Specifically, Tom spent five very chilly days shooting a film called The Coldest Game -- a story of complications on an uncle-nephew hunting trip.
Tom plays Uncle Saul, a hard-faced war vet, who has taken his nephew Ben into the woods for his first hunt. When things go wrong, Saul takes it upon himself to help them escape the dangerous situation they find themselves in.
With temperatures ranging from high-20s to the mid-40s, it was physically demanding. With shots that required multiple takes of sprinting through the woods and snow, it was a draining (but fulfilling) experience.
The filmmakers are two local men, Jordan Larson and Emmanuil Morari, who found their funding from a film producer outside of the state. They are using well-known industrial professionals to help with the post-production, so Tom is particularly excited to see the completed film in its entirety.
Fans of Optimist should look for it on the local film circuit this fall, and at film festivals nationwide. Click through to the film's Facebook page to stay apprised.