Posts Tagged ‘Beautiful Noise’

Perfect Platform for a Premiere

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Jerry blocking out a scene with Doug Frasure

Jerry blocking out a scene with Doug Frasure

Our independent feature film, Beautiful Noise, has been accepted into the Sarasota Film Festival for its world premiere.  The rough cut impressed the panel of judges & the festival’s artistic director, Tom Hall who with the festival’s programmers has scheduled Beautiful Noise to be showcased an unprecedented 6 times over the 12 day event.  This means that if every show & every seat gets filled, we will have set a festival box office record of over 1,500 viewers.

Artistic director Hall informed our director, Steve Tatone, that the committee is prepared to add additional screenings if the demand is present.  The team is really excited over the news & feels honored to be represented by their home town in such a fashion.

The premiere of Beautiful Noise’s first screening at the festival is April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Sarasota at the Hollywood 20 theatres.  After the first viewing, Steve Tatone will conduct a Q & A session for those who would like to stay after & learn about our film.  For more information about Beautiful Noise & the Sarasota Film Festival, please visit  Tickets officially go on sale on March 18th.

Jerry, our creative director & the film’s production designer & first assistant director had this to say about the honor, “I am, as well as my crewmates & the actors, very humbled & excited about the festival’s warm reception to our film.  I hope that this aides in the recognition of Sarasota’s film community to the rest of the industry that we have a great deal to offer here.”  If you would like to learn more about the film, visit

Are we Beautiful or Whhuuuuuht?

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The title of this blog comes from a semi-private joke that came from on our set toward the end of principal, but it provides a reminder of the delirious fun we all had while working on this production.  I felt it necessary to write this post myself to reminisce on the past two weeks that completed our Sarasota film.

So it’s official. Principal photography is completed on Beautiful Noise. We had an insane production schedule; however our crew & cast pulled out all the stops to help make this production a reality.  I don’t think I have ever worked with a more dedicated group of people, collaborators really, to pull off a production schedule such as the one we had on this film.

It is exhilarating to find a group of creative people that you share much in common without even realizing it.  As my role was officially assistant director/production designer, as with many indie films, you really wear many more hats.  Fortunately my style & personality blended extremely well with my first unit crew of John Goodbrad, director of photography & Shawn McCarty, DIT & together we collaborated on several of the film’s compositions & lighting schemes that became the canvas of Beautiful Noise.  On a few occasions since we didn’t always have a second unit crew, I would step in & shoot on the Red camera as John was buzzing through set running the Canon with his stedi-cam rig.  As many well know, taking over certain DP responsibilities is not an easy feat as styles & egos can clash on a production of this size.  However everyone was open & gracious in their work ethic & approach & even though we were burning upwards of 15 hours on certain days, our on set antics & camaraderie made the days fly by.  

As the first production week rushed by, I also found our director to be open & eager to conversation, collaboration & assistance in staging scenes & directing the actors to pull the best out of their performances toward the emotion that Steve had written on the pages of his script.  As a first time film director, he came in with a fierce excitement that takes all of us our first time in, but as the days went by, Steve worked into a groove that showed confidence & openness to his team’s help & suggestions.  I enjoyed our conversations about staging, economy, body language & performance.  I believe that the actors read our collaboration as well because they took what we both suggested & provoked performances that will have audiences laughing, crying & cheering alongside them.

The schedule saved the best for last as the musical performances were on the tail end of our production.  I feel this invigorated the crew even more as the lack of sleep was wearing on everyone.  Danielle White performed ‘Easy’, an upbeat tune that had everyone on their feet & some extras dancing.  She is a true songstress in every since of the word & can melt your heart with a subtle change of expression as she sings through the lyrics.  Chris McCarty’s ‘Butterfly’ was soulful & touching.  This man has a gift that had many with dropped jaws.  I don’t believe that there is anything this musician can’t do.  Then there’s the team of Kimber Cleveland & Doug Frasure, the couple who wrote most of the original music for this film.  Their stage presence & charisma is undeniable.  Doug’s animated expressions on the drums shows that he is right in his element & loves every bit of it.  Kimber is a pure pleasure to watch as she performed her song ‘Sorry’.  Her eyes & smile tell the whole story as she entertained the crowd.  Many of us forgot we were even working when we were filming these scenes.

I would have to say though, without a doubt that Wednesday’s shoot was by far the most exciting of the production.  Shooting at Riverview’s Performing Arts Center & having the senior class film students as our production assistants was a joy.  We took a couple of students & paired them with various crew pertaining to their interests.  As we staged, composed & directed the shots, we also taught & fielded questions from the students which made the day a pleasure.  These students were eager to know as much as they could from us & stayed by our sides throughout the shoot.  

Onto our finale concert performance welcoming back the main star.  Jay White is a man completely immersed in his element.  He electrified the stage & conducted the audience to cheers & applause.  This is no easy feat as we had Jay perform ‘Free Man in Paris’ at least 7 times to catch all the angles we wanted for the edit.  Each time we called cut & began setting up the next shot, Jay would break out into his Neil Diamond show tunes & the audience loved it, students, teachers & parents alike. Jay is getting the acting method down but performing is where Jay lives & he is spectacular at it.

Trailers & Music Videos Oh My…

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Last evening Midnight Pass Productions officiated the first viewing of our trailer ‘Beautiful Noise’ to a select group of people prominent in Sarasota.  The response was wonderful & everyone loved the music video from the movie, ‘Lonely Hearts’.  Some even had a bit of welling in the eyes after watching it.  Many of our guests said that they loved how we showcased the beauty of Sarasota & the performances by our actors were amazing.

Jerry, our creative director & Beautiful Noise’s Assistant Director said, “We are excited about the positive response we have received thus far & are eager to jump back into production next Monday. We have many great Sarasota locations we are filming at & everyone has gone out of their way to assist us in making this ‘Sarasota’ film a reality.”

Production on the film resumes this coming Monday the 27th.  After several weeks of pre-production the crew is ready to jump back into the meat of the script.  “We have an extremely aggressive schedule on this next phase of production,” John Goodbrad, the film’s DP said, “but we have worked hard on laying the schedule & the shots out with Jerry & with a positive crew, we could see it through.”

This film will be the start of many coming from Midnight Pass Productions, all of which are planned to film in Sarasota.  “It is important for us to show what is capable in our city,” Jerry stated.  “We have a great community full of talented individuals who want to see this industry build up here & show that we can be more than a vacation destination.  I believe this film can assist in the cause.”

To see the first trailer & music video from the film, visit

Access & Insights

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

News Reporter, Ray Collins from Access Sarasota channel 19 visited the music studio, Top Secret, to check in on Steve Tatone, director of Beautiful Noise & to interview him about the production. 

Along with Steve were owners of Top Secret Studios, Roger & Mo who have been instrumental in developing the music for the movie’s soundtrack.

Rounding out the group was our own creative director, Jerry who serves as the film’s assistant director, production designer & creative consult.

The interview will air this Friday evening the 10th of September at 7:30 p.m. eastern standard time.  The clip will be aired on local Comcast 19 & Verizon 32.  Come check it out!

It’s a Wrap! (First week that is…)

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Our creative director, Jerry, after designing the set to the specifications of the film’s genre with the help of Annette Breazeale, art director of Banyan Theatre Group, he stepped in as the film’s Assistant Director working closely with Steve Tatone, director & the camera team of John GoodBrad (DP) & Sean McCarty (DIT) to work out the intricate & creative shots for the film.

Jerry said that he & the camera team would show up at least half an hour early to the set with shot list in hand & walk through the days scenes; working out each shot, camera angle & movement & lighting (with Ralpf Barnette, lighting & sound tech), & then present their ideas to Steve when he arrived on set.  “Steve had shots in his mind on how he wanted to see them; we simply expanded on his vision & added to them to evoke the emotion we felt the script was asking for from both the actors & the environment.”
The footage will be edited into a trailer that will be used for continued marketing & investment opportunities.  Watch the website for information on the trailer party coming soon.

cast & crew wiped out!

cast & crew wiped out!





Music on the AM

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Jerry joined director Steve Tatone to promote the film Beautiful Noise in an interview with local AM Radio station 1280 WTMY, “Geekin Out” with Skippy & the Dude.  The show ran last Sunday, the 22nd from 5pm to 6 pm.

Along with Jerry & Steve were Danielle White who plays Dez in the film & Roger Hughes of Top Secret Studios.  The group had a great time with the Dude & Toad who was filling in for Skippy due to his birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday Skippy!  The team spoke about the projects humble beginnings, the original music that was written for the film, each person’s participation on the production & how they were brought on with Steve & their various backgrounds.

Production started the next day in Myakka City.  Good luck with the first week’s shoot.