SNAPS #3: Branden Goodman

Today you’ll see a couple snaps of Branden Goodman (19), who plays the lead role of RALPH. I picked him because I liked the way he did Ralph in the audition and he had this look that could be hero or bad boy, like the guy who can fit into any group he wants –from Warcraft nerds to jocks to raucous musicians — the kind of guy we all wish we were like in high school (well, I was that way. Honest.) Anyway, Branden always made acting look so easy, he could pull off anything I wanted and added so much of his own stuff to the role. I pulled him back for a third night of filming and threw all sorts of brand-new stuff at him that

From Zombies Take The Schoolyard (c) 2010 by James Tuverson
From Zombies Take The Schoolyard (c) 2010 by James Tuverson
(c) 2010 by James Tuverson

 wasn’t in the script. The guy was able to deliver everything I needed while helping to build new scenes on the fly — and we were able to complete filming in one night with time left to spare for a game of darts. Now that’s a pro. He also formed a connection with his younger co-star, Jordan, which helped make the more sympathetic scenes completely genuine. I have to be careful not to spill too much, just know that you’ll be seeing a lot of Branden in film because he is going to be BIG.

From Zombies Take The Schoolyard (c) 2010 by James Tuverson

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