Keeping Hope through the Covid Pandemic

October 20, 2019

These times, they are surreal! Trying to stay busy when I'm supposed to stay still has been quite hard. The urge to create has been and will always be nagging in my ear. A few good things have happened during this Apocalypse that have given me hope. First thing, I'm excited to announce that I have been chosen to play an amazing role in a new Western feature film entitled, "Gunhand" that will be shooting in Spain in 2021. Hopefully I'll be allowed in the country by then? Also, just got asked to be in another feature film in Virginia and I am really excited about this as well. This one also shoots sometime next year. Recently I managed to shoot a short film that I wrote. A sci-fi Western that I am super excited to submit to festivals in the coming year (See poster above). More info on this later. Here we go, Here's hoping 2021 brings change for the better, for the creatives and for the one's ready to hit the ground screaming, "I want my dreams back!"

The Debt of Maximillian

May 07, 2020

"The Debt of Maximillian" has been making its rounds at film festivals in these past few months and has awarded me two "BEST ACTOR" wins for which I am incredibly grateful and honored. Here's a recent review of the film. Click the photo to be taken to the review page..or the "CLICK HERE" button

Wild West Chronicles on INSP

February 28, 2020

February 23rd, 2020 was the airing of "The Bandit Queen" on INSP, the story of Pearl Hart. I play her outlaw love interest Joe Boot. This was truly one of the best times I've ever had on set. The Morningstar Production team and staff were AMAZING and I hope to work with them again in the future. The whole experience was something that I'll always remember. If you would like to see the episode then click the photograph to be taken to the INSP YouTube channel. It's only up for a limited time so don't hesitate!

BEST ACTOR for feature film

January 01, 2020

Honored to have just received this "BEST ACTOR" award for the feature film "The Debt of Maximillian". I play Max in this film, a man with a gambling addiction that not only ruins his life but the people around him.

Finally available for public viewing!

January 08, 2020

I shot this film over five years ago and it was just now made available for public viewing on YouTube. "Routes" is the story of a man who can n o longer live with a heavy burden. 

  I was really proud of this film when it was completed. It was a very gratifying experience during the making of this film, very challenging , and Director Vanya Lopatkin really pushed me hard on this one. As depressing as it seems, I loved every aspect of getting to know this character and getting inside his head.

"Routes made it to a few film festivals including "CANNES SHORT FILM CORNER". I'm really happy with this one and glad that it can finally be viewed on YouTube. Search ROUTES SHORT FILM on YouTube, click the picture OR the button to view.  

So Far So Good...

December 29, 2019

This is my year! Okay, I won't get ahead of myself but It is good to stay positive. I've been ho-humming around this town (Hollywood) for quite some time, occasionally landing a good part or two, building up my body of work to prove to those who are casting that I am fully capable of holding my own as an actor and very cooperative with filmmakers in order to achieve their vision. I love it! It's challenging, frustrating, rewarding, makes me feel happy and sad, restless and anxious, but I love it all. I've been a part of some great projects, both big and small, and here are a few great things that have happened at the end of 2019 and are going to happen in 2020!

     Earlier this past year I started a small business of making hats. Ugly Outlaw Hats is primarily Western style hats that I make, inspired by real life outlaws of the old west and the one's seen on the silver screen. So far, the business has been doing really well and I can't wait to see how it grows this next year.

     A feature film I completed over four years ago is just now making it's rounds on the film festival circuit. "The Debt of Maximillian" is a tragic story of "Maximillian, played by myself, who has a serious gambling addiction that ruins not only his life but his family's as well. In early December I received a "BEST ACTOR" award at the ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL Los Angeles for my portrayal of the character. It was an honor and feels great to display that trophy!

     Wild West Chronicles is something I'm really looking forward to! Things aren't set in stone yet but word is it'll come out in mid to late January on the Inspiration Channel or INSP. I play a lead role as Joe Boot, an outlaw and partner of the notorious Pearl Hart. I'll keep you posted when more info is available.

     Pony Express is another short film I'm in that I can't wait to see. It's coming out soon in 2020, probably going to hit the film festival circuit first. I'm excited to see how this film does out there! Oh, and yes, I play an outlaw in this as well.

     In November I filmed a smaller role for an upcoming feature film called "The Outlaw Johnny Black". It'll probably be released in Summer but no information has been made available as of yet. Don't blink or you might miss me. I'll be the guy racing by the camera on a horse. The film is a comedy and should be a pretty funny watch.

     Finally, I have two short, award winning films streaming on greatamericanwesterns.com and you can watch them if you subscribe to this streaming service dedicated entirely to showing you great Westerns. The films are "Only God Forgives" and "Widow".

     That's it for now! Stay tuned for more info as things begin to happen. May your 2020 be as productive as you want it to be!  Signing off, Travis.

      

   

Ugly Outlaw Hats

September 08, 2019

Here it is! My commercial for my very own hat brand, Ugly Outlaw Hats. Just eight months ago I started selling hats and it's been a whole other kind of amazing, creative experience for me, something else I've found I really enjoy! Thanks to  Director Erik Reese and  Cinematographer Joshua Nitschke for helping me pull this one together! Visit the Etsy site and search uglyoutlaw to browse some of my creations!

Ugly Outlaw Hats Commercial

July 30, 2019

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Director Erik Reese and cinematographer Joshua Nitschke on a new commercial I wrote for my hat brand, Ugly Outlaw. Starring myself and the amazing Ray Trickitt, I can't wait until this one is ready for you all to see. This is the first in a series of many more planned to promote my small business of making hats. For more information on the hat brand just visit Etsy.com and search for Ugly Outlaw. You can see the hats I make and read more about them there. The photo is a still image of behind the scenes in the beautiful saloon location we used out in Oak Hills, Ca. Click on the photo to be taken to the etsy store.

New Acting Reel for 2019

April 15, 2020

Being inspired in this business, this day to day grind, comes very easy for me. A great show plays on the television, a character's performance moves me, a story captivates me, even KNOWING that I have no chance of being in a movie because it already came out...is still motivating. All of these things and more inspire me to be creative. I love film and television and everything about it from the ground up. I've included my latest acting reel on my "REEL" page for you to see. Book me! Let's make a damn good film!

Things Happening in 2019

February 02, 2019

So far, 2019 has been a roller coaster for my career. It started off slow after just finishing up a short Western film called "Pony Express", due out later this year. After that I moved on to shoot a feature film but had to leave the production due to unforeseen events. In between all of that I started another hobby, this time making hats. I have a store on ETSY where you can see a wide variety of handmade cowboy hats. Click the link (pic) to visit.  I've been working on a feature script (Western) for the past year and finally finished that up! Hopefully we can make those words on paper come to life real soon and get a great film out of it? Just waiting on all the pieces to fall into place as they must! Currently trying to get the lawdog website ready to go to show some of the short Western films I've wrote and starred in over the past few years. Can't wait to show you some of our award winning material. Until then my friends it's back to the hustle and grind, auditions and dreams.

Festival Season is winding up!

July 14, 2018

Happy to announce that both short films, "Only God Forgives" and "Bad Men and The Devil" were selected to show at the 2018 Tryon International Film Festival in Tryon, North Carolina starting on October, 5th 2018. 

Travis Lee Eller teams up with Law Dog Productions

April 11, 2018

Today the Law Dog Productions website was launched to showcase the work done by Producer / Director Tino Luciano and Actor / Writer / Filmmaker Travis Lee Eller. This is the first official mention of the team collaboration between Law Dog Productions and Scratchheavy Productions. Both have worked on three nominated and award winning Western films together and plan on releasing more in the future. Read more about them here on their newly designed website. Clink the link.

http://lawdogproductions.com

NEW feature film coming to theaters and VOD!!!

February 28, 2018

The award winning feature film, "Dead Bullet" will be playing in select theaters throughout the US starting March 9th! It will also be available on multiple streaming platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and many more! Click on the photo to view the official trailer.

Another Western making progress on the festival circuit

February 19, 2018

My new Western "Only God Forgives" is off to a great start in 2018. So far it has been accepted to two film festivals and we are waiting to hear back from others later in the year. More news on this later! "Only God Forgives" is the story of an outlaw, abandoned by his gang who seeks forgiveness for his sins from a lone preacher riding near his hideout.

Lethal Weapon on Fox

January 23, 2018

I was fortunate enough to appear on the Warner Brothers show "Lethal Weapon" on the FOX Network. The whole experience was amazing, from auditioning to reporting to wardrobe to filling out all the necessary paperwork to finally arriving on set. I loved it! I really am addicted to the acting experience. So fun! 

First Look! A New Western.

January 02, 2018

First still image of Actors Travis Lee Eller and Jim Kelly in the upcoming Western short film "Only God Forgives" directed by Tino Luciano. This is the third Western film in a row for Travis Lee Eller and Tino Luciano having come off a successful film festival run with their 2017 hit "Bad Men and The Devil". O.G.F. tells the story of a brutal outlaw (Travis Lee Eller) who is abandoned by his gang for committing a crime that not even they could forgive. Hiding among the rocks and out of water he spots a lone rider, a man of God (Jim Kelly) in the distant desert landscape. Seeking water and forgiveness his encounter with the Preacher is something that will change his devious ways forever. The film is scheduled to be completed in late Spring, 2018.

Wild Bunch Wins!

October 23, 2017

So happy to announce our film "Bad Men and The Devil" took home the trophy for "BEST WESTERN SHORT HORROR / THRILLER". For those that don't know, it's more along the thriller side of the spectrum. Also, two screenplays I entered were also winners. "Trouble Maker" won "BEST WESTERN SHORT SCREENPLAY" and "The Mishap of Jonas" won "FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S CHOICE". So happy that hard work pays off! Thank you to the Wild Bunch Film Festival and hope to see you next year!

Nominated at Wild Bunch Film Festival.

September 23, 2017

Great news today as we found out that we are nominated for three awards at the Wild Bunch Film Festival. So happy to announce that the film has been nominated for  "Best Horror / Thriller", "Best Director (short)" and I was nominated for "Best Original Score". I was more than pleased to have been nominated for that category. Creating the music, the tone and feel for a film is so very important to me. I also have two  screenplays in the festival that are nominated for "Best Western Short Screenplay". Thank you so much to the Wild Bunch Film Fest! Click on the photo to see the list of other nominations.

DEAD BULLET feature film making it's rounds in 2017

September 22, 2017

The feature film DEAD BULLET directed by Erik Reese is showing at the IndieBelgrade Film Festival on Sunday, October 1. A modern day western thriller about a gambler who's going to gamble with fate and sell stolen casino chips to unscrupulous criminals. Winner of multiple awards including Best Director and Best Male Performance  - Fantastic Planet Movie Festival, Sydney, Australia. Best Male Role - Laughlin International Film Festival and Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain at the Genre Blast Film Festival.

Travis Lee Eller. Finalist in screenplay competition

September 04, 2017

Travis Lee Eller has two Western short screenplays as finalists at this years Wild Bunch Film Festival. "The Mishap of Jonas" about a deaf man trying to survive in an unforgiving society while helping a family to cope with the loss of a wife and mother that he blames himself for. Raised by Native Americans and now fighting against them and his handicap forces Jonas to seal his own fate. "Trouble Maker" is the story of a young man who comes to a small Texas town in search of the man who killed his father. The killer doesn't have a name or face but the boy will know him when he sees him.

The Wild Bunch Film Festival

October 20, 2017

Official Selection of the Wild Bunch Film Festival to be held in Wilcox, AZ from October 20-22nd. Our film starts at 4:32 pm Sat. Oct. 21st.

WINNER! Best Western LA Film Awards

September 03, 2017

Proud to announce that we took home "BEST WESTERN" from the LA Film Awards.

Accepted to Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival.

September 07, 2017

Proud to announce that the short film "Bad Men and the Devil" written by and starring Travis Lee Eller has been accepted to the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival which takes place September 7-10th. This is the fourth official festival selection of 2017 for the film directed by Tino Luciano. Click on the photo for more info about this great festival.

Bad Men and the Devil Receives Awards at festival

May 05, 2017

Bad Men and the Devil receives "Best Western Short Film" at Genre Celebration Festival as well as "Best Actor" for Travis Lee Eller's performance. Click on the photo for UK Film Review.

Bad Men and the Devil accepted to more festivals

April 15, 2017

Bad Men and the Devil written by and starring Travis Lee Eller has made it into two festivals this month. Both the FEEL THE REEL FILM FEST and the BEST FILM FESTIVAL have included the film into their programming for 2017. Click on the photo for a film review by FEEL THE REEL.
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