The Third - An Ender's Game Adaptation



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Lately my life has been entirely consumed with production of [this film], which I can't really blog about right now, except to say that I'm working with really great people. A few days ago I was on set and got an email on my phone that made me pretty excited for lunch... because that's when I would have a break to finally watch one of the first student films that I ever worked on at BYU, called "The Third".

This was shot during the winter of 2009-2010 and I think was maybe the first time I AC'd for the DP Devin Graham? It was also the first time I worked with the director Jacob Schwarz (it was this project that led us to doing The Letter from Pearl Harbor together). Love them. :) Haha it was a long time ago, I can't remember the details but I DO remember having a blast on this project. I was the 2nd AC and also did a lot (a LOT) of paper mache to help the production designer Whitney Donald create the simulation set.

This short film is a selection taken from the book "Ender's Game". It's not a cohesive story in itself, so it might not make much sense if you haven't read the book or seen the feature film that just came out, but if you are familiar with the story, you might like it. :) I think just for copyright reasons the character of "Ender" was name-changed to "Bridger", but other than that it's pretty true to the story. It took so long to release because it is VERY visual effects heavy (set extensions along with all of the simulation CGI, etc.) It proved to be a little much for students to handle right out the gate, but kudos to Jake and Katie Schwarz for sticking with it all the way to the end and getting it finished and out there. Besides, with the movie that just came out, I'd say it's perfect timing after all! Here's the short, and some pictures from set.


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