Production of the indie short film Impact began bright and early this morning. Very early. As in 5:30 AM early. So, really, it wasn’t even all that bright yet.
Written and directed by local filmmaker Robert Montoya, Impact is set in a not to distant future where the First Amendment has been abolished due to a third attack on American soil by fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. With freedom of speech and religion revoked, a Christian finds himself fleeing government persecution of his faith. However, his flight is hindered when he stumbles upon a street prostitute in desperate need of help. A cautionary tale of what happens when fear arrests liberty, Impact is ultimately a tale of love and faith triumphing over despair.
Scheduled for a four-day shoot in multiple locations all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, I have been cast in the lead role. I will be making Twitter updates as we go along so feel free to follow our progress!
This must be the season for trailers!
Last week we were treated to the teaser for Ready Teddy. Now, the trailer for Shroud has finally appeared online at www.shroud-movie.com. However, you won’t find me in front of the camera this time around. This is the film on which I served as Associate Producer, Assistant Director and Editor over the last couple of years. The movie is now completed and your first look is just a click away!
It has been almost a year since I completed my editing duties and handed the film off to Jetrefilm Entertainment for the final stages of post-production. In that time, the movie has undergone numerous changes as colors were tweaked, digital effects produced, sound effects added and music composed. The director also re-cut much of it to his liking. It was only last week when I recieved my copy in its completed form. After viewing the fruits of our labor, I am pleased to report that the Shroud experience has been a satisfying one.
So, at long last, here it is!
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Written and directed by life-long friend David Jetre, Shroud was a daunting undertaking littered with inumerable challenges that I’m still amazed we managed to meet. My thanks to producer Edgar Pitts and to David for allowing me to be a part of this amazing adventure. It was a pleasure to participate in your show. Also, my compliments to David for cutting a fine trailer.
Well, what did you think? Comments? Go on, you know you want to say something!
Jerod Costa must juggle the demands of life with his passion for filmmaking. This results in a post-production process that is slower than his liking. Nonetheless, he is making great strides in completing his film, Ready Teddy, and has produced a trailer to whet your appetite.
I had the pleasure of working on this project in November, playing the part of Paul McCartney in Costa’s bloody opus. Here is your first look at me playing a legend!
WARNING: What follows is, well, rather bloody and vulgar and goes great with fried peanut-butter and banana sandwiches!
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And that, my friends, is just the beginning. Ready Teddy is coming soon! Thoughts, comments?
Here is a small sampling of photos from the Ready Teddy shoot. These are about all I can share on this blog. The rest are rather brutal. Enjoy!
Here’s an update on Ready Teddy from writer/director Jarod Costa:
The film is good…in fact it’s freaking amazing. The transfer session could not have gone better. Every shot looks perfect. We did not lose a single take due to focus, underexposure, or scratches on the film. I could not ask for a better looking film. It’s being transferred HD so it looks amazingly crisp. I wasn’t able to get the footage due to some equipment malfunctioning, but I’ll be able to pick up my drive on Monday and then start editing. So for now we have this weekend to celebrate our amazing achievment.
Sounds like it is going very well. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.
Ready Teddy has wrapped!
The bizarre and bloody short film in which I play a Goodfellas-esque Paul McCartney successfully completed principal photography over the weekend. It took two 14-hour days to shoot the six page script but there were a lot of effects to cover in those six pages. Without giving too much away, let’s just say there was more blood spilt in this flick than contained in all four Beatles combined — or perhaps almost as much as was in Elvis himself.
I just received an e-mail from the screenwriter and director, Jarod Costa:
It’s a great feeling to stop for a moment, look to the right and Elvis is on his cell phone wandering a graveled Mansfield parking lot…turn to my left and see George Harrison and John Lennon bloodied and sharing a cigarette and look straight ahead and see Troy shirtless and spitting blood. Every one of you gave a spectacular performance and deserves massive amounts of kudos. I now know what cast and crew I want on all of my projects.
It’s a great feeling for an actor when a director is this enthusiastic about a shoot.
I’ve been promised stills from the set and, of course, a copy of the completed project which should be done before the year is out. In the meantime, above is a shot taken with my phone. Enjoy!
This weekend I will be playing the role of former Beatle Paul McCartney in a short film titled Ready Teddy. This won’t be a portrayal of the public McCartney, the animal-rights activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. No. This is the McCartney from the mind of Jarod Costa, a local filmmaker who loves deconstructing icons. This McCartney is nasty.
The film will involve a short scene with McCartney (me), John Lennon (former KD Studios classmate Scott Barber), George and Ringo tormenting a kidnapped Elvis Presley. What they want from him is ambiguous but it is clear that McCartney wants Elvis to acknowledge their superior pop status. Of course, the King bows to no one, not even for a fried peanut-butter and banana sandwich — hence the conflict.
Costa has written a deliciously absurd and campy script. This should prove to be a fun shoot.