I appear at the 13 minute mark and then again at 33:34.
Making Awakening was a raucous time.
Many of us on the core team were first-time filmmakers, including producer and director Evie Marie Warner of RenRaw Films. We were mostly learning just by doing — and by soaking in as much as we could from the “real film people” that dropped in to help us from time-to-time. (More on Awakening here.)
But even out of chaos, one opportunity often leads to another. It was through JoAnna Lloyd who played Mackie in Awakening that I met the late William Miller, of BurnMill productions, and Lana Read, of Garnet Films, both of whom co-founded FilmSpeak.
So when they started to produce FilmSpeak out of the well-equipped DATV (Dayton Access Television) studios I knew it would be a lot of fun. When it comes to movies, Bill had a ton of energy and enthusiasm and Lana rivals his film knowledge but grounds Bill’s performance – the perfect foil. They’re funny and it really is a show for film geeks.
I volunteered at the first couple of shows doing whatever I could just because I loved to be a part of it all. Then Bill asked me if I wanted to be on as a guest to talk about editing the 45-minute Awakening movie.
Imagine my the tug-of-war in my head at that moment. I wanted to be on, but I’d just done my first edit job on a real full-length movie — my FIRST! I was hardly an expert! I also would be expected to talk about a film of Bill’s choosing — a horror film, which is not really my genre to start with.
But I couldn’t pass up the chance. How often do you get to be in a production where you don’t have to learn lines??
All I can say is thank God for YouTube — you can find most old films there and, sure enough, I found my film to watch, to study, to look up on Google, and to make cheat notes from. Anything to make me sound like I even partially knew what I was talking about.
You can see the result for yourself above. It was a ton of fun; Was I nervous? – check my right knee jumping up and down!