- PRODUCERS - CAST
- CREW - CREDITS
E. ALAN CONTINO - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Alan Contino completed his first animated short film when he
was just 12 years old. Alan had already begun studying electrical
engineering, specializing in digital video and audio technology.
By the time he was 15, Alan was a featured cable television
producer and director
for local origination programming on several different cable
broadcast systems around the metro Detroit area.
Alan began regularly producing and directing live broadcasts
when he was only 19 years old, making him the youngest broadcast
engineer and director in America. Alan has more than 50 screen
credits in motion picture and television productions, including
an experimental film he wrote, produced & directed, Kill
Joi. With more than 17 years of professional experience,
Alan has become Chief Executive Officer/Producer and Senior
Partner of Delirium
Films formed in 1996 in order to help young talent find the
means and the education to produce their own works of art, while
representing their abilities to clientele in a professional
manner in order to gain legitimate work experience. Alan has
never given up on his love for technology and is contracted
as Chief Research Engineer for the Virtual
Theatricality Laboratory at the Henry Ford Community College
Theater. To find out more about this unique talent visit Alan's
Gibbons, a native of Vermont, is a composer and professional
bassist. Along with scores for feature films, shorts, and instructional
videos, Tyler has composed a string quartet performed by the
Mendelssohn String Quartet at Harvard University. Tyler has
performed with outfits such as Red Heart the Ticker,
Mildew and Star, The Humming, and David
a bass player, Tyler has accompanied the famed jazz singer Sheila
Jordan in concert, and performed with the Norwegian duo M2M
on a U.S. tour with Jewel. In addition to the score for An
Apology to the Dead, Tyler most recently teamed up with
Saturday Night Live and Hall and Oates bassist, T-Bone Wolk,
to score the feature film Senses
of Place (Temple Films)
JOEL H. NEWPORT -
LUKE PLINE -
CHRIS O'HARA -
1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
O'Hara was one of the first Michigan filmmakers Tim and Jon met
when they started attending Michigan Filmmaker Forum meetings
early in Pre-production. Chris has been a dedicated member of
Apology's crew, and has been there for the film every
step of the way. Chris O'Hara attended Lansing Community College,
earning a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications. Chris is the
founder of Crazy
Bookhead Studios, dedicated to supporting art in the Mid-Michigan
Chris has always been highly active in the Michigan Film Community,
and has worked for The East Lansing Film Festival, and as an advertising
editor for WILX Channel 10 in Lansing, MI. Chris is always looking
to help budding filmmakers, and has also recently started collaborating
extensively with local horror filmmaker, Jeff Burton.
Chris, by channelling the power of the Patches, will one day become
a major internationally recognized filmmaker and very rich and
very powerful. And there ain't much you're going to be able to
do to stop it, because the schwartz is with him. Until that momentous
day arrives, he lives peaceably in Michigan with his wife Cindy,
and their pets, and is still waiting for Tim and Jon to finally
cough up the $40 they owe him.
DALLAS GRIFFIN -
2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
man with a thousand personalities and the ambition to match.
One Desperation that haunts him every second of his being.
One way in
No way out
The life event that he can't afford to miss.
TO ENTERTAIN THE WORLD!
make you famous!"
MARK A. FRANCE -
A. France began his professional film career in 1993 after
he fatefully answered a want ad in a local newspaper to become
an extra in an upcoming horror film called Blood Fever.
Initially a two-day stint, Mark met several native Michigan Special
FX Artists who allowed him to assist with special fx on the
set. Blood Fever went on to be known as Mosquito
(the first film directed by Gary Jones ), which can be seen quite
frequently on the USA and Sci-Fi channels.
Mark met up with independant filmmakers Jon Worful and Timothy
Gunn, and was hired to work on their first feature film,
An Apology to the Dead as the makeup artist for the production
and in the supporting role of Julian's academic colleague, Larry.
Beginning with pre-production planning, this was the first time
Mark had the opportunity to work on a dramatic independant
feature from start to finish.
Encouraged and inspired by the collaborative spirit of the
many talented people within the Michigan film industry, Mark has
chosen to pursue a project he has long sought to complete.
of the Mind, Mark's directorial debut, is currently
in post-production as the first feature film of Mark's
production company, SandStorm
FX & Productions.
AIMEE RAGSDALE -
Ragsdale was a film rookie at the start of An Apology to the
Dead. By the end she had every costume committed to
memory - minus the voluminous amount of neckties (most of which
were cut). She resides in Lansing MI with her three year
old daughter. She is a stifled State employee who revels
in any free time she gets to break out and be a part of the creative
Since her work on Apology she has worked on Midnight
of the Mind and is looking forward to her next opportunity
to participate in the creative genius of film. She would
like to thank Tim and Jon for their confidence in her, and her
friend Dallas for introducing her to the group. She will
keep all of her friends from Apology close to her heart.
A. E. GRIFFIN -
1st ASSISSTANT CAMERA
Apology to the Dead became
a watershed moment in A.E.Griffin's life. "I had completely
gotten out of filmmaking years ago and by sheer luck had heard
about this movie being made in Lansing so I thought I'd check
into it," remarked A.E.
"After meeting with Tim and Jon, I was impressed by their
spirit and professionalism and I just knew I'd found something
that I'd been missing in my life for a long time. I
couldn't have dreamed of a better experience making
ATTD, and I'll always be grateful to them for reigniting that
spirit within me."
Since Apology, A.E.Griffin has gone on to DP
several other feature length projects, including LCE's Love
and Plutonium and Weenie
Roast Massacre and SandStorm FX and Production's
Midnight of the
Mind, as well as his own project to encourage and support
local Michigan filmmakers, UnSAFE
BARRY "THE FOOT" ELMORE -
2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA / INTERN
“The Foot” Elmore is a man. He enjoys tattoos of bears.
That’s about it.
Oh for real?
Barry “The Foot” Elmore was the resident intern of
this production, and did a fantastic job of doing Tim and Jon’s
dirty work. No job was too small for this young man. The coffee
was always ready, back rubs always firm, and no else could have
laid out the directors clothes on the ends of their beds, better
than da Foot. He truly was the backbone of this production.
Still not right? Man...
Ok, Barry graduated from Lansing Community College in the Summer
of 2004 with an associates degree in Motion Picture Direction.
He is currently writing a script and hopes to direct his first
film in the summer/fall of 2005. Besides working on films, Barry
loves music and currently plays in two bands in the Lansing, MI
ZACK POHL -
PROPMASTER / SET DECORATION
Pohl is a Junior at Michigan State University, and is an English
– Film Studies major. Zack joined the crew of ‘Apology’
in June 2003 after hearing about the project from a family friend.
With absolutely no experience in filmmaking, Tim and Jon took
a chance on their would-be prop master by offering him a challenge:
find a “Pulp Fiction-like briefcase” within 48 hours,
and the job was his.
Of course, after scrambling around for two days, that suitcase
never made it into a single shot. But, after two weeks of rehearsals,
four weeks of shooting, and two spring re-shoots, Zack Pohl has
his foot firmly planted in the door of local filmmaking…before
ever taking a single film class. He is currently planning a documentary
about his father, Scott Pohl, entitled A Face Made for Radio,
to be shot in the summer of 2005.
DAVID "THE MUTTONS" PROUTY -
Prouty was an incredibly versatile addition to the production
of An Apology to the Dead. A native of Chicago, David
Prouty traveled the farthest of any member of the Apology
team, and yet was always the most punctual, energetic, and excited
person on set.
addition to portraying the role of Richie, a brash student in
Julian's ethics class, David also has received credit as the
Key Grip, but additionally helped with lighting, stunt coordination,
driving, and anything else the directors randomly needed.
AARON PICOT -
was born Aaron Nicholas Picot in Port Huron, Michigan in 1981.
Twas a cold winter's day and he was brought into the world by
Cesarian. 9 pounds 11 ounces. Son to David and Gayle. Brother
to Andrew and Angela.
After seeing Reservoir Dogs for the first time, Aaron decided
he wanted to be a filmmaker. In college Aaron joined the Broadcasting
and Cinematic Arts program and met many lifelong friends. Although
he learned much in college, enough to obtain a Bachelor of Applied
Arts degree, he felt filmmaking was not covered adequately. During
his internship at Michigan Government Television in Lansing, MI,
Aaron met Jon Worful and was invited to the rehearsal shoot for
a movie Jon was directing. Aaron then joined the crew of An
Apology to the Dead in the summer of 2003 and met more lifelong
friends. He soon was working in Lansing at the NBC affiliate WILX-TV
channel 10 as a promotions writer and editor.
In June of 2004 Aaron joined the crew of A Life Like Mine,
a drama about breast cancer. He was the script supervisor. Also
in June of 2004 he was the Assistant Director for a short called
Once or Twice,
a comedy about sex and trains. Then in July and August he joined
the crew of Jeff Burton's Dead
End Road, a horror film about an Edgar Allen Poe serial
Mr. Picot is currently working on a comedy screenplay with a former
co-worker and hopes to have it completed by Spring of 2005.
He enjoys his life but waits anxiously for the next film project
to come along.
JEN SHANGRAW -
Engineer Jen Shangraw started off life as a cellist but quickly
saw the light and prefers to work on the other side of the microphone.
Jen is currently head of Recording
Services at Michigan State University's School
of Music where she also serves as an Associate Professor.
Jen has worked in the past for Western Sound Studios, Interlochen
Center for the Arts, The Folger Consort, The Twentieth-Century
Consort, Brown and Brown Recording, and many others. This is Jen's
first foray into audio for a motion picture and she owes a lot
to Joel Newport for his instruction, guidance and patience. Jen
lives in Lansing, MI with her husband,
JAMES E. MILLER -
E. Miller has had a wide variety of audio engineering experiences.
Since 2000, he has been the Audio Coordinator at the Peoples Church
of East Lansing. In the fall of 2001 James began working at Michigan
State University School of Music Recording
Services as both a recording engineer and live sound engineer.
Additionally, James has worked as an independent recording engineer,
live sound engineer, and sound system consultant throughout the
Lansing area. An Apology to the Dead is his first venture
into feature film audio.
Mr. Miller graduated from Michigan
State University in the spring of 2004 with a degree in Music
Education. He is currently the Director of Vocal Music at St.
Johns High School and St. Johns Middle School.
TODD D. MILES -
Pasky is a filmmaker located in Lansing, MI. He has had
packages he shot and edited for TV shows Hip-Hop Nation
and Playground Earth syndicated nationally on UPN and WB affiliates
in the US and on Fox Sports International in Japan, Brazil and
is currently the Director of Photography for the Creative Services
Dpt. of WILX-TV 10 where he shoots commercials on a daily basis.
He has produced, directed and shot a number of music videos
and recently produced, directed and shot his first short film
"Once Or Twice". His website is www.abstrusefilms.com.
JOHN SAWYER -
BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO / PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Location: Fowlerville, MI
Schooling: Attending second year at LCC majoring
in Film Production (in hopes of one day becoming a film editor)
and minoring in Digital Media. Future plans for school is to have
maybe one more year in at LCC then transfer to Chicago for two
years and then of to L.A. to finish up schooling. Lots of plans
and so little time.
What I've been up to: As before, lots of school
and work but who isn't doing that? Still playing in my band Negative
Acceleration (with Jon Bell) I think that it has been close to
six years that we have been playing now, but I'm not so sure.
You can always check us out at here.
Doing a lot of short films on the side nothing major just fun
little stuff; but just living life and loving it.
Plans for the future: Well, I can't really answer
that one. I kinda live my life as it happens but on thing i do
know for sure, if Tim or Jon need me for any of their projects
I'm there anytime. Thanx for this experience guys.
BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO / PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
didn't get any "nicknames" like the rest of the crew.
I guess I wasn't "hip" enough, but working on this
film was a great experience. Everything about it was apsolutely
a life changing thing. Everybody was where they were supposed
to be. Couldn't ask for a better crew to work with.
am now attending school at Lansing Comunity College for an associates
degree in Film Production, and hope one day to be a great guy
and a hell of a producer. I don't have a lot of film experience
in my background but after helping these guys on this feature,
I am excited to work on further projects in the movie industry.
JARIN SPENCER -
MIKE McLEOD -
STUNT COORDINATOR / WEB DESIGN