Friday, September 4, 2009


Hey guys! We are assembling a credits list for the film and want to make sure that everyone is included! If you worked on the film, we thank you for your help and want to make sure your name is on the screen!

Please send your name and your role or how you helped out to

Thanks for everything guys!

Monday, August 3, 2009

is there a end in sight?

sorry guys...things have been pretty hectic the past few weeks! we're talking sun up to sun down nonstop movie making action. haha. i am sad to see everyone go. it's funny...i dreaded the long days of sweating my ass off in the delta sun, but now that it's all over, i miss those days very much so. the dynamiter has seriously been a life changing experience. the land, the people, the culture... this part of the country often gets forgotten about, but once you experience it and live it, i promise will never forget it! there is so much history here. anyway, enough about the delta...the movie was amazing! all in all, i think everything went pretty smoothly. we started losing people around the 26th. we still had a week of pick up shots and b roll footagr! people stepped up and more equiptment was rented. the final skeleton crew was the best part of the whole film! we just cruised around and shot wherever we thought looked cool. super laid back. then it was off the greenwood. WOW! thats all i have to say. v.i.p. treatment all night. wonderful dinner and wine, open bar, getting kicked out of a best western hotel... thats a whole other conversation. all i got to say is..."how small is your brain?" wow...slightly stunned! we are back in jackson now getting everything organized. post production is in full swing. hopefully we will have a rough cut in a month or so...ill keep my fingers crossed. a big thanks goes out to mike jones, art at kountry market, coopers pit stop, the gardner family, the sherriffs office, jims diner, riverside school, and all the other property owners that allowed us to invade thier lives for a day! and ofcourse the cast and crew. john alex and will...patrick and joyce...matt and jeff...tim and brian...armondo and mark...jill and ryan...sherine and mariah...mike and dale...!!!! i love all you guys!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The lack of updates should actually be a good indicator of just how busy we've been.  Braving the heat and the bugs, the Dynamiter continues.  Those who have seen the footage are big fans.  The editor has been working as tirelessly as the production crew to assemble a rough cut and a trailer.  

As of last night approximately 78 of the 98 pages in the script had been filmed.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

catching up...

sorry guys. it has been awhile since we have updated this thing. we have been working 12-16 hour days for the past week! no time to update. but, not to worry...i have been taking pictures of everything.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

As we celebrate the third day of filming, we're also celebrating the birthday of our Director of Photography and our leading man!! Party tonight to celebrate!

The decision to shoot on the Red was absolutely worth it. The footage we are getting from the 4K chip is simply beautiful. Today we have been filming at Cooper's Pit Stop with our #1 Glen Allan contact playing Mr. Cooper. Mike Jones has never acted a day in his life, but was born knowing how to put on a good show. His portrayal of Cooper is dead on!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cameras rolling

Principal photography began today at 8:30 at First Baptist Church, Glen Allan.  The footage is looking beautiful  Special thanks to the church and Roy's Store for providing shooting locations.  Photos to come soon!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

countdown to production.

yesterday was our huge kick off party at "bait and thangs". the 4th of july was amazing this year! mike jones outdid himself yet again. we're talking live music, food, beer, fireworks, airboat swamp tours, cornhole, handgrabbing (fishing with your bare hangs), etc...the list could go on and on. we even ventured into the city and visited "spectators" a bar witch completely blew my mind! let's just say there was a good mix of culture there. i even got to witness a few fights! the south knows how to party. i feel like i need to make a rodeo comparison... we have also been interacting with some of the local wildlife! i've only been here for a few weeks, but i feel like i have lived here forever. everyday i take part in some local activities that completely change my life! things are a little bit different down here. it is an experience everyone should live at least once in there life. tomorow starts production and there is no telling what will happen. im looking forward to the next three weeks! -derk

Friday, July 3, 2009

The crew has grown since you were last updated!  Here is the current list

Amile Wilson Producer
Nate Tuck Producer
Matthew Gordon Director
Lee Blaylock 1AD
Kate Brewster Assoc. Producer
Ryan Jackson Production Assistant
Kelly Truax Production Assistant
Debra Toth Production Assistant
Michael Wiliams Script Supervisor
Jeff Waldron Cinematographer
Brian Burgoyne Camera Operator
Mark Legaspi 1AC
Dan Zapata 2AC/DIT
Timothy Gillis Gaffer
Derek Gabbert Best Boy
Armando Ballesteros Key Grip
Matthew Meccia Grip/Best Boy
Doc Davis Audio Engineer
Mike Scherschel Production Designer
Mariah Mills Props Master
Casey Heflin Costume/Makeup
Shareen Chehade Costume
Jillian Erickson Makeup
Gloria Gonnillini Production Assistant
Brad Ingelsby Writer
Josh Noyes Editor
Ryan Jackson, PA, helps paint "Robbie's House"

Our wonderful production designer Michael Scherschal puts a coat of glue on the walls.  This is a design trick to create paint cracking.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2nd 2009

Amile, Nate, Lee

This is the 3rd day that I have been here in Glen Allan working on the film as the script supervisor. This month will be my second opportunity to spend any amount of time in the MS Delta. The Delta, especially Glen Allan, is such a culturally rich and hospitable area of the south and Mississippi specifically. Even though I'm from a small town in Northeastern MS, being in the Delta still feels like an exciting and exotic place, and oddly enough, I couldn't feel more at home. The people of this small community are extremely hospitable, and I look forward to the opportunities when I get to interact with these wonderful people. The Kountry Market has been a wonderful eating place for the crew. The employees are so friendly and the food is REAL, good food made the good ole southern way. The first day I walked in for breakfast, I looked for a breakfast menu but couldn't find one. I asked, "what do y'all have for breakfast?" With a smile the cook replied, "what ever you want?" I wanted a sausage biscuit and a couple of scrambled eggs. Both were delicous!

Until we set up our official production office this weekend, we have been using the Delta Grind coffee shop in Greenville as our make shift production office. The staff has graciously let us work from their shop. Their Strawberry Bomb smoothie is amazing by the way!

Today, the production team has been working diligently to sort out all the little details that are needed to produce a film, and to get everything in order to begin production on Monday. Its going to be very exciting to see this wonderful film develop and come to realization.

--Michael Williams (Script supervisor)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

times they are a changing.

wow. a lot has happened since the last update. for starters, i (derk) celebrated my birthday. i guess i'm in my late 20's now? anyway, that's what someone told me... the bourbon mall was amazing! there is nothing like ribs, shrimp, steak, and bourbon of course. also, matt's mother graced us with her presence for a few days as we get settled in our new place. we are officially in glen allen now! jackson is a thing of the past...well at least for the next 3 weeks. the editor will hold the fort down for us. everything seems to be changing by the day. new cast and crew are stepping on board and arriving everyday. the script and locations are locked and are being prepped for the start of production on monday. the art department is busy getting robbie's house ready to go. lots of paint, sweat and wasps! i had the honor of getting stung by one of these guys scouting for furniture. matt and jeff are finalizing the shooting schedule and figuring out where they want the camera. amile is loosing his mind (and breaking things) trying to make sure everything is running smoothly. he finally has a few extra bodies now helping him with producing. we have a million things to do in a very short amount of time. it is definitely down to the wire. but, with everyone being so talented in their field, this thing is going to be a success. lets keep our fingers crossed! -derk

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hello From Mississippiiiiiiiiiiii!

hello all from the land of the alluvial plain, sweet tea and shrimp and grits! this is my first blog ever and that is cool.

First and foremost- THANKYOU all for making this dream possible. it is here and we will rip this thing up to the best we got. We have surely put ourselves in the best position possible to make a powerful and natural a film as we can. With out the help of all you folks who are now reading this blog- it could never have been so. We are lucky thanks to you- the list is so long.. but here i need to shout out to Murph and Drit who climbed on board before there was hardly a ship. That takes guts and you two tools must be saluted!I will also thank pops- ray gordon and my bro casey aka dogger, and timmy dogma hathaway and sue joe shin and the italian stallion nicola benizzi and the iceman karthik achar who might be right at home here in the mississippi delta. You all have invested in this dream and here we go.....

So many more thank yous to come and i will not miss anybody by the time this all wraps up ...

We are closin in on 13 days til the shoot begins- we have our cast very nailed down, crew nailed down with some flyin and truckin in from parts near and far, equip on the way, locations all set up ready to be touched up for the final shooting, and a beautiful mississippi sun guiding us through the days here. It is now around the 100 degree mark with a bunch of good humidity- perfect shooting weather i say! hard to fake it in this heat...

The folks all along the way down here are something else- last nights true mississippi dinner in the woods of Madison , Ms with our good pals the Harreld Family... Jim crankin up the steaks and Tami keep the spirits very high with anna, michael and big james on board from team mississippi. My mom is here and she is in fine form along with the amile and the derk man- who when not writing his book "derk on derk" is always ready for some cold beer and juicy steak.

Big shout to the Jones family of Glen Allan , MS or really Chatham , mississippi which is just down the lake. Big Mike jones and his family have made our stay feel like home in the delta. he will also take on one of the roles in the film- this guy is good! and he looks very good in overalls which i am growing to like very much myself.

What else? well for now maybe good- tomorrow arrive the cinematographer- sweet jeff waldron(dronissimissimi as he is known in roma) and our den momma Merilee Holt on the jet plane from los angeles CA. Our prod designer Mike Scherschel also rolls in to crank it up.

Me and mom will drive up to the delta tonite to find some mischief and discover the secrets of the famed crossroads.....

stay tuned and...
love you all from the hospitality and mosquito state!

THANK YOU and talk soon- pls send some updates of what you all are up to when you can

big hug , matt g

The calm before the storm.

i had yet another exciting weekend in the delta getting prepared for the shoot coming up july 6th. mike jones and company decided to treat me (derk!) to a non stop, jam packed, life altering experience on lake washington! for starters, we woke up at 4:00am to kick off the annual magnolia crappie club tournament finals. there were around 50 or so fisherman fighting for cash and bragging rights! there were a ton of boats on the water. more than i have seen before. they looked especially nice when viewed from a cessna airplane. that's right...mike had me up in a airplane shooting photos of the event and other landmarks of the area. a big thanks goes out to john darnell of jd flying for making that possible. after that, i ran into some local fishermen at "bait-n-thangs" and they took me "hand grabbin." which is exactly what it sounds like. basically, these guys plant buckets and pipes all over the lake and wait for catfish to inhabit them. then, they stick their hand in the fish's mouth, wait for it to bite, and throw the fish through the air into the boat! have to see this to believe it. after that was a cookout to celebrate the weigh in of the crappie tournament. good food, good people, good times! i don't know who won, but everyone was having a good time. i was suppose to take an "air boat" tour of the cypress swamps, but the boat was out of commission for the day. although, mike did promise me it would be ready for the "4th of july" party. nice! instead, his son josh jones took me on a tour of the yazoo wildlife refuge. lets just say...this place is definitely wild. aligators, snakes, and deer oh my! this would be a good time to mention the roadkill. im convinced that there are more dead animals per capita in glen allan than anywhere else in the world! im "dead" serious...hahaha. anyway, everyday is a new adventure here. i never know what to expect. each day is better than the one before. mike jones never ceases to amaze me. i am starting to fall in love with the delta. if we could just do something about these damn bugs! oh yeah, and the heat... -derek

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Crew Announced

Welcome to the crew the following members:

Writer: Brad Ingelsby
Producer: Amile Wilson
Associate Producer: Kate Brewster
Director: Matt Gordon
1AD: Lee Blaylock
DP: Jeff Waldron
1AC: Mark Legaspi
2AC: Dan Zapata
Best Boy Grip: Derek Gabbert
Best Boy Gaff: Matthew Muccia
Gaffer: Armando Ballesperos
Audio Engineer: Doc Davis
Script Supervisor: Michael Williams
Production Designer: Mike Scherschel
Makeup: Casey Heflin
Editor: Josh Noyes
Production Asst.: Kelly Traux
Production Asst: Gloria Gonillini
Production Asst: Ryan Jackson

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More of the same.

we are still finishing up locations and casting. our production team is split up between Jackson, Glen Allan and Greenville locking down locations, actors, crew and equipment. it is getting down to the wire, but we are still in good shape. we are also looking forward to the "4th of July" kick off party! mike jones of  "Bait-N-Thangs" is organizing it. from what he says, this thing is going to be huge!  it will be nice to celebrate the holiday, as well as the beginning of production. lee blaylock has jumped on board as 1st assistant director. we would like to thank robbie fisher for donating a beautiful cabin for us to use. we would also like to thank wes smith at the Greenville convention and visitors bureau. 

Friday, June 12, 2009

locations and casting.

we are just about ready to wrap up location scouting and castings here in the delta. we would like to thank mike jones and the delta grind coffee shop for their help and support! we couldn't have asked for a better community to film this movie in. the lake washington area in glen allan is one of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen.