Working Both Sides of The Camera

Draake Herd on set. 2013

Recently I had the pleasure of working on both sides of the camera. What a fantastic experience – I have a greater respect and perspective of everyone’s job on set. If you are serious about acting and ever get the chance… take it!

We were very fortunate and had the talented Luba Goy on set. Most people know Luba from The Royal Canadian Air Farce. I was first introduced to Luba at a very young age by my parents whom were big fans of the hilarious show Bizarre. After working with her and seeing both sides of the fence; I wanted to say this… talent IS the difference on any production. She took a decent script and made comedy gold with it, she really did. Talent makes productions’ life much easier as well. A great learning experience.

Draake Herd & Luba Goy on set. 2013

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Fortune Cookies – You’re Doing It Wrong! Part II

Fortune Cookies - You're Doing It Wrong! Part II

I promise you this is a real fortune I pulled out of a cookie. Now I am not sure what it means 100%… but I know it is 100% sinister.

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Fortune Cookies – You’re Doing It Wrong!

Fortune Cookies - You're Doing It Wrong!

Fortune Cookies - You're Doing It Wrong!

I got this in my fortune cookie the other day at the Mandarin. This is definitely not the fortune you want to give me while I am formulating your tip!

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Too Much 90’s Sexiness In One Photo!

Draake Herd & Luke Perry 2013

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Finally! New Artwork!

“Bank Cards Accepted Here” by Draake Herd (2011) Mixed media on 14”x18” canvas board. © Draake Herd Studios

“Bank Cards Accepted Here” by Draake Herd (2011) Mixed media on 14”x18” canvas board. © Draake Herd Studios

After many years of being artistically AWOL I am posting some new unseen artwork! I have always been cautious about posting any artwork that hasn’t already been published or shown publicly. I think I have finally come to the point – thanks to my many artist friends who relentlessly post/internet publish their work in various states of completion – where I am over my concerns and just want to get stuff out for public consumption. I have always been concerned about people hijacking my work and / or seeing anything unfinished or out of context – I have been known to be a little bit of a control freak. My artwork output has slowed down considerable over the last ten years and I am disgusted with myself. I hope this new found freedom and my blog will force me to get my ass at the studio desk creating more often. Enjoy.

This series is made up of 100 canvases meant to be viewed on a gallery wall two or three high. Top row L to R: Revolution 003 (2010), Revolution 006 (2013), Revolution 004 (2012) Bottom row L to R: Revolution 005 (2012), Revolution 002 (2003), Revolution 001 (2003). All are mixed media on 12”x16” canvas. © Draake Herd Studios

"Revolution 003" (2010) Mixed media on 12”x16” canvas. © Draake Herd Studios

 

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“Pacific Rim” Now Available On Digital Download – Coming To DVD October 15th!

 

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) & Derek Herd in a scene from "Pacific Rim". (c) Warner Brothers & Legendary Pictures 2013.

“Pacific Rim” is now available for digital download and will be released in a combo pack (DVD/Blu-Ray/UltraViolet) on October 15, 2013. You may pre-order it today on Amazon.com. If you didn’t see it in the theaters then make sure you give it a watch at home! You can truly feel the passion that director Guillermo Del Toro put into every frame of this film.

Pacific Rim DVD Cover

Guillermo Del Toro is also directing a special extended three minute opening title sequence for “The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIV” which airs tonight October 6th 2013 (8/7c on Fox).

I was happy to see this billboard staring down at me driving on Hollywood Blvd and La Brea opening week.

Still from: "Pacific Rim - Man, Machines, and Monsters" (page 21) with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Derek Herd & Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim). Photography © 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

 

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‘The Blacklist’ Worth a Second Look

The Blacklist promo poster. (c) 2013 Sony Pictures Television

I’m pretty sure the pitch meeting sounded something like this: “It is SILENCE OF THE LAMBS meets SEVEN.” “Throw in some COVERT AFFAIRS and you have yourself a deal.

Heck I would go as far as calling some of the scenes in the pilot plagiarism. However the performances of James Spader as the ultra intelligent protagonist and Megan Boone as the eager FBI agent make this worth a second watch. Spader is excellent at his craft and he owns this character from frame one. Let’s hope the writers give them some original and intelligent material to work with for future episodes.

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“Elijah the Prophet” on the Festival Circuit

Derek Herd & Art Hindle in "Elijah The Prophet" (c) 2012 Year of the Skunk Productions

“Elijah the Prophet” is playing today in Nevada at the “Ruby Mountain Film Festival” at 7pm. Check it out if you are near the festival!

“Elijah the Prophet” has been making its rounds on the festival circuit internationally showing at:

2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (USA)

2013 Punta Del Este Jewish Film Festival (Uruguay)

2013 Brussels Jewish Film Festival (Belgium)

2013 Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival (USA)

2013 Yorkton Film Festival (Canada)

2013 Jewish Eye Film Festival (Israel)

2013 Edmonton International Film Festival (Canada)

2013 Reel Rave Film Festival (Canada)

“Elijah the Prophet” will be showing next at the YoungCuts Film Festival October 19th 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Go support this film and this festival!

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PACIFIC RIM at SDCC 2013

Here are some ‘Pacific Rim’ images snapped around the San Diego Comic Con 2013.

Props on display from "Pacific Rim" at SDCC 2013.

Travis Beacham (wrote story and co-wrote screenplay for "Pacific Rim") and Derek Herd at SDCC 2013.

Massive wall poster for "Pacific Rim" at SDCC 2013.

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Behind The Scenes Of “Pacific Rim”

Behind the scenes footage was released this week from one of the “Pacific Rim” scenes I am in. Image quality is not that great but it is the best I have to share that is public. All of my scenes are part of the ‘Alaska’ sequence. “Pacific Rim” opens this Friday July 12th 2013. Go see it – you can purchase your tickets now!

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) & Derek Herd filming a scene for "Pacific Rim". (c) Warner Brothers & Legendary Pictures 2013.

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Derek Herd & Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim) behind the scenes of "Pacific Rim". (c) Warner Brothers & Legendary Pictures 2013.

 

 

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