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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“No Good Heroes” Movie Poster

So I had a little surprise in my email and it was the 1st poster for another feature film I did last year. The poster for “No Good Heroes”!!

If you didn’t see my post earlier  click here. (BTS of NGH)

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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!

#MakeMovies!!

~Douglas

“Tonight She Comes” Teaser

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!!

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~Douglas

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

There are “No Good Heroes” in St. Louis

me and johnSo a couple of weeks ago I wrapped another feature project in St. Louis called “No Good Heroes”. John Xeno directed the
film. I met John on the set of “Grandmother’s Murder Club”. One of the producers Brian Jun thought I was doing a great job on the project and he was one of the EP’s on “No Good Heroes” and he thought I would be a good fit for John and his project. I am extremely thankful for that. That made me feel like I was doing a great job. Side note: a lot of time as an AD, no one really tells you; you are doing a good or great job. You just hear when something is messed up.

A little bit about the film: 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.

This was a really fun and ambitious project. There were a lot of things fredthat could have been crazy during this production but I was able to bring a great 2nd AD (Frederick Gourgue) on the project. I met Fred at the top of the year with the “Everything But a Man” film I did in LA. And after that project I told him that I would try my best to get him on every project I could. He is really great at what he does. We had a lot of different elements on this project that I couldn’t not handle by myself during the production, that was just completely impossible to do with a green 2nd AD. Thanks Fred and my 2nd 2nd AD Katie Keppel.

And we did finish the project. We had a couple of pick up days because one of our main talent got sick during the production but I have a lot of faith in this project and I know its going to be good. John and the crew did a lot of hard work on this project and all that hard work will be seen when the movie is premiered and I can’t wait!

Oh and another exciting thing happened while I was out there in St. Louis. I snapped a picture of the arch and was contacted by the good people at the St. Louis Magazine asking can they use one of my pictures for the magazine. I thought it was pretty cool. This is my first photo ever published. So that makes me a published photographer and that is pretty awesome. Check out STLMag.com

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Until next time, enjoy pictures and links below.  Don’t forget to smile and #MakeMovies!!!

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~Douglas 

Grandmother’s Murder Club – That’s a wrap!

11698633_1685039628374770_872092503190912225_nSo if you read my last blog, you saw that I just completed my 10th feature film as an Assistant Director. Well that film was called “Grandmothers Murder Club”. I flew in to the wonderful city of St. Louis, MO and shot a really cool movie.

Grandmothers Murder Club is a Dark Action Comedy about four Grandmother’s accidently killing a con man and, to cover it up, they have to get rid of the body. When his partner shows up, things go south. The film starred Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop), and Randall Batinkoff (School Ties) along with a great supporting cast.

I’ve worked in the Missouri before and I had a hunch that these new group of people I would be working with would be great to11753679_1683744221837644_1839090057976632025_n work with. And my hunch was right. Making movies is always so much better to do when you have good people with great attitudes around you. Srikant Chellappa (Director) was great to work with. His attitude and humor was great to have on set everyday. He told me he waited 10 years to do this film because he felt he needed to work his way up to directing a feature. I think it was a good strategy because we knocked this film out of the park. Our actors and actresses, AMAZING! Our producers picked an amazing set of actors and  they were a joy to work with.

I really can’t wait for you all to see it. The goal for this film is to get it in movie theaters. The producing team behind this project is great and I am sure they will do their best to make that happen. Thanks to Srikant, Dan, Kevin and Brian for bringing me aboard this wonderful project! I look forward to working with you guys again.

Oh by the way, Big Body Denzel, my acting alter ego makes another feature film appearance in this movie! Sri was like “Doug, I need someone else working in the grocery store scene” so when you see me in this movie with a  blue apron on “Hank the grocery stocker” its really Big Body Denzel! =) LOL

Until next time, enjoy pictures and links below. There are a lot more pictures on the Facebook page. Go over there give the page a like and don’t forget to smile and #MakeMovies!!!

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~Douglas

Mini Milestone!

So upon making the choice of going into feature films from the music video/commercial world, I really didn’t know if the transition would work or how long I would even stay in the industry at all. Well, 5 years later (with a couple of breaks in between some movies and different jobs), I have just completed my 10th Feature Film! It’s kind of exiting because I didn’t think I was gonna make it past the 2nd feature because it was very hard but after learning the process, making movies, meeting new people all over the country is pretty fun.

I just want to say thanks to all the Studios, Producers, Directors, 1st AD’s that hired me for various jobs. Thanks for giving me a chance to learn something new.  I’m grateful for all of these opportunities I have received over the past few years and I look forward to more journeys around the country and more random stories to tell.

#MakeMovies!!

~Douglas

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Finally made it to LA! #MakingMovies

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.

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 “Everything But a Man” IMDB

 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!

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 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.

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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 11102680_10100319886447530_1835872137837590515_n

~Douglas