THE STRONG ONE is a story that follows a young boy as his imagination takes him on adventures with his best friend, a brontosaurus, and begins to help him deal with the struggles of growing up. Based on an original poem by Tim Reavis, the story offer a visual glimpse of one child's imaginative adventures.
Filmed in one week for Campus MovieFest @ North Carolina State University 2012
Orginial Score and Cinematography by
Narrated and based on an original poem by
I had the privilege of working with a couple friends and a talented cast of actors to make a short film during my time at NC State for the ever-growing Campus MovieFest. The short film, titled "The Strong One," was an adaption of a poem that I had written and read on a number of occasions, entitled "Jurassic Parking Lot."
This film took us on a journey across the Triangle, then across the country. It was shot in one week's time, and won "Best Picture" at the NC State Campus MovieFest finale. From there, the film was shown at the 2012 Cannes Movie Festival, in their short film corner. We also received an invitiaton to the International Campus MovieFest Finale, which included a weekend's stay in Hollywood, CA. We were fortunate enough to receive enough support from our families, friends, and community to have our trip paid for, so that we could attend the event and represent NC State and Raleigh on an international platform...
After a weekend full of meeting other young and aspiring filmmakers from across the globe, and getting to attend workshops featuring some cool figures in the film industry, the weekend culminated in the International Campus MovieFest Grand Finale. After a night of presentations, awards speeches, and films, "The Strong One" and its team were fortunate to be selected for both Best Picture and Best Director awards. I think proceeded to use the word "surreal" several dozen times in an acceptance speech and following interview (way to many dozens of times).
This whole journey was a testament to creative collaboration, and the power of telling your story. I am humbled to have worked with talents like Josh Bielick and Nicolas Sailer, and to have seen a story brought to live in a such a vivid and powerful manner. For more on the film, go to www.thestrongonefilm.com, and if you feel ever-so inclined, take a few minutes to watch the film above. Long live the Bronto.