New talents emerged at Mid South Ice House in Olive Branch, Mississippi during the filming of an ice skating scene in CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new PG rated feature film.
Intrepid camera footwork of Jeff Yarbrough was captured as he filmed Brittney Ham, Reagan Britt Mullins, and Russell Walden skating at the Mid South Ice House for the new movie CHRISTMAS RIDE in this Behind the Scene clip.
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The film is awaiting cinema bookings for wider theatrical release. DCP available.
Playing the role of April in “Christmas Ride” is seven year old (six at the time of shooting) newcomer Reagan Britt Mullins. With only limited acting experience in school and church plays, Reagan took to the filming process quite easily.
This Bartlett Tennessee second grader prepared for each shoot and much to her parent’s pleasure kept up with her studies and didn’t miss a day of school.
When asked about her favorite part of the filming of Christmas Ride Reagan states “I had fun learning from Mr. Jeff (Yarbrough, Director of Photography) and Mr. H. T. (Altman, Principle Actor) and it was fun having Russ (Russell Walden, Principle Actor) as a movie Brother”.
When asked about her favorite scene, Reagan said “I liked when Russ (Josh) and I snuck away in the Sheriff’s office and throwing leaves on MR. H. T., he was so silly”.
Reagan loves to play soccer and basketball and looks forward to starting third grade this fall. She is active in American Heritage Girls and earns badges like crazy.
Reagan has traveled the country with her parents and just returned from a trip to St Louis where she conquered her fears and made it to the top of the Arch.
Reagan looks forward to continuing her acting career and shooting more inspirational movies like Christmas Ride.
What is your acting background?
Christmas Ride is my first acting experience.
Where are you from?
I am from Covington, TN
What has been your biggest challenge in the production?
As I’m not a seasoned actor, I got a little nervous working with professional actors and crew members.
What are your personal career goals for your future?
I am currently going into my sophomore year in college and I’m planning on going to study film/video production at The University of Memphis. I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to learn more about film-making while on the set of Christmas Ride.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Olan Rogers, Joshua Pursely, and Thomas Gore are three Memphis graduates who were in a sketch comedy group called “Balloonshop” on Youtube. They are currently working on separate film projects. Many other Youtubers and internet film companies are also big inspirations for me choosing a film career.
What have you learned from being in this film so far?
I have learned that acting requires a lot off repetition as directors film many shots in many angles in order to perfect a scene.
What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Pokemon: The First Movie. I became a fan of the Pokemon franchise at a very young age and have grown with it. The first Pokemon movie, in my opinion, has the perfect mix of serious aspects and comedy. It carries a great message and has a great soundtrack too.
What location(s) did you enjoy filming in and what was unique about that place?
Well, its not everyday you get to go into the Sheriff’s office. We filmed in the Justice Center for two nights. It was fun hanging out in the courtroom and the Sheriff’s office. While we were there, Brandon and I texted some friends telling them we were in jail.
We also filmed on the side of the road with a police car at night and at a house in a local neighborhood. I’m pretty sure that we all had fun adventures in every filming location.
What stands out in your mind about some of the other actors in the film?
They were all great! It was interesting seeing how actors get into their characters.
What technical aspects of the filming were new to you?
I was fascinated by how important the lighting and sound are to the scenes.
What kind of work do you do when you aren’t filming?
I currently work part-time at McDonald’s.
How did you get involved with Christmas Ride?
I was actually working on a video project with Brandon Connell for one of my classes. Brandon got a call from Jeff Yarbrough asking if Brandon was interested for a role in Christmas Ride and if he knew anyone who would also be interested in a role . We both said yes.
Recently cast members of CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new film in the making, took to the ice at Mid South Ice House to film a scene. This fabulous arena is in Olive Branch, Mississippi, just past the Tennessee state line, off Hack’s Cross Road. Happy to report there were no broken bones. Here are a few photos of from the day’s shoot:
Reagan Britt Mullins and Russell Walden playing sister and brother, APRIL and JOSH, help each other along in their first experience on ice. More cast photos are on facebook.com/ChristmasRide. Help us out by visiting the page and “Liking Us” there.
This beautiful stain glass window is at the historical St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Covington, TN, where one scene of Christmas Ride, a feature length movie with a message of redemption and faith, was filmed. A second scene was filmed in front of this church.
Of the several trailers about the movie, this short video highlights Saint Matthews Church twice: https://youtu.be/6p7lHIW_OG4?list=PLhRMKPNzhg7QRMDgEH12ScRJJfKfe55bM
A number of the cast members in this movie live in Covington and near by surrounding areas. They are listed on the film’s official web page at http://www.artprofilms.com
This film was produced by Art Promotions in Memphis, TN with the cooperation of Yarbrough Media Productions in Covington, TN.
Some short videos produced by artist and screenwriter, Karen Francis, highlight churches and shrines may be found on youtube.com/blessings427.