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Premiere of "Blind Circumstance" set this weekend at Capitol Theatre

June 19, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Two protagonists take desperate action in Blind Circumstances, a feature film for mature audiences made by Wesley Mellott and Andrew Glessner.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- — When Wesley Mellott and Andrew Glessner talk about how small their production crew was for their first movie, “Blind Circumstances,” the pair isn’t kidding. 

“Most of the time there was me and one other person and maybe another person, and that was it,” said Mellott, 23, of Needmore, Pa. “We had me running the camera, the actor in front of me and the guy recording the sound and that was basically it.”

And as 26-year-old Glessner of McConnellsburg, Pa., pointed out, “Oftentimes the guy running the sound was an actor, as well.”

But after nearly a year of balancing work with filming, juggling actors, who also had day jobs, and squeezing time out to shoot on locations in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, McConnellsburg and outside of Philadelphia, their film will finally make its premiere.

“Blind Circumstances” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, at The Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg. A question-and-answer session will follow the film. “Blind Circumstances” runs about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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As Thinking Art Entertainment, Mellott and Glessner have to wear their share of collective hats. Both are producers for the film. Glessner stars in the movie and helped to develop the script. Mellott wrote the screenplay, and was also director and cinematographer. 

“We wanted to make films since we were kids,” Glessner said. “Wesley actually went to college, graduated and he had been writing the whole time, so we decided to give making a film a shot.”

Mellott said “Blind Circumstance” revolves around two best friends who have a history together.

“They both kind of find themselves in this financial rut and they don’t know how to get out of it,” he said. “And everything keeps (piling) on top of each other to where they’re in desperate need of money and they come up with this plan to rob an underground poker game.”

The idea was inspired by Mellott’s own college days when he played in underground poker tournaments.

“I would somehow think ‘What if someone would rob us right now? There would be no way for us to do anything about it,’” he said. “Because people would be playing for thousands and thousands of dollars on the table, there was no security. You couldn’t call the cops, really (because it wasn’t legal).” 

After Mellott had graduated from college, he said he had a hard time finding something in his field. 

“I needed some way to get experience behind the camera or, you know, I’m going to stay inexperienced,” Mellott said. “It just got to a point where I need to do something. I just decided what better way to get experience than to go out there and do everything yourself.”

Glessner, who currently works for AT&T as a retail sales consultant, used every free minute to work on the film.

“Having gone from having to make calls on my lunch break, to go to locations to set stuff up that day, making sure everybody’s ready to do that and be on board and (then) coming in also playing a character,” he said. “It was definitely a juggling act.”

Mellott said for him the biggest challenge was directing and operating the camera at the same time.

“Because I’m sitting there trying to focus and get my shot correct while everybody else is acting and trying to be convincing in their roles,” he said. “And sometimes I would get lost in what I was doing and lose focus in what they were doing. I tried to direct them as much as possible, but I feel that if I wasn’t doing all the camera work by myself that I could have probably done a little bit better job with my direction.”

The guys agree that it’s been a learning process for their first film, which they estimated cost less than $5,000 to make. 

The test, though, they said, will be this weekend. Mellott is hoping that enough people will enjoy the flick that it will lead to more films. His production partner echoes the sentiment. 

“I want people to sit down, be able to understand the story, follow the story,” Glessner said. “Hopefully, they’ll enjoy the story and hopefully, it’ll open doors up for us in the future.”

If you go ...        

WHAT: Premiere of “Blind Circumstance”

WHEN: 7 p.m., doors open; 8 p.m. Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $6

CONTACT: Call 717-263-0202 or go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org.

MORE: Viewer discretion is advised. Q&A session following movie.

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