Cameras roll again as Longview Film Club bounces back from COVID-19 pandemic

Club works on their ‘biggest endeavor yet’

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MARSHALL, Texas (KLTV) - An East Texas film club is back on set shooting a movie they were hoping to complete last year, before being delayed by COVID-19.

“And action!”

No. This isn’t Hollywood. This is East Texas, specifically the Marshall Train Depot. It’s one of the shoot locations for the Longview Film Club’s new film about mobsters.

Director Scott Jones helped start the film club azbout five years ago and calls this movie their “biggest endeavor yet.”

“We have about 40 people on set today,” he said. “Camera, catering, audio, lighting, the entire gamut. And we’re putting all of those ingredients together for today’s recipe.”

On set were cast and crew members from all walks of life, including Johnny (John Bonzo) Edwards, a former Longview K-9 officer.

“Some guys go fishing, other guys go hunting; this is what I do,” he said.

Actor Charlie Hodges travels all the way from Fort Worth for the shoots.

“This is an actor’s dream,” Hodges said. “This is a fun, fun thing to take part in.”

The makeup artist for Sunday’s shoot was 13-year-old Marissa Pierce from Gilmer, who was inspired by watching a video online. She said, “I was like, ‘whoa! I want to do that!”

And by working with the Longview Film Club, she was able to do exactly what she wanted, and said she wouldn’t mind doing it professionally one day.

This safe and professional learning environment is something the film club emphasizes. They give their members the opportunity to learn and train by working in a variety of roles.

“There are people who don’t know anything about it, and they come and we teach them,” Jones said. “And there are people out there who know more than we do, and we encourage them to come be a part of this and teach us.”

Jones said the quality of their films is improving with each new project. He hopes to see their films on streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon within the next couple of years.

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