Today, July 1, 2016, I start production on my second short film, Out of my Mind. This is a pretty terrifying statement for me. When I made my first short Random, I had a passion to tell a story that had been stuck in my head for 4 years. It was cathartic for me to purge my mind and tell a story that had meant so much to me for such a long time. But then people liked it and gave the film awards and well darn it, expected more from me. Peer pressure being what it is, I caved and decided that I might be kind of good at this film-making thing and maybe I should try it again. So here I am on the cusp of film number 2, terrified, exhausted and so excited that sleep has become elusive.
When I started this process I knew I didn’t have another story burning to get out of me, so I had to turn to other sources. Luckily for me that source was sitting on my bookshelf. My good friend and author John Cosper had given me a signed copy of his book “This would make a great movie” a few years ago when I helped him make a promo video for the book. I pulled the book off the shelf and starting reading and right there towards the end of the book was a short story called Drip Drip. The picture became very clear in my head how I could adapt this story into a very creepy horror short. So I emailed John and asked for his permission to use it. He said yes and I was off and running. Unfortunately, I’m not a screenwriter so I turned to my friend and kick-ass assistant director Neil Kellen. Together we crafted the story and created the world that we will start to see come alive tonight.
Neil was the first of many people that would start to surround me with support, encouragement and countless years of experience. I try not to say that I’m lucky because I work really hard for everything I have, but if I am lucky, it’s because of the people that I call my friends. I just want to take a moment to thank each and every one of them and to introduce you to some of the most amazing people I know. Following is the cast and crew of Out of my Mind and I love each and every one of them and couldn’t do this without them! Now, LET’S DO THIS!!!
CARTER – Rusty James
WOMAN IN BLUE - Mina Fedora
LOUIS – Michael Diton-Edwards
MYSTERIOUS MAN – Clint Calvert
Assistant Director – Neil Kellen
Director of Photography – Joe Atkinson
Production Manager – Sharon Caudel
Script Supervisor – Debbie Legg
Lead Gaffer – Al Ponton
Asst. Gaffer – Lewis Chaney
Sound – Andrew Martin
Key Makeup Artist – Rhonda Dossett
PA, Grip & Asst. Camera – Jimmy Sanders
PA - Marisa Patwa