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Across time, on every battlefield, every soldier has asked the same question...
Across time, on every battlefield, every soldier has asked the same question...
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 A Soldier's Judgment is a short film tackling the question every soldier throughout time has asked themselves:

"Do my actions today affect what will happen to me in the future? Even if those actions are demanded by king, country, or even God?"

A Solder's Judgment is about the choices solders make and how memories, and even PTSD can guide their futures. A work of fiction, A Soldier's Judgment has elements every veteran can identify with.

The Story:

Army veteran Jason is in a bar engaged in a conversation with Mark, the bartender, rehashing his duties to his country over the years. Mark is intently interested in what he has to say. The outcome will surprise you...

The Crew:

Darren Tompkins, Executive Producer and Writer
Darren Tompkins, Executive Producer and Writer

Darren is a 13 year veteran of the US Army and is holding a photo of himself on commissioning day at the University of South Carolina in 2003. Darren served in Korea, Guantanamo Bay, and The Balkans as an enlisted man before receiving a commission in Army Aviation. A Soldier's Judgment came to him while simply driving his car around in Houston, Texas. He formed Command LLC to finance the production of ASJ as he knew the importance of the film and what it could mean to veterans.

David Black, Director
David Black, Director

David always carried a love for film from his early memories of he and his sister being latch-key kids, spending many summer afternoons watching movie after movie amidst the draping structure of a recently constructed blanket fort. After coming to the conclusion that he wanted to make movies for a living, he only lacked the means by which to get into the game. His opening came in the form of working on the sets of his friends’ productions for years. With each set that he worked on and managed not to drop whatever expensive piece of equipment he was holding, he found himself being trusted to hold increasingly expensive equipment or tasked with more critical roles in the production. This on set experience coupled with select film electives taken in college while working on his business degree, led David to work up the nerve to co-direct his first short film in 2011 where he met Brooks Cruzen, who was a boom mic operator on the set. David later joined Brooks in the formation of Blueprint and is now the company’s Lead Writer and Creative Co-Director. David immediately felt a connection to the story of “A Soldier’s Judgment” after reading the script and is looking forward to bringing his particular passion for story telling and team leadership to what will be an amazing set and production.

Brooks Cruzen, Director of Photography
Brooks Cruzen, Director of Photography

 Brooks started down the dark path of filmmaking at the age of 11 when he composed his first short films. Even as he graduated High School and went on to get his professional education in Audio Engineering, Brooks continued to develop his passion for cameras and capturing truly engaging images. After working in the film industry for several years, Brooks started Blueprint Film Co. with a couple of partners and is now the company’s Director of Photography and Lead Editor. With several short films and one cinematic feature under his belt, Brooks brings not only exemplary cinematic technique but also a unique visual execution to the production of “A Soldier’s Judgment.”

Josh, Actor portraying Jason Kreiger
Josh, Actor portraying Jason Kreiger

 Joshua has been acting since the age of 7, and has over 50 stage and film production credits. He is a native Texan and a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. Joshua currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and daughter. When asked by the director his thoughts on getting to play the lead role in "A Soldier's Judgment", Josh shared this: 'The enormity of what many veterans encounter when they go to fight for our country, and the weight of what they bring back is something that is shuffled under the rug far too easily in our culture, often with tragic and devastating effects. I think it’s essential that art be a part of the conversation that includes the harsh realities that these brave men and women face physically, spiritually, and mentally so that we can work together as a society to ease those burdens."

Robby Bennett  as Mark
Robby Bennett as Mark

 In addition to being an in-demand illusionist who has performed professionally since the age of 12, Robby Bennett also has an extensive acting background. He began his training in 2003 at The Houston School of Film and Theatre, learning film acting and improvisation performance techniques. After spending several years at the school, he then moved on to spend four years in private intensives studying the Stanislavski Method, among others, and sense memory. Robby has always applied his acting abilities to his stage performances and as a Houston native, he is very excited to be a part of film in his hometown.

Risks and challenges

A Soldier's Judgment is to be shot over the course of a weekend in May. Our lead actor lives in Phoenix, AZ so there are some direct challenges to keeping to our production schedule. Blueprint Film Company has been contracted to provide all the production work. They have amazing assets and are fully staffed.

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