Greg’s two-parter is titled “Reclamation” and includes a storyline based on his own personal family history, a family that includes Native American blood and ancestors who managed to escape from the infamous “Trail of Tears” and had to claim their race as “black dutch” to keep from being rounded up and sent to Oklahoma.
Written in 2017, the script to “Reclamation” was submitted to Potemkin show-runner RANDY LANDERS in 2018 and filmed primarily in 2019. Chapter 1 was released last December and chapter 2 this past April. You can view both films below:
And now the conclusion of our interview with Greg…
JONATHAN – What was it like being a first-time director setting up the shots and dealing with the actors?
GREG – Again…growing pains. Filming myself was not easy. My wife, who is a nurse, was outstanding in her ability to learn what I wanted, even though she had never been behind a camera. I was able to be creative with the zoom and pan of the camera to some degree, but it does not take the place of a cinematographer.
On set, everything went very smooth. We had a few retakes, but that is to be expected. I can’t say enough about how well those actors came together for this shoot. One challenge that I did find is that you really never know what person was playing what role. So that made it difficult to write for an individual person’s character. Also, while on set, each crew did not know the other crew’s lines or even the rest of the script. So absent all of that information and lines being written for “generic” characters I thought they all did a stellar job!
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