SYKESVILLE - Downplaying his own achievement, Kevin Summerfield stresses that his television drama "One Red Rose" is an amateur production created by community volunteers.
"As long as everyone knows this is an amateur production," the 20-year-old writer, producer and director said of the show's premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harvest Inn.
"Just so they don't expect a Hollywood production or anything."
The 36-minute video tracing how pure love between a mortal and a ghost reunites them every year at Halloween will then be shown at 7 Monday night on Carroll Community Television, Channel 55.
Summerfield said he is proud of how professionally the crew from CCTV's Producer's Club worked on a "pizza and beer" budget. The club meets twice monthly for amateur producers seeking volunteers to help present their project ideas.
"I couldn't have asked for a better crew," Summerfield said. "I've been on paying sets where it's been chaotic, with everybody doing their own thing."
In fact, Summerfield -- head of CCTV's Scorpion Productions -- is sure that their professional attitude will get them jobs in the future.
"The experience alone will help us work on another production," he said.
"This will get our name out."
Summerfield said he has always been interested in drama, from the days he directed his cousins in basement plays for his parents. But his education at Carroll Christian Schools in Westminster didn't provide much outlet for his dramatic talents, he said.
After graduating from Liberty High in 1987, Summerfield continued his education at the Baltimore Academy of Acting for three months last winter.
"I believe that your experience comes from working on projects, not the classroom," Summerfield said. "In class, they show you what they can't do."
But it was Carroll Community College's video production course that prompted Summerfield to jump into the role of producer.
"They told us, 'Once you graduate from this course, you will have complete and total creative control (over your projects),' and I liked that," he said of the course that ended in June.
Although Summerfield said he had previously written film scripts, this six-month script-to-screen project is the first he has actually produced.
He said the first draft -- which grew from an idea for a 10-minute short to the current production -- only took two days to complete.
"I don't know where the idea came from," he said. "I was at work one day and, bang, it just hit me."
However, Summerfield said he revised his work at least six times before the project was complete.
"About a week before we started shooting, I completely rewrote (the villain Billy)," he said, explaining that novice actor Eric Herget of Hampstead couldn't identify with his character.
"So, I sat down and watched a movie with him, and he instantly got attached to one of the characters," Summerfield said. "I rewrote his character to fit that personality, and he took off and went with it."
Herget, 21, an aerospace engineering major at the University of Maryland at College Park, said the inspiration came from the character Leatherface in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
Summerfield said he deliberately chose performers who didn't have much experience.
"I picked those who didn't have much experience to give them some experience," he said.
Along with playing Alex, the ghost's lover, Summerfield portrayed a delivery boy in the new Barry Levinson film, "Avalon," and has acted in Dr.
Lynne Smiley, 27, of Hampstead, plays Karen, the ghost.
"At least everybody had fun," he said. "I couldn't imagine working with a better group of people."