7.1 2005 - 2009
After graduation Gerald found uninspiring menial work as a temp stain mixer at Preserva Wood in Auburn, California for three weeks in September 2005, and an installer of security systems, whole house vacuums, and home theatre systems with Beam Easy Living Center in Grass Valley, California for two weeks in October 2005.
After learning what causes productions to be delayed, and seeing several productions get shelved for various reasons, Gerald came home and officially started Aria Pictures on January 1, 2005 with the intent to move the creative process to completion to a more streamlined and personal way. With nothing to edit and stay fresh since being away from Video Symphony he felt this emptiness, he decided to produce Paint 2006. Tamara reluctantly agreed to let him pursue his hair-brained idea. In October 2005 the film was made with help from his son Aria Leven Davenport and daughter Kyriè Sierra Davenport. Gerald handled most everything to make sure that it would get finished. “I did not know how good or bad it might be since I never done everything by myself. I was amazed that it turned out really good. Everyone involved was happy with it.”
Back in the early, to mid, 2000's Apple used to host a yearly Insomnia Film Festival and 2006 was the last year they held it. Gerald, Conner Decker Ring, and Chris Frank wrote and directed Eleven Minutes Late on November 10 - 11, 2006.
Another way Gerald decided to stay active at editing was to offer his services to the public with DVD Memories in October 2006.
Gerald was hired on as an instructor at Bitney College Prep High School in Grass Valley, California to teach Web Development as an elective from August 2007 to March 2008 when their funding ran out, meanwhile started working at Franza Enterprises, Inc. in Grass Valley, California as the office receptionist answering phones, filing, and organizing jobs that led to him becoming an estimator doing measurements, proposals, and running the seal-coating crew from March 2007 to May 2, 2008.
Gerald learned of a film event in Sacramento and landed the editing position for a 10-minute short called Detective A that was for Access Sacramento's A place called Sacramento 2009 screenplay contest. Gerald won the Best Technical Achievement award for editing and post-production work.
In early May of 2009, Kyriè was attending acting classes in Sacramento at It Factor Studios. Gerald and Tamara watched one session and at the end Ryan McKinney told the class that Access Sacramento was looking for actors for their screenwriting contest A Place Called Sacramento. Gerald looked it up and saw they were looking for cast and crew. Attending their cast and crew call event, Gerald submitted his demo reel to several filmmakers and became the production audio and film editor for Detective A by Victor A Nieto. Gerald lived in the area since 1979, and this is the first time he is hearing about this event. On the way home from the 2009 cast and crew, Gerald began thinking about a story he could submit in 2010. He started with an idea similar to National Treasure where John Sutter buried gold in the State Capital building pillars in Sacramento that a distant relative discovers in a journal. Forty pages were written for the untitled western, adventure, mystery between May 2009 and February 2010 that included horses, gun play, and wagons.
7.2 2010 - 2013
[^A]For seven years Gerald would get infections from November to February. He went to an allergist and found out he was allergic to Cedar Trees — and they had a HUGE one in the backyard.
Cutting it to 10 pages and removing. On his 20th draft in early March, he asked his family to help with with a title when Aria said, “Dad, you've said the title five times already.” After nine months and five more revisions, Gerald submitted it.
In early May Gerald was informed that the THE GOLdEN TREE was one of the ten films selected for the 2010 Place Called Sacramento contest, and he pondered how he was going to make the movie. He remembered that in 2009 he met Brendan Brooks, who needed help exporting a video from Final Cut Pro, at a Final Cut Pro/Video group meeting (an extension of the Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group held in Nevada City). Brendan joined the production along with one of the Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group members, Jim Heck, who had an interest in camera's & audio and wanted to be involved.
Only needing five characters and he had three already cast, the cast & crew call event on May 19, 2010 he had the longest line all evening. The film received more than sixty actors and crew submissions in addition to another thirty more from email. Gerald cast twenty-eight actors with a total of forty-five people working on THE GOLdEN TREE film. Gerald rewrote the screenplay to include them, and made it longer to incorporate the possibility of a thirty minute or more version to send to film festivals, potential producers, and give the actors more screen time.
Gerald helped out at Double Oak Vineyard & Winery in North San Juan, California as a grape picker & bottler for three harvests: 2009 - 2011. One fall morning in 2010 while picking grapes, the sun shone through the grape vines and leaves sparking an idea for a story that became Petite Chardonnay which he wrote, directed, and edited.
Gerald received an email from Ron Cooper asking if anyone could help Guy Pace with his film Treasure Chest of South Sacramento, because his camera man and director left the production. Gerald did not hesitate to volunteer himself, Aria Leven Davenport, and Brendan Brooks to help him make his film. Gerald and Brendan Co-Directed and operated the camera on the film.
Gerald did part-time camera work for Touchdown Productions which recorded high school athletics, music al performances, and plays in Nevada and Placer Counties from February 2010 to August 2011.
Gerald wrote THE GOLdEN TREEs — a sequel to THE GOLdEN TREE, the WATERING hole, and Petite Chardonnay — a shortened version of Chardonnay to submit to the 2011 Place Called Sacramento screenplay contest. Disgruntled with the event and the rules after the 2010 event, Gerald wrote all three of them without any Sacramento locations mentioned or used in the stories, each one mention Sacramento once. Thinking they would want to see the continuation of the family in THE GOLdEN TREE or maybe a touching family story in Petite Chardonnay, Gerald was perplexed and surprised when the WATERING hole was selected. Gerald made Rob Tillitz the producer since he was using his bar. Tillitz replied, “So I guess that makes me your boss?” Gerald directed and edited the film. Gerald brought Brendan Brooks, Jim Heck, and Scott Slotterbeck to help with the production of the film.
Judith Plank, writer of 2010 selection Butterscotch, told Gerald that she was impressed with his film THE GOLdEN TREE that she wanted him to do the production of her film BUDDIES for the 2011 Place Called Sacramento contest. Gerald enjoyed Butterscotch and read the screenplay for BUDDIES and accepted the offer to bring himself, Brendan Brooks (Double B Productions), and Jim Heck (Wandering Eye Media). Gerald was first assistant director and editor on the film. the WATERING hole won the Producer's Choice Award with four votes and Buddies was second with three votes.
Mark Hoffman asked Gerald to edit An Ignoble Caper, a 7 minute short film for Sacramento International Film Festival's 48 hour film festival contest in April 2011 that was directed by Vincent D. Miles.
Working together often, and doing productions outside of Aria Pictures Brendan Brooks, Jim Heck, and Gerald created Breckport Media Solutions in 2012, coined by Heck, to offer and deliver quality High Definition Video, Responsive SEO Website Design, Interactive Kiosks, and print solutions for businesses, organizations, or personal needs.
After the 2011 Access Sacramento's Place Called Sacramento event Gerald said no more because of the way they run the event, until Dänna Wilberg asked him to help with her film The Producer for the 2012 contest. Gerald did not hesitate because he enjoyed her writing and her films The Push (2009), Little Thieves (2010), and Borrowed Time (2011). Gerald directed and edited the film, as well as, did the digital effects. During the final days of production and post-production for The Producer, Gerald began pre-production for Petite Chardonnay with production beginning in August of 2012.
Gerald was asked the last minute to edit Vincent D. Miles' If We Really Loved Each Other, for Sacramento International Film Festival's 48 hour film festival contest from March 30 - April 1, 2012. Mark Hoffman asked if Gerald could edit his 5 minute short The Choice for the LifeFest 5x5 Film Festival which won Best use of Prop, Best Actress, and Best Picture at the 5x5 LifeFest May 5, 2012.
March of 2013 - August of 2013 gerald worked at Kmart in Grass Valley as an early morning hardline merchandiser. “I sort of like the job. It was mindless work allowing me to think about my future, path, and what I wanted to do. But it was a mindless grunt position with no real appreciation for what my talents and skills. Hearing that after Sears bought Kmart, the whole thing went down the drain: no parties, no fun, no bonuses, and no raises — appreciation. I need to find something else.”
Cheryl Noble, station manager for Nevada County TV, a public access TV station in Grass Valley, asked Gerald to help her create an event similar to Access Sacramento's A Place Called Sacramento screenplay contest. This was Gerald's opportunity to get take Access Sacramento event and make better. Calling it “Here in Nevada County,” Gerald pitched a 6 page presentation for the NCTV board who told them to go for it for 2014. Gerald offered screenwriting classes to help out aspiring writers and even offered his, Brendan, and Jim's time to help out the filmmakers with all aspects of production if they needed it. She later took all the credit and most of the money the contest brought in and skipped town afterward.
Only ten screenplays were submitted. Bruce Bradly submitted two. Gerald wanted to give the filmmakers less stress and told Noble that “Bruce should just do one. How is he going to make two when he has no one to help him on one? ” Gerald read all of the screenplays and there were a couple that had potential and others that were no where near reading ready let alone production ready.
Wanting to stay unbiased and give support to all the films, Gerald turned several people down until Noble said it would not be a problem if helped on the films — she encouraged him to participate. Gerald began working with Steve Dakota on his story The Wrecking Yard that was also selected for the Place Called Sacramento contest. Work began to re-write it to make sense, work on art and graphics, and work with actor needs as well as finding locations. Steve drove up and picked up Gerald in Grass Valley. They had a long day driving around Sacramento looking at potential locations and how they can make it work. Gerald was trying to make the production easy and doable. Steve wanted to use a 57' Chevy owned by Gerald Mathew Young and Gerald was trying to figure out the logistics of getting the car to the various locations all over Sacramento, and how to plan the schedule. Gerald thought he was helping Steve out by letting him know there was a car to his right, Steve exploded and explained how long he has been behind a wheel and does not need any help. That made the rest of the day very tense. It was very quiet on the way back to Grass Valley, and when Steve dropped Gerald off, Gerald missed closing the door and went to close it when Steve drove away with his passenger door still open.
Steve sent an email the following day that had a few questions, but more like statements. Why do you refer to our screenplay as my screenplay? Why do you back-seat drive? Why do you micro-manage? Gerald replied with: It is your movie, not mine. I mentioned the one car the whole day that was blind to me and I know blind to you. And I was not micromanaging, I was managing in full. Being the director and the production manager, I need to know and plan everything so the production goes smoothly. Have you made a film on your own? Have you made one and delivered it to thousands of people to see? I wanted your film to be organized, specially since I have to convince my team to go all over the place you want to go - for free. Steve dropped out of both contests and was never heard from again.
Bruce Bradley found out Gerald was free and asked if he would help him with his movie Oberon's Gold. After the let down from Steve, Gerald had to get his team all revved up. Oberon's Gold needed lots of work on the story. The original idea was like a Cheers, where famous people came into the bar and did much of nothing — there was no story, just a who's who of outlaws, bandits, and historic western folk. Gerald co-wrote new material, directed, and edited the film.
Noble kept changing the rules and criteria of the contest and Gerald had to explain that it needs to stay the way it is, but when she was adamant about wanting NCTV to get an Executive Producer credit on all films, one filmmaker left the contest. Gerald said, NCTV does not deserve that credit and told all the other filmmakers what she wanted. The ignorant ones agreed, but a few in know said no and she kicked them out of the contest. Two of them were Bruce's films which Oberon's Gold was almost completed. Noble also relieved Gerald of his duties helping the contest and renamed the contest to Foothill Films. Jim Heck came in and took his place and the relationship between he and Jim disappeared.
Noble contacted Ron Cooper of Access Sacramento about the credit and in an email to Bruce Bradley and others, she retracted her ruling on Bruce's movies and allowed them in and capitulated her want for the Executive Producer credit. Gerald already distraught and could careless about the contest was begged to help Bruce do his next film The National Exchange, since he had issues with his director. Gerald scrambled and assembled a small team to spend three days inside one of the rooms at the historic National Hotel, in Nevada City, California. Gerald wrote additional material for the film, directed, and edited it.
Gerald introduced Mark Hoffman to Donna Cobb and her story Second Chance, Nevada County, knowing they would pair really well. Gerald helped one day on set up until they were at a house and Noble was there. He felt it was best to stay away since he did not have any nice words or feelings toward her kind.
Gerald applied for a shop position at Byers Enterprises but he was told he was not qualified. Days later they called him and asked if he did Website and Video work as a hobby. Gerald told them he did not. They asked him to come in for an interview. Gerald was hired on November 3, 2014 as an experiment. He labelled himself as the multimedia specialist doing their website, videos, graphics for marketing and internal operations.
7.4 2015 - 2019
In 2015, Brendan Brooks submitted Today to the NCTV screenplay contest and was accepted, he offered Gerald to be his First Assistant Director and Editor, but Gerald did not want to be a backseat Director, he wanted Brendan to do his film, so Gerald did his job but stayed in the background when it came to certain decisions. Mark Hoffman enlists Gerald to be his first assistant director and editor on the Yard Sale.
Gerald declined opportunities to be involved in five short films and a full-length feature in late 2016 and all of 2017 due to working on his own productions looking for financing, working many hours at Byers, and not wanting to have conflicts on set on some of the productions. “Some may think I am arrogant and egocentric, but that is far from the truth. I do not have time for people that ask me to come and help them on their film and then do not take my advice or suggestions and do it their way, which may not be wrong, but a waste of time. I know I am not Richard Donner or Quentin Tarantino, but I have made a few films before and know how to get it done easy, fun, and collaborative way. I told myself early on after the David Markey thing: I will not be a filmmaker who is a jerk, does not listen, or makes the set uncomfortable. And I will not work on any film that has those kinds of people in it. So, NO. I will not help you on your movie.”
Aria Pictures had a Film Showcase on April 9, 2016 to celebrate Aria turning 26, and to share 11 shorts films Aria Pictures has been involved in. It was also to say goodbye to short films and usher in a new direction of feature length projects, starting with Paint, Gobe Normal, Chardonnay, or something else.
In 2017, Gerald was brought in at the beginning of Mark Hoffman's The Elevator: Little Room for Justice. As the interest grew in the film, so did the amount of people wanting to help and take over. Mark allowed a willing group of people that promised great things for the production, and Gerald did not want to compete and cause problems, so again, he removed himself from the team. Months later, when the film should have been completed, Mark needed help to make the film as the interest or commitment from the other people vanished. Mark enlisted Gerald to be the Director of Photography, First Assistant Director, and Editor, knowing Gerald would not let him down.
Kyriè and Aria both graduate University and moved down to Southern California to pursue each of their dreams and career goals. Aria is a Flight Instructor and Kyriè has been doing Acting workshops and working at Universal Studios — and she loves it.
Gerald enjoyed a full year of Nevada County Adult Coed Softball umpiring for Western Nevada County Softball Association, as well as, being the Coed President.
Production for Mark Hoffman's Little Room for Justice began in 2019.
7.5 2020 - 2024
One of those productions that Gerald was brought in at the beginning is Mark Hoffman's Little Room for Justice. As the interest grew in the film, so did the amount of people wanting to help and take over. Mark allowed a willing group of people that promised great things for the production, and Gerald did not want to compete and cause problems, so again, he removed himself from the team. Months later, when the film should have been completed, Mark needed help to make the fim and enlisted Gerald to be the Director of Photography, First Assistant Director, and Editor, knowing Gerald would not let him down.