This was the first SCAD film I was in. I was working in Johnson Square, when a young man named Joseph, came up to me and said ‘You have the look I want for my film. Have you ever acted before?” I said, “No, but I am willing to give it a try.” So, we exchanged information and he called me a couple of days later.
I was pretty excited about doing this, I was playing a mobster named Micheal, who slapped everyone around. I really had no idea what to expect but I didn’t care. It was the first time I was going to act in a film. It was for Joseph’s Senior Thesis for SCAD. It was here, that I discovered there is a lot of waiting around. It took a lot of time to set up the shots and several takes from different angles. (As a side note, with the SCAD films I have done, and most recently being on the set of CBGB, what these students do is every bit as impressive as the pros. That is just my opinion.) Of course, mistakes were made and there had to be retakes for that as well. Being that this was my first time, I really paid attention to everything that was going on. I did what Joseph directed me to do, and everything seemed to go pretty good. I had a lot of questions, most had nothing to do with what I was doing, but about the process. These students answered every one of them. Egos are pretty low and I thought that was cool. I can, however, see how professional actors can get an ego. Even on these short films, “the talent” eats first at every meal, they are tended to, and not supposed to help with moving any equipment. If one isn’t careful, one can find him/herself spoiled quickly.
We shot this film over the period of two weekends and it went very smooth. (Again, this is my opinion). It is about a woman, played by Amanda Woods, who is the daughter of the Mob Boss and plays her boyfriend, played by Daniel Hamer, against me to kill me. Yes, I die on the film but I will not give the spoiler alert. When it is posted on Vimeo, I will put a link to it here. Since February, when we did this film, I have had the pleasure and the privilege to work with these students on several projects. Joesph Raines directed this film and he and the crew really had their act together. Wes Nelson was the camera man, Nikita Carpenter Jr. was the Director of Photography and Ben Muratet was the 1st Assistant Director. We became fast friends during this production, which is why I get to work with them often. Melissa Martinez did the make up on my neck, and did an incredible job! Most of these guys will be helping me with my first music video later on this summer. A project I am really looking forward to. All of them are very professional on set and stand up guys off set. Of course, there are a lot of other people who were involved and props go to all of them. Soon they will be gone and off chasing their dreams and I wish them all the best. It is my hope that we will stay in touch and keep up with the goings on and continue to inspire and be there for each other.