Okay, it’s official. After seven days in the desert, the entire crew managed to escape without ONE single sunburn. We were on top of it, constantly applying, reapplying, etc., etc., just like our mother’s taught us. Hmmmm, so, come the last day of shooting on a beautiful and clear sunny day at the beach, how is it the same exact crew that did so well in the desert managed to show up without a single tube of sunblock? Interesting, and (for those of you who have been through production) understandable, due to the stress of wearing several hats, yet painful and a bit itchy:). Seriously, you could cook an egg on my forehead and a couple strips of bacon would fit perfectly atop each one of my feet. Trust me, they’d sizzle to perfection. Furthermore, after talking with several crew members this morning, it appears that this pale-skinned director’s complexion isn’t the only one sporting a burnt and soon-to-be useless carcass of cells, nope. Our DP, his son, both actors, sound…yep, they’re all in the same boat. I’m pretty sure, from here on out, sunscreen will be included on every craft service table.
On another note, I wanted to take a quick second and recognize my crew and their efforts:
Richard Liu (EP):
Richard is not only the person that believed in all of us, but the man who flipped a considerable portion of the production budget. He’s a good friend and part of my family, and his confidence in my vision and the ability of my crew is something I’ll never forget. Both Hamm and I hope to make him proud with the edit. And from all of the producers (Jo, myself, Hamm and Alan)… THANK YOU SO MUCH, Richard!
Marty Noufer (actor, EP)
Marty not only delivered a stellar performance, both he and Brian Rife took direction unlike anyone I’ve ever directed. Marty not only gave massive amounts of his time to this production, he stepped in when we needed additional funds and without his involvement, we wouldn’t have been able to finish. UNBELIEVABLE! I love this man, and I have no problem admitting it. And it’s also amazing to see that both Michelle and Marty have passed on their talent to their twin girls, Mia and Millie… I guess it is simply in the blood.
Torrey Loomis (EP)
Torrey has always been a big supporter of KeJo Productions. We cherish our relationship with him and Silverado, and thank God for his EPIC. He’s been a part of all of our feature productions, and we hope to continue on with him in the future. We wish him well in his new location in Old Town Folsom and ask for blessings on his future endeavors, BROKEN still one of them. 🙂
Brian Rife (actor)
Ahhhh, “Rifey.” What an amazing young dude this cat is. Outside of being our own resident walking Encyclopedia (for instance, I found out yesterday that the Albatross doesn’t die of natural causes, it dies of hunger caused by blindness, i.e., loses sight, can’t find prey, thus starves to death…weird knowledge, yet very interesting:). If you ever get a chance to visit with Brian, I suggest you pull up a chair and open your ears, you’ll hear some amazing things and learn a whole lot! Aside from these awesome and interesting tidbits of info, he gave an incredible performance as well. The chemistry between Marty and Brian was/is a lot like older/younger brothers, and they used this greatly in their performance. On top of all this, Brian will be leaving for DePaul University this summer to complete a 3-year Master’s Degree in Theatre/Drama – AMAZING! And we wish him love and luck.
Brian Hamm (DP)
Anyone who knows Hamm knows how gifted he is, not only as a cinematographer, but as a person. I truly believe he’s a favored soul, and if you know him, you’ll understand why one might feel this way. He’s a DP that always has your back, always working towards the same exact goal. His support is a confidence builder. He did EVERYTHING in his power and resources to get the shots I asked for and everything in between. He does it with professionalism and love, and it comes through in the photography. Thanks Hammster, thanks for being there for me, because I wouldn’t have shot without you.
Jo Haskin (Prod)
What can I say here? Jo is my wife first, and she has always been there for me. We’re coming up on 17 years of marriage in July, and she has always supported my filmmaking, and I’m so happy that she is the person she is. On the flip side of that, Jo as a producer is the most talented producer I’ve come across. She isn’t just physically producing and doing the things that most of us hate, she’s doing so much more! She kept this ship going, even on days when she couldn’t be physically on set (which I think was only one). Even then, before we left, we had everything we needed for that day. Her organization and crazy, crazy work ethic, as well as flawless demeanor, is an amazing gift. I thank God everyday that he chose me for her, and her for me. She’s my number one passion and the love of my life.
Alan Koshiyama (prod/composer/sound design)
Alan was a huge support during production. He helped out on the first block and even offered to come all the way out to the desert to help with the second block, even while in the middle of composing the entire program for the Easter Celebration at Adventure Church. Alan’s main contribution will come in the months ahead where he’ll be composing the score for BROKEN and designing the sound and mixing once we have the final edit. We’re blessed to have his involvement and can’t wait to dive into the score. It’s going to be amazing, and I can’t wait for this process. Alan has been a complete champion for my vision on BROKEN from its inception. He’s helped with story and has been a great sounding block for me as a writer. His faith is strong and his love for all of us working on BROKEN is a huge ego-booster.
Michelle Noufer (actor)
M-Town as I sometimes call her came out in one night, without hardly any rehearsal and delivered! She’s such a talented actress and so easy to direct. She has unbelievable instincts and its such a joy to sit back and watch her perform. She never complains, even when it’s cold out and I can see her petite body shivering and shivering (in fact, none of the actors on this production complained… again, anyone who’s been through a feature production will understand how UNHEARD OF THIS STATEMENT IS)… man, could I tell you a story or two. Thanks Michelle, your involvement was a gift!
Michael Stevenson (actor)
Michael is a wonderful working theater actor in Sacramento. He came out in a moments notice to help out in a crunch. We were lucky to have him and what a nice guy. He gave a great performance and I can’t wait to see it all cut together.
Jamie Jones (actor)
Ahhhhh, Jamie, another working theater actor… I feel so bad for her. Her night of shooting on BROKEN, was probably the coldest of the first block. I mean it was COLD-cold! We didn’t really have a place to shelter her and had little time to rehearse her collision scene (she didn’t say a word either). She got thrown to the wolves and did everything that was asked of her. I’m so thankful to her for that. Again, what a nice lady and talented performer.
Kevin Hartman / Mario Garcia (location sound)
Mario worked hard for us on the first block of shooting. He was professional and recorded some great stuff for our Roseville shoot. He worked long hours and was a delight on set.
Hartman joined us on the second block, and his involvement saved the show as well when Mario’s schedule took him away from the production. And so it goes, God provided what was needed. And he provided excellence of both sound and character in Kevin. What a class act this gentlemen is. And not only that, he’s the only person I’ve ever met that dips french fries in their chocolate shake. (He’s already one of my best friends for that!:)
Michelle Holmen-Guerrero (PA)
Michelle joined on the second block as well, and stepped in to provide not just another set of hands on set, but valuable assistance to both Jo and I as we prepared for the desert block of principle. We were lucky she gave of herself and took time away from work and family to join us for a week in Big Bear City and Lucerne Valley. She’s a very intelligent person, and has so much potential. Can’t wait to work with her again.
Carolyn Bianchi (my mother-in-law)
She not only supports Jo and I lovingly as a parent, but when she’s not in Maui, provides us with top notch craft services and an unbelievable work ethic. Jo is cut from the same cloth, and I’m lucky to have the love and support of my mother-in-law. I adore her! (how many husbands/son-in-laws can truthfully say that?:)
Sandy Gilmore (my mother)
Nothing is nothing without the person who gave you physical life on this earth. My mom has supported everything and anything I’ve ever done in my life. She’s never judged me and always provided me with a strong message and sound advice. She didn’t even blink when I told her I was quitting HP to follow a dream, she said “that is exactly what you SHOULD do!” She an amazingly strong and independent woman, mother, grandmother, aunt, business owner, mother-in-law and friend. I’d be nothing without her amazing parenting. She’s a role model for me and I owe her everything.
Darrell Haskin (my dad)
I love him greatly. Not only is he a positive person, he’s taught me one of the most important lessons there is: don’t sweat the small stuff! He’s generous and loving and even when I came home and had to tell him I jacked up his Jeep a bit, he let it slip right off his shoulders, making it about the movie and my dreams over his Jeep. What an unselfish and loving man. It will be very cool when he can see “short bread” come alive in the movie!
Last but not least… Mia and Millie Noufer, Parker Lee Hodge and all of the spouses of the crew that allowed their loved ones to go away from their families, for long periods of time, to help the movie and all of the producers along to get our vision out. You guys are the unsung heroes here. THANK YOU!
Love and blessings,
Your director, Kevin