IT’S MY PARTY was Team Cat Fly’s entry in the 2017 edition of the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project. The film was directed by Ryan DuVal, produced by myself, exec. produced by Cat Fly founders Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Keeley Turner, and Cat Wityk, and starred actors Jeff Alexander, Elizabeth Babelay, Rebekah Babelay, Nick Biggs, Cameron Gregg, Caitlin Koenig, Franklin Lovingood, James Martin, Victoria Rae, Drez Ryan, and Kendra Warren. Watch the film below.
I participated in my second 48 Hour Film Project from Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th. The event is held nationally in dozens of participating cities, and Asheville in particular had 22 teams this year. Each team had 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Team Cat Fly, composed of filmmakers who participated in the Cat Fly Film Festival, entered the comedy / mystery short IT’S MY PARTY.
Team Cat Fly’s crew comprised of myself Ted Kendrick (Writer / Producer / 1st AD), Ryan DuVal (Director / Writer), Joe Naylor (Writer / Script Supervisor), Paul Rouse (Writer / Sound), Brittany Jackson (EP / 2nd AC), Madeleine Richardson (EP / Editor), Keeley Turner (EP / DP), Isabel Ferber (Art), Thomas Goddard (2nd Unit DP / Color Correction), Zeke MacMillan (Sound), and Tony Mozz (Sound Engineer).
Many local actors featured in shorts that screened at the Cat Fly Film Festival also starred in IT’S MY PARTY, such as Jeff Alexander, Elizabeth Babelay, Rebekah Babelay, Nick Biggs, Cameron Gregg, Caitlin Koenig, Franklin Lovingood, James Martin, Victoria Rae, Drez Ryan, Kendra Warren and Cat Wityk as hypochondriac Paula Wilhelm, the character all teams were required to use, our only fictitious name.
Original music was written for the film, including the diarrhea diddy “I’m Waiting” by singer/songwriter Kendra Warren, which utilized the line all teams needed as the song title and main chorus, as well as the synth-wave dance groove “Mystery Machine” by Tony Mozz, who also lent his expert ears for the sound mixing.
Madeleine Richardson was the primary editor, and powered through the process for over 30 hours straight. She got started as soon as there was footage available, and locked picture by Sunday afternoon. Thomas Goddard provided his services for color correction, and Tony Mozz speedily mixed the entire film together at the final hour, always facing down the most impossible tasks, only for the exporting to put us behind deadline, disqualifying us from awards aside from audience choice. Disappointing end to the weekend, but the event is always a learning experience.
The 48 Hour Film Project screened at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st, both days at 7pm and 10pm ET, hosted and produced by Bruce Sales of 2BruceStudio. The audience seemed to really enjoy our film, and I found the others in competition to be just as entertaining. It’s always a fun game to identify the required elements in each short film, such as character (Paula Wilhelm, hypochondriac), prop (chair), and line (“I’m waiting”). Team Cat Fly’s entry IT’S MY PARTY will be released online in the near future.
AS ONE FLESH is a horror short film written and directed by Joe Naylor. On the first day of shooting, I managed the set on Sunday, June 11th as the Producer and 1st Assistant Director. The film is about a disheveled man on the other side of a failed marriage, moping about in his empty home, until an encounter with door-to-door missionaries prompts him to consider God’s forgiveness and retribution.
The cast featured talented actors like Jeff Alexander as Nicolas, Victoria Rae as Liv, Franklin Lovingood as Micah, and James Martin as Noah. Our crew was small but skillful, with Asheville local filmmakers such as Madeleine Richardson (Director of Photography), Brittany Jackson (1st AC / Lighting), Ryan DuVal (Script Supervisor), David Weiss (Sound), Ashton Helton (Key Makeup), and Chelsey Radford (Art PA).
The project was a fun challenge, both as an equipment test and procedural practice before the 48 Hour Film Project, but also for the extensive need for special effects and gore. As you’ll see in the images below, the film included multiple scenes that demanded practical horror effects such as maggot infested wounds (though mealworms were actually used), and precise blood splatters to mimic an artery burst.
We have another day of shooting to go in July before principal photography is complete, but the film is already in post-production and underway in the editing process. We expect to finish it in time for the Halloween season where we plan to screen locally, and perhaps make a small run on the genre film festival circuit.
My IMDb page is starting to fill out. I kid you not, my StarMeter once fell below a million. I felt like a pro. I have a screenshot somewhere to prove it, I swear.
Cat Fly Indie Film Fest is an upcoming short showcase launching its inaugural event in Asheville, North Carolina on April Fool’s weekend 2017. Brittany Jackson is the Festival Director with the expert programming team of Madeleine Richardson, Catherine Wityk, and Keeley Turner. Intended initially as a vehicle for screening recent projects, Cat Fly has expanded to include the broader creative community.
Image by Madeleine Richardson
A handful of shorts that I participated on will screen at the festival, including my own writing / directing premiere of THE REPLICA RAID starring Jeff Alexander. BEATERS is also set to play of which I was the Producer, Sound Recordist, and Script Consultant, previously referred to anonymously on my blog as Project Scrambled Eggs. GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE which I produced with leading actors Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde will also headline the second night of the event.
GOOD HAIR THE MOVIE premiered on Friday, February 10th during the “Comedy & Curls” event at the Highwire Comedy Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. The show sold out a week in advance and received press from news outlets such as Atlanta’s NPR network WABE and ATL To Do leading up to the event. Check out the trailer below.
Here it is! The first official trailer for GOOD HAIR! A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.The film will be screening at Highland Inn Ballroom (644 North Highland Avenue Northeast). It's going down Feb. 27th at 8 pm at Comedy & Curls: The GOOD HAIR Movie Screening. Come for the movie, stand up comedy, audiance give-a-ways and some GOOD HAIR.Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comedy-curls-the-good-hair-screening-tickets-32172779650.
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The film stars the directing, writing, and acting talents of comedy couple Kat Dee Holly and Fray Forde, seen below on the red carpet with their dog Cocaine, who makes a few brief appearances in the film as well. Fray provided a stand-up set with three other amazing comedians to warm up the crowd before the screening.
My little family at OUR movie premiere! Comedy & Curls was a blast! If you missed it this time, be sure to like us on Facebook to stay tuned for a show near you! Thank you to everybody that made this happen this truly was a collaborative project and thank you to my creative partner and love of my life @frayforde ❤️ . . . . #goodhairthemovie #goodhairentertainment #highwirecomedy #comedy&curls #atlanta #atl #atlantacollective #premiere #movie #director #writer #actor #film #indiefilm #filmmaking #filmfestival #filmisnotdead #standupcomedy #romantic #comedy
I attended the event with Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Jesse Dellea, all below in our group photo. Our hair turned out pretty okay. Not just good, but good enough. Brittany and Madeleine, both Production Assistants on the film, are arranging a screening of GOOD HAIR THE MOVE in Asheville for early April.
Last month, I came onboard as a producer on GOOD HAIR, a comedy about the millennial romantic experience. GOOD HAIR stars Catherine Dee Holly, an educating artist at both the Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre who has been featured in Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS, and comedian / actor Fray Forde who was part of the principal cast in the Atlanta based web-series QUARTER LIFE*, and has shared the stage with Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, and TJ Miller.
GOOD HAIR involves an empty conditioner bottle which spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. After the argument, Khi seeks advice from his best friend Elijah, and attempts to remedy the situation with a romantic gesture for Frankie. Meanwhile, a conversation with Charlotte, Frankie’s best friend and Elijah’s wife, ignites Frankie’s existential crisis. GOOD HAIR explores a millennial long term relationship and the split ends along the way.
Image by Andrew Bradford
I initially provided constructive story and dialogue feedback where a few of my joke ideas found their way into the final script. In my notes, I suggested product placement could be beneficial for the conditioner bottle, so it wouldn’t be necessary to hide any labels while shooting. We secured a local Atlanta brand of conditioner called Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils, courtesy of the House of Cheatham.
We were also lucky to have an amazing crew, as seen below, including Andrew Bradford (Director of Photography), Corey Wavle (1st AC), Will McBride (1st AD) Thomas Propst (Sound), Morgan Moore (Grip), Jason Carroll (Gaffer), Erin Hodges (Scripty), Chaz Scovel (Crafty), and an amazing team of production assistants: Nina Publico, Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, Cat Wityk, and Keeley Turner.
Image by Andrew Bradford
GOOD HAIR is currently in post, expected to be completed by February 2017 with a premiere event at Highwire Comedy on Friday, February 10th in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though the official title is still up in the air, what I’m calling Project Scrambled Eggs is a southern gothic, dark comedy short film about destroying objects of the past to make room for the future. Scrambled Eggs will star actors Catherine Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost with much of the same crew behind UPSTAGED, our entry into the 2016 Asheville 48 Hour Film Project, involving filmmakers Brittany Jackson (Gaffer), Madeleine Richardson (DoP), and Daniel Hall (1st AD).
Director Rome Widenhouse, actress Cat Wityk, and I came up with the concept earlier this year as a practice short for the 48HFP, planned primarily to test our ability to smash an object as we were expecting to break a TV for the 48HFP (though that never actually happened). Rome gets credit for writing most of the scenario involved in Scrambled Eggs, though Cat heavily changed the direction of her character Mabel, and I like to think I brought the ending together and ironed out the rest. Per usual for work with this crew, I pulled double duty as Producer and Sound Recordist.
We filmed the first scene on Friday 9/9 at the Widenhouse family’s property in Woodfin, NC where we parked a Honda Civic in the middle of a field and removed the hood and tires to make it look like a piece of junk. We planned to finish the shoot that next Monday, but scheduling conflicts moved the final scenes over to the following month. We only just wrapped principle photography on Friday 10/21.
Project Scrambled Eggs has entered post-production and expected to be finished by the end of the year. Based on the footage I’ve seen so far, the short could be a strong contender for a programming presence in local film festivals next year as it will definitely be a beautiful piece of work.
Earlier this summer, I participated in the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project as Writer, Producer, Sound Recordist, and Team Leader for F-Stop Fitzgerald.
I was joined by an amazing team of filmmakers including Actress Catherine Wityk and Editor Madeleine Richardson who both worked with me at Social Construct Films. We were lucky to meet Rome Widenhouse a few weeks prior who came onboard as our Director. On-screen talent consisted of Actors Jacob Stephen, Bjorn Goller, Erich Reinhard, Jeffrey DeCristofaro, and the aforementioned Catherine Wityk in addition to many extras. The lovely Brittany Jackson was our Gaffer for light design, Jack Fleming helped as an Assistant Editor, and the one and only Tony Mozz provided sound mixing and an original soundtrack.
We were given two days to write, shoot, and edit the entire short with three elements that every team were required to include: 1) glass of milk as a prop, 2) comedian Andy Stirling as a character, and 3) the phrase “Worst case scenario…” This was all in addition to fitting into a predetermined genre. We received the choice of either Romance or Fable and decided on the latter.
When Jim is scorned by Natalia in a comedy club, he strikes a dangerous deal to win her back. Please find Team F-Stop Fitzgerald’s entry below, entitled UPSTAGED.