Dallas White joins VCUarts Cinema to star in one of their Summer Intensive short film productions, Yesterday When.
What is the Summer Intensive? At VCU, CINE 390 & 490 are required 15-credit production intensives taken after the second and third year. This is where the bulk of the on-set production instruction takes places... their bread and butter. Students work together on crews of about 50 people to create 4-6 short films on 35mm. In Yesterday When, Dallas plays the role of Thomas, a socially awkward, kidney cancer patient, who has just found out his diagnosis is terminal. Having had to give up his job and move back in with his mother, his dependence on her embarrasses him and makes him feel juvenile. Thomas's father died of the same cancer eight years ago. A realist and not wanting to over burden his widowed, worried mother, he decides not to share his final diagnosis. Usually uncomfortable with his emotions, Thomas can not deny his deep desire to reconnect with Amelia, an old friend and long term crush from high school, before he dies.
"There were some firsts for me during this project. The head shaving was one thing and they were working with 35mm film which I thought was pretty cool. I've got to say, this was one of the best crews I've ever worked with. This wasn't just a learning experience for the students at VCU... it was for me as well," Dallas says.