out perform // outlast // out work
This weekend marked my 28th time of venturing onto a film set. A local film company, Charliewood Pictures, was working on their film Warrior Road about an hour from my home, and I decided to take spend my Sunday working for them as an extra (fittingly, a “college student”). I figured I would see some of our Charleston actors on set, maybe a few crew members I’d seen on other projects. I drastically underestimated the scale of this film. To my surprise I walked into a small classroom and found Lorenzo James Henrie (7th Heaven), Bug Hall (“Alfalfa” from “The Little Rascals”), and David Henrie (“Justin Russo” in “Wizards of Waverly Place”) sitting nearby. I felt a little bit of the actor/separatist vibe at first, but I quickly realized my mistake. After we wrapped the final shots of the day, all three actors took the time to go around and take pictures with all of us and sign autographs. One of the crew members had their kids on set, huge David Henrie fans, and both Henrie brothers made sure to stop and talk with them about their lives and learn their names. They spoke to everyone as equals, as valuable contributors to the greater work. I ventured a tweet to Bug Hall’s Twitter account and he quickly responded. “Been a pleasure working with you, brother. Great day.” said Bug in one tweet. I thanked him for his time and he replied, “We all have our part to play. You were just as necessary. Thanks for your time.” I really value and admire actors like this. These guys realize and appreciate the role of their fans in creating their careers in acting. My interaction with them cemented me as a supporter and fan, and I will feel good putting my time into their work.
You see, that’s the purpose of Out of the Woodwork. This site was founded on the idea that we can have a better Hollywood, an entertainment industry in which members value each other and create art that inspires others. Our interviews and posts live and breathe to help people like that succeed, and I feel honored to have been spent a few hours around them.
One of David Henrie’s recent projects caught my eye as I drafted this post, and I thought I would share it with you. Henrie directed a short film titled “Catch” earlier this year that challenged fathers to spend more time with their kids. Though I have not yet seen the entire film, I will be purchasing it later this week along with a new comic book series Henrie wrote called “Cloaks“. I encourage anyone looking to support positive movement in the film industry to do the same.
That’s all for today. As always, I’m Chancy Johnson, here to bring them~
Out of the Woodwork.