It’s a revelation to Cleburne resident Carolyn Britt, the dynamics behind filmmaking. She marvels at the organized chaos swirling through her living room as a small army of camera, lighting, sound and other technicians race to and fro to set up the next shot.
“Let’s go talent, come on,” Director Larry Jack Dotson said. “We’re burning daylight and we ain’t got it to burn.”
Tucked in the corner of her kitchen, trying her best to stay out of everyone’s way, Britt calls the experience of having a movie shot in her home exciting, if a bit different.
“It’s just interesting to watch them running around and moving things around,” Britt said. “And all the people, when you watch a movie you just don’t realize all the people behind the scenes and all the things that have to be done. Now I understand why they give Academy Awards to the people like cinematographers and the costumes and all.”
Cinema Cleburne style
It’s probably premature to consider erecting a Cleburne sign similar to the one in Hollywood just yet. Nonetheless, the recent arrival of Kaufman-based production company On The Porch Film marks the fifth film shot in Cleburne in the past two years.
Dotson and company chose several Cleburne locales for their short film “Amazin’ Grace,” including Wright Plaza, the Hitchin’ Post and Don and Carolyn Britt’s home among others.
“I spent the day before they came cleaning house like Jesus was coming to visit,” Carolyn Britt said with a laugh. “My husband got the easy part. All he had to do was move a couple of our trailers around to the back.”
Dotson’s friendship with Cleburne resident Jamie Dugger led to his decision to film here.
“[Dotson] and I played husband and wife in a faith-based feature length film shot in Richardson about seven years ago,” Dugger said. “He called me about this project to see if I could help and I told him I’d do what I could.”