2015 was the year we became a fully community-funded collective. In addition to our wildly successful workshops, we hosted our 3rd Annual WMMFEST, a Monthly Screening Series, first and second ever Actor Showcases, an Apple Mobile Film Challenge, a Short Film Challenge and produced our first television pilot, OFF THE GRID. Then there are the countless collaborations that grew out of our workshops, finding their way into the festival circuit and in theaters all over the nation. Here’s a taste of the magic made through WMM, in 2015’s “Year In Pics”!
OFF THE GRID
Check out some of the BTS shots & what some of the actors and crew had to say about our first ever television pilot, written by Laura Manino and Jeff Bower and shot in September 2015!
Shot on location in Big Bear in September 2015
Twitter: @WeMakeMoviez & #OFFTHEGRIDSERIES
Chad Kukahiko – Producer / Kendall Hawley – Producer / Aubrey Mozino – Executive Producer & “Brynn” / Sam Mestman – Director / Denny Kukahiko – DP / Eamon Long – Camera / Alex Alverez – 1st AC
/ Jorge Olortegui – Camera / Cornell Mitchell – Gaffer / Edwin Cude – Best Boy Electric / Rob Gordon – Swing / Nicolas Osorio – Sound / Minnie Garcia – Wardrobe / Brielle McKenna – MUA / Brynna Yentz – Production Design / Alex Wilt- PD Asst. / Eric Kochmer – 2nd AD / Lee Fobert – PA / Eric Altman – DIT / Brian Zwiener – Post / AJ Mester – BTS / Elise & Elisa Prepetit – Caterers
Aubrey Mozino – Brynn / Jeff Bower – Pete / Sean Michael Boozer – Wallace / Jack Zullo – Chazz / Thom Rivera – Terrence / Krista Amigone – Sara / Victoria Ippolito – Valerie / Jeanette O’Connor – Nelly
“The circumstances were crazy. All of us crammed into one big house: where we lived, shot, BATHED and ate. Together. With a shot list that would have made a producer with twice the resources and time an insomniac. And yet, everyone was positive. Delirious, yes, but positive. Focused on how they could make this thing better. AND, they knew how to do it, because they were great at what they did. EVERYONE. It felt like a month. It felt like 10 minutes. Time stopped. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.” – Thom Rivera
“I don’t think we would have had the success that we did on this set, had we not all stayed in the same “bunkhouse”. There was so much energy and willingness to get the project up and running. What an incredible place to be.”
– Lee Fobert
“At the wrap party for Off the Grid I was amazed when all the cast and crew gathered around the monitors to watch footage for the third time that night. People were laughing at clips we had already seen, calling out to see some of their favorite moments from the shoot. The script was no longer words that Laura and I had typed, but what every writer hopes their work will become…a living, breathing entity, put together by the most talented and dedicated group of wonderful artists. Thanks WMM.” – Jeff Bower
WMMFEST & SCREENING SERIES
GOOD NEWS GONE BAD by Zack Van Eyck / TACO by Jillian Tredenick & Sarah Monahan / LAST EXIT by Eric Michael Kochmer / SPEEDWRITING by Michael Russnow / REAL HOUSEWIFE GETS A REAL JOB by Joe Leonard / JAM by Brett Fleisher / DEAL WITH IT by Chris Valenti & John Mickevich / AMBER ALERT by Whit Spurgeon / EVEN STEVE by Steve Brock / XCHANGE by Chris Valenti / I’M SO HAPPY I FOUND YOU by Michael Starr / TRUE LOVE STORIES by Denny Kukahiko / ICE CREAM by Tara Samuel & Andrew Ahn / INTERROGATION by Chad Kukahiko & Art Chong / DIRECTION by Chris Valenti / DECAF by Chris Valenti / DEATH OF A VAN NUYS CAR SALESMAN by Sam Mestman / WILL by Serge Kushnier / STEPS by Chad Kukahiko / THUMP by Whit Spurgeon / THE BIRDS AND THE KNEES by Amanda Terfloth / I’M RIGHT HERE by Clark D. Schaefer / TRAILER PARK GIGOLO by Sebastian Heinrich / GHOST COPPERS by Chad Kukahiko / TILTING AT SKYSCRAPERS by Ben Pitts / ALDO by Ross Kolton / HARMFUL SENSATIONS by Jensen Tierra Rule / BIT PARTS by Dave Reda / THE PRADY’S by Jax Medel / SENSITIVE JOHNSON by Chris Valenti / THE BIG EMPTY by Steve Anderson / JES AND LORA by Patrick Duncan / THE PUPPET by Derek Silvers / BRANDY SWEET by Jack Millard / ATTRACTION by Robert Amico / THE SEED PERFECTION by David Beatty / FOXFUR by Damon Packard / DESK JOB by Jason Eaton / UNSAID by Garrett Robinson / THE SWITCH by Grant Benjamin Leibowitz / NEW RELIGION by Catherine Laine / TICKETED by Shantel Freedman / FRIDA’S TURN by Jay Levy / THE INTERVIEW by Whit Spurgeon / AGNES by Sam Mestman / WHICH IS WITCH by Paul Elliston / MAKING AMENDS by Jared Boghosian and Steve Brock / BONED by Laura Lee Bahr / COITUS OF THE WEEK by Zack Van Eyck / SWEET CAROLINE by Zack Van Eyck / WHITEY by Donald Watson / THE GAUDSMAN by Jesse Montes / HERMAN THE MONKEY by Scott Javore / UP THE VALLEY AND BEYOND by Todd Rosken / HUNT THE MAGUFFIN by Luke Fedoroff & the Apple Mobile Challenge Films!!!
(Workshops / Challenges / Showcases)
WMM ORIGINAL CONTENT
WMM Film Geeks Podcast ended the year with it’s 100th episode!
CEO Sam Mestman inaugurated his podcast, WMM FILM CENTRAL.
A FEW PROJECTS FROM OUR MEMBERS
Our members were prolific content creators this year. Some folks shared production stills and snaps from the festival circuit of their short films, features, music videos & web series…
JES AND LORA
Written, Produced, Edited, Post Audio Mix and Directed by Patrick Coleman Duncan
Brendan Weinhold as Jes / Terri J. Freedman as Lora
Brynna Yentz, Producer & Production Design / Kristen Pickrell, Producer & Key Hair and Makeup / Sam Rosenthal, Director of Photography/ Peter Mares, Camera Assistant / Sky “Skyko” Tavis, Sound Mixer / Sam Mestman, Colorist / Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Soundtrack
Shoot date was 11/20/14
Rough Cut at What’s Next 1/28/15
WMM Monthly Screening Series 4/12/15
WMMFest (PREMIERE) 6/11/15 and many other fests.
Two in the San Francisco area, two in the U.K., New York City and Louisville’s International Festival of Film (Winner of Best Short Film)
Twitter: @JesAndLora / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fromhereonmovie
Cast: Michael Beardsley, Michael Russnow, Kelly Mullis, Tony Mouleart, Leslie Simms, Jacob Andrew Lyle, John Bigham, Brendan Weinhold, Paul Fanning, Gill Williams, Joey Niemeier, Oded Kassirer, Alex Elliott, Donald Watson, Ryan Neal and David Doman
Michael Russnow (writer/director/producer) / Michael Beardsley (producer/editor) / Kiko Suura (DP) / Vince Freeman (Sound) / Nikki Popkow (Make-Up) / Gill Williams (Script Supervisor) / Lee Fobert (AD and Ass’t. Camera) / Jack Zullo (AD) / Paul Fanning and Stina Pederson (Production Assistants)
Shoot Dates: August 9 and 22, 2014 / Release: February 10, 2015 / Festivals: Temecula Independent Film Festival, June 11, 2014 / WMM Fest June 14, 2015 / SaMo INDIE Fest, October 1, 2015 / Orlando Film Festival, October 22, 2015
A sketch group made up of Amy Schumacher, Brie Eley and Larisa Peters.
Featured WMM members Joey Neimeier, Robbie Blanco (who made the music), John Bigham, Sharon Spence and Amy Schumacher. Along with several other great actors, including Brie Eley, Larisa Peters and Stephanie Fodor.
Episode titles ‘Password Deals’ – Premiered at El Cid’s Web Series Unplugged on Nov.18th.
Twitter – @4playcomedyla / Instagram – @4playcomedyla / Website – www.4playcomedyla.com / Facebook – 4PlayComedyLA / Youtube / Funny Or Die – 4PlayComedyLA
I THINK I NEED A DRINK
Ernie Charles – Ex Producer, Writer & Actor: Arthur Rhodes
Mike A. Ojeda – DP & Editor / Vahe Papazyan – Lighting / Jason Aaron Moran – Sound / Brynna Yentz – Producer, Set Designer & Costume / Alex Wilt – Set Decorator / Jeremy Gilbreath – 1st AD & Co-producer / JP Ouellette – 2nd AD & AC / Christina Gray -Script Supervisor / Jamison Reeves – Camera Assistant 1 / J.T. Iza – Camera Assistant 2 / Tim Wadhams – Lighting Assistant & Actor: Doorman / Tehana
Weeks – Meals & Crafty Coordinator / Nikki Popkow – Make-up/Hair/ Scotty Kyle – PA / El Jaye Blackwell – PA / David McCullough – Actor: Detective Mayo / Jed Mills – Actor: Albert Lawton / Kelly Mullis – Actor: Patti Mayo / Samantha Koshak – Actor: Red Head Stripper / Heidi Schooler – Voice-over: Dispatch / We Make Movies & Whit Spurgeon – Producer
Shoot Days: August 29 & 30, 2015
Directed by Ryen McPhersen
Starring Bron Theron
PA – Cari Kinney
Shoot Date – Aug 3rd 2015
Screening at Sundance Film Festival on January 29th (not in festival – just a rented venue during time)
GET SPY Season 2
by David Beatty
with Michael Beardsley, Heidi Schooler, Tony Mouleart, Amy Schumacher, Dee Reynolds and Branden Cook