In the summer of 2008, Jeff Moffitt, who at the time had worked for one of America’s top retailers for 25 years, decided to pass on a transfer to another department and ultimately follow his dream of being in the entertainment industry.
He decided to become an actor and in less than two years, Moffitt has been involved in over 50 different projects in film and television, as well as print and commercial work.
This past spring, Moffitt collaborated with a young director named Sy Cody White and after striking up a friendship, decided to form a production company and then pen a screenplay.
The result of their labor is the soon to be released suspense/thriller The Watchers, produced by their companies Two Man Crew Productions and Hocus Pocus Features. Moffitt stars in the film as a man who believes he’s being followed, forcing him to question his own sanity in search of what he believes is the truth. The film also stars Timothy J. Cox, Peter Francis Span, Kathleen Boddington, Darrin Biss, Rich Sab, Robert Nesi, James Konczyk, Mike Sgroi, Gerry Hoyile, Matthew Biss, and Guillermo B. Arguello.
Mr. Moffitt took a few moments to discuss the film with Blogcritics.
You play John Porter in The Watchers. Tell us about him. Without giving too much away, tell us what the film is about?
When the film begins, we encounter John in the midst of having some major life issues. He’s just separated from his wife Marci, which separates him from his daughter Shara, who he misses, but he is hopeful that he and Marci will meet with a counselor to try and work out their problems. John is also having a hard time at work, basically struggling to keep himself together. On top of all of this, he believes that he’s being watched.
(Jeff Moffitt in a still from The Watchers)
How did your collaboration with director Sy Cody White begin?
I ran an ad on Craigslist back in the fall of 2009. I was seeking an editor with experience using final cut pro to work with me on a travel show concept that I developed. Sy’s resume really stood out. I set up a meeting with Sy, we hit it off, and shortly after, we started working on the travel show. Over the next few months, Sy and I developed a solid friendship. We collaborate very well and we found out that we have a lot in common in regards to taste in film and the entertainment business.
Speak of the genesis of Two Man Crew Productions.
In early spring 2010, Sy suggested that we shoot our own short film. We picked up a Cannon T2i and then started writing The Watchers. Sy initially came up with the idea of someone being watched or followed. We sat at the Malibu Diner in Hoboken for nearly two hours until we both agreed on the the story line/script. This is how Two Man Crew Productions started.
(Robert Nesi and Jeff Moffitt in a still from The Watchers)
How daunting was the process of acting, writing, and producing this film?
It wasn’t really daunting at all. It was truly a labor of love. I enjoyed every aspect of making this film. We started the production near the middle of this past May and basically had less than two weeks to do the entire project. Sy had the basic framework of the script jotted down from our collaboration sessions, so he was responsible for pulling the script together. We spent about two days scouting out the locations, mainly in Manhattan and a few in New Jersey. We felt that Manhattan would lend itself perfectly to this story line. All in all, we shot the film in seven straight days. It was an exhausting week but it was worth every minute.
Of your three duties on this project, which do you prefer to do most?
I prefer acting the most. Wearing all of these hats on the film was challenging, as I didn’t have much opportunity to rehearse, but when the camera rolled I was ready to step up and deliver.
(Actress Kathleen Boddington in a still from The Watchers).
Did you have a hand in casting as well? Talk about that process.
I created the initial cast lineup. We didn’t have auditions. I just gathered a bunch of head shots from my actor friends on Facebook. Sy and I reviewed the head shots and watched some of their work online. I had worked with most of these actors in various independent projects and commercials over the past year and a half and was excited that we acquired a solid cast of actors. This film co-stars the talented Timothy J. Cox and veteran Peter Francis Span, both perfect fits for their respective roles, delivering outstanding performances. The rest of the cast all delivered great performances as well. We were very fortunate to have these fine actors in our film.
(Character actor Timothy J. Cox in a still from The Watchers)
Is the film being shopped around on the festival circuit?
We have submitted the short film to The Big Apple Film Festival. As of now, the film is going through the review process for that festival. We also plan to screen the film as well as enter it in a variety of other film festivals in the US and internationally.
What’s next for you and Two Man Crew Productions?
Less than one year ago, Sy Cody White and I were complete strangers. We met through a free Craigslist ad, created our first short film as a two-man operation. We had a dream and a vision and we brought it to life. We are looking to expand our production company with like-minded talented people that share the same passion and commitment to creating films. There’s much more to come from Two Man Crew Productions.
The official trailer for The Watchers is currently making its way around the Internet (and readers can view it below).
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