Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kickstarter for "He Knows My Name"

 My topic today is more Mormon than geeky. But that's okay, since a lot of my posts are more geeky than Mormon.

Last month, I had the opportunity to be an extra in a short film. Other than a small part in a road show when I was a teenager, I've never really had the opportunity to perform before, and even though it was just as a volunteer, it sounded like a lot of fun.

The name of the film is He Knows My Name. It's being produced by MainStay Productions, a studio that has also produced films such as The Christmas Dragon, Christmas Oranges, and No Ordinary Shepherd.

DVD Cover for He Knows My Name
He Knows My Name is being billed as short film about love, faith and redemption. It is about Christ and a young girl who comes to know him and believe in him.

The actors for Jesus and Rebekah in the film
When I saw the call for extras, they were asking specifically for men with beards. As I was growing my beard out to cosplay as Thor at FanX at the time, I definitely had the look. Along with dozens of others, I was an extra in a scene depicting a busy market in Jerusalem. Some of the other extras had been in a number of productions before, while others, like me, were new to the whole experience.

But I got to where an authentic looking costume and got a prop and had a lot of fun with the whole experience.

Me posing in costume before filming
A scene in the market in the film
And my close-up in the market scene
(which may or may not make it into the final cut)
He Knows My Name will be out for Easter, and they have begun a Kickstarter campaign to help finish this wonderful project:

Just giving as little as $5 will get you a digital download of the film, and just $10 will get you a DVD of the film.

So take a few minutes to read the promo and watch the trailer. If you're able to give something to support this local project, that's great. (But don't put it off too long, the Kickstarter fundraiser ends in less than two weeks) And even if you aren't able to give financially at this time, watch for it to come out on March 16th. In addition to being available through pre-ordering on the Kickstarter website, He Knows My Name will be available at Deseret Book and Seagull Book locations.

And if you do watch it, look carefully and you just might see me!

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