Over in a blink

So because I suck, I didn’t keep up on my blog the way I told myself and others that I would while I was on my internship. It was a combination of limited internet connection while I was on set, doing actual work, and major procrastination. I’ll never lie an say I’m not a master procrastinator.

But honestly a big part of it was that I was having so much fun and spending so much time learning that I didn’t want to take time out of my day to sit down and write about it because I was living it. So, unfortunately, my blog suffered but I had an absolutely amazing experience and made some unbelievable memories.

First of all working with Jeff Wedding, Katie Groshong, and Eric Stanze was a completely unforgettable experience.  First of all just being in the presence of people with so much passion for what they’re doing that they are not only not being paid (and if they are it’s not much) for what they’re doing, but are actually putting their own money into this project to make it happen is inspiring in and of itself. I’ve always been someone who admires passion above all else. Everything that I’ve considered doing with my life has to do with working with people who are truly passionate about what they do.

I wound up taking a week off after my first few days since they only would have needed me 2 days, and from where I was staying in Nashville I couldn’t justify a nearly 2 hour drive for one night, and I had a few things to try and take care of at school. Katie was super understanding and was very good about letting me control my schedule since I was there doing it completely for free (not even getting credit for it).

While I was there Jeff kept asking me one question: “Are you having fun?”

He would ask me at least once every two days, and my response quickly became the same thing every time: “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t.”

And it was true.

I had nothing to lose if I chose to just bail after three days. I still could have put it on a resume, I still had made connections and networked a little bit, and I could still say that I interned on a movie set. But I was having a blast. I know on my last blog I talked about how there was a lot of waiting around and I had to me quiet a lot (and we all know how hard it is for me to be quiet!), but even with all that I had so much fun.

I loved watching things unfold and come together before my eyes.

The number one thing that happened through this whole experience was gaining a whole new appreciation for the people who work behind the scenes on a movie set. It’s a really crazy thing to see how much goes into making a movie. Most people credit everything to the actors, but it’s such an incredibly small part of the production process.

I had an experience that I would never trade for anything in the world.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments and I will definitely answer what I can!

Check out GypsyRoot Productions and their other films like Gracie: Diary of a Coma Patient, A Measure of the Sin, and Night of the Babysitter and make sure you get your hands on a copy of Tennessee Gothic once it’s released. And check out Eric Stanze’s work such as In Memory Of and Scrapbook.

Tennessee Gothic Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tennessee-gothic–2#/

Katie Groshong IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1722962/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Jeff Wedding IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1723196/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

GypsyRoot Production Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gypsyrootproductions/

Eric Stanze IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822855/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1





In just a few short days I will be embarking on an amazing experience. I’ve mentioned before in one of my posts that I would be doing an internship with GypsyRoot Production where I will be working as a Production Assistant this summer as they work on their latest horror film Tennessee Gothic, and the time is finally here (https://goryrodden.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/jug-face-pours-out-creepiness/ ).  At the start of the summer I thought I would be doing this for credit at my school, but unfortunately due to financial problems I wasn’t able to pay for the credit hours. It made me question whether or not it would be worth the time and work that I would be putting into it.

Then I told myself to stop being an idiot.

My whole life I’ve loved movies. I grew up in a family of film buffs, and my love for horror started at an early age. I knew that if I passed up this opportunity just because I wasn’t getting any academic credit for it I would regret it for the rest of my life. Since I’m a communications major I have a lot of options for my future career, and for awhile I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I came down to Nashville in hopes of working in the music industry, and that may still be what I want to do. But I have so many doors that are going to be open to me because of this degree, including potentially working in the film industry, that I would be doing myself a major disservice by not exploring all the things that I might legitimately enjoy for myself.

So Thursday I’m headed down to Tennessee to do something that if you would have told me a year ago I would be doing I never would have believed.

You may be wondering how I got such an amazing opportunity and, because I’m just such a sweetie-pie, I’m going to tell you.

I’m part of a club at Lipscomb University called CMA Edu.  We work closely with the Country Music Association and we host events and guest speakers and help people interested in the music industry/marketing/communications field get a feel for the industry and what it means to be a part of it. So in the second semester of this last school year we were fortunate enough to host an event with the amazing Scott Scovill. For those country fans out there, he is Brad Paisley’s go-to-guy when it comes to all things touring.

Scott was amazing and gave me some great advice about the music industry, but it was his assistant Katie Groshong that really got my attention. Katie is one of the owners of GypsyRoot Productions, along with Jeff Wedding and we started talking about horror films.  This was during the time when I had to keep this blog for my 21st Century Media course so I was deep in the trenches of all things horror.  I wasn’t really watching any other type of movie, and I was reinforcing/building even more my love for the genre.

Scott had a lot to say to us, but the basic gist of most of what he was telling us was to go after what we wanted and to not be scared to ask for what we want. He also told us that we have to be willing to do the grunt work, and maybe do the not-super-fun jobs in whatever we’re doing to show that we are really serious about what we want. So, after all that, how could I not talk to Katie about potentially doing something with her company? And that’s exactly what I did.

After Scott was done speaking to us, I went to speak with Katie and she gave me her personal email address and several titles of they had made/she had acted in and the rest is history.

Sort of.

I am beyond excited for this opportunity and so completely grateful to Katie and Jeff for letting a virtual stranger with no experience on any sort of set come into this process and try and learn everything I can.  I’ll keep you updated on here, and hopefully you’ll all be able to see the film once we’re done with it.

Thank you all for reading this and taking the time to listen to what is probable a pretty boring story for you guys.

GypsyRoot Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gypsyrootproductions/

Katie’s IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1722962/

Jeff’s IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1723196/