May 20th, 2011 | Today was one of those days that you think to yourself, “I am heading in the right direction, I love what I do.”
I was helping out a friend Brent Rowling from Deseret Book, film a book trailer for a new and upcoming book entitled “Janitors” written by Tyler Whitesides. Filming took place at Eagle Crest Elementary where several students were chosen to be the actors/actresses of this fictitious book. Here is a summary of Janitor.
“The magical, secretive society of JANITORS will sweep the country in the fall of 2011. Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelveyear- old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children’s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You ll never look at a mop the same way again.”
When hearing about the story I was intrigued. It sounds like a great book and the kids were crazy about it. I was blown away at how good the kids were at acting.
Best of all I enjoyed working with the freelance creative director, Lowell Oswald, that Deseret Book hired for this project. We were using his equipment like cranes, steady cams, and sliders to capture the author’s take on how he imagined every scene. It was amazing having the author, Tyler Whitesides there to give us direction as we filmed and did our best to make this book come to life.
It was an educational experience to work with Strillogy Productions’ Lowell Oswald (Creative Director) at this shoot. I was amazed at how qualified and experienced he was at his job and very pleased at how quickly he gave me the opportunity to film and work all of the equipment.
Working with Lowell and Brent was an amazing experience and I hope it won’t be the last.