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!
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!
What’s up everyone!?!? Here we are with another update. This is 1 video of 6 I did with the Mazerati Music team. beemac Films brought me on for this week-long project and I worked with 2 directors Wuz Good and Akil Kurji. We were on a small island right outside Sarasota, FL and let me tell that place was beautiful besides the bugs that came out exactly at 8:00 pm and feasted on me everyday! LOL
Well I haven’t really blogged in a while, so i figured I would. To catch you guys up, I have a video shoot in Miami next week with the Artist T’Juan. A couple of blogs back, I told you guys that I was shooting a video for his song “Gun Charge” but after our producer talked with his management they decided to switch it up a little bit and change songs to another song of his. The song is called “Baddow”. This is a fun song but the concept doesn’t really play to my strong suites as a director so I brought on Alex Purifoy to Co-Direct with me. We came up with a pretty cool concept for the video. I know you guys will enjoy it.
In other news, I’m back working at the Orlando Sentinel editing the Varsity Sports Show. I really like going to the Sentinel and doing the show on the weekends. I think it brings a bit of stability to my life. You know doing this film thing can have you all over the place but going to the same place every week is kind of cool. I think its the closest thing to a real job that I think I will ever have cause I kind of like being all over the place. It might be easy to do considering my “love life” but that’s another story. I don’t even think I can fit that in a blog! LOL
Also, I just shot a commercial for the Florida Music Conference. Once I’m able to post the video and tell you more about it I will.