As the stylist, I had a call time of 8:00 p.m. and was scheduled to work until 5:00 a.m. for two nights. This is a much different schedule than I am used to since I generally do print or television work during regular business hours. With past film crews, I haven’t been an integral part of the filming due to the late hours and my kids who are still in need of my assistance preparing for school in the morning.
This project is the first night film I was available to work. Jeff and I have collaborated on projects many times before and he is the utmost professional. He has so many amazing talents that I knew this was going to be worth the late night hours. On a Technicality is the first screenplay Jeff has written. It was conceived after an event involving some friends he met in the 80's while playing softball. This group of five guys, who met in grade school, takes a quirky bet. It celebrates their unique friendship, particularly when one in the group gets young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
I, personally, have a great grandmother and late mother-in-law who were stricken with this terrible, mind-robbing disease, so this project hits home. I asked Jeff if he had family or friends who struggle from Alzheimer’s. Although he had not, he does have friends that have family who fell ill with it. In the past, Jeff has also worked with Judson Park on some of their Alzheimer's Disease projects.
With Steve Hacker filming and Andrew Gorell directing, this film will be in post-production this winter. On a Technicality will be a short film under a SAG Short Film Agreement. It will be eligible for submission to numerous film festivals in this category. The cast includes: Brian Zoldessy, George Roth, Scott Miller, Joel Hammer, Lindsey Mitchell and, of course, Jeffery Grover.
The two night filming went very well. The cast and crew were an absolute joy to work with both nights. Jeff did a great job getting such a talented and fun team together. I think I will keep my daytime job hours but if Jeff gets busier doing more films in Cleveland, I might have to rethink that thought.
|Lindsey and Jeff|