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Spencer Treat Clark and me

Druid Peak Film Shoot in West Virginia

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This past week I have been volunteering on Druid Peak, a film written and directed by Marnie Zelnick, featuring Spencer Treat Clark (Gladiator, Unbreakable, The Last House on the Left,) Nathaniel Brown (Enter the Void,) and Armand Schultz (Salt,) while the cast and crew were based here in West Virginia to shoot the beginning of the film.

Spencer Treat Clark in costume and makeup effects, and me.

Druid Peak is about a young man, Owen (Spencer Treat Clark,) who is a footloose, delinquent teenager who finds himself in a load of trouble after a tragic accident where his friend dies.  Forced to leave home, he travels to find peace in the wild of Wyoming, tracking wolves with his biological father, a scientist working for Yellowstone’s wolf reintroduction program.

It was a privilege to act as an extra alongside Spencer Treat Clark.  I portrayed one of his cronies who rides in the back of an old Ford truck, roughs up a poor young guy, chills in an alleyway at a drinking party, and so forth.  Nathaniel Brown portrayed Owen’s best friend, the driver of the old Ford.  It was simply amazing being able to work with both of them on this feature.

Besides acting as an extra, I spent most of my free time volunteering as a PA (Production Assistant) on the film, doing anything from running for water bottles, wrapping up set, to mopping up an overflowed toilet.  The best part was working with such an amazing cast and crew – each and every one was so hard working.  It wasn’t about just getting a job done; it was about doing it with gusto and doing it well.  To top it off, they taught me an incredible amount of hands-on techniques in the gaffer and grip departments, where I spent much of my time.

Elissa Ruminer (makeup/hair design) at work on the actors (from left) Spencer Treat Clark, Matt Petriello, and Dylan Goodwin.

Early Monday morning the cast and crew headed out for the next location, Yellowstone, Wyoming, to finish shooting the movie in the following three weeks.  After that, it’s post production and sending the feature film to festivals.  I look forward the movie’s completion and to meeting the magnificent cast and crew again – preferably as soon as possible.

A huge thanks goes to the City of Mount Hope for all the exceptional help they provided us in the shooting of this film, including housing, extras, and much more.

Grey Justice: Puncher of Men

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OK, two weeks ago I helped create a short animated film, called “Grey Justice: Puncher of Men.”  It was our entry for the Richmond 48 Hour Film Festival, so we only had two days to make a complete little flick of genius!

So, here is what we made!

Grey Justice: Puncher of Men from Jason van Gumster on Vimeo.

Led by Roberto Rubet and Jason van Gumster (Fweeb,) the Hand Turkey Studios team, both in Richmond and internationally, put together a short film against all odds. (more…)

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A Family Moved

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A Family MovedLast week I helped a family move from Berea, about 15 miles out of Cleveland, Ohio.  It was a pleasant trip that lasted about three days.  I went with Reverend Robert O. Morey and three friends, and we helped by packing boxes and loading the truck. (more…)

Easter Production 2010

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Our  church put together a pleasant Easter production, created mostly by the youth and which involved a number of short skits, monologues, and short videos, two of which I filmed.

Here are the three pieces I put together for this special Sunday performance.

Defining Love from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Love Never Fails from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Cafeteria Short Film from Benjamin Bailey on Vimeo.

Enjoy and have a blessed Easter! Thanks to all who participated and helped.

And oh, I just got back about an hour ago from a wonderful day of filming at the Davis farm for Katherine Davis‘ documentary piece for the Do Hard Things documentary. More on this in a future post!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Speaking More Slowly

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Did you ever realize that speaking more slowly is an art?  When you try to communicate across the language barrier you stop and go “Whoa… maybe what I’m saying really is hard to understand!”  It’s the gift of finding simple, new ways to tell people the most important things.  It’s tough, but it’s good.

Today I went on a walk with my sister and two Chinese ESL-student friends.  It was a great time!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

Having a wonderful time on the hike!

After that, my sister and I headed over to our church to help film a church short film for this Easter’s production.  We were shooting a short scene where a teen girl is on her first day at school at a cafeteria, where she tries to find someone to relate to.  Expect to see a version online sometime before Easter!

And yesterday evening Becky, Tim, and I went out on a nice trip around downtown Fayettevile, asking people if they wanted to be interviewed.  We ended up in the park and got the majority of our whopping 5 interviews, and I got to play basketball with a bunch of teen dudes who I’ve never met before – it was awesome.  I plan on going out to film some more interviews in Beckley soon.

And tonight I finished a new version of my little character.  Hope you like Mr. Ugly!

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My name does not reflect my kind heart - so stop staring at me, bub!

And that about concludes everything for tonight.  I wish you all the best and look forward to my future of bright opportunities, friendships, and discoveries.

God bless!

Tim snowblowing away!

Snow, snow, please go!

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Actually, I’m enjoying the snow quite a bit.  Yesterday I helped my brother and father snowblow and shovel the snow.

Tim snowblowing away!

Tim snowblowing away!

Today, I helped a friend shovel the parking lot at church.  It’s good to let my lame muscles do some work for once.

Big decisions have been made  – a proper post would be in order, so I’ll save the gory details for later, but I’ve decided to stick around in the hills for another year, pushing an on-campus college education off for at least 2011.

So long for now, DAVE School.

So long for now, DAVE School! I will consider you for the future.

And finally, I’m very glad to say that what I thought to be a dead pixel in my camcorder really turned out to be a grain of sand on the Fujinon lens.  A damaged CCD would have cost me hundreds of dollars to repair.

And oh, one last thing: I sent in my audition videos to Crystal Creek Media for their upcoming film this summer.  Here’s for hoping I make it in!

And I guess that’s about all for now,

Until later, good friends, and may the road be kind to you.

Interviewed for Blender Indonesia!

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed for Blender Indonesia‘s magazine, [dot]Blend Magz! It is a great honor, and the second issue, containing my interview, is published! Hiza Ro permitted me to upload it to my site. Check it out now!

Right now I am very busy with preparing the footage for my church’s youth group Christmas production, which will combine live action with recorded video to put on the screen. It’s pretty cool.  Today I finished reviewing most of the footage we shot, and tomorrow I will be editing as much as possible all day long!

Gotta get some sleep, now that I’m done playing CTF matches in Open Arena!

I’ve got work to do! Cheers!

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