I’m always intrigued by indie sci-fi films and today I have the privilege to highlight an up-and-coming indie actor, who happens to be the boyfriend of my good friend/colleague Ashley. If you remember in 2013 I posted an interview with Tim Jacobs when he was working as an extra on RIPD.
Tim has been one of my consultants for my script, as the two main characters are stage actors and so a large part of it involves scenes in a theatrical play. So I’m more than happy to feature him on my blog in the hope that this role will get him more film and/or tv work in the future. This time around Tim is the co-lead in an indie sci-fi thriller District C-11.
District C-11 is a action-packed, plot twisting sci-fi. The story is of two cops in the not too distant future is who are tasked to patrol the streets of Boston at night in a city being broken by corruption and a villain named Stanton Creed. As they get closer to the source of the city’s woes, they find themselves closer to death asking themselves two questions. Do they fight for whats right and risk their lives? Or do they join the bad guys and become part of the problem?
Starring: Corey Spencer, Tim Jacobs, Richard C. Bailey, Lance Williams, Alaina Gianci, Jordan Lloyd & Mark Resnik
Directed By Wes Williams II
Written By Ralph Celestin
Produced by Camp 9 Films
Check out the trailer:
The film is set in Boston and it will have its premiere at
Boston Common Lowes Movie Theater on Thursday 4/21.
Here’s my Q&A with Tim about the film, as well as his background as an actor and the challenges & experience working in theater vs feature films.
How did you get involved with this project?
That is quite an interesting story. I saw the audition notice on multiple social media channels and thought it sounded like a good story. I went to the open auditions and read for the part of Grey Gideon. At the end of the first round of auditions, I was told that they loved me, but I was too tall. Later that month I received a call asking me to come back for another round of auditions. Again, they gave me great feedback, but again were unsure about my height. At the third and final callback, it was down to me and another incredible actor (Nicholas DiMaio) and after some great readings with different scenes partners, we were left without a verdict. Wes Williams II (the director) called me 3 weeks later as I was on the phone with another director and offered me the part after again telling me how my height was restrictive. I accepted and could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Tell us about your character and how it fits into the story?
Grey is a hell of a character. He is a good cop, a good partner, and good friend… mostly. He upholds the law, but is ultimately driven by revenge for the death of his parents. He has a substance abuse problem and doesn’t like to let people get too close to him. His partner Trenton (Corey Spencer) is the one real exception to that rule. In the movie, things don’t always go Grey’s way and it tends to get a little… messy.
Being that you’ve done small supporting work in big-budget films (RIPD), how’s your experience been like in an independent film but in a more prominent role?I’ve now worked on multiple big budget films and TV shows (Spotlight, The Girl on the Train, Allegiant part 1) and it is always a toss up whether the set is going to be friendly and organized, or harsh and chaotic. Without mentioning specific productions, I have seen some of the worst set management in the bigger budget films. Thankfully, the crew of District C-11 and the most of the smaller movies i’ve worked on have been really professional. I know that i’m lucky because I have heard horror stories from many of my actor friends.
Having a more prominent role is a rush. You are always getting called for something (hair, make-up, rehearsals, etc) so you really take advantage of the down time you have. I loved being in the thick of it and being able to collaborate with the director and Director of Photography (Rajah Samaroo) regarding different takes on shots and scenes. It really is a labor of love because there are times when you are waiting for lights to be set up or lenses to be changed and all the extras have been let go for the night and it’s just you, your scene partner, and the freezing temperatures.You question why you are doing this at all, but if you really love what you are doing, and believe in the project, those thoughts don’t last too long.
Q: What’s one of the most memorable experiences making this film for you?
So many. The first time action was called. I wasn’t even really in the scene, but it was an incredible high. Working with our fight choreographer (Sisouk Vongbandith) and getting to know all the incredible film people in Boston. I did have a favorite scene to shoot though. It was my partner Trenton, Franchesca (Alaina GIanchi) and myself in a car driving around. The cameras were on rigs so there was no crew around at all with the exception of the poor sound tech (Jack Garrett) ducking in the back seat. It was real, honest work between just the actors with nobody interrupting us. We drove back and forth on an abandoned road for about 30 minutes just doing a bunch of takes. It was so different from what we had been used to and was a great experience.
Q: You mentioned you worked as an extra in ‘The Girl on the Train’ (which trailer has just dropped). What was the experience like working on that?
I was a passenger on the train 😛 I sat a few rows behind Emily Blunt. Unfortunately it was the last days of shooting so i didn’t really get a chance to network much. It was a really fun set though. The director [Tate Taylor] was wonderful and the entire crew seemed great to work with… that could also have been because it was the last couple days… I didn’t know a whole lot about the story going in so it was fun to pick up what was going on by listening to the director talk to Emily between takes. All in all it was a very professional and courteous set.
Q: You have a pretty extensive experience in theater, which do you prefer between making feature films & theater work?
They are so different! The first answer that came to my head was theatre. There is nothing like live theatre. If you mess up, you have to find a way to fix it right then and there. There are no second takes, no redos. What you give is what the audience gets. The adrenaline is incredible. It’s also nice to do the script in chronological order. You always know where you are and what you’re supposed to be doing/dressed like/ what scars are where. Not so in film. In District C-11 we shot the second to last scene on our second day of filming. It took a little getting used to. However, I also love the ever changing always moving nature of film. It keeps you on your toes and the chance at second takes allows you to explore many different ideas and options. I guess i don’t have a clear answer for you there.
Q: What’s next for you after this film?
I moved to NYC last year and am pursuing work here. I’ve done a few smaller projects and been on some big budget TV shows. I haven’t been on Law and Order SVU yet, so according to my actor friends, I’m haven’t been inducted into NYC television acting yet. I’m hoping this movie showcases me and can help propel me higher up. I’m working with a few people I know and getting in with the right people. It won’t be long before I get another great part!
Photos courtesy of PERSONIFYD MEDIA
For more info, check out District C-11‘s official website and on Facebook
19 thoughts on “Indie Actor Spotlight: Tim Jacobs – star of the upcoming indie sci-fi ‘District C-11’”
Hey Tim, I work with Ruth in Eagan (and Ashley in NYC) and have heard a lot about you, (good things, that is!), so I want to wish you good luck on your coming film and your career. I hope I get a chance to see District C-11.
Hey Flixy, another really great interview, love the inside perspective.
PrairieGirl (aka Becky)
Thanks Becky! I love Tim’s answers, so insightful. Crazy isn’t it about the height thing. We talked about that a bit too, I guess maybe that’s one of the reason Stanley’s not getting any work being that he’s 6’3″!
Ruth- you are amazing! Thanks again for featuring Tim. He’s told me several times how insightful your questions are and loves consulting with you on your manuscript. We’ll send you pictures from the red carpet!
Hi Ashley, we don’t get to work together enough! Hope all is good in NYC, so great to hear about your guy’s gig. Cheers! Becky
Hey thanks Ashley for connecting me w/ Tim! His advice & insights about theater is invaluable, helps me a ton on my script. Have fun at the premiere tonight and yes send me pictures!
Fantastic, Ruth! What a great supporter and interview. I’m always interested what goes behind-the-scenes. Good luck to Tim, and I will check out his new film.
Thanks for reading and commenting Cindy! I always love supporting indie talents/filmmakers. And yeah, the BTS tidbits are always fun. Boy, theater actors certainly have it much tougher, that’s why those with stage background usually are better actors because of that training.
Good interview Ruth and best of luck Tim! Hopefully I’ll see you on an episode of Law & Order: SVU soon! Love that show.
Yeah I hope he would get a shot at one of the Law & Order series! It’s amazing how many there are and they seem to all do well, too.
Actually SVU is the only one that’s still on the air, the rest were canceled couple of years ago. I love watching all of them though, even the LA one which started out kind of lame but got better as the season progresses; unfortunately it didn’t do well on the ratings and got canceled pretty fast.
But many now big named stars had a guest spot on SVU, including Bradley Cooper who played a very nasty defense lawyer a few years back.
Oh I think I’m mixing it up w/ CIS with its bazillion spinoffs! That’s cool SVU is still going strong though. Wow, Bradley Cooper? Well I suppose he got his start on TV w/ ALIAS.
Tim seems like a cool guy! And the film looks great. Boston in the future looks a lot like modern day Glasgow!
I hope Tim keeps getting bigger and bigger roles. One day he’ll get to play a criminal on Law and Order SVU!!
Hey thanks for checking out the post Mikey! Boston is a cool town for sure, though I am dying to visit Glasgow (and Edinburgh) one day.
This does look very cool I am interested in checking out District C-11 when I can
I hope we get some VOD release info soon Vern! Looks like they are getting some theatrical release in Boston area.
Great interview. Off to imdb to see who he played in Spotlight.
Thanks Matt! He might’ve played an extra in Spotlight, and they don’t get credited. Same with The Girl on the Train, but still I think it’s cool to get work as extras when you’re starting out.
Oh for sure. Especially with Girl on the Train where he got close enough to hear them talking about the story and the character. You’d think he’d learn a lot from that.
Enjoyed this interview with Tim and it’s interesting to hear about the perspective of an up and coming actor. District C-11 sounds pretty cool too.