I’ve been staring at the screen for the last hour. Trying to find the right eloquent words. To find some graceful way of writing about my friend.
Yet I know I’m about to stumble clumsily through this note, which, in the end, is probably the most truthful and honest way to do this considering the news and it’s impact on me and the rest of the Dimeworth Family — which extends to the cast and crew members from our various projects.
I was recently informed that my friend Matthew Shoalts, a crew member on our films, had unexpectedly passed away in his sleep…
I’m still processing this news, and not quite sure I believe it, even though I know it to be true. The heart is a strange thing in the way that it doesn’t accept the unimaginable. Matt was a young man, in his very early 20’s, overflowing with optimism and promise. I don’t think I ever met anyone through our films that I immediately trusted as much or wanted to help succeed more. Matt was instantly dependable, which is the highest compliment on a film shoot. Judd, Martin and myself, would often talk about pushing Matt quickly through the ranks on each project to make him a more integral part of Dimeworth in the future. This is not something we did often with anyone else. Or at all really. It’s rare to meet a young man, so sharp and capable, with such positivity and life, and completely sincere sense of loyalty — yet Matt was exactly that.
People often say things like “He was such a great person” or “I didn’t know a kinder soul” after someone passes, but Matt actually was all those things. That rare occasion where the first thing you think after hearing the awful news is: “Wait, this can not be true. Not with this person. Not with Matt. How is this even possible?” At least those were my first thoughts. There was a kindness and a sweet natured way about him, that every person I’ve ever talked to regarding Matt has pointed out as their first observation of him. Matt was special.
Which is why none of this makes sense. But I guess, in the end, it’s not supposed to…
A good friend recently told me about a Polish tradition to always set an extra plate at dinner in case someone drops by unexpectedly. Somehow that stuck with me during this. As I feel that’s what Dimeworth will do. Set that extra plate for our friend who should be and would be present…
So, with that, the Dimeworth family and I say goodbye to our dear friend. All our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s family and loved ones. I hope they can find some comfort in how much their beautiful son affected the rest of us, and forgive me for stumbling through this note the best I could. Matt is still fiercely on my mind, and writing this has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Dimeworth Films would like to issue a correction to the final credits of BATTLEGROUND. Due to an error, Three sound recordists were credited with the SOUND RECORDIST title, when in actuality ADAM CLARK was the SOLE Sound Recordist on the film, with Matthew Shoalts and Jordan Kennington as dailies, brought in by Adam on certain days of the shoot.
We’d like to issue an apology to Adam for the error, and clear up the confusion. Adam is a friend and a respected colleague, who we bring back whenever we can on our films, so we’re regretful about this oversight. Here are the CORRECTED CREDITS:
ADAM CLARK - Sound Recordist MATTHEW SHOALTS - Sound Recordist Daily JORDAN KENNINGTON - Sound Recordist Daily
So guys — Dimeworth Films is about to become a ligitemate production company, and producing several projects (features and shorts) in the next couple of months for a variety of up and coming talented filmmakers. My good friend, Producer/Director Judd L. Tilyard, is joining the Dimeworth family and will be co-producing all upcoming projects with me.
Dimeworth.com will be changing into a proper production company website soon, with my personal blog moving to a sub-domain.
Keep your eyes on this page for exciting times to come. ;)
I’m currently knee-deep in post on the film and a couple of other surpises, but for glimpses of footage from the short, check out my friend Chayse Irvin’s Cinematography reel at: www.chayseirvin.com. I can’t sing enough praises for Chayse — he’s an ace in your pocket if you ever get a chance to work with him.
Stu Maschwitz posted a really kind article regarding my film over at his blog www.prolost.com. For those of you that don’t know, he’s the co-founder of “The Orphanage,” and heavyweight VFX Studio that worked on Superman Returns, Sin City, and a bunch of other films. He’s also the author of The DV Rebel’s Guide, the coolest book you’ll ever pick up on low-budget filmmaking.
Needless to say I’m super thankful to him right now.
The article contains some info on the film, as well as Before and After images that I provided.
The film’s up now. for better or worse. Now I can finally start concentrating on the next thing. ;)
Oh, and if you’ve got a VIMEO account, please grab the 720p version from http://www.vimeo.com/1333375 instead of here. It’s available at the bottom right corner of the vimeo page. You’ll help save my bandwidth, and will end up in my cool book.
Also if anyone knows of a cheap way to host a 400mb HD mp4, let me know ;)
“Actually to be quite honest… when I make videos on my site that seem personal..chances are…they are personal. And I don’t really worry about who watches them or who will end up seeing it. I pretty much stopped caring about catering to an audience for the longest time now..unless its for work.
In comparison, feel like what I’ve done lately are like Ayz’s memories videos.
Everything I film is like a journal entry and I want to remember it because I could have the shittiest day tomorrow..but I’ll remember about the time that I just sat in my back yard and filmed my swingset or something dumb like that.
— A conversation with a friend that karenabad posted on her tumblr page.