Hey everyone! “Parallel Chords” will be showing at the STL Filmmakers Showcase at Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, 7/20/2018. If you are in St. Louis or surrounding areas please go check this awesome film out!
Here is a quick look of the film “Parallel Chords”. This music driven drama explores issues of consent and control in a young female artist’s life, as she struggles to break free and find her own voice.
Sorry for the brief update but I’m currently in Chicago prepping my next project but I really wanted to share this and hopefully those who get to see the film in St. Louis enjoy the film.
I just wrapped a fun project with a good group of filmmakers in Orlando, FL. I didn’t think this project was gonna happen because of the crazy weather that has been hitting the east coast but the weather Gods really looked out for us and spared us the hard parts of the storm.
Stay tuned for more info from this project.
Douglas Martin (1st AD), Brian Shephard (Director), Erik Van Lenten (DoP), Allan Marrero (Producer)
Big News! “No Good Heroes” is coming to iTunes and is available for pre-order now! I’m very excited to finally be able to watch the movie. I was in St. Louis when we had the premiere for the film but I was working and I got there literally during the last-minute of the film…
I’m very excited to share a new trailer for the film “The Executioners!! There was a ton of hard work behind the scenes in the making of this project and very excited that you all will be able to see this film in March on all the digital platforms.
Special shout out to the cast and crew!!! We worked hard. We had “Lot’s to do, and little time” and we got it done!!
The Director of the film “Tonight She Comes”, Matt Stuetz, just announced that the film TSC will be in 76 US theaters FOR 1 NIGHT ONLY!!!!!
So mark this date down and enjoy this awesome movie!
Thursday, October 5th at 10:30pm! Tickets are $5 and you can go to tonightshe.com to order now!!!!
After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and THEY MUST ALL DIE.
If the movie is in your area, spread the word! Support indie films!! Special shout out to everyone involved in this project! Crew and Cast! Cheers!
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.
I’m back again with another update. This update came a little unexpected but happy that it is here. Working the independent film market, you tend to have wild stories because every situation is so different but also awesome because what I do really isn’t of the norm. But this film “Suicide For Beginners” formerly “Love Letter” has tons of stories but I’ll leave that to my book I just thought of writing when I retire and move to Costa Rica.
We shoot this lovely and odd but entertaining film back in 2013, in Wilmington, NC and it finally came too light in the form of a movie trailer and hopefully you all and myself get to see this film directed by Craig Thieman.
Special shout out to the cast and crew of this film. I made a couple of good friends from this shoot. It was shoot very close to my childhood home Jacksonville, NC and my mom got a chance to come to set a couple of days and see what I do for a living and she blessed the crew with some homemade cakes that they destroyed in world record time! LOL