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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Greetings to all expectees in the Montgomery County Movie waiting room. Today's column brings tidings of tolerably restrained joy. In sync with the vernal equinox Philip Demoret has likewise passed a notable milestone wherein he has recently attained the half-way point in his labor room of movie editing. Additional pains of birthing remain. Keep pacing.

    As promised earlier we now shine the MCM spotlight on cast member Michael D. Gorham, a self-proclaimed "Lord" born in Ipswich, England, now a resident of Montgomery County for over 11 years. Michael's life story would be an inspirational movie in itself. Due to limited space here are but some of the turning points. As a young manager of a 200-bed hotel in England he was mugged while taking a deposit to the bank. During the attack the assailant drove the claw end of a hammer into the top of Michael's head causing a portion of his skull bone to penetrate his brain. Following extensive surgery Michael was bedridden for 8 months and left with a hole in his head, a completely paralyzed left arm and 90% paralyzed left leg.

     
  • Each December brings with it the end of the year. Soon we will be reading accounts of what happened of note in the departing year. So, in a very simplified manner, let's follow suite and reflect for a moment on what 300+ people in Montgomery County have managed to accomplish.

    We began about two years ago "thinking" about making a movie. Then came "how" to make a movie. That was followed by "deciding" what, where and who we needed for the task. All that is called "Pre-Production" and took about six months.

    Then we moved on to the "production" phase (the actually filming). 
  • OK. Guess what Philip and I caught ourselves talking about recently.

    Opening night.

    As on so many previous week nights and weekends we were finalizing our list of things to be done in the next few weeks and Philip turned to me and said "Can you think of anything else?" 
  • Well October has proven to be a mixed bag of blessings and blight. While our Editor (Philip Demoret) has been able to make initial progress on reviewing everything we have filmed to date, that process itself has revealed portions of a few scenes which must be re-shot. This of course is to be expected. 
  • Remember that "Cast and Crew Biography" sheet I told you about last time? Well Gerri Hester gratefully gave us plenty of background material on hers. She filled up every line on the page and added that part about Trotting Horses on the back. 
  • If you've ever seen a movie, and it's hard to imagine there's someone who hasn't, you've seen the phrase "Produced by" then somebody's name up on the screen. So what does a movie "Producer" do? 
  • One of the things I learned early in the Radio Interview business was everybody has a story to tell... everybody... and most people have more than one. But if you want to know that story you have to ask. Many members of our movie team don't believe they have done anything worth mentioning. So I made up a Montgomery County Movie "Cast and Crew Biography" form for them to fill out and give back to me so I can pass that info on to you. 
  • Despite the long holiday weekend your Montgomery County Movie camera, cast and crew were out filming everyday but the Fourth. (The only cast member available that day was our resident Englishman who would rather not be reminded of it) Other days or evenings from Tuesday through Sunday we shot scenes inside and outside Southmont High School, 
  • "I'll see it when I believe it". No that's not a misprint. No doubt there has been a time in your past when someone told you something you didn't think would happen and you uttered that phrase in reverse. "Yah. I'll believe that when I see it". 
  • Well Hello There! Yes it has been a while since our last report. Some people have even asked if we had given up. To put the answer in Show-bizz terms "No No Nanette" we've simply been so busy with non-camera production there's been little time for newspaper column writing. I'll try to be better. Thanks for your interest. 

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