Last year, writer/director Royce Williams discussed shooting a horror/thriller short with a voodoo aspect to it, and he talked to me about being cinematographer for it. It’s now public and available for viewing. Check it out on YouTube.
(When you get to the credits, you might recognize another name. The score you hear throughout the film was done by Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films, who scored both Death to the World and Spiritus. If you haven’t heard his new album Portal, then be sure to check that out on his Bandcamp. It’s really good.)
It’s been a little while since my last update, so I want to start off wishing you happy holidays!
As for me, since my last update, I’ve been trying to stay busy.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I stepped back in front of the camera in a short film production written and directed by Jack Goody. I shared camera time with Mallory Ivy (a Spiritus alum) and worked with makeup artist Tara Galloway Merryman. I’ll share more on that once it’s ready.
From the set of that Jack Goody horror short.
After that, I got to catch “Little Women” at the Cloverdale Playhouse thanks to my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham. And speaking of the Playhouse, tomorrow night is the monthly Guitar Pull, which is the event that sparked my upcoming documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.
After that, I handled audio for a short that DeWayne was directing and shooting for our friend Lee Khole. She and C. Stephen Browder were the actors in that one.
I got together with Royce Williams after that to work on a fake ad we hope will be in the Montgomery Film Festival intermission next month. We did one last year for it – the language is… uh… NSFW, although we did bleep it all out. Click here to see it.
And Royce and I worked together on a project this past weekend for Blue Yonder. He and I filmed while Robert Shimp (Technical Earth Recorders) handled audio. That’s a new Terrible Master Films production that’s currently in the editing stages.
I think that’s about everything… and of course, once these projects are ready to be seen, I’ll post updates.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!
Reminder: Two shows going on tonight, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017:
- I’m playing with Pensacola’s own Hello Crescendo at Against the Grain. Details here.
- Witchchord and Pleasant Valley are playing at the Sanctuary. Details here.
Pick a show and go. Of course, I’d love for you to pick my show, but I’m friends with the folks playing the other show, so pick one and go. Just don’t stay home tonight.
As I said in my last post, one of the guys in Witchchord happens to be Mr. Shane Gillis of Foolish Henry Films. (Full disclosure: I am FHF’s PR Director.)
Anyway, FHF is a co-producer on the film Spiritus, written and directed by LC Holt, and Shane happens to be the score composer, and he recently released it on Bandcamp.
Shane also directed the recent short film Bad Deal that’s currently in post-production. Director of Photography – the man, the myth, the legend himself – Mr. Joe Walker sent a still image from the film featuring the character of “Jody” played by Mike Cunliffe. It’s already looking awesome.
This Thursday, I’m performing at Against the Grain with Hello Crescendo, a band from Pensacola who is described as “progressive, psychedelic, indie rock.” 8:30 pm. $5.
Also this Thursday, Witchchord is playing with Pleasant Valley at the Sanctuary. 9 pm. $5. One of the Witchchord members is Shane Gillis, director of Bad Deal, a short film that went into production this past weekend.
Bad Deal is the new Foolish Henry Films production (the folks that brought you Death to the World, City Federal, and joined together with Buck’s Row to produce Spiritus.) In Bad Deal, along with being a producer, I played a character named “Rodney” and helped with still photography. (Search the hashtags #baddealfilm and #baddealshortfilm on social media for behind-the-scenes photos.)
A character named “Chris” was played by C. DeWayne Cunningham (of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions), who has just released his newest short film The Final Contract.
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From the news release:
The producers of the horror film Spiritus are holding a screening on Saturday, April 8, at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery. The screening begins at 5 p.m., with a Q&A session held afterwards. Entry is $10. The Sanctuary is located at 432 S. Goldthwaite St.
The film, written and directed by L.C. Holt, tells the story of a troubled girl named Marjorie Hines. One year after her mysterious death, Marjorie’s tormented spirit returns to seek bloody vengeance on those responsible.
“We were able to tell this story in an interesting, nonlinear way,” Holt said. “The story unfolds piece by piece as each of Marjorie’s friends, along with an unscrupulous documentary filmmaker, start to uncover secrets surrounding the circumstances of her death.”
Before stepping behind the camera to direct Spiritus, Holt was focused on acting, and has appeared in films such as You’re Next, V/H/S 2 and Pop Skull.
Holt’s production company Buck’s Row teamed up with fellow Alabama-based production company Foolish Henry Films to make Spiritus. Foolish Henry Films was behind the feature Death to the World and the short film City Federal, both of which are available on Amazon Prime.
Spiritus is unrated; viewer discretion is advised. See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teiD-ZTfoSo
So if you’re in the Montgomery, AL area this Saturday, make plans to attend.
Also, I filmed and edited some cast and crew interviews regarding the film. We’ve been releasing those periodically and sharing them on the Spiritus Facebook page. The first two are out already (see below), and there are more in the pipeline.
I did one of these earlier this month and already need to update it…
I’ll start with the updates. Along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:
- Still working on edits for the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson
- Still working on edits for some cast/crew interviews from the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt
- Editing a music video for Brineaboy that we shot this past weekend in Nashville (if I had time, I could write an entire post about how great that shoot was… but it’ll have to wait for now.. search for #brineaboyvid on Insagram for photos.)
- I’ll be editing Feb. 2017 Guitar Pull photos soon
- Working on a longer-term film project that I’ll announce publicly once I get further into it
Now for some announcements:
- I mentioned last week that Four Thousand Wings, Best Friends Forever, and The Pretty Brunette were all screening at the upcoming George Lindsey Film Festival in Florence, AL.
- Four Thousand Wings will also be on Amazon soon. I’ll post about it once it’s officially available to view.
- Next solo acoustic performance will be Friday, March 3 at Head on the Door in Montgomery, AL. I’m opening for Breaking Aim and the Rhythm for their album release show.
- Also, I will be releasing a live 5-song EP and video performance soon. This project was made possible by filmmakers C. DeWayne Cunningham and Sylvester Folks, along with Jen Powell, Malerie Bussell, and the rest of the kind folks of Seville Beauty & Barber Shop.
- The poster for Spiritus was release this week:
Thanks for reading. More coming soon!
Just a couple of quick updates:
1. The first review of Spiritus is up at the Horror Movie Freaks website.
“A slow burning tale of a spectres revenge and learning your actions have consequences…even beyond the grave!” 4/5 stars.
Read the entire review here.
2. The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is going on March 2-4 in Florence, AL. If you happen to be in that area on March 2, Four Thousand Wings is screening, along with two films written and directed by my friend C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS – Best Friends Forever and The Pretty Brunette.
See the 2017 schedule here.
More coming soon…
Figured since updates might be a bit sparse, I should at least make another “Now” post. (For more about the “Now” thing, see a previous post about it.)
So, along with normal life and work stuff, this is what I’m working on:
- Editing the short film Lullaby by writer/director Ce Anderson.
- Editing audio for a live music/video project with filmmaker C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son VISIONS.
- Editing some behind-the-scenes interviews for the feature film Spiritus by writer/director LC Holt.
Along with that, there’s a couple of other film and music projects that are in varying levels of pre-production and production that I’ll be announcing in the weeks and months to come.
And of course, you can follow this blog via email for when there are updates, and keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Foolish Henry Films crew joined together with Buck’s Row last year to help produce L.C. Holt’s debut feature film Spiritus, and today, the official trailer is up on YouTube:
One year after the mysterious death of Marjorie Hines, a group of her friends – each grieving in their own way – begin to suspect there was more to her suicide than initially suspected. More and more details emerge as one of them attempts to make a documentary film about her life, details which suggest some of them may be more to blame than others. The only problem is that Marjorie’s spirit is restless and ready to claim vengeance, one way or the other. It’s going to take more than amateur detective work to appease the monster waiting in the dark.
Be sure to like the Spiritus page on Facebook.
I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I wanted to take a moment to provide a few updates on what’s been going on lately.
Writer/director Sylvester Folks, left, on set of Justus and Pece. Photo by Sherman Williams.
I mentioned last month that Sylvester Folks had a new short film production underway. On that project – Justus and Pece – my job was to cover audio (production sound/boom operator.) We wrapped principal photography on Dec. 4, and it is now in editing.
One of the main characters in that short is played by Ce Anderson, a writer and director herself. Just before Thanksgiving, we started working on her short film Lullaby, on which I’m serving as Director of Photography. We still have more to go on that one, but I think we got a really good start in the three days we’ve shot so far.
And in other news, the official trailer for Spiritus (produced by Buck’s Row in association with Foolish Henry Films) will be available on Jan. 2, 2017.
More updates coming soon, and as always, thanks for reading!