I am so proud to announce that 'Mr. Richardson,' the crazy pipe dream I had a few months ago, is now in the final stages of post-production.
In April, my dear friend and frequent collaborator, Ben Kanes, called me up and said, "Hey, let's make a film. Why don't you write something contained and manageable that we can shoot together some weekend?" I said I'd be thrilled to. What resulted was an action-comedy far beyond the scope of what any sane person would ever attempt to make in a week. Six months, 27 cast members, 40-plus crew members, fights, blood, hand-built props, and a whole lot of love later-- I had directed my first film.
I can't express enough times what a dream of a shoot we had. So many people from so many different moments of my life and career came together to make this crazy thing happen, and it wouldn't have been the same without any one of them.
As someone who has been a professional actor and producer for years now, I went into this shoot assuming I would have to make compromises. (If you ever feel a little too starry-eyed, a gig as a line producer will cure you quickly.) I feel so lucky to say that my team made this film a total dream to make, and the compromises were precious few.