Alone Yet Not Alone is a film I served as the Director of Photography on back in late 2010 that is finally being released theatrically across North America this coming weekend (June 13, 2014). It’s a decent size release with some 200 plus theaters across the country so go check it out if you get the chance. You may remember that this film was the focus of a bit of controversy regarding the nomination of the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel for an Academy Award a few months back. Learn more about the controversy at Deadline.com.
I was able to see the final cut of the film a while back and overall I am pretty happy with the photography my crew and I were able to accomplish under less than ideal conditions. I do feel some of the choices made in post production during Color Correction do not completely represent my intent with the photography but in a lot of ways that should have been expected given the nature of project and how everything came together. Nevertheless, a huge thank you goes out to all of the Camera, Grip and Electric crew along with all the other departments that labored on this project for over 9 weeks of production in various locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. As is often the case, the crew is never thanked to the level they deserve and this is definitely one of those projects were the crew gave more than they will ever be credited with.
Also, if you get a chance to see the film, check out Natalie Racoosin’s performance. She is a great talent that everyone should keep an eye on. Since this film was shot, she has continued to build a solid resume of performances including Law & Order among others and I have always believed she will be the breakout talent from this film if she continues to hone her craft.
Overall, its nice to see this project released. I’ll be curious to see the reviews and hear the opinions of the impartial audience as I’m sure my opinion of the performances and final execution are flavored by the months of my life spent as the DP on the film. Comment or shoot me a message when you see it as I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank You to the Camera, Grip & Electric Crew
- Greg Hudgins – Gaffer
- Richard Howell – Best Boy Electric
- Joe Wyatt – Electrician
- Philip Bolzman – Electrician
- Sam Brown – Electrician
- Henry Schroeder – Electrician
- Henry Jernigan – Electrician
- Cooper White – Electrician
- Mark Evans – Key Grip
- Neil Grochmal – Best Boy Grip
- Tanner Bayer – Dolly Grip
- Ross Dillin – Grip
- David Almehelh – Grip
- Darron Slagle – Grip
- Scott Duvall – Grip
- Josh Harmsworth – Grip
- Matthew Shaw – Grip
- Justin Wallace – Grip
- Greg Kraus – A Camera Operator
- Stephen Cook – A Camera 1st AC
- Jess Matney – A Camera 2nd AC
- David Short – B Camera Operator
- Shannon Murphy – B Camera 1st AC
- Andrew Bolzman – B Camera 2nd AC
- David Cook – DIT
- Timothy Jones – Camera PA
- Tyler Allen – Camera PA
If I have forgotten to list anyone, please forgive me and shoot me a message so I can include you.
Synopsis – Alone Yet Not Alone
The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio valley, and entire families are devastated by the ensuing violence. Hostile native tribes are raiding the vulnerable frontier farms, and two young sisters are among those taken captive. While hoping for rescue and return to their home, they are comforted with the words of a family hymn: Alone Yet Not Alone. But when the sisters are suddenly and cruelly separated, their tender faith is brought to a stretching point. Forcibly immersed into a primitive foreign culture, the older sister, Barbara, clings to her beliefs. Yet now a deeper fate threatens, and she makes a difficult decision: to risk her life in an attempt to escape. Pursued by a relentless and cunning warrior, Barbara and her three fellow captives must cross over two hundred miles of raw wilderness in their effort to reach friendly territory.