To make feature films
that are strong on character development and while still managing to tell
riveting stories. Too many of today's films focus on quick action and lack this
Two years ago, John Depew
had been acting for about ten years. For about five of those years he had this
story rattling around in his head and he couldn't get it out, so one day he
decided to sit down and write it .
With the help of writing partner
Steve Hrehovcik, John hammered out a script and eventually managed to tie up
all the loose ends. Just as John was about to start looking for someone to make
the movie, he sat down with his wife Judy Coleman and she suggested that he
direct the movie himself. After all, She said, "You always wanted to see what
it was like on the other side of the camera."
After some more prodding
and encouragement from Judy, John agreed that they should skip a couple of
their frequent vacations and spend the money on making a movie instead. That
moment marked a milestone in John Depew's life. It also marked the birth of
Wild Beagle Productions. Wild Beagle was named after John and Judy's beloved
pooch "Cassie" who image was not only was the inspiration for the Wild Beagle
logo, but Cassie was also immortalized by her first movie cameo appearance in
Moving behind the camera has been a huge learning and life
changing experience for John. He was now the man that makes all the decisions
about how the scenes would be shot and also decides the what actor would make
the cut and which wouldn't. His choices were sometimes determined by just a
look, or the way they said a line, or some other quality. He also found himself
having to tun down actors that he liked because they just were not right for a
particular part. He discovered he was also now the guy who when he yelled "CUT"
people actually listened.
John selected Emmy Award winning
cinematographer Adam Starr as Director of Photography. John had worked with
Adam on some previous projects, and he was constantly amazed how Adam could
pull amazing results out of any scene with only minimal equipment. "Adam can do
an awful lot with just a little. Depew says, "Adam understands every aspect of
filmmaking and his end product is always very professional. "
the credits on Wild Beagle's films say, "A Film by John Depew", he readily
acknowledges it is really the collective effort of everyone involved that
finally brings home a successful film project. He says, "In reality it is a
film by Cast and Crew!"
Considering the high quality of cast and crew
members with whom John Depew has chosen to surround himself, and with two
feature films carrying the Wild Beagle nameplate in less than two years, there
is little doubt that the Wild Beagle still has a lot more to say.