Hard to believe the film is finally done. Next week I head out for the (socially distanced) premiere. Can’t wait to see this on the big screen.
Quick story time: the night that we shot the big campfire standoff scene was the most brutal night of shooting I’ve ever experienced.
The legend continues to grow about how cold it actually got, but I know for a fact that when I checked, it was 13 degrees. I was shivering so hard between takes that I strained a muscle in my rib cage.
Everyone who was there that night remembers it as “Hell Night.” Finally seeing this trailer almost makes me forget how cold we were… almost.
I had the opportunity to work with brother/sister director duo Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos again for their new music video. After working with them on Ruston Kelly’s “Mockingbird” video, I was excited to hear that their next video was for Little Big Town’s new song “Sugar Coat.”
The video turned out just gorgeously, and working with Kate Bosworth was wonderful — she couldn’t have been more kind or lovely.
My friend Ashleigh Chavis-Wolfe called me up and asked me to come work on her latest short film. I’d collaborated with her before so I was already interested, but when I read the script I knew I wanted to be involved; bonus points when I found out I’d be working opposite my wonderfully talented friend Stefanie Butler.
We spent a couple days in the little town of Aynor, SC, putting together a heartbreaking story of friendship.
I can’t thank the crew enough who all came together to bring this film to life.
It’s been some long weeks of freezing nights shoots, but we’re finally coming down the home stretch on a western feature I’m working on called “Potter’s Ground.” We’re scheduled to finish principal photography in a week and a half. It’s an ambitious script, and I can’t wait to share it; the final product is scheduled to hit Netflix later this year.
I’ve worked on a lot of music videos. And I mean a lot… as in twenty-three at my latest count. Some of them I’ll never post about because, let’s face it, some jobs we just do to pay the rent.
But thankfully most of them have been great projects with great people. And this new video for Ruston Kelly falls in that category.
I worked with the brother/sister director team of Stephen Kinigopoulos and Alexa King last year, and when the opportunity came up to work with them again I jumped on board. We shot for three days on this video, and it turned out beautifully.
Find people you like to work with, and keep working with them.
Working with Mandy Patinkin on “Homeland” was the highlight of my career in 2017.
When the casting director texted me and told me that I’d be working with Mandy, I geeked out. I grew up on “The Princess Bride,” so he’s one of the first actors to make an impression on me.
He had a lot of dialogue in another scene that day that he was working on when we were introduced, so I said hi and then kept to myself.
After we worked on our scene for a bit, he loosened up with me; he couldn’t have been nicer.
At the end of the day he gave me a hug, congratulated me on the scene, and then said “Call me and offer me a job when you’re a big star someday.”
I got the chance to goof around on set with some friends a little while ago. The casting process was ironic because during the callback, I was flying to Los Angeles for a separate casting while the director for the commercial was flying from LA into Nashville. When I realized what was happening, I tweeted at Seth Worley and told him I was bummed to miss his callback. Wonder of wonders, I ended up getting the gig anyway.
This also marked another chance to hang out in front of the camera for my DP friend Chris Adams.
And yes, there were a lot of busted takes from all the improv that went down.