The Wood, Episode One Promo

The final countdown is here. The wait is finally over for those who have been patiently waiting to witness the future of Chicago’s talents come to a new spotlight with the TV/Web Series, The Wood, starring Shaun Van Prude, Janette Newson, Marcus Davidson, & E-Dot Hamilton. Let us not forget a huge number of guest stars from Chicago’s underground/street entertainment/music scene including, but not limited to, the sibling duo, P. Rico and Scandalous. This urban crime drama series was created and produced by Clifford Cook, directed and co-produced by the talents of Lawrence Williams & co-produced and film scored by Lorenzo Mullins.

The first episode is going to be released on Friday, September 26th, 2014. Watch out for the new chapter of many people’s life with the release of this series, because it’ll become a life changer for Chicago and a wake up to those outside of Chicago, who has no idea what is going on in this small world. Keep an eye out on the future of Chicago and their clash with the entertainment industry beyond the music scene. Welcome to the underground world. Welcome to a world of controversy just to survive.

If you haven’t checked out the trailer #2 yet, from Law Films. Check the video below!

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. ūüôā

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.

Sunday Funday – "The Wood" Sneak Peak Weekend

Lawrence, Chante’, & Cliff

I feel I may have shed a few pounds from the event this weekend. It was crowded and a sauna, but a good times were had with witty tongues & laughter with most of the crew I was with. It was also a good opportunity to meet new people and make new possible connections down in Chicago. Each event also gives me checks, errors, and knowledge of how to improve my networking and business skills.

Here’s my philosophy for success, fear limits people’s opportunities. The best intellectual information you can gather is through your own personal experiences and admitted wrongs. That is why I am not afraid to step out of my city and expand. That is why I keep moving forward with or without others, no regrets or apologies needed. Even if I am the only white girl in the whole damn room. Jokes aside, I don’t let skin color phase me. The people in my life know that my curiosity allows me to social in any situation & in any environment around the world peacefully. At the end of the day, we all have our own stories. We just need to educate ourselves when it’s personal or just business. Majority of the time, for me, it’s just business. That is how I keep moving forward in the industries of my choices.

Paris, Me, Franklin, & Jay

Lawrence Williams of Law Films & Clifford Cook, the mastermind of the project, hosted the All White Party on Friday Night @ The Loft 308. A successful event with over 100 cast, crew, & supporters, coming to show their love for The Wood, an upcoming TV/web series in the works. I was there to practice my photography skills and capture the memorable night.

Shaun, Franklin, Me, Jay, & Lawrence

I had the opportunity to talk with non-CCIU members who also feel and are approaching the necessity of bringing Chicago together and end the unnecessary violence & segregation in the hoods. That is the purpose of this project, in my viewpoint. To make awareness of Chicago’s lifestyles and to bring people together instead of segregating based on the neighborhoods they are from.

Of course the CCIU crew was representing strong and supporting throughout the night. More pictures will be revealed on my Twitter & my Facebook soon. Stay tuned.