Sam Arnold came into writing almost by accident. He was recently asked by a Filmmaker friend if he could write a script for a short film. A Brother's Letter is his first real script.
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In late January 2021, Sam Arnold was approached by his friend and longtime martial arts training partner Spencer Murray, about writing a script for an upcoming project.
Spencer wanted to do a short film, with fight scenes and self defense, but grounded in a real story.
So, ideas started flowing. Brotherhood became a theme that everyone really liked. Sam agreed to put some things together.
He wrote a few story ideas down. Then one night, while feeling particularly nostalgic, he started to think about his experience training with the guys, his own life experience; his friends in the military and his experience working with children of military families in Colorado Springs as a school counselor.
He felt it all coming together into a few characters. Then he just started writing, and the first word to come out onto the screen was "Kyle." The rest flowed almost as naturally as if he was actually just writing a letter as the main character.
Tears flowed as he felt and saw the scenes playing out in his mind while he wrote it all down. All of the scenes, emotions and even most of the specific situations are pulled from real experiences and real people that Sam has known, or experienced in his life.
Because of his personal connection with this story, he wanted to be sure the guys got to feel a little of that instead of just reading it. So, he recorded himself reading the letter as if he was the man on the bench. Then played that for them.
It was decided that this would be the project. So, even though there was no budget, he and Spencer got to work.
Instead of needing money, the project was fueled by an expanding group of amazing volunteers, people whose enthusiasm, service, input and support contributed greatly to the final product.
This group of volunteers included professional actor Jasen Wade (from movies like, 17 Miracles, The Cokeville Miracle, Love Kennedy and many more).
After graciously listening to Sam read the script and as a favor to Spencer, he enthusiastically agreed to be the man on the bench.
In a whirlwind of cold days and late nights later, Sam's role expanded from writer to producer, fight coordinator, set/prop creator, sound and music coordinator and hundred other new and exciting things.
Finally, a few weeks after starting, Sam and Spencer finished the project literally a few hours before Spencer had to step away from film for a while.
Sam looks forward to future projects, continuing to write and produce impactful media.
Current City
Cedar City, UT
Gender
Male
Sam Arnold came into writing almost by accident. He was recently asked by a Filmmaker friend if he could write a script for a short film. A Brother's Letter is his first real script.
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