Hello tumblr readers. It’s another month and I’m working on another movie! This one is called Criminal Activities with Michael Pitt and John Travolta.
I usually try to steer clear of a rant or negative post but the reason why I took a picture of this elevator is I’m leading crew through this elevator to the next location. It’s what us location people do, help people learn and get acquainted with the location.
Just moments ago a member of the grip dept told me I should be thankful I get to just push elevator buttons all day. I didn’t say anything because I like to keep a professional attitude on set. But what I should have said is as follows, ahem “Oh yes all I do is push buttons…seriously shit head? I get here two hours before you do, run around bust my ass making sure your ass can park, prepare the holding area, set up road barricades and cones, hopefully get some of the remaining scraps of breakfast and that’s just from 5am-7am”
I’m sure I could have gone on, but seriously I look at it as we are all on the same team working for the same goal: to make a set as efficient and productive as possible.
Walk in someone else’s shoes before you make your comments. End of rant ..happy Tuesday!
Once again it’s been a while since I’ve last posted.
Right after a successful Cleveland International Film Festival, I almost immediately joined a film here in town that’s been something I’ve wanted to work on for a while since I read the script 4 years ago, MADTOWN.
Madtown is written and directed by my friend Charles Moore. I met Moore several years ago when we traveled the promotional circuit for an evening in which we both had documentaries playing at the Cinematheque.
It’s taken him a while to hone the script to its current form and get the financial backing and creative minds behind it, in order to get it made. It’s been inspiring to watch and I have to say I’m glad to be a part of it.
The film stars HEROES alum Milo Ventimiglia and I would describe it as a dark drama set in Madison, Wisconsin but filmed right here in the CLE!
More to come but that’s what I’ve been up to! Have a good one!
Tomorrow is a very big day. Less than one year ago I got the call for the biggest job of my career, locations assistant on Captain America: The Winter Solider! It filmed mostly in Cleveland as I believe I have written about before. But I got to see it the other night at the Cleveland premiere, and all I have to say is I’m proud of the work that my locations department was able to achieve and it is truly a good movie. Possibly further review to come but I’d give it ***1/2 out of ****. More to come but if you see it please let me know what you think!
(I saw this film at its first screening at the Cedar Lee, and it has one more local screening at the Capitol Theater this Saturday, tickets are $7)
I’ve seen my share of low budget independent horror films, between working in the film industry here in Cleveland, and have viewed many that come in submissions for the Cleveland Independent Film Festival as well as festivals in Akron I have been a part of, and believe me when I say in this region, low budget horror films are prominent.
SKINLESS, the new horror film from Toledo filmmaker Dustin Wayde Mills, at first appears like your everyday Ohio indie horror film, but what sets it apart is a smartly written script, genuine scares, and some pretty impressive gross out blood effects not enhanced by CGI.
The movie is about two young scientists on the verge of finding a cure for cancer or in the case of Dr. Pete, skin cancer, which he is silently suffering from. When the scientists are told they must wait to get the final funds to finish the research, Pete decides to inject the serum into his own body and at first it appears that he has indeed cured himself until things start to go horribly wrong.
I was reminded of a few films while watching this, specifically RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND, if you are familiar with those films I think you will really enjoy this.
Another thing that impressed me about this film were the performances especially from Brandon Salkil and from Erin Ryan who plays the other doctor, Alice. They have a believable chemistry together and the role does ask quite a bit of Ryan as she literally bares all for nearly the final third of the film.
The finally kicker of this film that was so impressive to me was the fact that it only cost $2000 to produce over a 16 day shooting schedule! I don’t want to sound too bold in saying this, but give Mills a higher budget and there’s no telling what he could do.