Young actor Braden Ethan has taken on a variety of roles – such as starring in a family adventure film and touching on darker themes in a dramatic thriller – and this range catches his attention.
A 14-year-old teenager from Gartland gets starring in movies.
Ethan said he has a trick to make his role.
“I describe it as fastening on your characters, like a coat, and when you’re done, you’ll fasten it,” he explained.
He said acting is not the same as pretending; it can evoke real emotions.
“You have to be very vulnerable to the character,” he said. “To be able to express such emotions, you have to be heroes, imagine that you are characters. The actors have a good idea and you have to achieve this in your mind. I’m not pretending. You draw real emotions. “
He said that after shooting tense scenes it helps to imagine that he is shooting a character like a coat.
Now the teenager is taking on his first starring role in a major feature film – the adventure for the family “Dinosaur Bay” (Crystal Creek Media), which is expected to be released this spring on major streaming services.
From last month’s trailer for the production company, “Dinosaur Bay” promises to be a child-centered adventure about a boy, Ethan Riley Harrison’s character, who faces pterodactyl and a top-secret project.
Ethan said that for the role of Riley he needed to direct real emotions. In the film Riley recently lost his mother and is grieving, according to the resume.
Ethan said he got the role through auditioning after playing in “The Miracle at Christmas”. a film shot in the Brighton area and released on Amazon Prime and DVD in 2020. Actor James Pilachowski combines a Christmas movie and “Dinosaur Bay”.
Ethan said he needed to have fun on the set of Dinosaur Bay.
“I would take a prop egg, put it on, spin it and sing“ You Spin Me Round ”by Dead or Alive 80s. “I love the 80’s and I also play the guitar.”
In December, he hosted a private screening of “Dinosaur Bay,” directed by Dearborn native Daniel Nadsen, at the Hartland Emagine Theater, by invitation only.
A variety of items
Ethan has landed a more grim dramatic role in Homesick Media, which is expected to be released this spring in theaters and streaming services.
“Inspired by the incredible true story of a woman who was torn from her children and sold into a trade after her husband lost her on a gambling night,” the description on IMDb.com says.
A trailer for the film, directed by George A. Johnson, was released earlier this month.
Ethan, who plays one of the woman’s children, said he was able to cope with physically and emotionally exhausting scenes, including an intense abduction scene and a choreographed fight scene.
“Once you finish the scene, you don’t want to stay in that dark thinking because it will interfere with your life,” he said, referring to removing the character like a coat.
Among other acting roles, Ethan played the younger version of the main character in the short film of the festival “If Nothing Changes” (Tennille T. Productions) about a couple addicted to heroin.
He has also appeared in commercials, including for Lysol, Fleet Farm and RealTruck.com among others.
His first film role was in the 2017 film Traveler, produced by Atlas Pictures, which toured film festivals.
“The search for a young girl to the stars teaches her the realities of life on earth,” – says the film’s Facebook page.
So what’s next?
Ethan did not share details, but said he expects to release three films.
“One is a Christmas movie. One is a fan movie about superheroes. The third is a fictional football movie. All feature films, all in the pre-production stage. Most likely, this year we will shoot,” he said.
His father Jason Ethan said the family changed their lifestyle to support their son’s stellar fame.
“We’re together,” said Ethan, a music teacher at Lakes Elementary School at Hartland Consolidate Schools.
“At any moment we can warn in 24 hours, and we will have to pick up and go to Los Angeles. We will be there for a few days, and then we will turn around and come back. Every time we are there, there is a whirlwind,” – he added.
Jason Ethan said he and his wife Wendy Ethan, pastor of early childhood and family at Central Church of Nazareth in Flint, have traveled with their son to Hollywood so many times that they are looking to eventually get a second home in California so their son can be more accessible for listening and filming.
Braden Ethan attended public school at Lakes Elementary until he was in fifth grade when he moved to online school through the Oxford Virtual Academy.
Most of his salary goes to a trust fund, which he will be able to access when he turns 18.
From local productions to SAG
His first acting performances were in the productions of the Prelude Children’s Theater.
Jason Ethan is the producer and director of a theater program in Hartland through Hartland Community Education.
Braden Ethan has starred in several of the band’s musicals, including starring. He was young Simba in “The Lion King Jr.” and James in “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” among other roles.
Shannon Egenolf, director of the theater group, said he was enthusiastic and managed well, even when he was a young child.
“He always asked questions, wanting it to work out as well as possible,” said Egenolf, who first worked with Ethan on the production of the children’s musical “Tut, Tut!” in 2016.
She said that if he wins an Oscar, she doesn’t need an invitation to the red carpet.
“I told him, just include me in your speech,” she said.
She said that even if he doesn’t become a “million-dollar star,” she knows he will succeed as a working actor.
“He’s hardworking and he’s really committed to it. You can see he has a passion for it. I see he’s doing what’s left, something important, something that’s really going to be something. He’s going to find success somewhere in this business “I can’t wait to see what it is.”
Prelude costume designer Sue DeKanink said she remembers how Ethan was “not afraid” on stage, even in his youth.
She was pleased when he came to see their latest production of “Peter Pan Jr.!” Earlier this month: “He came to see and just talked to me. So he also has a face. It was great that he came. He has such a beautiful heart. He is a kind and compassionate child.”
Last year, Ethan became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of TV and Radio Performers, which he considers a big deal for a teenager who also has a manager.
“This is definitely a great achievement because you become a union member and now you can only do union work. The kits have to follow safety protocols. They ensure that there is a teacher on the set,” he said.
He says he is looking to make his acting career his lifelong career.
“It was the feeling that I wanted to eat something. That’s what I’m comparing it to. You just feel like you want to do it,” he said.
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