GIVE AND TAKE feature film // crowdfunding campaign

GIVE AND TAKE is an upcoming feature film written and directed by Andrew Shearer, a Nicholl Fellowship winning writer, and Screenwriting instructor at the Asheville School of Film. Shearer recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark to fund and self-produce his film project, a comedy documentary mashup about a father in the middle of a divorce who kidnaps his own daughter to save her from making a huge mistake which would ruin her life, a mysterious act that would become the big topic of gossip in their small town community.

Wow, the support so far we’re getting for GIVE AND TAKE is incredible! Shout outs to Thomas McCoy, Nicole Lachance, and…

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I had the pleasure of helping out on the film’s pre-production process, specifically drawing up multiple drafts of the total budget for both above and below the line expenses. The crowdfunding campaign has already surpassed its halfway mark, and I look forward to seeing it earn its funds and be actualized in the coming months. Watch Andrew Shearer’s video pitch for GIVE AND TAKE embedded below.

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.

CIGARETTE CITY // cover and update

Progress is being made on CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS, a gritty crime short comic in the genre vein of GRAND THEFT AUTO. Gabriel Fobert has been diligently completing digital color, and I have been lettering along behind him.

The cover for RUDE AWAKENINGS was recently completed, also by interior artist Gabriel Fobert. Depicted is a literal cigarette city with a burning skyline overlaying its tip above a sinister skull, all to show that, like THE TWILIGHT ZONE, this is a dark place of infinite possibility. Check out the undressed version below.

Cover by Gabriel Fobert

I plan to print CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS as a limited self-published run with an accompanying digital release at a lower price point in early 2018.

BEATERS poster

Putting the final touches on the project, Madeleine Richardson and I generated a poster for BEATERS, our short film which premiered on the opening night of the Cat Fly Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Rome Widenhouse, and stars Cat Wityk, Erich Reinhard, and Brian Bost. BEATERS and its poster can be found on IMDb, and the film is available to watch in its entirety for free on Vimeo.

IT’S MY PARTY screener

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.

IT’S MY PARTY @ 48HFP 2017

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.

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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.

LEGACIES Special: “Asylum”

The next issue of LEGACIES was released, a special 6-pager titled “Asylum” which was written by myself, pencilled and colored by Marcelo Millicay, composite effects by James Strecker, with a gorgeous cover by Robert Castellano. Serving as a companion to the issue’s release, Strecker animated a 20-second teaser trailer with voice acting from Brizzy Voices as Batgirl and Zizzoro as Killer Croc.

“Asylum” is set in Gotham City, shortly after Darkseid’s siege destroyed Arkham Asylum off-screen, resulting in the early release of its inmates with Robin and Batgirl the only ones around to clean up the mess. I thought it was important to put all of Batman’s villains back on the table for LEGACIES after they were noticeably missing in the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED animated series due to the studio imposed Bat-embargo. Many familiar Bat-villains will return in future installments. 

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“Asylum” was originally written as the first half of issue #5, but we split the issue into two 6-page specials instead. Expect the next special entitled “Powers That Be” to follow up on similar plot threads that will continue to unfold over the series.

LEGACIES #3: “Destroyed, Part 2”

After a few months of prep work, James Strecker and I released our latest issue of LEGACIES OF THE DCAU on Saturday, February 25th. Issue #3 is the second part of the “Destroyed” story arc which takes place days after the conclusion of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED in response to the series’ final episode “Destroyer.”

After an international black-ops agency called Checkmate launch a revenge strike against the planet Apokolips, they realize the necessary devastation would affect its innocent neighbor of New Genesis as well, something seen as the wrong move.

The last issue had too many talking heads, so I wanted to ramp up the action for this installment, especially in regards to the Fourth World characters and concepts created by Jack Kirby, the King of Comics himself. Peacemaker and Agent Chase were also fun to include, though a bit of a gamble since neither character appeared in any of the animated series source material, but I believe readers were genuinely interested by their presence in the chess themed spy agency Checkmate.

This issue was also my first attempt at lettering a comic book. James walked me through the motions at first, and after a few weeks of close attention, I think I got the hang of the procedure pretty well. I enjoyed the process and plan to continue in the future, both on this webcomic as well as my other work in the medium.

Click the cover to read LEGACIES #3!

Issue #4 is in production now, along with a few smaller side stories that could be published more sporadically between main issues. I’m sure I’ll be speaking more about these in detail as they continue to come together. If you enjoyed reading LEGACIES, let us know by commenting on one of our various social media pages!

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS // short comic

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS is an upcoming 12-page short comic written by myself and drawn by Gabriel Fobert (@crypt_crow), one of the artists on Project Gloom. Frank, a mild-mannered fax machine salesman, wakes in a taxi cab and exchanges small talk with the driver through a series of disasters. After each event, FRANK reawakens as if from a dream, until the next disaster hits.

CIGARETTE CITY began as a feature film concept I brainstormed with writer Scot Langland, essentially putting our own spin on the gritty tone that Frank Miller popularized in his works like DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and SIN CITY, as well as a few nods to Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN. This dark noir world of crime and mystery became like something from a 1980s dystopian city where every potential nook and cranny might reveal some insight into humanity’s inner conflict of good versus evil.

I began to explore the far corners of CIGARETTE CITY by writing various short stories set in this universe. RUDE AWAKENINGS was a rewrite of a short story I wrote while studying at UNC Asheville’s Creative Writing program. There was originally another artist onboard this comic, and we developed the idea for a few months, but he dropped out to pursue other opportunities.  I generated the following panel layout scheme to assist in the comic’s construction as the story heavily involves a series of repeating panels to illustrate the character’s looping events.

 Image by Ted Kendrick

CIGARETTE CITY: RUDE AWAKENINGS will be self-published in a limited run and available for purchase later this year. Should it be well received, there is plenty of potential for more stories set in the CIGARETTE CITY universe.

THE REPLICA RAID // intro and update

THE REPLICA RAID is an upcoming short film written and directed by myself with much of the same crew from UPSTAGED and Project Scrambled Eggs such as Rome Widenhouse (Director of Photography / Editor), Madeleine Richardson (1st AD), Cat Wityk (Script Supervisor), and Brittany Jackson (Gaffer). THE REPLICA RAID stars primary actor Jeff Alexander and his body double John Duper Morse.

Previously known as Project Burglary, the plot revolves around a strange, surreal Sci-Fi scenario between an art thief and his doppelgänger which begins with caution, carries over into confusion, before diving into combat. THE REPLICA RAID was my first foray into choreographing a fight scene. The project is now in post-production and expected to be complete by early 2017. Tony Mozz is composing an original soundtrack and artificial sounds will be recorded via foley.

Below is a painting of the Ouroboros symbol which was used as a prop in the film in both a practical and metaphorical sense, now one punch short of being a well-preserved piece of prestige artwork, though still a Rome Widenhouse original.