D A M O N S T O U T
FILM / TV PRODUCTION
COWBOY DOWN (HD, WWII Documentary, Drama)
An upcoming feature length documentary about my cousin Robert "Cowboy" Stout who was a WWII ACE fighter pilot and was killed while serving in Palau.
A Wyoming native, Cowboy was a Guadalcanal veteran flying with VMF-212 "Hell Hounds." He became an ACE pilot scoring six enemy planes, and when his CO and mentor Harold "Indian Joe" Bauer was killed, Cowboy became the first Captain in USMC history to command a fighter squadron in combat. His second tour of duty, Cowboy was given command of VMF-114 "Death Dealers" based in Peleliu, Palau.
A much beloved leader to his men, he was shot down in his Corsair over Koror while leading an attack the morning of March 4, 1945. Partially based on the book “Cowboy Down: A WWII Marine Fighter Pilot's Story” authored by his wingman Glenn “Bud” Daniel, the film is currently in production.
SAYING GOODBYE to the last man standing
As I met Glenn “Bud” Daniel a few years ago when beginning my research about my cousin Robert “Cowboy” Stout, I not only realized Bud’s humility and warm and welcoming nature, but also his remarkable recall and emotions about his WWII service was still very much on the surface. Kind and generous, I will miss Bud and am sorry he will not see the completed documentary – without his invaluable input, his book and stories, would never been possible to start, let alone complete.
In addition to also befriending Connie and Tim (Bud’s amazing wife and son), I’ve been blessed to have met many others that knew and loved Bud. Astonishing how one person can connect so many people together…
My documentary about Cowboy and his service in Palau is forever linked to Bud as he flew wing to Cowboy on the day Cowboy was killed over Koror, and it seemed quite fitting that a “Stout” was there to say goodbye to a “Daniel.” My wife Aimee and I were honored to attend the interment ceremony, as it was a powerful day we will never forget.
Last man standing from VMF-114, Bud’s interment niche at Punchbowl (a completely random number one cannot select) incredibly turned out to be #114… that “coincidence” and the full rainbow after his memorial were just a few moments that seemed perfectly apropos to the day.
Being able to film and edit this video for Connie and Tim, and to include some music I wrote for the documentary, seemed fitting as a reminder and memorial to Bud and all those young men in VMF-114 who sacrificed so much. Bud always closed his chats/emails with me; “keep your airspeed up Stout”, so of course I will try… and I echo that same sentiment to Bud.
(camera Damon & Aimee Stout, music Damon Stout)
THE TIME WE'RE IN (HD, Drama, science fiction short film)
A crowd-funded short film I wrote and directed based on recent events, "The Time We're In" is a fictionalized account of coping with devastating news and the lengths one would go to save someone they love. This short is a drama with some sci-fi elements and was shot it in 6 days on the Red Epic. Please click the accompanying links for more details.
NOMAD, ROE (35mm, science fiction short film) Awarded the Los Angeles Regional EMMY® AWARD for Creative Technical Craft.
This was my first "real" film so to speak, as in that I wrote, produced, directed, composed and edited this project. I literally did everything from location scouting to wardrobe, props, and everything in between. A trial-by-fire project that paid off not only in winning an Emmy® Award, but receiving a learn-by-doing crash course in filmmaking.
BULLDOG (16mm, action dark comedy feature length film)
This marked my feature length film debut. Once again, I wrote, produced, directed, composed and edited this project, but I added cinematography to my production skills. Shot for very little money in true guerrilla style, we had over 20 locations and a cast of 30. It was quite a daunting task, and similar to "Nomad, Roe" I learned a tremendous amount of first-hand knowledge that proved to be invaluable as a filmmaker.
HIGHER GROUND (Video, feature length documentary)
I was hired to co-produce, direct, and edit this documentary via Image Entertainment, about contemporary gospel music. The production traveled to various cities and states across the US and stuck to quite a rigorous schedule. This title is available on Amazon and Netflix.
DON'T SAY ANYTHING (Feature film animatic)
Written, produced, and directed by Terry Coffey and Damon Stout, “Don’t Say Anything” is an animatic of a feature length thriller/horror script employing a professional voice-actor cast, customized photographs, graphics, and original music.
“Don’t Say Anything” screenplay garnered the following accolades:
• Amazon Studios - Script & Test Movie semifinalists (4 times)
• Twisted Horror Screenplay Competition - Finalist
• Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting - Semifinalist
• Page International Screenwriting Awards - Quarterfinalist
• Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition - Top 10%
• FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards - Top 4%
• Fade In Awards – Semifinalist
BONE THUGS (Video, reality show test/spec)
For this project, I was hired to shoot and edit this reality show spec project which was intended for MTV / VH1 distribution based on a potential reunion of the group. Although not picked up as no reunion was forthcoming, its Youtube hits within a few months totaled over 10,000 views.
I wrote, produced, edited, composed, and created graphics for two opening segments used by CONAN (aired on TBS 01/31/13) for their "Occupy Conan" episode. The two themes were "Celtic" and "Newsreel."
Some examples of music videos I have edited and/or directed.
House of Blues performance of "9"
"Sell Your Childhood"
"Long Time Coming"
"Justice (Just Us)" -Best song and video, Ourstage.com
Some examples of short films I have edited.