In 2006 I'd produced a short written, edited, and directed by my good friend Stephen Dackson. I'd decided a while before that not to produce film/radio also not written and directed by myself. But for Steve I was happy to. Besides having similar tastes in movies and a mutual disgust for McKee's Story, he has always been good at critiquing my work. Most of all, Steve is the guy who encouraged me to learn Final Cut Pro and edit my own movies instead of begging around in search of an editor. I'll always remember what he said, "Dude, you know how to edit. You just don't know how to use the machines yet." One doesn't need to get high to say 'Whoaaa' to that. Speaking of high, The Grass Under Ground is actually a feature-length script with several stories tied together by the drug delivery service girl, Faith. The short you're about to watch is one segment from that script. For me, and I'm sure for Steve also, watching this short brings back all the memories leading up to the shoot. The final product is quite different from how the script read but Steve is a big proponent of 'script is the blueprint' theory. Not to mention dude has some editing skillz on him. I have no doubt Steve will make it big and find respect as a writer/director. This is just the first step.
Without further ado, here's Steve's short.