Arthur Harkness Presents: Greg Stees and JetLag Productions
Welcome my beautiful and wonderful readers to a very special post. I know you have gotten so much of me this week, but I think you could stand to get a little bit more of your boy, Arthur. Years ago, on the streets of Albany, I was a young Harkness, barely bearded and mostly chaotic neutral, but still showing hints of that sweet villainy you have all come to learn and love. I was waiting for the bus to show up and scoop me for 8 hours of hell and boredom, and take me off to start my career as a 6th grader. I was unaware of what to expect, as every new school year brings something different for everyone. I patiently waited at the end of my street for the bus to show up, and when it finally did, I stepped on and made my way through the aisle. Now I am more the type to sit alone on the bus, just so I can zone out and listen to music, but for some reason, while walking through the aisle I noticed this kid. Something about him seemed slightly whimsical, yet all around awesome. You ever get that feeling when you know you are destined to meet someone and become friends? Well that’s what happened. That was the day I met Greg Stees, and my life got exponentially better.
I am a huge fan of all of my friends and everything they do, and whenever something happens to them or they do something, I am always there to either help or congratulate. This is my way to congratulate Mr. Stees on years of hard work. When we were kids, Greg was literally one of the most creative people I had the pleasure of meeting. Everything the kid did just screamed artist and visionary. It was crazy. I had some decent abilities in art, but nothing close to what he could achieve. He was busting out drawings that made me so jealous yet so proud at the same time. I could never hope to match that ability, but at the same time I wasn’t left out in any fashion, because Greg always included us in his projects and taught us some skills in terms of artistry. He never came out and physically taught us, but just watching him do his thing and taking little bits and pieces from him, we were all able to incorporate his style into our styles. It was awesome to be honest. It was always fun to work on projects, and then things took a turn for the professional. He got a camera, and then we started making movies with Greg at the helm. This was the turning point for him. I literally have never seen someone so natural behind the camera. His natural comedic talents and writing skills were absolutely hysterical. I cannot tell you how many times I had to put the camera down because I was laughing too much. Time was spent and movies were made all throughout high school and beyond. Even when we went our separate ways after high school, we all still made time to make movies when we could. I would visit him up at RIT before he transferred to NYU, and while visiting I got a firm look at how hard making movies and the whole process could really be. For a 3 minute movie, it took us about 11 hours of filming. It was astounding. I had never actually realized how much time and effort goes into these things. When we were originally doing these things it was for fun so we never realized just how much effort it took to create something. I had a new appreciation.
After Greg transferred to NYU, he pretty much blasted through everything and anything. He made movies, edited shows and began doing improv to hone his craft. I was lucky enough to catch one of his sets at the UCB theater in NYC at the beginning of this year, and I was dying. It was hands down one of the funniest things I had ever seen, and I was so proud to see him kill it out there. I know this may sound like a puff piece to make it seem like my buddy is the best at what he does, but that is not the case. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that he is going to do something amazing in the next 5-10 years, and I can only wait to see what it is. It’s always awesome to see your friends doing well, and as he recently moved to California to go after that big piece, it’s going to be rare for me to be able to see him now, and I felt like this would be the best way to get you guys out there in readerland some of his material to enjoy and fawn over. I am going to be showing you some of his work in this article, and it would be amazing if you guys all checked it out. I know you won’t be disappointed. Now, without further ado, here is my buddy Greg Stees in all of his magnificent glory. You’re welcome. And Greg, when you see this, tell Kenty Moore Beef Stew that he is needed on hat day. Enjoy!!
PS…Greg has more than just these, and if you go to JetLag Productions website, you can see a whole bunch more of his awesome videos. I highly recommend checking it out, and if you are lucky, you may just get a chance to see Dragonchaser soon.
Here are the videos and some links. Give him some love if you can!! Also, Follow me on Twitter! @ArthurHarkness
http://youtu.be/f8hRcOzRjXY Chuck Poyd: First Date Ice Breaker!
http://youtu.be/ZgKT57gZHh0 Fabulous Fashion Mummy