Sunday Funday – Behind the Scenes of ‘The Wood’ And Some

The Wood Promo

 Hello from Chicago! Thirty-six minutes before the week starts and I am breaking away from social media for a week and re-energize for my fall semester in College at the end of the month. This weekend was hectic busy, but hell of a good time!

Friday, I got to spend some time with family and hang out around a bonfire. Sure as hell beats going to clubs and bars with obnoxious drunk people. Ha! It was good to catch up a bit with my brothers and nephews though. A good time was had.

Saturday, this is how it started. The video shows how ready I was for Chicago. Since Scan was making business happen out on the East Coast, I thought I send her a bit of entertainment value via video of me rapping along to one of her singles. A good laugh was truly shared with my Facebook friends, so I figured I share it with my other audience around social media life.

I was excited for Saturday for other reasons other than hanging out with my #CCIU family. I had the privilege to meet my childhood hero, Joe Lando, and talk among topics, like military and Expendables 3, instead of his work as an actor. Oops. 🙂

It was the inspiration needed to prep for Sunday, as I finally made it down to my first film shoot for Claw Entertainment & Law Films project called The Wood. A web/TV series and outlook on the life and struggles of everyday life in Englewood and other rough neighborhoods in Chicago.

Director/Videographer: Lawrence Williams

My duties for the evening were videography and behind the scenes photography. If you compare my photos, my skills are improving overtime, thanks to my mentor Lawrence Williams, who has been teaching me the tricks and trades of photography. My videography skills are yet of another story.

Actor: Shaun Van Prude

Another mentor is my “fam bam” and upcoming actor, Shaun Van Prude, to start my acting game, as well as, the rest of my projects I have piling up in front of me from writing, photography, videography, and maintaining my poetry. Having individuals who are as hungry as I am to make this world a better place brings great joy and hope for humanity. Stick with us, and we will show you on day at a time.

Read Through Script w/ Cast

The rest of the cast and crew also added new memories and laughs in my memory account. It is a joy to take this work serious, but also be able to make a few bloopers to enjoy life and work along the way. It was a successful evening of filming and I am excited for the first episode of The Wood to come out in September and show the rest of the world what we can do in the heart of Chicago! Trust me when I say that our talents and dedications are beyond the level of expectations. We are hungry out here in the Midwest for a more motivational environment. This is our chance to prove it!

The film production crew’s mission, along with the rest of CCIU, is to bring awareness to children and young adults of other alternatives in life other than drugs, violence, and other gang related activity. Our mission is to end the violence and bring redemption to the reputation of Chicago that it is currently in. I love this city too much to let it go down in rambles. That is why I keep fighting with my Chicago family and work with them to shine in the entertainment industry with me.


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