Woodshop (film)

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Directed by Pete Coggan
Produced by Pete Coggan
Written by Pete Coggan
Starring Jesse Ventura
Scott Cooper Ryan
Jonathan Davis
Olivia Hendrick
Ross Marquand
Keegan Ridgley
Don S. Davis
Mitch Pileggi
Edited by Pete Coggan
Paul Lee
Distributed by Gravitas Ventures
Release date
  • September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Woodshop is an independent film written and directed by Peter Coggan that was released on DVD on September 7, 2010. Produced by Colorado-based 42 Productions, the film originally premiered at the University of Colorado ATLAS Institute in Boulder, CO on February 15, 2009.[1]

While in pre-production of a project known as Coda, Pete Coggan came across technological and budgetary issues. Coggan wanted to originally film with a 35mm camera, but was advised to buy the then upcoming Red One camera. Calculating the risk in waiting for its release and experimenting with this new camera for his ambitious science fiction project, Coggan decided to temporarily shelve Coda and make use of the pre-production crew, actors and new technology he had set for it. Over the period of one of weekend, Coggan developed a script from ideas he wrote in high school woodshop class. This became Woodshop, 42 Productions’ first self-produced feature film and one of the first to be shot in ultra-high definition with the Red One camera technology.[2]


Class valedictorian Chris Johnson is a high school senior whose only interested in one thing: maintaining his 4.0 GPA and moving on to an Ivy League school. But when he blows up a classroom in a chemistry class mishap, he receives a devastating “F” that threatens his ambitions. So Chris strikes a deal with the school’s principal and agrees to spend one Saturday of detention in the woodshop in exchange for wiping the grade from his record. What Chris didn’t count on was having to survive the ex-Army Ranger who runs the woodshop, the eccentric students in class and one kid’s plan to blow them all up.[3]

Jesse Ventura's Involvement[edit]

This is the first film in which Jesse Ventura has acted in ten years, and first since he served as governor of Minnesota. The character of Frank Madson was created with Ventura specifically in mind. Originally, Madson was going to be played by Coggan himself, until Ventura agreed to star in the role, after the writer/director wrote a letter stating that he could not possibly see anyone else in the role of the ex-Army ranger. On his experience working with Coggan and his company, Ventura stated: “I’ve worked for some of the largest film companies in Hollywood, but I can tell you that working with Pete was one of the most fun and professional experiences that I’ve ever had.” [4]


Formerly a musician, Coggan along with his friend Sam McGuire wrote the score for the film, which features songs by 30H!3 and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.[5]



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