“Justified”

So far this year has consisted of one superhero film and two sci-fi films (plus my very first commercial)! I’m loving this trend!!! It started in January/February with the superhero film, “Justified”, which ended up being about 40 minutes long. We filmed on Saturdays for 6 weeks, and let me tell you…it got cold!!! (I mean, it was the dead of winter, after all.) The morning I had to lay on the ground, it was in the 20’s. It’s hard to act unconscious when you can’t stop shivering! But other days were unusually warm, which was a blessing since a lot of it was filmed outdoors. Here are a few snapshots from production! I played Kara, and my “gauntlets of doom” gave me extra punching power (plus they’re programmed to identify an enemy and automatically attack…which doesn’t work out so well when they malfunction and start punching the wrong person).

Last weekend was the film’s premiere, and it was so fun to reunite with most of the cast and crew to watch the film for the first time! I finally got to wear my eShakti dress as well as my new lip color (“Fly Girl” by LipSense) for a classy look.

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“Assana” Teaser Trailer!

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“An isolated woman is content with her lonely life in the wilderness. But when a young boy enters her world, she discovers there is more to life than herself. Exploring passed her boundaries, however, is not going to be easy. There are creatures in the woods hellbent on keeping her there. Will she be able to defeat the bloodthirsty beings that have imprisoned her? And what will she find beyond?”

Enjoy our new teaser trailer!!! (I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched it, haha!)

Assana. Probably the most challenging and rewarding role I’ve ever played. I had to portray a whole range of intense emotions: contentment, fear, curiosity, pain, terror, grief, rage, despair, hope, joy… And mostly without words. I love acting without words. This role took me to depths I hadn’t had a chance to explore before, and I loved it. I loved it so much. I miss Assana and the privilege of stepping into her world. I also miss the talented cast and crew that made this such a wonderful experience.

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Assana is a short sci-fi/fantasy film. We shot it in 5 days at the beginning of June. It was a very unique and special experience. Now it’s in the editing process, and we have a composer in Germany writing an original score! We would love your help as we seek to raise funds to cover our post-production costs: gofundme.com/assana

For more behind-the-scenes pictures and videos, follow these pages: my facebook page and instagram page, and the Staring at Fire facebook page.

“Across” Short Film

On August 13-14, I participated in my second 48 hour film competition of the summer! (If you haven’t seen the 48 hour musical I acted in with Mirari Pictures in July, click here.) This time I was working with team “Just Pick A Name Already”, and we made a post-apocalyptic film called “Across”.

We were outside in the sun all day, and the heat was brutal with temps reaching 103 degrees (with a heat index higher than that). I kept a water bottle in my pack and drank as much as I could, but I was still feeling dizzy at times.

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We had other challenges, some which would try the patience of a saint, but through it all the team kept a great attitude and just kept pressing forward as best they could. We were on location nearly 16 hours, and I didn’t get to bed until 3:30 the next morning. The sun woke me up three hours later. That afternoon, I went over to the apartment where they were editing the film and rerecorded some audio they couldn’t use from the day before (because there was loud music from a wedding on the property while we were filming).

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Two weeks later, all the 48 hour films were shown at a screening. Our team was ecstatic to find out that we were nominated for 7 awards, making us the second most nominated film! Two days later, we attended the “Best Of” screening where all the nominated films were shown again and the winners were announced.

Our team took home 4 awards! We received Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, and BEST ACTING!!! We were so excited! Here are pictures from both screenings…

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I’m sure you’re wondering when you’ll get to see our film, and trust me, I can’t wait to share it with you! But it will be going on a short festival tour first, and we don’t want to disqualify ourselves from any festivals by posting it online. As soon as it’s available for the public to see, rest assured I will be posting it here for everyone to enjoy!

Meanwhile, stay up to date on all my busy acting adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

“Sergeant Lowman” Short Film

The first weekend in August, I went out of town to act in a short film called “Sergeant Lowman”. It is a romantic story about an American soldier wounded in France during WWII and nursed back to health by a young French woman until he must leave to rejoin his troop. It will be quite short once it’s put together, because it will actually be used as a flashback in a feature-length film as a grandfather tells a story to some young boys about his father during the war. The feature is called “Technicolour Daydream”, and you can follow their progress on their Facebook page! The film will likely be released next year.

Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures that some crew members were kind enough to snap on my cell phone.

I very much enjoyed working with Writer/Director Mitch Hudson, Producer/Set Designer Jenna Green, and Actor Caleb Towns (as well as the rest of the crew). We were delighted to join forces again the very next weekend to participate in a 48 hour film competition! But more about that in another post, coming soon…

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“One Day” Short Film

July brought my first out-of-state film for the year! I traveled to Illinois and enjoyed the beautiful farm country for 5 days while filming “One Day“. We filmed my scenes as Emily, fiancé to the main character, on the first day, and then I was the behind-the-scenes photographer for the rest of the shoot. I owe many thanks to Ivy Schexnayder for taking pictures while I was filming! She also took our fake “engagement” pictures.

I had a wonderful time working with this cast and crew! Everyone did a fabulous job. Andrew Hurt brought great emotional depth to the lead role of John, and Rich Swingle and Kari Fabian gave intense and moving performances during the crash scene. Rich also served as our acting coach, and I benefited greatly from his coaching and the sociodrama we did to prepare for my crying scene (let me tell you, I cried a LOT for take after take!)

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To stay updated about the film and see my behind-the-scenes pictures as they’re released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, follow the One Day Facebook page!

If you would like to help support the film so we can reach more people at film festivals across the country with the important message of life’s brevity and the value of using our time wisely, you can donate securely on our Fund After page.

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“Difference Maker” Short Film

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of playing the lead role in a short film called “Difference Maker”. We had a small, but talented and efficient crew, and a BEAUTIFUL day to be filming outside! So many blessings! I loved being on set again, making new friends, and helping bring this impactful story to life. Here are a few BTS pictures, courtesy of co-writer/DP/Camera Op. Beth Ewing (click to enlarge):

If you want to see some BTS video footage from our steadicam operator, Charles Thomas Bell, watch his YouTube video (he worked on two films that day, so don’t get too excited – ours didn’t have guns. Haha! Footage from our film starts at 1:27, and I first appear around 3:11).

To see more pictures when they get posted, and hear more about the project, be sure to follow my Facebook page.

Stay tuned! Another exciting announcement coming soon!