When a sad-sack softball team needs a pep-talk...send in the coach. Carpe Diem, a Johnnie Sprinkle short film, centers on an emotionally charged intramural team of grown men who rally together during a time out. Can they muster the gonads to overcome their emotions and ride the wave of victory?
Johnnie Sprinkle Films, in association with 321 Films, managed to finish the bulk of the filming at the Enterprise Sports Complex July 21st. A heavy thunderstorm compressed shooting timeline. The crew, racing to gather the necessary images as the storm approached, lost two hours off the shooting day.
"We barely got the expensive equipment put away when the thunderstorms opened up on us," said Alan Moore, the film's writer and director. "We are so thankful to the Enterprise Recreation Department for letting us film at the Sports Complex."
More than 100 volunteers, many of them sitting in the bleachers for hours, came together to make the script come alive. "I know its a cliché thing to say especially with a sports themed film, but this really is a team effort," said Moore. "We had such an exciting group of people in the stands. I am so grateful for them because they were just awesome and absolutely essential to make the story become real."
Much of the crew came from 321 Films and included director of photography Micah Pendleton, assistant directors Java Moody and Sharon Lewis-Saliba. John Morrison handled lighting with Joshua Massey on sound and Michaela Gatlin served as still photographer and production assistant.
Most of the crew and actors were local to Dothan and Enterprise, but others (thanks to help from Rare Quality Talent and Models) came from Montgomery, Birmingham and North Florida. The filmmakers still have a few scenes to shoot, which they will take care of in the coming months. The film is expected to be finished in time for the 2019 film festival season.