I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of a multitude of excellent productions through the years in pursuit of this acting craft.
A lot of times, these productions reach the end of their editing process and present a small screening for those involved, but never quite make a reach towards the masses.
For the sake that I both feel confident in the storytelling, production value, as well as hold fond memories of my time spent working with the brilliant collaborators involved with the films in this playlist, I've decided to share a select number of short films I feel may not be presented or available to view otherwise.
I'll do my best to provide links to the various talent involved with each of them both in front and behind the camera and perhaps a brief retrospective of my time spent on the set of each film.
While I won't pretend that each of my performances hold next to the other, this is a great opportunity for me to acknowledge my own growth amidst this journey to grow as an actor. It's a delight to have such well captured documentation of said growth.
Films will be posted on a weekly basis, often on a Tuesday.
LIST OF FILMS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
1. LIFT (available 2/26/19)
2. BLOOD TRAIL (available 3/5/19)
3. MNEMONIC (available 3/18/19)
4. NIMROD (available 9/18/19)
SYNOPSIS : An introverted office worker makes bigger, and bigger changes in attempts at being noticed by her workplace crush, but notices value in the subtle things along the way. TAGLINE : Are love's ups and downs always worth the ride?
WHY LIFT? : The reason I chose to showcase LIFT in this playlist is the same reason I pursued auditioning for it in the first place. I felt then that it was a cute, relatable, and charming script with the potential of being an effective short film with those same descriptors and more. Fortunately, my instincts were spot on.
Ann Marie Allison did a top notch job of surrounding herself with an incredibly talented and efficient cast and crew. While I'll admit to not feeling that my own work is as on-point as I would like (maybe there is a take somewhere on the cutting room floor), I am still so proud of how this film came together and feel it's a great showcase of everyone's hard work, especially it's lead, Sophia Medley.
This was an important film for me too, as it was a nice departure from the heavy nature of Heaven Burns (The first feature film I would be the lead in that had wrapped just prior to LIFT's filming began). I learned a lot on this set despite the brevity of it's production and am grateful to have been a part of it.
2. BLOOD TRAIL
SYNOPSIS : Sam, a lonely bounty hunter who tries to bring back two sinful brothers to a camp. The brothers provoke Sam to question her violent actions and confront her past. In the dichotomy of good and evil, it is initially obvious where the brothers and Sam stands but along the journey there is an unexpected shift
TAGLINE : Who is the killer now?
WHY BLOOD TRAIL?: The reason I chose to showcase BLOOD TRAIL in this playlist is because of it's unique opportunity to collaborate with several of the cast and crew from a prior production. This was especially fun given the contrasting tones between the two films. The first being a raunchy Summertime comedy, and this one being a dark dramatic piece.
The other main reason for my involvement was having been asked to take on the role of Henry by Irina Prokhorenko and to be given the opportunity to play opposite Alexandra Turshen again. Once more, in reference to the first film we worked on together having us in comedic supporting character roles, BLOOD TRAIL put her in a strong dramatic lead role, and I was excited to supporting her work.
SYNOPSIS - It's a pretty short short...so I think you'll be able to figure it out. But even if you don't, I hope you enjoy!
Nominated for Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Writing, Best Pro and Best of the Fest!
Winner for Best Editing and Best Writing! A short film conceived of, written, filmed, and edited in under 72 hours as part of the Annual Frederick, Maryland 72 hr Film Festival.
Starring Clayton Stocker Myers, Blair Mackintosh, Michael Hotovy, DC Cathro, and Jaysen Kralovetz
SYNOPSIS - Jason will do anything to get Leisa’s attention. But when he finally gets his chance it becomes apparent that even given how much he cares about her, he might just not know her as well as he thought. As a result they’re childhood friendship is shattered, forcing the two of them to discover for themselves if love can ever be trusted.
TAGLINE : You don't understand. I'd die for you.
WHY NIMROD?: Nimrod holds a special place in my heart. I was immediately taken by the script and felt drawn to play the lead role more than just about any other character I had auditioned for at that point in my acting pursuit. After my initial read for the Director, he took the time to explain that while he could see that I understood the role, the story, the tone, and themes, that was I was capable of a fine performance in said role, I simply was not what he was looking for.
He then asked whether or not I'd be willing to read for one of the supporting roles. Something I had not even considered before. I agreed to read, I was already there after all, and after telling me it was down to myself and the actual person the supporting role was based on, I was eventually booked in the role of Mikey. During production, I would find myself rooming with the actual Mikey, who was there to help out on set, as well as the kid who booked the lead role I had so coveted upon first read.
Ultimately, it was a brilliant and humbling experience. I was still able to contribute to the telling of the story that resonated with me from page one, as well as learn a valuable lesson early on about how if the person casting, directing, producing has a vision that they aren't able or willing to compromise, then you may still miss out on the role, regardless to how capable you may be.
I'm not saying rejection isn't still a bummer sometimes. Merely that I've learned to not take it so personally with the awareness as to how many other things are out of my control. Just so long as I do my best.
I still go back to Nimrod every once in a while. I couldn't tell you what I would have done in the lead role now had I booked it. I won't claim that I could do or would have tried to do what Jonathan ended up doing in the role. I can say that it was indeed Chris' vision and as an audience, not even as an actor involved with making it, I still connect with the material and am thankful to have been a part of it.
For more details about the film, shoot me a message or check out the IMDb page to learn about it's amazing cast and crew. *Linked below the video.
I hope you like it,