I had the amazing privilege of working with Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, and William H. Macy and crew on the film Rudderless, which will debut October 17th.
Rudderless features an all-star cast including Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy, and Felicity Huffman. It also includes some great music, a key thread woven throughout the film.
And yeah, the movie's really good.
Casey Twenter, a colleague and client of many years, and an accomplished designer, creative director and writer, co-wrote the film with Jeff Robison, also an accomplished writer and client as well. The team collaborated on Rudderless after connecting over a fantasy football discussion, and then producing their first film, The Jogger.
Rudderless was also filmed here in Oklahoma City. Casey asked if I would storyboard key sequences with William H. Macy, the award winning Hollywood actor, director and executive producer of the film.
It was an honor and a blast working directly with the crew, including Bill, the writers, Director of Photography Eric Lin, assistant directors Nic Harvard, Rachel Jensen, Nathan Gardocki and many others.
The crew (mostly local) was a brilliant and skillful group. Some of my fondest memories are being so warmly invited into the team, especially by Bill, who kindly approached me many times despite being busy. He even welcomed me into the booth to sit near him, the moments I could be on set, as he adroitly strummed in his ukulele between takes.
Since the film was not a high budget one, they could only afford to storyboard the most complex scenes. Here are a few samples featuring the Regatta scene filmed on Lake Hefner and parts of the complex Band “Montage".
And check out Rudderless, I think you'll find it's funny, heartwarming and surprisingly thought-provoking.
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