SIDES by Trust Fall Productions

Early in the morning of July 4th, with a call time of 5am, Brittany Jackson and I celebrated Independence Day in an unusual way by joining Trust Fall Productions on the shoot of their upcoming short film SIDES, which was directed by Will Osigian, produced by Ryan Hand, and starred best friends Jeff Alexander and Drez Ryan.

That’s a wrap!! We had such an amazing cast and crew! We cannot thank them enough! Stay tune for more updates about SIDES!

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SIDES tells the story of two soldiers, Charles and Jim, who serve on opposing forces of the Civil War, despite their history of friendship. In a moment of respite from battle, Charles and Jim catch up by creekside, and chat like a single day hasn’t passed. Though Charles suggests he’s fighting for the states’ right to choose, Jim explains that Black Americans like him are fighting for the right to have rights.

More work with my bro @jeff_shakespeare #actor #film

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Jeff and Drez work together quite often, particularly in Team Cat Fly’s recent entry in the 48 Hour Film Project entitled IT’S MY PARTY, and the Asheville based web-series WHEN FACT MET FICTION, but always relish the opportunity to do so again. Both were recently cast in the upcoming MR. MERCEDES TV series, starring Mary Louise Parker (WEEDS), based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.

I was a sound recordist on this shoot, and operated the boom pole while Brittany managed the recording levels on Drez’s lavalier microphone. We also assisted with a blood splatter sequence per the video above, but allowed opportunity to adjust elements in post-production with green screen technology as a contingency plan.

Here is a sneak peak of our next project Sides! The story of two friends on opposite sides of the Civil War.

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SIDES is currently in post-production, and going through the initial round of edits with an expected total runtime of 4 minutes, allowing for plenty of programming possibility at festivals all around the country, especially with a subject matter so topical in contemporary conversation, despite its historical setting. All the best stories use allegory like that to relay messages pertaining to modern social issues.

AS ONE FLESH short film

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).

movie makeup magic #AsOneFlesh #shortfilm #horrorfilm #filmmaking #production #makeupart #moviemagic #artdepartment

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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.

#indiefilmmaking a lot of #specialeffects for #asoneflesh after very very little sleep

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ESCAPIST COMIX live launch

ESCAPIST COMIX held a livestream event on Friday, May 19th in celebration of its launch of digital reading platforms on sites like Patreon and ComiXology. As the Marketing Director, I joined Jarrett Rutland, CEO and founding artist, to broadcast a live stream on Facebook where we shared info on the brand, took questions and comments from the viewers, explained the new services, and teased upcoming projects and ESCAPIST’s convention schedule. We had a little over 100 people jump in and join us live, with close to 700 total views at the time of this post.

Escapist Comix Live Launch w/ Jarrett Rutland and Ted Kendrick ☠️???????

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Video by ESCAPIST COMIX

We introduced STEAMPUNK EDDIE, a time travel adventure series that I am writing with Jarrett Rutland on art, who brought me on to develop his original concept. The story revolves around Eddie, a pre-teen from a country town with a knack for exploration, joined by his dog Oscar, in a high stakes mission with drastic consequences that threaten the entire space/time continuum, at the direction of the robotic time guardian Wing who must return stolen items, scattered throughout the past. The first issue is in production, and set to be published in a few months.

On Saturday May 20th, Jarrett and I attended the inaugural Asheville Comicon which was held at the WNC Agricultural Center. We ran a table with the usual books and merchandise, talked with fans and newcomers, and promoted the brand to more Asheville locals, some of which had seen the books on display at stores such as Orbit, Comic Envy, and Haywood Comics, who were also present at the convention. I thought it was an extremely successful event for its first year and look forward to returning next time, hopefully with a few printed books of my own.

Thanks for the memories, Asheville Comicon. You guys really know how to have fun ???????☠️???☄️??>?

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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!

Cat Fly Indie Film Fest

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.

For more information on Cat Fly Indie Film Festival, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or their personal website: http://www.catflyfilmfest.com/

GOOD HAIR // movie poster

As post-production on the GOOD HAIR short film comes to a close, the production team is proud to share the poster design by freelance graphic designer Joe Karg.

Image by Joe Karg

GOOD HAIR premieres next week on February 10th, 8pm at Highwire Comedy in Atlanta, Georgia.  Tickets can be purchased online for $7.50 or $10 at the door.