So to wrap up a pretty exciting 2016 why not fly down to Florida and film a crazy movie called “The Executioners”. Let me rewind a little bit. So I was in St. Louis and I received a phone call from my friend Allan. Allan is a producer who will help produce my very first short film called “No Charge.” We’ve always kept in contact ever since that first project and he always said if he has a project I’m gonna be the first one to call, so he called me. He told me he had this awesome script that he was trying to shoot it and he needed an AD and the rest was history.
Any way so I fly down to sunny Florida leaving freezing North Carolina and get picked up in a convertible to welcome me back to Florida. The production for this project was pretty interesting to say the least. I originally suggested that we shoot this project and 20 days. The final schedule ended being 14 days but we finished in 16 days. This project wasn’t the easiest to get through but I excepted the challenge and we got to the end of the project and finished the movie. This movie will probably be one of the best movies that I’ve ever been 1st Assistant Director for. It pushes the limits it makes you very uncomfortable but I think in making controversial films like this one will stand out and be really good at the end of the day.
So before I got my network of filmmakers to where it is today, I used to apply for every job on every film job posting site that had Assistant Director in it. In doing so, I landed a job off of http://www.mandy.com in St. Louis, MO for a film called “Grandmother’s Murder Club”. While on set for “GMC” I got offered a job on “No Good Heroes” and while getting off of the plane for “NGH” I got a call to work on “Tonight She Comes”. That series of events lead me to develop some good relationships with some good people out of St. Louis. So when Jenn called me and asked me was I available literally 2 days after I finish my job in Connecticut (“Followers”), I couldn’t turn the job down.
Parallel Chords (overture) is the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability.
This is my 4th movie with a majority of this crew and I truly enjoy working with them. They are a bunch of hard-working, good spirited individuals that love making movies. And as a 1st Assistant Director, these are the type of people you want to be around for 12+ hours a day if you have too.
So I usually don’t do projects back to back but sometimes when you’re a certain individual calls your phone you always answer. Danny LeGare is a phone call I will always answer. His passion for filmmaking alone will always be the #1 reason why I will always answer the phone.
Followers is about five friends and Urban explorers break into an abandoned building to explore and take pictures. Everything is fun and games until they see something they should have never seen and get locked in a place they never should have been!
So this was my 2nd film with Danny and crew in Connecticut. That place has a special place in my heart as one of the coldest places I’ve ever worked in, in my life. During my first project there, “Grandpa’s Psycho”, I thought I was gonna lose my big toe because of frostbite. This time, it wasn’t lose your big toe cold but it was still cold. One of these days I’m gonna convince Danny to make a movie up there during the summer!
Anyway, the team and I worked hard to get this project done. We had some tough days but we made it to the end. Check out the BTS pics below. When I have more info about this project I will let you know!
So I behind on my blogs but I’m gonna catch up soon. Anyway, I don’t get to do short films that much anymore because they aren’t usually funded but every now and then I get one that comes across the desk and I get to work on one. This one I got to work on was called “Tybee” shot in Tybee Island, GA and directed by Jonathan Yoho.
It was a fun and ambitious story about a young man following the footsteps of his father against the concerns of his grandparents because it didn’t end well for him. And sometimes you have to learn your lessons the hard way.
We had a fun 3 days filming on Tybee Island. The dailies I saw looked incredible. The project probably won’t have a public viewing for a while. Jonathan was telling me his plans to have this film on the festival circuit.
Until next time! Be blessed! #MakeMovies and check out some BTS pics below.
Hey everyone! Check out the new trailer for “No No Good Heroes Dir. By Jon Xeno
Also “NO GOOD HEROES” The Movie, Making its premiere November 4 at the Tivoli Movie Theater in University City (St. Louis). If you are in the area come through and see a great film made by great people!
A while ago I posted this awesome trailer for a short film I AD’d with an awesome friend and director Simone Norsworthy in Savannah, GA. Well the final product is out and you can see it exclusively on ChristianCinema.com
So about a month ago (July) I got a call from Frederick (AD out of LA) and asked if I had a few weeks free in my calendar and I said yeah. He was booked and he got me in contact with one of his crews that he works with out of LA that was shooting a movie in Hamilton, OH. “I was like cool, let’s do it!”
The team I end up meeting in Ohio was Dark Rabbit Productions. This group is a good group of people and they shoot a ton of movies! Matter of fact they wrapped another shoot right before we started our project.
Melanie (Director), Eitan (DP) & Douglas (1st AD)
My director for this project was Melanie Aitkenhead. A USC grad and was really a joy to work with. Her energy was contagious to be around. As long as she was shooting, she was happy. And we shot a lot. This was my first feature where we shot with 2 cameras. We had 2 days that we had to cover 12 pages and those were some of our easier days. Another first for me were the fight scenes. But we had 2 good stunt coordinators that helped us get through those scenes. Continue reading →
After living peacefully in the caverns of a small town, a stranded group of aliens turn deadly as they fight for their existence, betraying the compassionate chief of police who has protected them for 28 years.
Shout out to Johnny Xeno (Writer/Director) and all the crew behind this project! I can’t wait for this one to come out! The trailer hasn’t dropped yet but you can check out follow my page here or go to the IMDB page for more info!
Hey guys!! Exciting news!! The team over at bloody-disgusting.com just released a teaser to an exciting project that I worked on last year!! “Tonight She Comes” the new indie slasher written, directed, and edited by Matt Stuertz
is here!! Check it out!!
Hey what’s up world!! I have some big news to share. The film “Everything But A Man” starring Monica Calhoun (The Best Man, Love and Basketball) & Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Joy), directed by Nnegest Likké, will be making its first public screening. We have 2 screening times, one on June 16th and one on the 17th at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami, FL.
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), founded in 1997, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing entertainment content made by and about people of African descent to a worldwide audience. Today it is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. The festival is composed of five action-packed days of films, panels, parties and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing “Best of Festival” Awards Ceremony.
If you are in South Florida and attending the festival, let me know what you think. Check the link above for the schedule. I’m not sure of the actual screening times at the moment. I don’t think I will be down there but I’m due a trip to Miami. Such a beautiful and unique city.
If you missed my previous post about the making of “Everything But A Man” click here!
Until next time, be blessed, be creative and #MakeMovies!