Bradley Hawkins, a bi-coastal actor, from Lancaster Pennsylvania, makes his directorial debut for the big screen with Roller Coaster for which he has already won awards for direction at IndieFEST International Film Festival (Nov. 2015) and at the International Independent Film Awards (Jan. 2016). He is currently in production on the new comedy short, FILLING IN, which is scheduled to be released this winter, and is in development on a feature-length comedy to be shot in Lancaster, PA in the spring of 2017.
Among his recent film credits as an actor are the lead role in LOBSTER CAGE (2015) and supporting roles in STARRY EYES (2014) and television's UNUSUAL SUSPECTS (S8, E5), MURDER BOOK (S2, E10) and DEADLINE: CRIME (S3, E1). Hawkins also co-stars in the BuzzFeed comedy video, When You Let Someone Borrow Your Pen which was released has now been watched by over 2 million viewers.
Introducing DANIEL HOPPES, from Carlisle, PA, who serves as the film editor of ROLLER COASTER. Hoppes grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, and graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA in 2012, earning his BA in Communications with a concentration in film and digital media. Hoppes was hired as a video editor at AidemMedia Solutions in Lancaster, PA in 2014, and currently serves as the digital media specialist for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Check out this tremendous promotional video that Hoppes directed and edited for the CPYB’s Male Scholarship program for a sample of his exceptional skills.
Introducing JIM CASELLA, the composer of our original music score for ROLLER COASTER. Internationally recognized as one of today's most prolific arrangers for marching percussion, Casella has served as a composer/arranger for former world champion drum and bugle corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard (1996-2004), and The Cavaliers, from Rosemont, Illinois (2006-09). Casella's popular catalog of concert music is performed often throughout the world for which he's received the ASCAP Plus award each year since 2009. His broadcast composition projects include nationwide spots for Cadillac, Hyundai, and ABC College Football. In addition to scoring several short films, he scored the original music for the nationally-screened feature film, THE GRAVES (2009).
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Introducing MITCH McCLURE, the Director of Photography of ROLLER COASTER who hails from North Carolina. McClure’s previous film credits include PALACE (2013) for which he earned an award for his cinematography, McFLY (2013) which won him awards for both Best Picture and Best Editing, and DOWNWARD (2014) which won him an award for his direction. The gifted filmmaker recently completed working as the DP on the short film THE CANISTER, and on the pilot for the series PERFECTVILLE, and we were very fortunate to be able to work with him on our comedy short film.
Introducing ROLANDO VEGA, an Executive Producer of ROLLER COASTER. Vega is the award-winning producer/director of PALACE (2013), as well as the executive producer of DOWNWARD (2014). Besides producing, directing and shooting films and high-end video productions himself, Vega also serves as the Video Producer at Princteon Alliance Church in Plainsboro, NJ. It was Rolando who first got the wheels in motion to help pull together the creative team for the comedy short after reading the screenplay (written by Bradley Hawkins) with Hawkins to direct, Mitch Mcclure, to serve as director of photography, and Mike Ortiz to assist as the associate producer for the film.
Introducing JARED ODRICK, an Executive Producer of ROLLER COASTER. Odrick, now an NFL veteran football player, was a 2006 graduate of Lebanon HS and a student in ROLLER COASTER director, Bradley Hawkins' Film as Art and Humanities classes at the high school. Once Odrick got wind of his former teacher's new endeavor as an actor and film director, the NFL pro decided to climb aboard the coaster to lend his support as yet another means of giving back to his hometown of Lebanon, PA, and those who helped guide him during his youth. Besides playing pro football, Odrick can also be seen on HBO's new series, BALLERS in a cameo role as himself, too.
Introducing Karl Holtz, an Executive Producer for ROLLER COASTER. Holtz founded the alternative rock band Crimson Ivy, who toured throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond from '86-'96. Through his company, Sonic Voice Productions, he produced several benefit concerts generating generous funding for non-profit organizations such as The Aris Project, The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and The George Mark House. In the late '90's, Holtz lived in Seattle and worked on the set of the TV version of THE FUGITIVE. Today he continues to perform and records with Crimson Ivy, enjoys photography, and all forms of cinematics. Now retired in upsate New York, travels to the west coast often, and is entertaining a new career in film.
Introducing TYLER BAILEY, our sound editor for ROLLER COASTER. Recent Master's College graduate with a B.A. in Music, Bailey has had the privilege of working with several talented individuals in the music and film industry, including Grammy-winning producer, Mauricio Gasca, to produce an EP of original classical music, and interning for long-time music veteran, Dan Blessinger as well. Bailey also served as sound editor for the science fiction film RZ-9.
B. NEIL PLUMLEY
Introducing, B. NEIL PLUMLEY, our Camera Assistant on ROLLER COASTER. Plumley grew up in Wilmington, DE and moved to Los Angeles in 2011 with a love for filmmaking and cinematography. He currently works in props and moonlights as a filmmaker's jack of all trades.
Introducing MIKE ORTIZ who serves as Associate Producer on ROLLER COASTER. Working creatively through his college years, he produced several personal projects, three of them feature length. He has since worked on films like LAW ABIDING CITIZEN and THE LAST AIRBENDER, a TV show for MundoFox, and a special for Akihiro Noguchi of Power Rangers fame. Ortiz currently lives in Los Angeles and spends his days working at Pop Television. Check out the teaser trailer to Mike’s latest short film, THE CANISTER.
Introducing, STEVE SCHULTZ, our illustrator for the end end credit title cards of ROLLER COASTER. Schultz is a graphic designer who recently moved to Chicago, IL after living in northwest Indiana for most of his life. He loves graphic design/illustration and has a healthy graphic novel collection to fuel his inspiration. After graduating from Westwood College in 2008 with a B.A. in Animation, Schultz developed a great interest in film and bringing stories to life.
Introducing AMANDA LAHR, the designer for the film poster for ROLLER COASTER, works out of her studio for her own company, The Duchess of Design, where Lahr creates unique art pieces to fit into her client’s every day lives, and provides keepsakes for their special moments. Lahr (listed on imdb as Amanda Benper) has also worked as a make-up artist on two feature length horror films, BLOODY MARY (2008) and MARKED FOR MARY: THE GAME (2007).
Introducing, BRIAN BELL , our 1st Assistant Director on ROLLER COASTER. Bell is known for his work in the films THE DEN, FDR AMERICAN BADASS, and DRAMA KINGS, as well as the television shows BLOOD RELATIVES, TALES OF THE FRONTIER, and OPERATION REPO. He has been involved in theater since age 11, and has trained in stage combat (specializing in broadsword) since age 12. Bell has been working in film and television since 2008 and besides serving as the 1st AD on ROLLER COASTER, he also has a cameo appearance as the "Uber Driver” in the comedy short film.
2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
DANIEL NOA - Roller Coaster's 2nd Assistant Director has been directing, editing, and assistant directing independent films for nearly ten years. After making his directorial debut in 2007 with SMUGGLER'S RANSOM, for Cloud Ten Pictures, Daniel served as First Assistant Director on the feature film COME WHAT MAY for Provident Films. Most recently, he was the lead editor on the film RZ-9, to be released in the UK on May 18th.
Introducing, KELSEY DYER, a LA-based producer, who has worked in film and television in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio before settling in Los Angeles five years ago. She has worn many hats, from AC to AD to producer on a string of short films and music videos before finding a place with the reality television company 495 Productions, as a senior post supervisor, overseeing projects such as Tattoo Nightmares, Snooki & Jwoww, and Party Down South. Alongside her more corporate day job, when she can, Kelsey enjoys taking a break to get her hands dirty in the indie scene with such passion projects as ROLLER COASTER where she served as a casting assistant on our film.
Introducing MICHAEL HEARN, a recent graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA as a Film and Media Arts student. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and works freelance within the film industry. He is a screenwriter and director, his senior project Underneath My Breath won Best Narrative Screenplay at the 2011 Diamond Film Festival and his latest credits are as a production assistant for independent films G.B.F. and AT THE MAPLE GROVE. Hearn served as our sound man during production of ROLLER COASTER.