Behind the Scenes of a Student Film

Recently, I was asked by my friend Erin Jackman to play the role of a defense attorney in a short she’s producing for one of her classes at KU called THE JUDGEMENT, a movie about a judge whose drug-dealing past comes back to haunt him in the middle of a trial.   The role has no speaking lines (aside from one that was a last-minute decision in the second scene I’m in), so three days was plenty of time to prepare for the performance.  As it is with any shoot, there’s a lot of sitting around waiting for camera, light, and sound set up, but this gave me the opportunity to take some photos of the production crew at work.

Overall, the movie was shot in several locations, but I only appear in two of them.

A courtroom in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office just off 11th and Mass. where the trial happens.  Here the crew is setting up shots, first of the judge, then of the defendant’s reaction to the acquittal: Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with p2 preset

A hallway in Strong Hall on campus at KU, where the judge is presented incriminating evidence of his sordid past by his lovely secretary.  Here, the crew is discussing where to set up, prepping for a dolly shot, adjusting lighting, then recording the secretary walking in high heels for use in sound production:Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s6 preset


The crew:
Director: Jordan Marable
DP (camera): Blaine Mulholland
First Asst. Camera/Sound: Alaine Caudle
Lighting/Sound: Grant Zizzo
Editor/Boom: Zach Clossin
Key Swing: Annie Drape

The cast:
The Judge/The Rider: Nick Lazer
Ranger: Evan Jackman
Defense: Joseph Griffin
The Convict: Phil Jones
Drug Dealer: Aaron Marable
Secretary: Katie Wade