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The feature length version of My Name is Paul has completed filming and is now in post-production. Hopefully we will be able to see it sometime this year or next depending on how long the editing and scoring take. I've seen some the footage and the cinematography is excellent!
"The short was selected Globally into multiple Film Festivals on 4 continents and was the Short Film winner at Kingdomwood Film Festival, Films with Valor in Acapulco, Mexico and the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia."
After showing the potential of the story, they have expanded it with the help of Tara Lynn Marcelle into a feature length movie. Also, after having shown the potential with the short film, they have brought in a team of investors to make sure they have the resources to do everything to the best of their ability with the feature. From what I've seen they have the footage to make it even better. Now it's up to the editors.
It was the The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, that took him from being a character actor to a star. Before that movie he did not consider himself a leading man. So not wanting to mess up what he had established as a character actor he initially turned down the role. Mike Nichols had to personally call him and convince him to take the part of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate pondering what to do with the rest of his life. Good thing he did.
In addition to his work in theatre and film he has also waded into the director pool with Quartet, a movie about a home for retired musicians and singers. In the interview below he tells about how he directed the actors and has some great stories about acting from his long career.
As a youngster he invented film roles for his friends to re-enact with him but put away these thoughts when his father died in an auto accident in 1989. Then he turned his attention to law enforcement. Only occasionally participating in movies for a couple of decades. He has been very active in films since 2010 including acting, writing, producing, and working in various crew positions. It seems to be in his blood; the passion he has for film and performing.
"I held an audition in Jacksonville back in 2010. I wanted to make a movie for fun. Nothing fancy...
But I had met Samantha. She convinced me I could do so much more with The Hollow Oak. And we have been at it ever since." - Chris Maney
This production has come a long way since the first audition in 2010. Some roles have been re-cast and a lot of effort has been put forth in scouting locations, blocking scenes, setting up and tearing down equipment, not to mention the editing and sound design.
The Strange and Unusual has just begun filming. What will we see when it's complete? The cast and crew of a cancelled reality TV series with one last episode left to shoot. What goes on behind the scenes and the personalities that one might encounter in a similar television production. Anil, has worked in these situations and is bringing some of the strange and unusual things he's seen to this film.
One of the principals of Strawhouse Pictures, Anil always knows that his partners have his back and can help him put together the pieces of the puzzle for a great production just as he does for their films.
There's a lot of talent here in the southeast. There's also some mighty big hearts in the Carolinas. A few of them are the producers, cast, and crew of The Perfect Place.
Written by Taylor-Grace Davis and Patrick Elliott the movie is inspired by Taylor-Grace's work with the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. This organization, formed by Nettie Washington Douglass and her adult children, exists to carry on the tradition of her ancestors, Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. By creating awareness that slavery and human trafficking is still going on today, she and her family are following in their footsteps. Her son, Kenneth B. Morris, president of the foundation, travels the U.S. and abroad spreading the message about human trafficking and what can be done about it.
With one gig here, another there, these kids are quickly making it known, we're here, we're amazing, and you're going to love us!
"Trapped by a horrifying past, Marty struggles with day to day life. As a pastor in his community he realizes his impact on those around him but does little more than go through the motions of his position. Life has little meaning to him. He simply clings to things that seem to give him some memories of what might have been."
"At the height of the civil war, two young lovers pledge their love and devotion as they plan their future together. Their lives are torn apart and dreams are shattered as tragedy shakes their world to the core. More than a hundred years later, high school student Madison Long is discontent with relationships and the whole idea of love. She finds comfort in the home of a new friend to whom she feels strangely connected. While visiting one day she finds something which mysteriously ties the present to a not-so-distant past... The Box."
Great Depression (Photo credit: buckle1535)