Dear Tori – Production Complete

The heavy lifting, in some regards, is done. Production on Dear Tori is wrapped. Thanks to Duncan Stephan, our AD, we pulled off two 10hr days as planned, not including load in/out, and had a quick pick up for our final scene on the following Monday. I wanted to share some photos that Bill Manning graciously took from Day 1, they’re really fantastic! I’m so grateful to have worked on this film and made it a reality for the writers and all others involved. We’re now moving on to post production and should have that wrapped by mid-April.

Dear Tori – Fully Casted

Another update, we’ve successfully casted our four parts for Dear Tori (#deartorifilm). Thanks to Noelle Cameron and team for narrowing the short list!

Noelle Cameron – Victoria

Carole Wood – Karen/Mother

Ja’ness Tate – Western

Elias Banks – Robert

Thank you to all who submitted for the roles on Breakdown!

Dear Tori – Script, Crew, and Production Dates Locked

We’re currently on V5 of the script which is a good place to be as we need to move our focus to shot listing and blocking. We’ve also locked our crew for production and our dates. We’ll be shooting Mar 7-8, 2020 and hoping for two 10hr days to make it work. The script is currently 10 pages that take place across 3 story days and we’re hoping to split production evenly for the light needed for the day and night scenes across the weekend.


Director/EP – Kevin Keegan

Producer – Rachel High

AD – Duncan Stephan

DoP – James Persinger

1st AC – Nick Neidhardt

2nd AC/PA – Conner Larson

Key Grip – Sarah Funderburk

Location Sound – Josh Crosby

Script Supervisor – Melody McLaurin

Production/Art Design – Lexi Cowling

MUA – Karri Manning

Dear Tori – Announcement and Casting

Woodlot is producing a short film in the next two months titled Dear Tori. This move into the narrative direction is extremely exciting and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I’ve also been tasked to direct which i’m simply grateful for. Our core producting group is made up of friends from Kennesaw State, including our two writers, Lexi Cowling and Melody McLaurin, our lead actress playing Victoria, Noelle Cameron, and our crew’s 2nd AC and PA, Conner Larson.

The story will center around a daughter, her abusive mother, and a series of deceptions that each have committed against one another, ultimately ending in a moment of triumph for the daughter as she moves towards independence.

We’ve begun pre-production and while this is a modest short film in terms of production scope, we’ve already seen an amazing reaction from friends willing to come in and offer there service and expertise to get this project going. Noelle, other than serving as the lead role of Victoria, will also be our casting director. We’ve already received ample submissions for the parts of Karen/Mother and also a VO only part of Robert, the father. I’m looking forward to how this will progress as we certainly want to make the most of any opportunity we can.

Two Tree Films – The Scare

While not a Woodlot production, my freelance work is every bit as important to improving as a filmmaker. With that, an incredible opportunity came up when my cousin, Greg Beck of Two Trees Productions, invited me to Ft. Worth, TX to help him produce his latest short, The Scare (working title). Read More

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