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Larger Than Life: A Cinematic Portrait of Michael Q. Schmidt (2005)

A very unique look inside the mind and soul of a modern day fine arts model.


Sho Thyme


Sho Thyme


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Cast overview:
Michael Q. Schmidt ... Himself
Marie S. Schmidt Marie S. Schmidt ... Herself
Taylor Springle Taylor Springle ... Himself
Lernie Beuler Lernie Beuler ... Herself
Jasmin Yang Jasmin Yang ... Herself
Melody Wang Melody Wang ... Herself
Tammy Welsh Lee Tammy Welsh Lee ... Herself (as Tammy Lee)
Katie Hettinger Katie Hettinger ... Herself
Megan Wade Megan Wade ... Herself
Jin Woo Nam Jin Woo Nam ... Himself


It's rare that artists and non-artists alike might ever get an opportunity to look inside the heart of a fine arts model... learning how it is that anyone could so willingly offer themselves so openly to others. In exploring the close relationship that exists between a model and artist, we follow a session where art-model Michael Q. Schmidt shares of himself. Written by LargerThanLifeFilm

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Nudity is not about being naked.



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Release Date:

23 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Anaheim Hills, California, USA See more »


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$30,000 (estimated)
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How anyone can share so openly for art is amazing.
14 February 2011 | by bbhollywodreportsSee all my reviews

This proves to be both a simple yet intricate message... from the heart and soul of the art-model himself as he shares what his being able to contribute to art does for his spirit. It's a terrific film with a proud insight into self acceptance and creativity.

We start by meeting Michael... a regular guy simply getting ready for his day... and listen to his informative voice-over as he gives the background of the events in his life that led to our sharing in it on that occasion. We see his home and get a sense of just how normal this fellow is. Then we are brought into an art studio and watch the artists and art students file in and set themselves up in preparation.

Michael enters, takes the model stand, and shares dozens of intricate poses in a montage of creativity... with artists drawing in pencil and charcoal or painting in oil or acrylic, while Michael's voice-over shares how his life is itself enriched by his being able to enrich the lives of others.

Well done! Writer/director Sho Thyme and cinematographer Andrew Russo did a masterful job in its creation. If this film has any flaw at all, it's that it is too short. I want to learn more about this fellow. - BB

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