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.
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.
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.