Ruston Kelly’s “Mockingbird” music video

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.

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Adrew Bradford – new cinematography reel

Bradford” as he’s known to those closest to him is one of the gutsiest, hardest-working dudes out there. His vision behind the camera is magical.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on a few films with him, and I was even lucky enough to have him on board to DP my latest short film “Prelude.”

He recently dropped a new cinematography reel. You should check it out. Also, you should hire him. You won’t regret it.

Hello, 2018

2017 went out with a bang, and 2018 is already off to a strong start thankfully. At the end of last year, I put together an “overview” video talking about some of the projects I worked on as well as my plan to head out to LA for an extended trip this spring. You can check out the video here

Since traveling to LA and living there for a couple months is expensive, I threw together a GoFundMe campaign which you can check out HERE if you like. I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask how they could help out with my trip, and that’s where the idea for the campaign came from.

Depending on how my LA trip goes–who knows, maybe I’ll land a role that keeps me out there!–I plan to move to Atlanta in May. I’ve worked so much in Atlanta (and it really has become the Hollywood of the southeast), it makes sense that this would be my next move. I’ll miss living in Nashville, but I feel like the bigger markets are calling, and I’m ready to stretch my wings.

Onward and upward, friends.

BONES – short film

A short film I worked on over a year ago has finally hit the interwebs. BONES was a brutal shoot… long days… freezing our tails off… chasing those perfect blue hour shots…

But it paid off.

Director Matt Underwood and Beta Angarole invited me into the dark world that they created, and I was glad to accept the challenge of bringing such a twisted-up character to life. I made the decision early on to change physically for the role, and I ended up losing 11 lbs over 16 days leading up to filming. It was crazy how that decision connected me to the character on such a visceral level.

**graphic content. intended for mature audience**

Versorium – short film

Ryan Smith called me up a couple months back and asked if I’d be down to jump in on this project.
I love it when people don’t just talk about making stuff . . . they pull on their boots and do it.

If you find artists who put some bite behind their bark, befriend them; work with them; learn from them.
They’re the ones who won’t still be sitting in the same place five years from now.

A study in hats

As I was going back through pictures of past jobs, I noticed that some of my favorite roles included characters wearing some kind of hat (I’m including helmets and wigs).

Interesting wardrobe allows an actor to disappear into a character much more easily than when I hear “and can you bring a bunch of your own clothes for wardrobe options?” I realize that using your own clothes is part of the deal on a lot of low budget films, but I love it when a director has a vision for their characters that’s super specific. It tells me that they’ve done the work to honor their characters, and it puts me at ease.

Just something to ponder for you directors out there…

hats

Projects (left to right from top to bottom):
Popeye the Pizza Man
The Originals
Travis Manion Foundation PSA
Riffraff
House of the Righteous
Popeye the Pizza Man
Champion
Marine Corps training video
Burt’s Eye View