Project Update: Uncle John
Back in August and September of 2013 I worked on a feature film called Uncle
Before I get too far into this, check out the trailer! (Watch it Full Screen for best effect.)
Uncle John was shot over the course of 16 days in August and September of 2013. It was completed in June of 2014. In July there was a cast and crew screening in Chicago. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there for the screening. But from what I’ve heard, it was an awesome experience. And from what I’ve seen of the trailer, it looks fantastic.
Uncle John is an intimately-told story that revolves around the struggle to keep a mysterious disappearance unsolved. In the film, Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. His confused and budding relationship with his coworker, Kate, eventually leads them on an impromptu adventure north to see the town he grew up in. They arrive just as John struggles to navigate the increasing threats and pressure from Danny’s suspicions.
The writer/producer and writer/director team of Erik Crary and Steven Piet developed the script “to take place in their respective home towns, where they could burn massive amounts of favors.” From my experience with them on set it obvious how not only passionate they were about the project, but how incredibly skilled they are. Watching them work together with Mike Bove, the DP, to form this thrill ride was a huge learning experience that I’m glad I was a part of.
Steve had this to say about the project, “We made Uncle John with a skeleton crew on what I’ve learned is called a “micro budget.” In the end, our limited budget only encouraged our creativity and focused us, so that we always put the story first. There was no room for indulgence, egos, or indecisions, because it was a tightrope act until the very end. Ultimately, it was an incredibly creative and exciting film to lead that benefited directly from the energy that every member of our small team brought to it. I consider myself very lucky to have had such a talented cast and crew invest their time and effort into this story. Not to mention, we’re forever indebted to the wonderful friends and family in Lodi, WI and Chicago that offered their time and efforts for nothing more than wanting us to succeed. I gladly trade living through the bitterly cold winters every year so I can be around such warm kindhearted people.”
I’m really excited to see the final film for myself; and to see where it leads. It was a life-changing experience for me; one that reaffirmed that this really is what i want to be doing for the rest of my life. You can find more information about Uncle John, its cast and crew, and updates at unclejohnfilm.com or by following the film on Facebook (facebook.com/unclejohnmovie).
Project Update: Uncle John