Nice Piece Production co-founders

LMU alumni video featured on Funny or Die website

Originally published in the Los Angeles Loyolan. For orignal, please refer to: LMU alumni video featured on Funny or Die website – Los Angeles Loyolan.

Nice Piece Production co-founders

Photo Credit: Nice Piece Productions

For any LMU students who left “The Social Network” wanting more, two LMU alumni have created just the thing to quench your thirst. A trailer for the fake film “The Social Network 2” arrived online last month, with great feature spots on CollegeHumor [] and Funny or Die []. The trailer takes a different view of Facebook, begging the question, “What would the world do without our favorite website?”

John Gasienica (‘10) and Bennet Silverman (‘09), talked with A&E Editor Kevin O’Keeffe this week about their production company, Nice Piece Productions, the trailer’s success and giving people a reason to procrastinate.

Kevin O’Keeffe (KO): How did the idea for “The Social Network 2” trailer first gestate?

Nice Piece Productions (NP): We have a few friends who spend an inordinate amount of time on [Facebook]. We were having a discussion about what these individuals would do without social networking and just kind of ran with the idea. A trailer seemed like the best medium to convey the concept, but we’re really the ones who should be made fun of. The shameless online self-promotion we’ve done for this video has made us both Facebook regulars.

KO: The video was partially shot on LMU’s campus – what drew you back to your alma mater to film?

NP: The underground tunnel connecting Rosecrans and Desmond suited a lot of our shooting needs. We’re also huge fans of LMU. Most of the cast and crew are LMU alums.

KO: How did you get your video featured on Funny or Die and CollegeHumor?

NP: This is now the fourth video we’ve done so we felt confident enough to send it around to some of the big websites like Right off the bat we got a feature from, followed by, which really launched “The Social Network 2” out into the digital world. Luckily, at Funny or Die, it got shown to a few of the people in charge and apparently they liked it. It was really a thrill to see Chasen Banks (an LMU ‘10 alumnus actor in “The Social Network 2”) on the front page of Funny or Die.

KO: How did your company, Nice Piece Productions, come into existence?

NP: We became friends at LMU … but it wasn’t until after we graduated and realized how annoying it was to work for a living that we started producing these shorts. Bennet [Silverman] had the directing and producing education from LMU whereas John [Gasienica] had the LMU business background and was working on his master’s in screenwriting over at USC. We both liked the idea of giving people a reason to procrastinate and making them laugh while they do it.

KO: What other projects does Nice Piece have in the pipeline?

NP: We have about three or four Nice Pieces in development right now that are almost ready to go into production. We hope to release the next one in mid-January.

To learn more about Silverman, Gasienica and Nice Piece Productions, visit their website at You can also follow them on Twitter (@heynicepiece), and like the company on Facebook.


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