Hank Ebert (left) with Gary Reid (the police officer) and Kelly Anglim (the evidence tech) with Charlie and Martha Boswell somewhere under the sheets.
I’m a stage guy, not a film guy. But once a year, Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert and I wind up collaborating on a short film for various local competitions.
In the past, we’ve done:
* “My Kid Could Paint That” for a festival at the Grandin Theatre in 2009
* “Back to the Future” for a Sweded film festival in the 2012 Marginal Arts Festival.
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” for the 2013 Bike Shorts Festival (behind-the-scenes photos here.)
This year, Hank and I once again have teamed up to produce a short film for the Bike Shorts Festival, which, as the name implies, is seeking short films about bicycles.
Since the entry deadline hasn’t passed yet, and the film showing isn’t until early May, I won’t give away TOO many details, but below are some photos from our two film shoots on March 1 and March 8. You can find the entire set here.
Hank Ebert gets the set location (his house) ready.
Charlie Boswell and Martha Boswell, who played Harold and Sally, who have a yard sale. That’s Hank’s arm at left.
Nancy Lawrence buys a toaster from Charlie Boswell. Hank sits down on the job.
Chad Snyder, who suited up as a goldfish in our film last year, returns this year as an unhappy yard sale customer.
Here’s what actors — and actresses — and stage moms — do when they’re waiting for their call. Notice the gender divide. That’s Chad Snyder, Noah Jones and Blair Peyton in the front; in the back, Trina Yancey, Nancy Lawrence and Melia Jones.
Trina Yancey, with Hank Ebert filming over her shoulder.
More actors waiting. From left, Noah Jones and Blair Peyton, with Chad Snyder in the background.
Noah Jones. The 10-year-old has already been on a national tour with Disney, as Chip in “Beauty and the Beast.” And he alertly spotted a potential continuity problem in our shoot when some props got moved to the wrong location. Good eye, Noah!
Charlie Boswell tries to get rid of the bike.
Martha Boswell tries to get rid of the bike.
Our movie has a bedroom scene. Just not that kind.
Gary Reid checks his costume. He starred in my full-length show 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE and also had a role in the staged reading of my script SOFTBALL IS LIFE.
Kelly Anglim appeared as a Chechen terrorist in my full-length show 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE and starred as a high school principal in the staged reading of SOFTBALL IS LIFE.
The police arrive. Kelly Anglim and Gary Reid. .
Those are real weapons. Just unloaded.
SPOILER ALERT! Charlie and Martha Boswell, with costuming by Hank Ebert.
Hank Ebert gets ready to shoot Lauren Uotinen (in blue) and Ana Uotinen (in pink) in the final scene in Longwood Park in Salem.
Another view of Hank Ebert shooting the final scene, with Ana and Lauren Uotinen.