Alverton's 'Busy Bee' acts in grandson's locally shot film
At long last, Betty “Busy Bee” Claycomb recently had her much-anticipated brush with Bigfoot.
Claycomb, the longtime Laurel Group recipe columnist, took part Nov. 10 in the shooting of “Bigfoot: The Movie.”
The film is written and directed by Claycomb's grandson, Ellwood City native Jared Show, and it is being shot in the Lawrence County town.
“They said I did good,” said Claycomb, 84, of Alverton.
In the movie, a comedy-horror work, Claycomb portrays a woman who calls an exterminator named Burl, played by Show, to inspect her house for what she suspects to be chipmunks scurrying under her kitchen sink, she said.
Show's character arrives to discover it's not chipmunks that are the problem; it's Bigfoot.
Regarding his grandmother's performance, he offered praise.
“She nailed it, every time,” said Show, 33, who resides in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Also taking part in scenes for the movie recently were other members of Claycomb's clan, including: her son K. Scott Claycomb and his wife, Sue, and her daughter Carol Show and her husband, Steve, who are Jared's parents.
“It was so professional; it was the most awesome experience and we really enjoyed it,” Sue Claycomb said.
In addition, Betty Claycomb's granddaughter, Sarah Smith, works as the film's set director.
A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Show, who majored in television communications, credits his grandmother with igniting his passion for movie-making.
As a child, Show would spend one week each summer with Claycomb, when she would read him the TV Guide and let him stay up late watching movies.
“I remember her letting me watch ‘The Omega Man,' starring Charlton Hesston, and since then I became interested in science-fiction and campy horror movies,” he said.
Claycomb quipped that she is still not sure whether or not she “created a monster.”
“Jared either credits me or blames me, because I let him stay up and watch some of those scary shows late at night,” she said with a laugh.
While attending Riverside High School, Show began shooting skits with his friends.
At the college level, he honed his talent by shooting a short film called “The Easy Buck,” in which Claycomb made an amateur acting appearance.
“It was about this football kicker who liked to rip off money that ended up at her house,” Show said.
The film was eventually picked up for airing by CUTV — California University Television — that has roughly 180,000 viewers.
“People would see her on TV when it aired; I think she's more popular because of it,” Show quipped.
After graduating from college, Show headed west and today works as an editor for “In a Garage,” small, freelance film and script editing company.
A few years ago, Show and friends Nathan Magill and Curt Wootton, known for his viral “Pittsburgh Dad” YouTube videos, shot the trailer for the Bigfoot movie in western Pennsylvania.
To view the trailer for “Bigfoot: The Movie” online, go to bigfootthemovie.com.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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