John Anthony

Actor. Filmmaker. Alien

Wade Wofford, Director, Writer and Producer of the upcoming feature “The Answer”

“Much like the adage that "you make a film three times: writing the script, shooting it, and editing," I find that working with actors is very similar; you work with them in a very different way in all three parts of the filmmaking process.  Most actors, in my experience, do not shine across all three...  John Anthony, on the other hand, proves a pleasure through each stage of the process. His intentness on understanding relationships and willingness to build character history enriches beyond the script in preproduction. During production, his sense of humor, willingness to work his ass off, and "turn it on" on demand were assets to shooting swiftly and efficiently. And during post, his consistency and strong choices shine through; movements made on specific lines from wide to close make the editor's task able to focus on quality rather than tedious technicalities. A true pro, and craftsman at his art.”



An Oscar and an escalator...

Believe in your place.

I say this because it is the only grounding we have right now.  

So, an evening ago in a bookstore, I ran into an Academy Award winning writer and director yadadada so on and so forth. Simply an artist that I respect and admire, whom I had the pleasure to meet a couple months back at a private screening for one of his films through a mutual degree of separation we both shared and whom I said out loud, literally and in my mindscape, I want to work with and meet again.  Up four escalator flights in re-introductory banter into a chat about the perception of time on the top floor.  Farewells eventually shared and now my point.  

We all are exactly where we are supposed to be right now.  Whether in what seems like the gutter or a righteous place, our placement is the accumulation of our choices.  Granted we have the power to make them.  Know that "the pull" has put us where we ought to be.  It put me in that bookstore on that escalator at that exact second to share that moment that was meant to take place.  The interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated events.

Even in the thick, I guarantee there are blessings.  Signs, doors, gates, ropes, ladders, maps with fucking treasure X's on them screaming this way, outstretched hands to pull you out of the fire.  It may not be the path expected, but sometimes you gotta get burned to learn.  Whether burdened or divine.  We all are right on time.

Smile Harder.