Meet the Production Crew

Jordan Smith Producer, director, and editor: Jordan has created a myriad of films and videos. He enjoys almost every aspect of filmmaking and loves getting involved in the details. When he’s not making movies, he’s usually devouring books or spicy food, one literally, the other figuratively. He is the author of Finding the Core of Your Story. @Malfhok

Aubrey Hansen Story supervisor: Aubrey Hansen is an energetic screenwriter and author, typing merrily on a laptop decorated with Toy Story stickers. When she’s not writing, she’s watching movies, tweeting, or moderating holyworlds.org. She is a homeschool graduate and hails from Wisconsin. @Aubrey_Hansen

Kendra Ness Director of photography (Season 2): Kendra wanted to become a seafaring Pirate, but her career path changed drastically when she made a silly home movie for her family in 2004. Eight years, and over twenty-five short films later, she has folded up the skull and crossbones in order to pursue the silver screen. She is the bold and intrepid captain of Patchwork Girl Productions, the name under which she produces at least two film projects per year. Her other passion is learning Mandarin Chinese, and she still wonders if she could somehow use these two unrelated skills to end up on a sailing vessel someday.

Rebekah Shafer Production designer: Rebekah is a production design/world building nut. She loves working with fantasy and science fiction genres, the more complex the better. Her passion for creative details laps over into writing fiction and a wide variety of crafts. More often than not, that same passion gets her into more trouble than she bargained for, but somehow she just can’t stop. @MaidenYarn

Ruth Shafer Unit production manager, graphics, and editor; cinematography (Season 1): Ruth is often found peering at life through a camera lens, capturing story into visual art, whether for still photography or video. She also knits, drinks tea, and sometimes talks to herself.

Benjamin Dawson Composer: Benjamin began composing when he was eight years old, and since then has been fascinated with the art of writing music. He now studies composition with Dr. Maria Niederberger at East Tennessee State University, and stays busy scoring films, as well as writing choral and instrumental pieces for live performance. Benjamin lives in Southwest Virginia with his family and his three dogs, Fanny Mendelssohn, Claire de Lune, and Johannes Brahms. @composerbdawson

Ben Smith Visual effects supervisor: Writer, actor, CGI artist, and avid book reader. Ben won’t eat carrots and is prone to randomly hopping around on one foot. @BenCreating

Jack Mertens Visual effects: Jack’s home is surrounded by pine trees and situated in a rural area of Louisiana, where he lives a life that is both surprising and amusing (to him, that is). Jack enjoys writing and is a regular contributor to the blog Thousand Mile Walk. In addition, he has made several short films with the help of loyal friends and a patient family, and in his spare time he likes to do film-related work, watch TV shows, read books, play guitar, and write stories.

Nathan Paine Visual effects: Nathan is a Junior in high school and is homeschooled. He got into filmmaking after volunteering at a local TV station and bought myself a laptop and the Adobe Production Premium Suite. Since then I have made several sci-fi fanfilms with my friends. Outside of making film, I enjoy watching good film, reading, singing in my church’s youth choir, and learning new accents… Scottish eludes me still…

Meet the Actors

Laura Rozar The Writer: Laura is a portrait artist, poet, candy-enthusiast, and actress. She’s been known to shriek, feel chills, cry, and hit the couch… when something terrible happens in one of her favorite TV shows or movies. @LRozar

Rebekah Shafer Bree: Rebekah is a production design/world building nut. She loves working with fantasy and science fiction genres, the more complex the better. Her passion for creative details laps over into writing fiction and a wide variety of crafts. More often than not, that same passion gets her into more trouble than she bargained for, but somehow she just can’t stop. @MaidenYarn

Ben Smith The Long-lost Heir: Writer, actor, CGI artist, and avid book reader. Ben won’t eat carrots and is prone to randomly hopping around on one foot. @BenCreating

Sarah Shafer The Princess: Sarah Shafer isn’t a llama or a balloon or a groundhog. She is actually a writer. While she’s been writing fiction and such for years, Month of the Novel Season 1 was her first official screenwriting experience and she is now happy to be back on board for Season 2. She enjoys other story-related things, like reading books and watching movies. She also enjoys non-story-related things, like photography, music, peanut butter, and cool hats.

Jordan Smith The Jester: Jordan has created a myriad of films and videos. He enjoys almost every aspect of filmmaking and loves getting involved in the details. When he’s not making movies, he’s usually devouring books or spicy food, one literally, the other figuratively. He is the author of Finding the Core of Your Story. @Malfhok

Meet the Writers

Betsy Clemons Seasons 1 & 2: “Once upon a time…” Those were the words Betsy Clemons used to begin her first short story and what sent her on a journey to becoming a writer. Although her primary focus at first was short stories, she quickly became interested in writing for theater after a local group asked her to write plays for them. This inspired her to peruse other forms of writing, such as novels, educational material, and screenplays. Today, Betsy writes for people all over the United States, with her main focus and expertise being on screenplays.

Katie Lynn Daniels Season 1: Katie is a writer of many talents, constantly branching out into new fields and genres. She primarily writes novels and short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, along with an assortment of hilarious and sentimental poetry. When she’s not writing she’s acting, directing, singing, playing her Celtic harp or songwriting, often engaging in more than one at a time. She lives in the beautiful hills of Kentucky with her parents and eight siblings. @danielskatie

Aubrey Hansen Season 2: Aubrey Hansen is an energetic screenwriter and author, typing merrily on a laptop decorated with Toy Story stickers. When she’s not writing, she’s watching movies, tweeting, or moderating holyworlds.org. She is a homeschool graduate and hails from Wisconsin. @Aubrey_Hansen

Jenni Noordhoek Season 2: Jenni is an aspiring filmmaker. Her main interest is in screenwriting, but she would like to work hands-on a film set. Her preferred method of story consumption is in serial television format, but she also eats five short stories and one movie a week in addition to at least one novel a fortnight.

J. Grace Pennington Seasons 1 & 2: J. Grace Pennington is a homeschool graduate and a prolific writer, authoring novels, articles, film and book reviews, and screenplays. When she’s not writing you can usually find her working and playing with her family of eleven. Her greatest desire is to give glory to God with her writing. @jgracetheauthor

Rebekah Shafer Seasons 1 & 2: Rebekah is a production design/world building nut. She loves working with fantasy and science fiction genres, the more complex the better. Her passion for creative details laps over into writing fiction and a wide variety of crafts. More often than not, that same passion gets her into more trouble than she bargained for, but somehow she just can’t stop. @MaidenYarn

Sarah Shafer Seasons 1 & 2: Sarah Shafer isn’t a llama or a balloon or a groundhog. She is actually a writer. While she’s been writing fiction and such for years, Month of the Novel Season 1 was her first official screenwriting experience and she is now happy to be back on board for Season 2. She enjoys other story-related things, like reading books and watching movies. She also enjoys non-story-related things, like photography, music, peanut butter, and cool hats.

Ben Smith Season 2: Writer, actor, CGI artist, and avid book reader. Ben won’t eat carrots and is prone to randomly hopping around on one foot. @BenCreating

Jordan Smith Seasons 1 & 2: Jordan has created a myriad of films and videos. He enjoys almost every aspect of filmmaking and loves getting involved in the details. When he’s not making movies, he’s usually devouring books or spicy food, one literally, the other figuratively. He is the author of Finding the Core of Your Story. @Malfhok

Season 1 DVD Giveaway

We just found a couple Season 1 DVDs in our stash, still all shrink-wrapped and everything! These are in lovely, pristine condition.

Season 1 DVDs

And we kind of wondered what we could do with them… How about a giveaway?

Here’s the deal: We have two copies of Month of the Novel Season 1 on DVD. You can enter the giveaway in a variety of ways using the little widget below. You have until February 20 to submit your entry. Two entries will be chosen at random to receive one DVD each.

Have fun!

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(By the way, we are down to the last day of our Indiegogo fundraiser, and we’re at 51% funded. Check it out if you haven’t already!)

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Cast/Crew Interview: Betsy Clemons

Let’s welcome writer Betsy Clemons to the blog for another cast/crew interview!

Month of the Novel: What’s your role in Month of the Novel?

Betsy Clemons: I am the writer for episode 5.

MotN: From what you’ve seen of the scripts, what do you like about Season 2?

BC: I like how all the scripts are more connected this year. Also, the episodes have been lengthened so we get a chance to create a more complicated plot.

MotN: Do you have a favorite episode from Season 1? If you had to pick based on the scripts, which episode of Season 2 do you think will be your new favorite? (You can pick your own.) Continue reading

Lights, More Lights, and Even More Lights

All good spaceships need lights, and the one that’s going to figure big in Month of the Novel Season 2 is no exception. Here’s a look at the lights that we’re playing with to get ready for the shoot.

Looking pretty cool, don’t you think? We’re planning to begin shooting on March 1, but our Indiegogo funding project has only a week left. There’s still time to contribute and be a part of Season 2!