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.
In the meantime, here’s a teaser trailer as well as some screen grabs.
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.”
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.
A month or so ago, I had the pleasure of working on a new short with some buddies in SC. I posted the following to Instagram shortly after filming…
“Two days after filming the fight scene, I’m still finding new bruises . . . the price happily paid for another chance to work with amazing friends.
It’s about relationships–relationships built over years of hard work and trust. Years of (gasp) completed projects . . . not “someday” ideas but meticulously planned, executed, and completed films. Bradford is on my list of directors who I’ll show up for no matter what. I’ll take physical risks for him that I wouldn’t necessarily take for others because I know his attention to detail. I don’t hope the risks will be worth it . . . I KNOW they will. Because he doesn’t just talk a big game—he actually shows up and delivers.”