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The Mont Alto Film Project to host open casting calls for motion picture

3/2/2010 —

The Penn State Mont Alto Film Project will host open casting calls at the campus on March 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Auditions will be held to fill roles for a full-length motion picture led entirely by a group of Penn State Mont Alto students and their faculty advisor. The film, described as a mystery with traces of horror, is a low-budget, independent production.
The Film Project seeks to fill nine principal roles, all of which are students ages 18-23.  They are:
Emma (lead): shy, attractive photography student
Ben (lead): attractive, overly confident, president of the Environmental Club
John (lead): physically fit, handsome, woodsy
Lori: perky, fashionable
Blake: a forestry student, brash
Steve: intelligent, passionate environmentalist
Mitch: a forestry student
Chase: preppy, metrosexual
Owen: reserved, awkward forestry student
Actors with headshots and resumes should email them to Adam Eisentrout (aee5056@psu.edu) or Jessica Koerth (jmk587@psu.edu) or bring them to the audition. Actors will audition in front of a panel. Sides will be available for each of the nine principle roles, which actors will perform when they are brought into the auditorium. It is a non-union film and all roles are non-paying.  Both new and seasoned actors are welcome to audition. Those actors cast will need to be available for principle photography during weekends in September and October.
All auditions will take place in the Auditorium in the General Studies Building at Penn State Mont Alto. Click here for directions to campus and here to download a campus map.

About the Mont Alto Film Project: The Mont Alto Film Project at Penn State Mont Alto is a practicum in filmmaking offered over four semesters (two academic years). “The Film Project is an opportunity for students to be directly involved in film production, from conception to completion,” says Professor Kevin Boon, who first envisioned the project nine years ago when he realized that advances in technology had drastically reduced the cost of film production. 
The goal of the project is for students to produce a full-length feature film. “In a best case scenario,” noted Boon, “the end result will be a watchable film suitable for film festivals. In a worst-case scenario, students learn a great deal about the difficulties inherent in producing a full-length film. In either case, students get a hands-on educational experience.” Boon says he knows of no other college or university that provides this type of opportunity to students. “It’s the fact that the students get to make a full-length film of their own design that is unique,” says Boon.
Twelve students are currently enrolled in the project including freshmen, as well as non-freshmen across the campus’ varied majors. Every student in the practicum will earn 12 credits by the time they finish, some of which can be counted toward filling general education requirements.
The Mont Alto Film Project is divided into four parts: During the first semester, students decided on a feature film over a documentary and hashed out creative ideas to create a workable script. Their film’s working title is Two Days Back and it is being called a mystery with traces of horror. The students are currently engaged in pre-production activities, such as location scouting, casting and storyboarding. During the third semester (fall 2010), they will complete principle photography, and the final semester (spring 2011) will shift their focus to post-production activities, such as editing, looping, and sound engineering.

Kristie Fry, 717-749-6112, kfry@psu.edu

Adam Eisentrout, aee5056@psu.edu
Jessica Koerth, jmk587@psu.edu

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