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Nero Bloom: Private Eye (2009)

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It's 1947 and private investigator Nero Bloom is about to experience his most twisted mystery yet! When hired by a rich socialite to secretly follow and protect her gambling husband, ... See full summary »

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Philip David Black ...
Nero Bloom (as Phil Black)
Bethany Edlund ...
Veronica St. Claire
Mark S. Esch ...
Police Chief Silvestri
Dana Christy ...
Barbara Lomax
Steve Rodenberger ...
Charles Lomax
Randy Neuman ...
Oswald Finch
Glen Pearson ...
Max Cohen
Jay Duffer ...
Daniel Merchant
Jeff Blossom ...
Stephen Trotter
Jeff Berggren ...
Harold Paulson
Darren M. Turney ...
Brute
Bill Valley ...
Bartender
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Austin Beachy ...
Harry Goldsmith
Christopher Betz ...
Evening Desk Clerk
Eric Geders ...
Morning Desk Clerk
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It's 1947 and private investigator Nero Bloom is about to experience his most twisted mystery yet! When hired by a rich socialite to secretly follow and protect her gambling husband, Charlie Lomax, Nero has no idea what mix of mystery and intrigue lay ahead. While the case seems to be "business as usual" at first, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Nero catches Charlie sneaking off to a secret love-nest rendezvous at a local hotel. Before you can say "whodunit," Charlie winds up dead in the hotel elevator and, with no other witnesses to the crime, Nero becomes the Chief of Police's prime suspect. Fired by Mrs. Lomax and his reputation tainted, Nero has little time to clear his name and find Charlie's real killer. With the help of friend and news reporter Max Cohen, Nero sets off to question anyone who could possibly be a suspect. There's the rotund and shady nightclub owner Oswald Finch, his meek assistant Stephen Trotter, the dazzlingly beautiful Veronica Saint Claire, and... Written by Nathan Hartman

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You've got a murder. He's got a price.

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Action | Mystery

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8 May 2009 (USA)  »

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Thank you cast and crew of Nero Bloom for a wonderful product....
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nero Bloom is a film that I am so proud to be involved in. As the costume and wardrobe supervisor I was at most of the shoots and got to see a lot of the process of this film. Yet I am still shocked when I see the final product. I marvel at how this mega student film was pulled off with such a small budget.

And yet, when I stop and think about all the hard work, preparation, attention to details, perseverance and positive attitudes that went into this film, I actually am not surprised at the great outcome.

I didn't quite know what I was getting into when I became involved in this project, but I can remember after my first meeting with Jason Eberly, the director and Nathan Hartman, the screenwriter...I knew I was in for a project that pushed the limits as a student film, and I was excited. Costume-wise, they had a very specific vision for each of the characters that was able to be expounded on. Each week I was informed well in advance of which characters needed to be in costumed for the weekend's shoots, and how many extras we were hoping to find. I was NEVER in doubt of what Eberly wanted in the costumes for each shoot. This constantly challenged me to find what was expected and kept me focused as the supervisor of costumes and make-up. I still do not understand to this day how Eberly managed to pay such close attention to so many details. Detail....not very many student projects I have worked with have given attention to detail... in my mind this is where the best of the best can really start to emerge.

What continues to blow my mind to this day is the amazing locations that we traveled to for this film. We had public roads shut down for us, filmed in a historic mansion, utilized 2 train stations...and yet our budget didn't sky rocket. This is because both Nathan Hartman and Jason Eberly have learned a very good skill as filmmakers...networking. They used these skills to get breaks in this film that took it to the next level without the expenses. I was ever amazed at each new location we filmed at! I was also pleased to see how the crew and the cast worked together on set and off set. I saw EVERYONE on this film both compromise with each other. I also saw great perseverance in the midst of some significant trials, like losing a lead actress 2 weeks before her first shoot... I always felt well informed as a crew member, well directed. I watched this project wrap up from a year long process at least in the months with just as much intensity as it started with. And that is saying a lot, after at least 30 shoots! Both Jason and Nathan stuck with this project until the very end, pulling all-nighters with the sound editor, Jordan Wolf, to make sure that details were done right in post, details like sound.

And, both Jason and Nathan took care of the crew and cast in the most professional way. I know everyone involved felt valued and cared for, which makes for a great working environment. The set of Nero Bloom was like being part of a family, I can honestly say I will miss shooting this film! The detail paid to each shoot on the location was also amazing. Jason and Hartman were each so careful about perfect set dressing and Jason was sometimes relentless in how many takes we took of a scene....but again, it was a ruthlessness that only pushed both the cast and crew in a necessary and positive way. And the results show how worth it all those takes were! Eberly has an eye for the visual and each shot is visually stunning thanks to the work of cameraman Jordan Steele.

Now, as a viewer, it is hard for me to rate the film without some prejudice knowing all the toil that went into it....however, I had the opportunity to attend 3 showings of it when it premiered at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne and I was able to witness audiences' responses. It was so neat to see people truly enjoy the film before them, both students and older viewers. Many laughs were cracked at Nero's witty dialogue. People loved being given a film that took them back to their own youth, the days of "film noir". What a reward it was to see so many positive responses to this film.

So, thank you cast and crew of Nero Bloom for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing experience. I couldn't be prouder to tag my name onto such a phenomenal student film. I can only anticipate what you all will do in the future of film.

Thank you for dreaming big with this student film and reaching for the unreachable even when it seemed like we couldn't get it! You got it!


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