BUSTER BUSINESS short film

Over the first weekend of September, Brittany and I traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to work on BUSTER BUSINESS, a comedy short film in the vein of Charlie Chaplin and Pixar, where a quirky man named Buster interviews for a job at Big Business. The film was written and directed by Gunner Willis and Corey Wavle, who also stars as the lead Buster, with Zach Robinson and MJ Slide as Producers.

Day one took place entirely on a sound stage at Anderson College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the photo below, Gunner Willis directs the corporate extras who work at Big Business as an anonymous mob of black ties and briefcases. MJ Slide looks on as the 1st AD, keeping the production safe and on schedule. The rail across the room was the dolly track, which was used for many moving shots.

Corey Wavle played Buster as a timid but quick witted man with a Kurt Cobain hairstyle and taste for vintage clothes. He enters the lions’ den, totally out of his element, but when faced with unpredictable obstacles and impossible questions, Buster turns his troubles into his advantages. I was not familiar with Wavle’s acting, but knew him previously from his work as a 1st AC on GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE. Gunner Willis, the Director, is a working actor himself, who has appeared in minor roles on Netflix’s OZARK and HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS television series.

The remainder of the crew on BUSTER BUSINESS was a total pleasure to work with, and involved John Carrington (DP), Kyle Vines (1st AC), Levi Milinar (2nd AC), Thomas Propst (Sound Mixer), Rob Leonard (Boom Op), Shane McMullin (Gaffer), Diana Valerie (Makeup / Hair), Carol Flack (Wardrobe), Clayton Tilley (Production Designer), Rachel Summers (Art Design), Jamie Condon (Key Grip), Micah Taylor (Swing Grip), Tommy Schwendler (Grip), Ben Wallace (Grip), Jon Stegenga (Grip), Nina Publico (PA), Elizabeth Paige (PA), and Brittany Jackson (PA) with BTS photos by Elizabeth Kabakjian and Jordan Hawkins. Supporting actors also included Russ Wood, Joe Wilson, Bruce Green, Debbie Goodwin, Rishik Patel, and Jared Buchholz.

We did it. And I couldn’t be more exhausted or proud. #BusterBusiness ? – @jzhawkins

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As the Script Supervisor, I worked closely with the Director, Gunner Willis, to note each take for script consistency as well as any visual incongruities. I kept a running log of notes which should serve as an important resource for the Editor, so they may anticipate any problems with a performance or production error in advance, and know exactly which take was best received. As one of the few people on set who actively watched the monitor for each take, I feel lucky to have such an inside perspective on how hilariously beautiful this film will be once it’s finished.

Be on the lookout for more info on BUSTER BUSINESS over the next few months as they enter post production and beyond. I expect the entire film will be completed by the end of the year with a slew of film festival screenings starting in early 2018.

GOOD HAIR @ Just For Laughs!

GOOD HAIR was recently honored by being selected as a Top 20 finalist in the Just For Laughs comedy film festival, hosted by world famous comedian Kevin Hart and his upcoming LOL Network in association with Lionsgate. Voting is currently underway to identify the Top 5 films, which will go onto another round of voting to determine the final winner, who will receive a development deal with LOL Network to create a brand new comedy TV series! Go to contest.laughoutloud.com to watch the film and vote every day this week by inputting your email address(es)!

WE GOT INTO JUST FOR LAUGHS AND KEVIN HART WANTS TO BUY OUR MOVIE!! That’s because Good Hair The Movie is officially a top 20 finalist in the world’s biggest comedy festival Just for Laughs! If we win, based on YOUR votes, not only will our film be shown at Just for Laughs followed by a Q&A with Kevin Hart, but we will get a development deal with Lionsgate and Kevin’s brand new Laugh Out Loud network. What does that mean? That means you can watch the movie for free online RIGHT NOW for the next couple weeks and you can vote for us to win!! So please, please, please go vote for us at contest.laughoutloud.com. You can vote once a day so if you can, please do! #jfl35 #justforlaughs #eatmyshorts #goodhairthemovie #goodhairentertainment #goodhairent #kevinhart #filmfestival #movies #comedy

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Kevin Hart isn’t the only celebrity comedian showing support for GOOD HAIR. Rory Scovel also plugged the film and contest on Twitter. Scovel recently released his first Netflix special titled RORY SCOVEL TRIES STAND-UP FOR THE FIRST TIME which featured a cameo from GOOD HAIR’s Fray Forde. Scovel and Forde go way back to Greenville, SC where both launched their comedy careers. Rory’s brother Chaz, also a talented comic, was our Key PA on the set of GOOD HAIR.

Although Montreal’s Just For Laughs is the largest festival we’ve had the pleasure of participating in, GOOD HAIR had its presence felt at a number of other events this month, including the Atlanta Shortsfest on July 7th, another Comedy & Curls roadshow at the Tin Roof in Charleston on July 8th where the film was featured in the local FOX news station and Charleston City Paper, as well as the upcoming ACME Comedy Film Nights in Los Angeles, California on July 22nd, and that’s just July!

GOOD HAIR shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, so be on the lookout for more screenings near you, notably at the Comedy & Curls roadshow in Austin, Texas on July 13th at the New Movement Theater, and the San Antonio Film Festival on August 4th. Don’t forget to continue voting for GOOD HAIR in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud contest here: contest.laughoutloud.com. Thanks for the support!

GOOD HAIR // COMEDY & CURLS roadshow tour

GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE has been selling out in advance for every screening so far, starting with the COMEDY & CURLS premiere in Atlanta, Georgia on 2/10 at the Highwire Comedy Co., follow up show on 2/27 at Highland Ballroom, and just most recently the Asheville, North Carolina screening at the Cat Fly Film Festival. Since we expect a similar turnout at the upcoming roadshow events, it would be wise to secure your tickets early! COMEDY & CURLS is touring in the following cities:

4/15: Savannah, GA
4/17: Athens, GA
4/21: Columbia, SC
4/23: Charlotte, NC
4/24: Films on Tap @ Charlotte, NC
4/28: Greenville, SC
5/6: Knoxville, TN
5/27: Charleston, SC
6/24: Memphis, TN
7/13: Austin, TX

GOOD HAIR is also slated to screen at the Films on Tap event in Charlotte, NC on Monday 4/24, conveniently one day after the COMEDY & CURLS event in the same city. Birdsong Brewing Co. is hosting Films on Tap this season, and a wonderful witbier called Doin’ Thyme has been selected to pair with the film in order show the characters’ transition from the winter of their relationship into the springtime. The programmers were nothing but supportive when we met at the pairing, and I am excited for an event that promotes two of my favorite things: film and beer!