A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Indiana James and adventure in a warehouse

Thomas Pimentel’s Indiana James and the Raiders of the Lost Shaker of Salt is a work in process. If you had to choose a word to emphasize in that last sentence, work would be the correct choice. Upon arriving at the Hooksett, NH warehouse in which the set has been under construction, the first thing noticeable was a crew putting the set together.

Most amazingly they were led by the lead actor and director, Thomas Pimentel in putting together the set. Such is the life of the Indie Filmmaker in New England. I was explained to me by Thomas’s classmate and co-producer Andrew Shanley. At film school, they will teach you to film with a camera and place people for a scene, but not how to make your set.

Remember the scene in Galaxy Quest where Tim Allen, playing the hungover WilliamShatner jerk character compliments the aliens on their set (which was a real space ship). He tells them that he only had cardboard to work with when he was making his series. Well, that is what it is. Mark Spinelli, Thomas’ cousin used the term, “movie magic” to describe how putting it all together results in the mystery beimade real. If it is true in big studios, it is all the more in the Indie World. No matter. A better term to use would be labor of love.

Mark is the First Assistant Director. What does the first AD do. Well, if he is working on this film he better be able to drive heavy equipment that can lift actors into the precise position above the “Well of the Caribbean Souls.” You have to be versatile in Indie World.

Above: Chrissy Rondano and Thomas Pimentel plan the next scene

There was a lot of hanging out on the set, literally. Chrissy Rondano who plays Marion Greatwoods had to hang from an arm of a statue for several takes. Stamina is an important part in adventure films.

Everyone on the set displayed an enthusiasm that is probably not to be found where they film mega budget films. They need that. Thomas on his TNT Productions has a motto, “Don’t Try This At Home! I can attest to that. When Indiana James et al finally wrap and get into distribution, fans will be able to feel a sense of danger.

There were a number of folks on the set who deserve recognition. Watch this space for more about the crew who are making this film.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Late on the shameless self promotion for March

The Sturbridge Times Magazine March issue(link here) has been out for awhile and I've not posted about it. I have an article on page 4 about Wheeler's Surprise a bloody local battle in the bloodiest American conflict per capita, King Philip's War.

My column is on page 20.

You can pick up a copy at a location listed below. Click on the graphic to enlarge.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Actorapture, starting on the path to enlightenment

The OurFilmSpace Actor Fest (Actorapture
) at the OurTvSpace Studio in Sturbridge, MA was a Great Success with Actors and Folks in the Biz Travelling from all Over New England to Spend the Day Getting Their Headshots Done by Three Different Photographers, Networking, and Participating in Bonus Workshops to Sharpen their Skills and Help Build a Vital Community of Talent.

So began the after action report on yesterday’s great event at the studio in the Marketplace. I hate the cliche, “it’s all good,” but it was.

The sessions started with

Norm Laviolette, Founder of the Improv Asylum

leading a workshop on the subject. It was kind of a bootcamp so one would not be at a loss if a situation came up and you needed to wing it.

Okay, are you getting serious about all this as a profession? Frank Cacciola gave the actor’s POV about joining SAG and other organizations. He spoke about the requirements and benefits.

Plymouth Casting ’s Fran Bouska and Rebecca Walton gave tips on auditioning.

Dave Gladstone spoke on the serious business of Set Etiquette. And it is serious business when money is on the line.

Jean-Paul Ouellette and Skip Shea also spoke on auditioning. What works and what doesn’t were covered in a lot of detail.

The three photographers, Lindsay Monroe, Tony Colapietro and Joe Zuidema worked tirelessly to provide head shots for those who wanted them. It was all part of the price of admission.

Many more people deserve credit and here is a list,

Eye Candy/Punky - who did makeup for close to 60 Actors

Sue Davis - award winning writer and aspiring filmmaker who coordinated the Event

Dave Gladsone - Event Co-Coordinator

Dan McNulty - who co-coordinated the Event

Ania Broszkiewicz - Event Planner

John Dunphy - Event Planner

Adam Campbell - Mr. Techie Chops


Molli Kirkpatrick - Event Greeter and Registration

Chris - Event Greeter and Registration

Melinda's Menu - Sturbridge - who Catered the Event - Restaurant is at the Marketplace at the Falls

All the Moms who Helped Out!

And of course without Doug and Melinda Kirkpatrick it would never have happened.