Lask's Task

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J.J. Lask, founder of editorial company P.S. 260 and a published author, has added another feather to his creative cap, moving from the editing bay to the director's chair. This month sees the second round of shooting on the indie feature adaptation of his novel, On the Road With Judas. As a commercials editor who works with top shooters like Errol Morris, Lance Acord and Joe Pytka, Lask credits his directing colleagues as a major filmmaking influence. "They're very cinematic, and I always like to base a cut on what film it reminds me of. I try to make every spot into a little movie, so it didn't seem that crazy of an idea to direct a feature." Set in the early '90s, the film is about a guy named Judas who, though successful at his day job, secretly steals computers from college campuses. "The story is based on the people around me when I was growing up," says Lask, who will also cut the film. "It's about kids in New York who find out that crime does pay. One of them falls in love with a girl, and he can get anything he wants in life-except the girl." Aaron Ruell (Napoleon Dynamite), Kevin Corrigan (Buffalo 66) and Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie) star. Besides influencing his visual style, Lask says that Morris also inspired the structure of the shoot, through an AT&T spot that the two worked on last year. First, the Judas actors were interviewed, in and out of character; then scenes will be shot based on the events that were discussed in the interviews.
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