"VEER”ing toward Greatness

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Local film maker Patrick Barry will be showing his five year in the making film "VEER" at Sun-Ray Cinema from March 1- March 7, 2013. Veer is incredible story about a skateboarder who has to redefine his life and purpose when the dreams he has been following have died.

The two worked on shaping the premise and themes of the short film into an intricate and multifaceted journey for the character. The script was completed later in the year and now it was on to the next step of getting the film made. Patrick began shooting the film in February and March of 2010 with a shooting schedule consisting of 4 days a week over that time period. Then for the next year Patrick spent time refining the film working on editing, sound effects, and ADR. All of this proving to be quite a challenge considering the different formats that were used to shoot the film.

At St. Augustine Film Festival

Patrick used 16mm film mixed with digital. This was used to give the film a different aesthetic and feeling between the scenes that are in color and those that are black and white. The film is currently finished and has been making its way around various film festivals around the country. But for Patrick it will always be an experience that has its roots in Jacksonville.

Almost all of the film was shot entirely in the Jacksonville area and used all Jacksonville crew. It was a truly local event for the film scene of the area. Patrick was able to get the rights to shoot at the Old Haden Burns building. He talked with local business owners and shot at Shantytown and other locations around the area. All of the skate competition footage was shot at Kona skate park. He also used the local musicians to create his soundtrack for the film. Including such acts as Crash the Satellites, After the Bomb Baby!, Juicy Pony, and Kristina Wagner.

Patrick was even able to secure the services of Chad Landenburger, a local graphic artist, to design logos for skateboards in the movie. It was a movie that showed the richness of Jacksonville both in look and talent. The film is loaded with shots and scenes that any Jacksonville native will notice immediately. Patrick was able to use the various locales almost like a character itself. The film brings the city to life as the characters of his film transverse its streets and their own lives. One scene in particular where the protagonist of the film, Jesse, is riding his skateboard down the side ramp of the Main street bridge, as Patrick and crew follow along in a car, elicits such a feeling of freedom that it is hard to ignore. The scene stylistically is very cinematic and in many ways is the epitome of the themes or ideas set forth by the film.

At Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival

For me, the film VEER! Is an exceptional film that tackles a question some of us may have asked before: What do I do when my dream has died? It is not a depressing or downtrodden film. But a story of someone trying to find their way in this world when the only thing they know to do no longer works for them. The film has a passion for its subject and the story it is trying to tell. This will draw anyone into the film that gives it a chance. It is very human. Very touching. And at times it does make you wonder if dreams do come true.

As for Patrick I think in many ways his dream with this film did come true. He was able to make a film he truly had passion for and was able to work with a great cast and crew. And as Patrick Barry says, “The film shows the talent of Jacksonville. It is a great testimonial of all the exceptional talent, artists, bands, and filmmakers and what they can do together”. With this statement alone one can see how Patrick and his film are headed for greatness.

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Article by Jeremy Tidwell

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