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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.

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Humanity (and Six College Credits)

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Hello, all!  Just letting you know that I have passed my first CLEP – that is, College Level Examination Program test.  I took the Humanities exam.  This means I have six (6) credit hours to my name, completely transferable to whichever college I decide upon attending!

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Peeking Over The Results :)

Isn’t this just awesome?  It took me a few months of preparation to be ready for the test, most of which wasn’t really studying.  Alright, since I’ve confused you, let me give you the whole low-down on what I did:

  • First, my sister decided that she wanted to take the Humanities test next, since it was on her list of CLEPs she needed to take.  And since I didn’t end up taking Natural Sciences with her, I decided to have a go at this CLEP, too.  Thankfully, I ended up taking the exam this time.
  • Next, she bought a study guide, the official CLEP review book on Humanities. Man, was that book helpful.  It provided us with two practice examination tests.
  • Then we crammed.  We were expecting to take it back in April, but we didn’t feel prepared. So we waited.
  • Then it rolled around to last week, and my sister wanted to take the test.  Fair enough, but when it came time for it, I still wasn’t ready.  So we delayed till this week.  She took it on Wednesday, but once again, I did not feel ready.
  • So, I took it today. And passed!

One final thing you should know: right before a test, I would cram, cram, cram, using Wikipedia primarily.  I searched up so many different authors, poets, playwrights, operas, movements – wow.  I can definitely say I learned a lot.  Thing is, I probably won’t remember a bit of it in a few months.  But at least I can say I can cram.

After all, that’s all colleges want us to do, right?  Get an A?

>Sigh<  Well, I really did learn a lot from this preparing for this test.  I’m glad for the learning, the college credit, and the personal macho-feeling it gives you.  Even if the educational system is off-kilter, one can still choose to learn.  Life is a journey, and no matter what, new adventures and places to discover will appear on the horizon.

Let us learn together!

P.S. And oh, BTW!  I got a great score on the test: 72!  You see, 20 points is the lowest you can get, and 80 points is the very highest, whereas 50 points is passing.  So I did well, and I’m thankful.   A great, big thanks to all my friends who thought of me, encouraged me, and prayed for me.  Praise God!

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