A very talented actor has left the stage. I just found out that RICHARD DENISON, whom I had the absolute pleasure of casting and directing in my short film ROLAND, passed away on July 9th. Even though I only got to know the man over a couple of short weeks of prep and shooting, I can confidently say he truly embodied what it meant to be an actor. Dedicated to his craft and always striving to make scenes better, he made my little film better with his presence and talent.
My f...avourite story of Richard is when he came in for casting on this film. He was literally the last actor to come in after a very long day. By this point I had an actor that had come in earlier that I was contemplating for the role of Frank, but I was not entirely convinced yet. Richard shuffled in to the room looking like he’d literally walked in off the street. Hair a mess, clothes all burnt out and tattered. The three of us in the room all looked at each other quickly wondering if this guy was real or not. He just stood there and looked at me saying nothing. I then gave him the same director breakdown that I had given everyone before him and he continued to just stand there looking at me and not saying a word. He finally nodded his head. I coughed nervously, turned to the cameraman and said, “Let’s try one.” The camera rolled, I called action, and Richard came alive. With a gruff, booming gravel in his voice he read the scene with a simmering intensity that boiled to an explosion at the end that left all of us in the room rocked back on our heels and mouths hanging open. Richard then went silent and still again. Intimidated, I stammered a couple of quick notes and asked him do it one more time. He nodded, and this time he did it with even more intensity and nuance then the first. I said thank you, he nodded politely and shuffled out of the room. The door closed and the three of us just looked at each other gobsmacked. The cameraman finally said, “What was that?” I just laughed and shook my head, and finally said, “I don’t know, but I think he’s our Frank.”
Thank you Richard. May you rest in peace.
For those that would like to watch one of Richard’s fine performances, they can watch ROLAND here:
ROLAND is screening at the HollyShorts Film Festival August. 15th - 2:30pm as part of the Au Canada - Canadian Short Film showcase at the Chinese Theatre. If you're in the LA area and want some great short film entertainment from up North, check it out! http://tinyurl.com/ksr4o2y #hsff2014 #rolandshortfilm
ROLAND is headed to CANNES FILM FESTIVAL as part of TELEFILM CANADA's NOT SHORT ON TALENT showcase that will feature 30 short films to represent Canadian film and talent to the world. Check it out May 14th - 25th at the SHORT FILMS CORNER (Cannes Court Métrage)
The awesome Daniel Beirne and Mark Little in SPACE RIDERS: DIVISION EARTH. Check it out.
A long overdue posting - MAIJA PREDDY does an in-depth interview with TREVOR CORNISH about ROLAND, film, choices, and sock preference. It's the full interview, 16 minutes, so not for the faint of heart. #rolandshortfilm #trevorcornish