Jeff Philemon is a Wilmington, NC native. He grew up “sound surfing” at Myrtle Grove and honing his carpentry skills. He has over 50 years of building experience and can still crawl all over a roof at 61 years young. His high-school buddy, Captain Shaw, introduced Jeff to filmmaker Daniel Peddle while scouting locations. Jeff’s homestead became the main location for the film. With its adjacent swampland, wooded surrounds and incredible workshed, Jeff’s place added the perfect authentic vibe for Moss and his Dad’s home. This was an amazing contribution to Moss but the real gold was Jeff himself! Besides building Blaze’s magical floating rafthouse, Jeff worked on all the sets and many of the props. Likely it was Jeff’s name most hollered by the director through the shoot. From forest to the beach, Jeff was always by Daniel’s side with a screwdriver in hand like some kind of magic wand. No task was too small or too big for him. Jeff became a central part of the Moss family and his quiet methodical ways impressed everyone so lucky to witness him work.
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