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

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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

Grandmother’s Murder Club Movie Trailer & Kickstarter

Hey everyone! Here is another update from one of the projects I did last year in the “Show Me State” St. Louis, Missouri last year.

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Grandmother’s Murder Club is a dark comedy starring four grandmothers who accidentally kill a con man.  When the con man’s partner shows up, things go south quickly.  This film stars Florence Henderson, Pam Grier, Judge Reinhold, Randall Batnikoff, Susie Wall and Sally Eaton.

And the project is almost finished. We just need your help to finish this movie.

We are raising money for:

  • Music Licensing
  • Special Effects
  • Color Correction
  • Film Score Composition

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Click on the picture for all the Kickstarter information and movie trailer!!

~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)

Movie Trailer for “My Brother’s Keeper”

I am very proud to share the movie trailer for the film “My Brother’s Keeper”!! Directed by
Samone Joyner Norsworthy.

~Douglas

That’s a wrap on “Tonight She Comes”

So I just finished up my 3rd feature film in St. Louis, MO this year and I have to say I finished with a bang and a lot of blood. The film is starring Cameisha Cotton, Nathan Eswine, Adam Hartley Breiman, Jenna McDonald, Dal Pelate, Frankie Ray, Brock Russell & Larissa White and directed by Matt Stuertz.

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This wasn’t Matt’s first feature film but this was his first feature film where he didn’t do everything by hisself. And I was very impressed with him as a director. He had a learning curve of not having to do everything and use me and the production team so he can just focus on the creative but he said he liked this process a lot better at the end of the day. He has a bright future in this film industry. Once you see this film you will see where I’m coming from.

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This was a really fun and crazy project. First we scheduled this movie in 2 parts. On each side of Thanksgiving which was kind of interesting and gave me a break to recover and get back into the madness, then on top of that our actors schedules were all over the place but we found a way to finish this project. It was a lot of hard work but I’m sure it will pay off in the end. One of the good things about having a break in the middle of production is that our Director/Editor Matt, edited everything we shot on the first half of the project and the footage looks incredible.

IMG_6264The team behind this project is starting to become my extended family. I meet Chris, Jay, and the rest of the Lamplight Films crew when I was hired on to the “Grandmother’s Murder Club” project and 3 films later we have already made some plans to possible do more work together in 2016 already. Meeting these guys and girls in St. Louis is what I’ve been looking for since I stopped working with the Asylum crew that I started out with. They are a bunch of like-minded crazy creative individuals that love to make movies. I am really thankful for the chance to meet them and work with them.

Oh and let me give a special shout out to my production team who did a great job. It was Jenn’s first time as a Production Manager and she did a fantastic job. Katie was my 2nd AD for the project and she did great! As well as my PA Nation for the project. Alex, Mellissa and Ryan killed it. They all stepped up big and their hard work was and is appreciated.

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

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~Douglas

Ben & Ara Movie Trailer!!

I am very proud to share the movie trailer for the film “Ben & Ara”!!

Also in the other news, the film will be making its rounds on the film festival circuit. Below are some of the film festivals the film has already been accepted too!!

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For more news and updates on this film be sure to add the FaceBook page.

#MakeMovies

~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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2014 Yearly Roundup

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.

Ben N Ara collageBut 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 Likke and 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.

Press: WSAV Southern Scene also came to set one day to cover the film.

4 Grandpa's Psycho's collageAnd 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.

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