“Spare Room” Movie Trailer

So last year I got to work on a few projects out in Los Angeles, California. I had just finished 2nd AD’ing one project flew back to the East Coast and received a call for another project in LA like a week later and flew back out for a special project called “Spare Room.”

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DoP Alan Caudilo & Director Jenica Bergere on set of “Spare Room”                                                                           photo by BigBody

A friend of mine suggested me for the gig, which I am forever grateful for. I talked with the Producer and the Director and it was a good fit, so we moved forward. 

You know I’ve been working in the film industry for a little while now and I always tend to have low expectations about everything just so I don’t get my heart-broken. But it turns out this project was one of my favorite projects to work on. Even though it was only 10 days, we shot with two cameras the whole time. This is my second feature film that I shot with two cameras. I wouldn’t suggest for everybody but if you as an AD, Director or Producer could handle mentally, it really cuts down your days when shooting a movie.

The Director, Jenica, Cast and crew were also a joy to be around. 97% of the time when you crew up for a project you don’t know everyone and how they will act. And sometimes you get a minor bump in the road. We had a bump for a hot second but we got rid of that bump and it was smooth sailing from there on out. I think sometimes people take for granted what we actually do for a living. I get to travel the US, hopefully international soon and work with creative people from all over and make movies. I used to work in Human Resources before I went to Full Sail University. Everyday I’m on set, I say a thank you to the most high and I never take it for granted. I think some people forget that.  

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Our Co-Star Cole Sibus and I on the set of “Spare Room”

 

But I’m gonna stop rambling on about things. Have a look at the trailer and some of the behind the scene pics from my perspective. 

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Until next time. Be blessed. #MakeMovies

~Douglas

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“The Executioners” out now on DVD!

Hey everyone! Big News!!! “The Executioners” is out on DVD now. You can get it pretty much across the board on all the digital platforms except for Netflix at the moment. Amazon, iTunes, Redbox, etc.

Also, the Behind the Scenes for “The Executioners” was released today on Facebook. See a little bit of the madness of what it takes to make a movie.

Until the next update, Cheers!

~Douglas

That’s a wrap on “I am That Man”

What’s up world!

Allow me to catch you up on what’s been going on in my world. Over the past 3 months, I’ve been in Hollywood making movies! This first project, I got a call from the homie Frederick asking me to come 2nd AD for him. He was telling me he had a project he was trying to 1st and wanted to see if I could 2nd for him. I was like of course! Its been a couple of years since I last worked in LA, so I jump at the chance to do this even though I really don’t like 2nd AD’ing. I really enjoy being on set a million time more then 2nd’ing.

 

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Struggling to come to terms with the break-up of his marriage and his reintegration into civilian life, former Navy SEAL John Beckett contemplates returning to what he knows best, war. When a close friend is brutally murdered in a racially motivated attack, Beckett calls upon his specialized military skills to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Has he found a new sense of purpose, or will this be his last mission?

After flying out and meeting the team attached to this project, I really was happy to be involved in this project. Matthew Marsden (Director) and all the Producers were a joy to work with. I’m not saying my first film in LA was horrible but we had a producer steal money and delay the project plus a ton of other problems. So coming to this I was a bit apprehensive but once I met the team, I know this would be the complete opposite. And I was thankful for that.

I wasn’t on set that much for this project. I was mainly in base camp but our wonderful producers took a boat load of pictures. So check out some of the BTS from this project.

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That’s all for now. Until next time be blessed and #MakeMovies!

~Douglas

That’s a wrap on “My Little Baby”

Excuse the tardiness but I’ve been busy prepping for my next projects that I forgot to blog about the last project I finished at the end of February. It was a fun and very interesting project and I hope the world gets to see it one day.

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“My Little Baby” is about Jimmy, a child with extraordinary powers who has just lost his father. On Christmas Day, under the tree, among other gifts, is a pair of walkie-talkie toy. A night like so many walkie talkie starts to emit strange noises, while connecting with a parallel dimension to be met by the deceased father. From then on, Jimmy starts a radio relationship with his dead father. But this incredible touch means that even the mysterious creatures have free access to our world, thus disturbing the tranquility of Jimmy and mother Becky.

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That’s a wrap on “The Executioners”

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.

img_7932Any 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.

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That’s a wrap on “Parallel Chords”

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.

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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.

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That’s a wrap on “Followers” the movie

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!

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That’s a wrap on “Blood on Wheels”

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.

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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

New Movie Alert!!

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.

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ABFF-takes-place-February-2016The 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!

~Douglas

“Grandpa’s Psycho” is out in Redbox!!!

Hey everyone! “Grandpa’s Psycho” is out and you can see it via Redbox! Go out and see it! Shout out to the director Danny LeGare for bringing me up to Connecticut to work on the movie with him. It was a pleasure to work with the cast and crew of this movie. I can’t wait to do it again!!

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#MakeMovies!

~Douglas (1st Assistant Director)