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1800’s Village Location Scout

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These are a series of photos taken as part of a location scout for "Who Killed Hazel Drew" We will be shooting at this location sometime between Saturday, August 4th - Sunday, August 12th. If you'd like to be an extra or have a horse and wagon, bicycle or auto made before 1908 please send an

Documentary Project Update – May 2018

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I started this project in June of 2017 with the idea that this would be a short made-for-television documentary. I figured I'd tell the story through interviews and old photographs. It would be an intriguing, informative piece. That was before I really understood the bigger story. Things changed when I read Ron Hughes book and when I

Help Us Acquire Resources for Filming New Reenactment Scenes

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Production for Who Killed Hazel Drew is in the homestretch. And to do this film project right I need to film more reenactment scenes. That's a bittersweet thing. While I love filming reenactment scenes, finding the right locations, props, furniture, and wardrobe can be difficult on a self-funded, microbudget film. The golden rule in filmmaking is "If

Reenactment Locations Needed

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Here's a list of locations and short descriptions of how they will be used in the film. I'm hoping to find close to Averill Park NY District Attorney Jarvis O'Brien's office was located in the Rensselaer County Court House. It likely had large windows, large wooden doors, wainscot panels halfway up its plaster walls. I've found two

Reenactment Props & Wardrobe Needed

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There are two places I hope to use a boat like this. Crystal Lake was located a few hundred yards from the Averill Park Trolley. The postcard with boats on the dock shows Crystal Lake. This spot was known for renting boats for leisure time on the lake. Like the photo below. I'd like to represent that

Crew Needed for Reenactment Shooting 2018

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Yes, we need a crew! I'm looking for a few experienced crew members and passionate people looking for experience. Beware, this a self-funded, independent film project! Those of you who are experienced realize this means I don't much money. But, I do have the ability to bring experienced people in where I need them and schedule accordingly.

Author Ron Hughes Saved Me from the Devil

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Sooner or later every documentary filmmaker finds themselves sinking in details. For me it was hundreds of 1908 Newspaper articles. I'm seasoned veteran so I didn't think it would paralyze me, but unfortunately, it did. Yup I was in deep overwhelm hell but thank god, Author Ron Hughes saved me from the devil. See the Video

Should I Make this Documentary?

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Every idea and any project should be properly vetted before jumping in. This video reflects that evaluation process in a very preliminary and raw form. I'm at the wishy washy stage and wondering if should I make this documentary? Last time that I undertook a big project I promised myself that I was going to be