, Culture, and Society' course focusing on HBO and 'The Wire' in December of 2009.

Film as Criticism in 'Band of Outsiders' - An interpretation of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Band of Outsiders' as more than just a film, but as a piece of film criticism, with special attention to his articles in 'Cahiers du Cinéma.' - Completed for a 'History of Film' course in December of 2009.

The Art of the Trailer and 'Star Trek' - A look at the techinques of marketing and editing in the creation of blockbuster trailers, with particular focus on J.J. Abrams' 2009 re-envisioning of 'Star Trek.' - Completed for a 'History of Film' course in December of 2009.

Foregrounding Style in 'Harold and Maude' and 'The Royal Tenenbaums' - An examination of how the foregrounding of style, particularly through mise-en-scène, editing, and sound, is used for affect in a form of narrative interrogation to create a connection with the audience in Hal Ashby's 'Harold and Maude' and Wes Anderson's 'The Royal Tenenbaums.' - Completed for a 'History of Film' course in November of 2009.

'The Wire' and the Two Americas - An investigation of how the theme of two separate an un-equal Americas permeates David Simon's HBO series, 'The Wire,' with particular focus on episode six of season five, 'The Dickensian Project.' - Completed for a 'Communication Seminar: Television, Culture, and Society' course focusing on HBO and 'The Wire' in November of 2009.

The Creation of HBO's 'Not TV' - A look at the history of HBO and it's marketing strategy; "It's not TV, it's HBO." - Completed for a 'Communication Seminar: Television, Culture, and Society' course focusing on HBO and 'The Wire' in October of 2009.

The Use of the Long Take in 'The Rules of the Game' and 'Down By Law' - An examination of the use of the long take and the decision to not cut away from a shot in Jean Renoir's 'The Rules of the Game,' and Jim Jarmusch's 'Down By Law.' - Completed for a 'History of Film' course in October of 2009.

The Cinema of Attractions - An explanation of Tom Gunning's concept of the cinema of attractions - how film "directly solicits spectator attention, inciting visual curiosity, and supplying pleasure through an exciting spectacle," - with particular focus on the early films of cinematic history, including Porter's 'The Great Train Robbery,' and Melies' 'Le Voyage dans la Lune.' - Completed for a 'History of Film' course in September of 2009.

Auteurism and Appropriation - Making the argument for the compatibility of the idea of an auteur director and the post-modern film technique of appropriation and referencing. Based on Andrew Sarris’ article, Notes on the Auteur Theory in 1962, with particular attention given to Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' and it's appropriation-of and referencing-to other cinema and popular culture.- Completed for a 'Major Film Directors' course in May of 2009.

'Me and You' and La Caméra-Stylo - Making the case for the relevancy of Alexandre Astruc’s 1948 article, 'The Birth of the New Avant Garde: La Caméra Stylo' through a comparison of the ideals put forward in the article with techniques used in Miranda July's 2005 film, 'Me and You and Everyone We Know.' - Completed for a 'Major Film Directors' course in May of 2009.

'Bamboozled,' Brecht, and Cultural Identity - A profile of the use of Brechtian style and a study of how cultural identity is presented in Spike Lee's 'Bamboozled.' - Completed for a 'Film Theory' course in May of 2009.

Masculinity, the Phallus, and 'Magnolia' - An examination of how Freudian and Lacanian devices of gender identification, completion, and the phallus are represented in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia.' - Completed for 'Film Theory' in May of 2009.

Jia Zheng-Ke's 'The World' as an Interrogative Text - An identification of how Chinese filmmaker Jia Zheng-Ke's 'The World' fits the paradigm for an interrogative text by offering multiple viewpoints and a questioning look of China's globalization. - Completed for a 'Film Theory' course in May of 2009.

Freudian Concepts in the Films of Woody Allen - An examination of the Freudian concepts of desire, repression, anxiety, and sexuality in Woody Allen's work, particularly focusing on the classics 'Annie Hall' and 'Manhattan.' - Completed for a 'Major Film Directors' course in April of 2009.

Lacan's Mirror Phase and 'The Life Aquatic' - A psychoanalytical study of Wes Anderson's 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' with particular attention paid to Jacques Lacan's developmental theory of the Mirror Phase. - Completed for a 'Film Theory' course in April 2009.

Antifeminism in 'Twilight'- An examination of how antifeminist, patriarchal views of gender heirarchy are presented and endorsed through the hit 2008 film 'Twilight,' a film written by, directed by, and produced by women, andadpated from a book series written by a woman. Based on the theory of scopophilia and those put forward in Laura Mulvey's Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema. - Completed for a 'Film Theory' course in April 2009. Published on Fox SearchLab independent film community website August 2009.

Emotion and Style in 'The 400 Blows' - An examination of the relationship between emotion and its representation through cinematic style in Francois Truffaut's 'The 400 Blows' as related to a quote from film critic Geoff Andrew's book on director Nicolas Ray, The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall. - Completed for a 'Major Film Directors' course in March 2009.

Tone and Style in a 'Lonely Place' - The use of style is examined in depth in a scene from Nicholas Ray's 'In a Lonely Place.' - Completed for a 'Major Film Directors' course in February of 2009.

The Mediation Thesis, Realism, and 'Serpico' - A discussion of realism and the way it is conceived through Sidney Lumet's 'Serpico.' - Completed for a 'Film Theory' course in February 2009.

Comparing Style in 'The Searchers' and 'Dead Man' - A comparison of cinematic style in Jim Jarmusch's 'Dead Man' and John Ford's 'The Searchers'. - Completed for an 'Intro to Film' course in December of 2008.

The Sound of 'Punch Drunk Love' - An analysis of the subjective use of diegetic sound and nondiegetic music in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love.' - Completed for an 'Intro to Film' course in November of 2008.

Syd Field's Paradigm and 'Taxi Driver' - An analysis of Syd Field's screenplay paradigm in relation to 'Taxi Driver,' as directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. - Completed for a 'Dramatic Writing for Media' course in October of 2008.

The Best Seat in the House: The Use of mise-en-scène in 'Singin' in the Rain' - An analysis of the mise-en-scène and cinematography of Stanley Donen's 'Singin' In The Rain.' - Completed for an 'Intro to Film' course in October of 2008.