Hey what’s up world! Guess what?!? As you can tell from the title, I finally made it to LA! Yeah, you can say I was putting it off for a while but I received a phone call that I couldn’t say no too. Nnegest Likké (Director of Ben and Ara) gave me a call and said she wanted to work with me again and she wanted to bring me out to LA to do the project. So fast-forward a month and I’m in LA in full fledge pre production for the movie “Everything But a Man”! We had a couple of hiccups in pre production but we got rid of the dead weight, corrected the ship and got into production. “Everything But A Man” is the story of a strong, sexy, successful but lonely career woman who has everything going for her except love. She’s an Ivy League-educated, criminal defense attorney with a lucrative law practice, lives in a million dollar home and drives the latest model Mercedes. The only thing missing from her picture-perfect life is a man. This film is staring Monica Calhoun (Best Man) and Jimmy Jean-Louis (Hero’s). This production wasn’t the smoothest but I was very grateful for the opportunity and everything that I learned on this project will help me be a better Assistant Director as long as I’m in the film industry. You can read how to react to different situations in plenty of books but those books don’t hold weight to when your feet are in the middle of the fire of a production. Because those of you who are in production know, you never know what is going to happen “on the day” no matter what you have scheduled. Just be ready! I always have great experiences when I work with LA crews and this project was another. I meet a group of great people on this project. My 2nd AD (Frederick) and PA’s (Damian, Carl, Caleb & Aiesha) that work with me on this project were great. I really wouldn’t have made it to the end of this project without them. Recently (May 25) the film completed the international portion of the movie. I wasn’t able to go down to Haiti for that part of the project but with the conclusion of that portion, I believe the film would be completely picture wrapped except for 1 pickup day for the opening sequence of the movie. Below are stills from set and some of my pictures I took while roaming around LA. And below those slide shows are some updates from a couple of other productions I worked on the end of last year.
Production Pics from the set of “Everything But A Man”
Ben & Ara update:I recently caught up with the Producer and actor in the film Joseph Baird over BBQ at Baby Blues BBQ in Venice Beach, CA. He shared with me that this awesome film has been submitted to a number of film festivals across the globe. Its going to go through the festival circuit for a year then hopefully the film will land distribution and get a streaming and DVD deal. I really hope it does. This film was unique and very good. I can’t wait for the world to see it!
Grandpa’s Psycho update:Danny LeGare (Writer/Director of the film) recently shared on his Facebook page that the film has finished the post production process and plans on screening the film in June!! I’m really excited about this screening, hopefully I can make it up there but right now I’m scheduled to be on another production in Central Florida but I know this film is going to be a good one.
That’s all I have as far as updates for now. If you are a new visitor to the site make sure you check out all my other pages and services I render. If you are in need of preproduction help visit my Breakdown Services page or My Contact page. Lets Make a Movie!!! Cheers ~Douglas
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog (I seriously need to do better) but I’m here for what seems to be my yearly update. You know I said this before but since I’m not really working with the studios anymore and working with indie films there isn’t much to really update because the films I work on take much longer to come out.
But with that said, I have two new films that I can actually talk about that I shot this year. The first one was in Hinesville/Savannah, GA called “Ben & Ara“. This was a great project and a somewhat different experience. The state of Georgia recently got the film tax incentives and man did Georgia show up for this project! They rolled out the red carpet in order for this project to even happen and even gave us an awesome wrap party. The crew involved with this project was awesome and really showed southern hospitality through the duration of this project. From the Producers (Samone Norsworthy, Joeseph Baird & Constance Ejuma) to our Director Nnegest Likkeand the rest of the crew. Everyone was really great and a joy to work with.
This project also just launched an Indiegogo page. We need to raise funds to complete post-production, which involves editing, sound, music and color correction. Without these things we don’t have a movie, and without your help, we’ll have a pretty difficult time making this dream a reality. No amount is too small so we welcome any and all donations.
And the other film, I reconnected with director Danny LaGare (“Suicide for Beginners”) in Connecticut for “Grandpa’s Psycho“. The film is a dark and gritty psychological thriller that explores one small town man’s need to purify the world of sin, one sinner at a time. His medieval and brutal cleansing process directly contradicts the devotion he has for his granddaughter. Tension builds as we discover secrets surrounding the psychotic behavior of this quaint god fearing little town.and shot what turned out to be probably my favorite movie I have ever been apart of, besides the cold temperatures. Everything just seemed to worked out artistically for this project. From what I saw from the raw images on the directors monitor, to actors and crew, it just worked. Even when it snowed, we just got rid of the snow and continued. Of course there those days that were tough but we finished and I can’t wait for you guys to see these projects.
Hey what’s going on blog world? I know it’s been forever since I uploaded a new blog but I’ve been locked out of this blog for a minute now. I don’t know how it happened but I’m back in now.
Behind the scenes on “A Love Story” in Wilmington, NC
What have I been up too? Over the past year I assisted directed a couple more independent films, “A Love Story” and “Room 105”. Both are independent projects (non studio related) so I don’t really know when they are going to come out. Indie’s tend to take longer before they hit market because one might be on the festival market for a couple of years and the other might land distribution and hit stores in a couple months. You never know but when they do come out I will update the blog and let you know when and where you can see the projects.
Hey everyone! I know its been forever since I’ve updated this blog but its kind of hard to blog about projects that haven’t come out yet. I might have to restructure my blog a bit cause it makes it look like I’m not working but I am. I’m just not doing short form work that much any more and really focusing on feature films. Meaning it’s usually a year or so before I can update my blog for projects that I’ve already worked on but anyway. I have a new movie that I worked on as the 2nd Assistant Director for the film!
Hey everyone!!! I just wanted to wish everyone a Productive Happy 2013!!!
And what an awesome way to start the new year off then with a new music video from From The Ground Up Records artist Young Dirt. The record is called “Hello”. The Video was directed by Wuz Good and we shot this video in Orlando!
Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates but I’ve been a little busy with work, traveling, life, family, etc. But I’m back with a couple of updates. This first one is from the band from Fearless Records called Go Radio!!!
Hey World! Sorry for the delay on the blog but I’ve kind of been all over the place between dental surgery, work and other life events aka YOLO’ing full force so I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as much. But anyway, while I was gone “Bigfoot” premiered on Syfy!!
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This project we shoot in Seattle in January in the middle of the states biggest winter storm “in the history of a long time!!” Literally we were standing on top of ice and filming at the same time! It was crazy but it was definitely one of those projects that I will never forget. So many hurdles were thrown at us during this project, I was really amazed that we actually finished the movie.
You know a little side story… Sometimes I really think the film Gods try their hardest to hold me back and don’t want me to succeed in this industry but I will continue to have a positive vibe and will never spazz out no matter what situation is handed to me and do it with a smile. For some reason that tends to throw some people off that a 1st AD will have a positive attitude no matter how crazy a situation is but I refuse to be that AD that is yelling, cussing and being very annoying. It very non productive and I will refuse to be that guy. Maybe my style will catch on in the industry but until then I will continue to be me.
Hey world!! Long time no blog! LOL Yeah I know that was whack but check it out! One of the movies that I worked on at the end of last year (American Battleship Warships) is making its film festival debut at the 12th annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in North Carolina a few weeks before it hits DVD!
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“The movie – starring Mario Van Peebles, Johanna Watts and Carl Weathers – will premiere April 27 at the 12th annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival ahead of its May 15 release date. Director Thunder Levin will travel from Los Angeles for the screening and will host a question-and-answer session afterward…..”