Fifty-two scenes. Sixty men. Forty-two women. One actor.
LAZ ROJAS'S ONE-MAN SHOWCASE
Welcome! My name is Laz Rojas, and I am an actor, writer, and filmmaker. This is the official site of my one-man showcase, a production which I wrote, directed, produced, and edited, and in which I portray over a hundred different characters in more than fifty scenes from my screenplays. I also handled every other aspect of the production as well, including the shooting, lighting, sound mixing, make-up, and costumes, so it is literally a one-man show in every sense of the word.
On this site you will find every scene that I shot for this showcase, organized by categories such as comedy, drama, and science-fiction. There is also a collection of bloopers documenting the mistakes and technical problems that inevitably occur when one person takes on a project of this scale, as well as behind-the-scenes peeks at what was involved in putting together this monumental production. And there are dozens of promotional photos and other images of many of the characters I portrayed, ranging from a ten-year old girl to a seventy-year old man.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT MY SHOWCASE?
HERE ARE JUST A FEW TESTIMONIALS:
"Impressive. Shades of Orson Welles!"
-- Jelly Helm, Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy ad agency
"Laz Rojas is a special genius. In all the years I've been lucky
to be part of a community of filmlovers dedicated to finding
and discovering the strange and unusual, from all corners of
the world...few have matched the charm and independent
virtuosity of Laz Rojas. Watching his acting reel, re-enacting
scenes from his own screenplays, playing every part, male or
female, young or old... the technical virtuosity and ingenuity
is astonishing. He is maybe my favorite 'outsider' filmmaker."
-- Hadrian Belove, Head Programmer, The Cinefamily
"The cinema's truest auteur... This is cinema and life and loneliness and
longing and joy and sorrow and a thousand freaking amazing wigs..."
-- Spencer Parsons, Associate Professor, Northwestern University
"Laz Rojas is a genius. On YouTube, he has a bunch of clips
from this incredible demo tape... I really can’t believe how
multi-talented this guy is!! It’s so exciting!"
-- Guthrie Lonergan, new media artist, on Nasty Nets
"LAZ ROJAS - Home made, one man Hollywood.
His YouTube vids are mind blowing..."
-- Guthrie Lonergan again, on The Year In The Internet 2006
"He epitomizes, to me, a true indie filmmaker... I love this man,
simply because he is not afraid to do what he dreams."
-- Daniela Capistrano, Associate Producer, MTV News
"Multi-faceted showcase of a multi-talented individual...
...astonishing ability to convincingly convey a seemingly endless
roster of unique characters of all ages, races and sexes...
Be prepared to feel puny, or at least dull, by comparison."
-- Will Viharo, Placevine Studios
"The highlight of the event had to be watching the Laz Rojas
clips up on a big screen, in the context of art rather than in the
context of silly Youtube craziness. He really did create something
wholly unique and uniquely strange in a way that a more
deliberate or deliberately ironic artist never would have."
-- Bryan Poyser, board member, Cinematexas film festival
"This man is the Cindy Sherman of self-made video."
-- Bryan Poyser again
"Laz Rojas puts on a one man show. Hollywood, why do you
keep hiring Scarlett Johansson when you could have Laz?"
-- Michael Connor, Head of Exhibitions, British Film Institute
"Wow, this guy is amazing."
-- Elizabeth Abrams, founding member, Austin Video Bee
"genius. no joke."
-- Cathy Shive, Mac software engineer and artist, on Del.icio.us
So explore the site, watch the videos, look at the photos, and have a good time... and I guarantee you'll be amazed at how one man can be so many different people in so many different situations.