Saturday, September 13, 2014

"The Muse" Brings the Magic of Fimmaking to Langford Park

On June 16th, I went to Langford Park, (1808 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL) to sketch a film shoot. The Director, Matthew Carroll invited me to sketch a day of filming. The production company, Ragtag Troupe Productions is managed by its founders, Mathew  and Amy Jo Bursley. When I got to the park I walked to a small wooden amphitheater following props and the sound of conversation. Actors chatted with each other but I didn't see any film equipment. I explained that I was there to sketch the production and they pointed me towards the children's playground. I joked that this must be the green room and and actor exclaimed that "It doesn't get much greener that this" as he gestured towards the sun filled trees with a flourish.

Near the playground I found actor Will Warriner and young actress Kelly Wilson seated under a tree with a film crew surrounding them. Will played Hank, a ragtag performer who was sharing his life experiences with Rose, a young girl who finds herself in a surreal world. The main action in this scene involved Rose limping into frame using a crutch, she leans the crutch against the tree and crouches down to talk to Hank. During his monologue he hands her a balloon. Because of the camera's view, he had to retake several shots and choke in his hold on the string to keep the balloon in field. The scene was performed multiple times with the camera moved between takes to allow for multiple shots when it comes time to edit the scene together.

The film, called, "The Muse" is an artistic short film inspired by the works of Terry Gilliam. The story is a coming of age tale about a little girl, Rose, who escapes to her fantasy world after hearing an argument between her parents about money. Once there she meets a traveling troupe of street performers, each representing a different art form, who pledge to help Rose on her quest to find this money in order to keep her family together, but all isn't what it seems.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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