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By Peter Sawyer
Bear Frazer, based in Bedford, hopes to break into the movie industry with his recent pitch film The Bam Theory.
Frazer is from New York, but moved to Bedford with his family in 2001. Frazer said he was always interested in writing and was creative as a child, but his interest in screenwriting started in 2002 when he bought books on screenwriting. He also began writing and studying scripts.
This curiosity was interrupted when he went to college at Pfifer University, where he received his bachelor's degree in journalism and organizational communication in 2005.
He works with the media and is editorial and social director of 101d.com. He also is a special contributer to Fight magazine. He writes articles for redbullusa.com and Outburn.
Frazer said that he wanted to find a new way to flex his creative muscles, and he thought screenwriting was a good place to go. He has written several screenplays, but The Bam Theory is the first movie he has made.
“If you're going to do it, you've got to go in with your best hand,” Frazer said. “I've got a winner, so I chose Bam.”
He raised the $3,265 it cost to make The Bam Theory through kickstarter.com. He described this as a Web service that helped him convince people to fund The Bam Theory.
It is not a full-length movie, but a pitch film.
“We're using the pitch film as our vehicle to talk to studios,” Frazer said.
Frazer's goal is to use what he has done so far to convince a studio to help him film a full-length movie. He is optimistic about the prospect of that happening. He said representatives from different studios have spoken to him.
“I'm confident we'll get where we need to be,” Frazer said. “We've already started speaking with people who are interested in taking it to the next level. The bottom line is I'm willing to talk to whoever's listening.”
Filming took two days. There are 16 short scenes in the film. While the editing is not yet complete, Frazer anticipates it will be around 10 minutes long.
Frazer describes The Bam Theory as a dramady— a comedy-drama. It is about a mixed martial artist who leaves an ultimate fighting career so that he can return to Lynchburg and take care of his mother. The characters refer to Lynchburg as Hill City.
Frazer does not want The Bam Theory to be seen only as a fight movie. He is interested in telling a good story that embraces today's issues.
“It goes over and beyond every stereotype,” Frazer said. “The issues are real. I'm talking about what's happening today.”
Some of the themes Frazer said the film expresses are that dreams come true, miracles happen every day and hope is real.
Frazer said that he was not going after a narrow demographic but the film would probably appeal mostly to 14 to 39 year olds.
“There are so many universal messages in this film,” Frazer said. “I'm trying to appeal to as many individuals as possible.”
The main character, Bam Thomas, is played by Liberty High School alumnus Matt Coleman. Coleman is also a mixed martial artist, and trains at Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in Lynchburg. He competes in the Elite Fighting Challenge.
Frazer met Coleman back in 2008 at an EFC-related event and they have gotten to know each other. Jamie Ridgeway, owner of the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts, pushed Coleman to audition for the role.