Location @ The Richard's house<br />Nate showing the crew how a chicken is properly wrangled.Location @ The Richard's house
Nate showing the crew how a chicken is properly wrangled.
Location @ The Goose<br />Deep in concentration.Location @ The Goose
Deep in concentration.
Location @ The Goose<br />Nate is singing his, “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” song <br />with my son, Mike assisting him with the pouring part.Location @ The Goose
Nate is singing his, “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” song
with my son, Mike assisting him with the pouring part.
Location @ Outside Canada's Home<br />Nate in one of his cameo appearances, seen here as a street merchant.Location @ Outside Canada's Home
Nate in one of his cameo appearances, seen here as a street merchant.
Location @ Joint Command Check Point<br />Nate is shadowing Ian Hubert (standing closest to Nate), who is directing a pickup shot.Location @ Joint Command Check Point
Nate is shadowing Ian Hubert (standing closest to Nate), who is directing a pickup shot.
Location @ Hospital<br />Nate and yours truly are asleep on our feet during a 3am shoot.Location @ Hospital
Nate and yours truly are asleep on our feet during a 3am shoot.
Location @ Seattle vicinity<br />Nate is shooting the breeze with Josh Truax (actor) and me as Jen Forbes<br />(production manager/assistant director) tries to get people moving.Location @ Seattle vicinity
Nate is shooting the breeze with Josh Truax (actor) and me as Jen Forbes
(production manager/assistant director) tries to get people moving.
Location @ Icaria's Restaurant<br />Nate and I working on our laptops while the crew finishes<br />work on our green screen stage at Victory Studios.Location @ Icaria's Restaurant
Nate and I working on our laptops while the crew finishes
work on our green screen stage at Victory Studios.
Location @ Hospital<br />Taking a moment to chill sometime around 3am.Location @ Hospital
Taking a moment to chill sometime around 3am.
Location @ Police Station<br />Nate checking the status of things on set.Location @ Police Station
Nate checking the status of things on set.
(Left) Location @ The Goose: Who is the big brother and who is the little brother?<br />(Right) Location @ The Joint Command Tower: Nate schooled all of us (mostly me) on foosball.(Left) Location @ The Goose: Who is the big brother and who is the little brother?
(Right) Location @ The Joint Command Tower: Nate schooled all of us (mostly me) on foosball.
Location @ Dr. Pitsford's Clinic<br />Meet Nate’s family; (L to R) Nate, Kali, Laurie, Kyri and Kia.Location @ Dr. Pitsford's Clinic
Meet Nate’s family; (L to R) Nate, Kali, Laurie, Kyri and Kia.
Location @ Icaria's Restaurant<br />Nate making another cameo in the film this time as the keyboard player in the Icaria’s <br />House Band. (L to R) Walt “Bones” Derke, Bob Bronson, Ian with bullhorn and pointy <br />finger, Barry Gregg (director of photography), Bryan Hubert, Dion LaBlue <br />(1st assistant camera) and Nate looking all cool with his shades.Location @ Icaria's Restaurant
Nate making another cameo in the film this time as the keyboard player in the Icaria’s
House Band. (L to R) Walt “Bones” Derke, Bob Bronson, Ian with bullhorn and pointy
finger, Barry Gregg (director of photography), Bryan Hubert, Dion LaBlue
(1st assistant camera) and Nate looking all cool with his shades.
  • Location @ The Richard's house<br />Nate showing the crew how a chicken is properly wrangled.
  • Location @ The Goose<br />Deep in concentration.
  • Location @ The Goose<br />Nate is singing his, “I’m a little teapot, short and stout…” song <br />with my son, Mike assisting him with the pouring part.
  • Location @ Outside Canada's Home<br />Nate in one of his cameo appearances, seen here as a street merchant.
  • Location @ Joint Command Check Point<br />Nate is shadowing Ian Hubert (standing closest to Nate), who is directing a pickup shot.
  • Location @ Hospital<br />Nate and yours truly are asleep on our feet during a 3am shoot.
  • Location @ Seattle vicinity<br />Nate is shooting the breeze with Josh Truax (actor) and me as Jen Forbes<br />(production manager/assistant director) tries to get people moving.
  • Location @ Icaria's Restaurant<br />Nate and I working on our laptops while the crew finishes<br />work on our green screen stage at Victory Studios.
  • Location @ Hospital<br />Taking a moment to chill sometime around 3am.
  • Location @ Police Station<br />Nate checking the status of things on set.
  • (Left) Location @ The Goose: Who is the big brother and who is the little brother?<br />(Right) Location @ The Joint Command Tower: Nate schooled all of us (mostly me) on foosball.
  • Location @ Dr. Pitsford's Clinic<br />Meet Nate’s family; (L to R) Nate, Kali, Laurie, Kyri and Kia.
  • Location @ Icaria's Restaurant<br />Nate making another cameo in the film this time as the keyboard player in the Icaria’s <br />House Band. (L to R) Walt “Bones” Derke, Bob Bronson, Ian with bullhorn and pointy <br />finger, Barry Gregg (director of photography), Bryan Hubert, Dion LaBlue <br />(1st assistant camera) and Nate looking all cool with his shades.

I think it was late June or early July 2007. I remember that I was on the sofa in the family room talking with Barb when my cell phone rang. My brother Nate was on the other end and his first words were, “I heard you were making a movie.” Yup, we talked about it for a few minutes and then he told me he wanted to be a part of it. He said he would do anything that I needed like schlepping cases and getting coffee. I said, “whoa, whoa, whoa. You’re not coming in as a production assistant, you’re coming on board as a producer.”

That’s how it went down. How I felt was another story. I was blown away that my brother, a high power technology executive would be interested in taking time off to work on my indie film project. Oh, he had one stipulation, I had to find a way to get his daughters into the film as extras. Not a problem. Not only are they appearing in a scene, Kyri and Kali helped wrangle chickens to create a fun moment in the film. By the way, the film is called Project London and you can find out about it at projectlondonmovie.com (marketing site) and projectlondon.net (where you can interact with the cast and crew). You can also become a fan of the film on Facebook. As of this writing, we are somewhere in the middle of post-production.

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I don’t mind telling you that the 20 days of shooting we did in August of 2007 were extremely challenging and we would not have succeeded in getting the film in the can without Nate. There were many times throughout the shoot where his leadership, innovative thinking and ability to marshal resources helped us over hurdles that would have stopped the production. Not only that, it was a blast working with him. I wanted you all to know that it was a great day when Nate joined the Project London team. He did end up getting coffee for us most days. Thanks, Nate.

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Photography by: Marc Studer, Heather Canik, Ryan Printz, Bethany Jones, Barry Gregg and Barry Gregg’s camera (operated by an unknown number of crew members), Curtis Hanner and yours truly.

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One Response to “Nate joins Project London”

  1. Nate
    20 April 2008 at 7:21 pm #

    Whoah – thanks Phil! This is very, very nice of you to put together. I had the time of my life working on this film. And the highlight was that first phone call where you said, whaddaya mean coffee? Why don’t you come on as a producer. I tell you, I was blown away. I jumped in the air when I got off the phone. Probably the most fun of all is getting a chance to actually create something with my big brother – someone I’ve always looked up to and still do. Love you bro – Nate