THE Apocalypse would truly be a devastating experience for me. And I don't mean just due to the loss of loved ones. I mean surviving in the cold is not my forte it seems. But lucky for me I am able to be at my best when the world ends due to the magic of film. I recently shot the short film, UNEARTH up in the Adirondack mountains for a few days. The film was created by WORLD APART FILMS, and directed by SHANNA BECKER. The experience as a whole will be quite unforgettable, and the knowledge and wisdom shared from the cast and crew was worth its weight in gold.
Unearth centers around a group of survivors after a destructive storm rolls in, bringing with it an unknown disease that wipes out most of mankind. Once the dust settles, and the nomad way of life becomes the norm, these survivors are caught in a slight mystery as they try to traverse the Adirondack mountains. I play the leader of the group, Jesse, a solemn though hot headed man who lost his baby daughter to the disease, and his wife afterwards to heartbreak.
3 days was our set schedule to finish shooting this short. This was an area that World Apart Film's excellent structure shown through to me. Everything was done on point, and no time was wasted. We camped out in a lake side cabin, with electricity although no running water, and experienced the harsh mountain air during the night by campfire. The film was split between campfire scenes and hiking through an abandoned mining town, in order to really bring the feel and atmosphere that this group was now alone in this empty world. As harsh as some of the conditions were to endure while filming, even with the lack of swan diving bears from trees....which is my most nightmarish illogical fear, the whole event was easy to handle due to the upbeat attitudes and passionate acting abilities of the cast as well as the crew. I tell you, cramming 16 or so people into a little cabin with little to no heat PLUS snoring? Its a good thing we all loved working with each other. I've noticed over my experiences as an actor, that some people will complain or struggle through the smallest of issues. These people were the exact opposite. In fact, I cant recall anyone complaining about a single thing, even when the dreaded outhouse was pointed out to us. These people are actors and film crew that really count in this business, and I would be blessed to work with them again some day.
Another journey down, and an experience notched. I've been busy these past few weeks though, and have more to talk about, so stay tuned!
It seems in the near future I will be working with Worlds Apart Films on one of their upcoming short films! Lead by that wonderfully talented Shanna Becker, they are an independent film company located in Upstate New York. Last year they broke out in the scene (for me anyway) when they began work on their film BRINK. After they announced casting, I swear every actor I knew and met either auditioned for their film, or were spreading the word about it. So needless to say, I am quite ecstatic that I was cast in one of their 2014 short films.
The short is being shot in November, and since I'm not sure how much is still "hush hush" I won't say much about it. I did finish reading the rough draft of the script, and I gotta say, one thing I've been loving lately about being an actor is that excitement in my heart when I read a script that I am so happy to be a part of. It promises to be great!
They are still looking for actors currently, so to any actor friend's reading this post....Bonus! Casting Call:
"WAF is casting for a short film to be shot in November 2014. The following roles are available:
WITT: male, 30's, athletic. Strong and independent, dark, 'lone wolf' type. All ethnicities considered. Must be comfortable with proper handling of a firearm.
RANA: female, 20's-30's, exotic features, long hair. Has indiscernible foreign accent or blend. Fierce & mysterious.
GRANT: male, 50's-60's, lean, gray hair, facial hair a plus. Calm, intelligent, rational thinker.
All actors should be able to withstand cooler temperatures and more difficult conditions, including hiking and long periods of walking. Must be available for a three day weekend on location in November for principal photography.
Please submit headshot/resume and reel (if available) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered." ~WAF
This call is for Upstate New York.
The current short (as of this writing) they are working on is called Baggage. It seems they just wrapped up shooting on this short film, and from the actors alone I know it will be a good one. It stars two amazing actors that I've had the pleasure to meet in the Albany region, Evan Jones and Erin Ouellette. Both are perfect choices for Worlds Apart Films to start their year off with.
I have high hopes for this production company, and they won't disappoint. So you should all do yourselves a favor and keep an eye on them.
And you should be excited for the short I will be in as well. I can promise that'll be worthy!
This blog serves as an update on the crazy journey I will endure as I follow my dream of acting as a career, because who knows? Maybe this will be my origin story.