I had a great time talking with the Atlanta Film Chat podcast this week! We had a really fun conversation talking about Uncommon Law, writing, the struggles of making a film without a budget, my love for romantic comedies & Japanese RPGs, and more. Please download & give it a listen!
When you think of an “indie film” you don’t typically think of a romantic comedy. The genre gets derided as being formulaic and unimaginative. However, filmmakers like this week’s guest Brian Work disagree and only want to make the films they want to make.
The time has finally arrived! After four years of blood, sweat, tears, and sleepless nights, Uncommon Law is complete and ready for its world premiere! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be able to make this announcement at long last.
Uncommon Law is my first feature film, which I wrote, directed, produced, & edited. It tells the story of Brendan Walker (Mick Taylor) and Melissa Clark (Christie Vozniak), two best friends and longtime roommates who, after years of bailing each other out of bad dates by pretending to be married, receive a notice from the government that they’re now common law married.
The premiere will take place at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross on Saturday, November 21st at 8pm. Doors will open at 7pm, so come early to mingle and walk the red carpet! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast & crew.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be picked up at will call starting at 7pm on the night of the show. Concessions and full bar will be available (cash only for concessions/bar).
It’s here! Uncommon Law has been four years in the making, and I’m finally ready to unveil the official movie trailer! I’m elated with how well it turned out, and I’m looking forward to premiering the film itself so I can share the finished product with the world. Please check it out & share it with your friends!
I’m incredibly excited about the fantastic soundtrack we’ve assembled for Uncommon Law. It’s a great combination of artists, ranging from a band I’ve been a fan of for years (Jonas Sees In Color), friends from all walks of life (college, Florida, Chicago, & my old video game website,) and even a track from my cousin. Music does wonders in setting the tone for a movie, and I’m confident that we’ve assembled the perfect soundtrack for this movie.
Uncommon Law is FINALLY in the last phase of post-production! The last four years of my life have been spent writing, producing, directing, & editing this movie, & I’m happy to say that it’s just about ready to see the light of day. Within the coming weeks I’ll be releasing a trailer and posting info on screenings in Atlanta & Chicago. Please like the Uncommon Law FB page and/or sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the film as it nears completion! Thank you!
My feature film debut as a writer/director is almost here! Check out the movie poster for Uncommon Law. I’m incredibly excited to finally get this out there. It’s also now up on IMDB, so you can check it out there as well!
Over the last three years I’ve spent countless hours on my first feature film, Uncommon Law. Between writing, casting, filming, editing, etc., it’s more or less taken over my life. Now I can finally say that the first full cut is done. The road isn’t over yet, because there’s still polish, publicity, festivals, & distribution ahead. But it’s nice to see that light at the end of the tunnel shine a little brighter.
After more than two years of hard work, my first feature film, Uncommon Law, is finally nearing completion! It’s a pretty amazing feeling to see where it’s at & how close it is to being done. Please click this link and like the FB page to follow its progress. Thanks!
I was recently asked for a list of audition advice from a student in the Audition Techniques class at my old stomping grounds, Valdosta State University. I decided to post them here as well, in the hopes that it may be helpful to some other actors out there.
These notes are more from my experience casting my feature film Uncommon Law than from my experiences as an actor. Several of these notes apply specifically to the submission process, before you even walk in the door (while sifting through hundreds of submissions, I was amazed at how much of an opinion I developed based solely on who actually followed instructions.)
If the casting notice asks you to send a preferred audition time, please do so, even if it’s just to say you have no preference (this is fine with me, because it tells me I can put you wherever is slow.) If you don’t make any mention of it, I’m going to fill slots with those who followed instructions first.
It’s one thing to say which role you’re interested in, but you don’t need to tell me what types of roles you’re normally cast as. I’ll see it on your resume, your headshot, and in your audition.
Get professional headshots! Even if you can’t afford a $500 package, you can still get quality headshots affordably. And believe me, it makes a much better impression than sending a photo taken with a camera phone (yes, I had people submit selfies as headshots.)
On that same note, get headshots that look like you! I want to know what you’re going to look like when you walk in the room. If your headshot makes you look like an ingenue, I expect an ingenue when I call you in. If you’re a character actor, embrace it! I did.
Format that resume! Looking at a resume makes it clear pretty quick who knows what a professional acting resume looks like. Basic format aside, it should never be longer than one page. Also, save your resume as a PDF file when emailing it. That way you can be sure it will preserve your formatting and be read on any computer.
A cover letter makes all the difference in the world. I don’t need your life story, but something short, professional, and targeted (specific to my project) does make an impression. Sending a blank email that only includes your headshot & resume makes an impression, too, but the impression is that you’re submitting to everything under the sun without actually reading the casting notice.
When submitting through email, name the files for your headshot and resume “Your Name Headshot” and “Your Name Resume,” or even just “Your Name.” I save these to my computer for future reference, and would rather not have to rename all of them from DSCF_001829. I don’t hold this against anyone, it just makes my life simpler.
Be prepared! If you are sent sides in advance, READ THEM. I don’t expect you to be off book; in fact, I’d prefer that you weren’t because I don’t want you focusing on remembering the words. But read through the sides and be familiar with them. If you aren’t given the sides in advance, show up early so you can familiarize yourself with them.
Make a definite choice for your reading. Even if it’s not what I’m looking for, I want to see that you’ve put some thought into it. It’s easier to direct someone who’s made a choice than someone who’s playing it safe.
If you don’t understand something, whether it’s a line or a direction, please ask. I want you to have the best audition possible, and don’t want you to flounder because you’re confused.
If you ask to improvise off the script, you’d better be able to improvise. Don’t get thrown off because the reader improvises along with you, and it doesn’t go in exactly the direction you’d imagined in your head. Also, if the reason you want to improvise is because the written lines aren’t things you would personally say in that particular situation, you may want to keep that to yourself.
Be friendly & personable! If I like you, I’m much more likely to want to work with you. This factors in more than you may think.
That guy in the lobby who signed you in? No, you aren’t paranoid. He is listening in on everything being said.
If for whatever reason you can’t make it to the audition, call or send an email saying so. Yes, I keep a list of people who no show on me without notice. No, they won’t be getting an audition slot in the future.