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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.

Drama Club Memories

Drama Club Memories

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Drama Club MemoriesThe Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School had a drama club, led by Joy Lynn and Charlotte Lynn of the Whipple Company Store & Museum. The curriculum focused on preparing the children to perform a few excerpts from Peter Pan.
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Back From Florida!

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I’m back from a wonderful trip to Florida!  I was able to visit  friends and meet new ones, check out schools, and see the Gulf.  It was a great time and I look forward to going back in April to escort Charlotte to her senior prom.

Here is a quick overview of what I did during my visit to the Sunshine State:

My first flight was quite amazing!  The takeoff was exhilarating, I had a nice conversation with someone on the plane, and had a blast with the turbulence as we entered Orlando – yes, I was smiling :)

Smiling me :)

Smiling me :)

Full Sail was a sprawling, sunny campus set in costly sound stages, a converted stripmall, and buildings with fake fronts for films.  The equipment was unbelievably expensive, with rooms full of high-end soundboards and Mac computers.  They even get the latest RED cameras.  A good friend of the Lynns, Joseph Hancock, a Masters student at Full Sail, and a friend of his, toured us around the the campus.

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Joey, Ben, and Charlotte at Full Sail

DAVE School is set in a warehouse-like building on the backlot of Universal Studios, right next to Universal Resort Orlando.  The school is very small, with a few long rooms filled with students working on projects ranging from texturing a frog in ZBrush or texturing a commercial product to putting their face on a creature from their favorite feature film.  Andrew Kral kindly toured me around the rooms and introduced me to students and teachers.  The school only accepts about 30 students for each class.  Unlike Full Sail, which is a four-year university (with a two-year accelerated version,) DAVE School is a 1-year tradeschool.  I have been accepted if I choose to go.

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

Andrew Kral and Ben Bailey at the DAVE School

The Acting Studio is an amazing, small studio where Dan and Vicki Watson teach teens and college students how to act, sing, and dance.  The studio performs musicals, such as Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, and Return to the Forbidden Planet.  This time around they were doing Godspell, a comedic musical with a 70′s take on the gospel of Matthew.  I really enjoyed watching it (twice,) and loved all the students.  I look forward to joining them someday, if I move to the area.

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

Charlotte, Ben, and Vicki at The Acting Studio

The Fairs were fun!  We went to the State Fair and the Pasco County Fair.  Charlotte and I walked around and played a few games, such as throwing baseballs at beer bottles, and went to a big tent circus.  Later we went to the Pasco talent show and watched some 46 contestants, ranging from 6-16, dance, sing, or do both at the same time!  And oh, I had my first funnel cake.

The beautiful ferris wheel at night

The beautiful ferris wheel at night!

The Gulf of Mexico was awesome!  Joy, Chuck, Charlotte, and I all walked along the beach on Valentines day.  We also fed the seagulls some heart cookies as I filmed the birds racing to get the food.  After that Charlotte and I walked the beach and watched all the happy couples as they enjoyed a romantic sunset.

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

Charlotte posing at the Gulf

The Conclusion? Well, I definitely want to go back again!  Possibly even move there.  But I’m torn between all the possibilities and responsibilities that lay before me: finishing high school, get a driver’s license, and deciding whether I want to spend my life doing visual effects for movies and commercials, act and direct films, stay at home for another year, move to Tampa for a year of acting experience and worklife away from home, or just up and move to another country and make a singing career.

In other words, I have no idea.

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Ben, Becca, Charlotte, and Shelby chilling!

Please remember me in your prayers and shoot me an e-mail if you feel like chatting.  I’ve got a hard decision ahead of me, one that will change my life forever.

Blessings be upon you!

P.S. I had a wonderful time with you, friends!  I look forward to seeing you again!  And a HUGE thanks to the Lynns for taking care of me while I was down there – giving me a place to stay, serving me food, driving me all over the place, and loving me as family.

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Off to Florida

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wv_to_fl6Yep, I’m heading off tomorrow to sunny Florida. Coming into Orlando on February 9, I’m staying for about 10 days and checking out the colleges down there, including DAVE School (1-year trade school) and Full Sail (4-year multimedia university,) as well as visiting some good friends.

I hope to gain a better insight into what to do with the rest of my life. I’d really appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I plan to do some filming on the trip, too. First time flying, to boot.

Anyhow, see you on the other side,
God bless

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