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

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Feast and Fire

I tried to post the Feast and Fire Poster, but it showed up only once when I brought up the blog. So below is text of what will happen from the Merchants of Sturbridge website:

Join us as we celebrate an old fashion Independence Day FEAST & FIRE on the Sturbridge Town Common. Parade, Music, Food, Fun, and Festivities all capped with a large evening Bonfire behind the Publick House Historic Inn.

The celebration begins with a Parade - led by a Bagpipe Contingent -originating at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, traveling West to the Visitor's Center, then back East along Main Street - ending at the Town Common. Events Details can be found here.

Have an old fashioned Narragansett Lager Beer and meet the Gansett Girls.

Please take a moment to review the FEAST & FIRE Sponsor List here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This is truly shameless self promotion-Also, casting call

Okay, every month I shamelessly plug my articles and the Sturbridge Times Magazine. Some my consider that bad form, which is why it is shameless. Now, we hope to go a bit lower and plug an independent film I am part of. Recently, I've worked on a series of interviews and they are up at the video blog of the movie, Indiana James and the Raiders of the Lost Shaker of Salt. Below is the first effort, an interview with the leading lady.

The Link is here.

There is also a casting call coming up, so if you would like to be in a movie, read below.

ACTORS WANTED Various Roles Action/Adventure/Spoof (Boston/Medford/Salisbury, MA)

Seeking actors for various roles in a feature length film, Indiana James and the raiders of the
Lost Shaker of Salt. Indiana James is an action adventure spoof currently shooting in and around
Massachusetts. All roles are for NON-UNION actors and all roles are UNPAID. If you are picked for
Indiana James this is what you will receive as compensation.

1. Role in the film.
2. Credit.
3. Head shot and resume posted on production company website at www.take12tom.com.
4. Copies of still photographs for publicity.
5. Copy of finished DVD.
6. Invite to premiere for friends and family. We are currently looking to fill the following roles.

Captain Lastmango: BLACK MALE ship captain 30-65 years old. One day of shooting in Fall

Chocolate Moose: BLACK MALE ship mate 30 - 50 years old.

Police Officers: Men and Women 18-45 years old. WHITE and BLACK. Comedy roles. You will be
required to wear bike shorts and combat boots. We don't want people to think they are playing
Miami Vice roles. Good sense of humor. Lots of action, shooting weapons, several days of
shooting for the Police Officers. Night and day shoots. Athletic and physical types would be

Jungle Natives: Men and Women. All Races. Dress in grass skirts and have body paint applied to
arms and faces. Must be able to run over uneven ground. Two days of shooting.

Pirates: Men and Women. All Races. Several days of shooting. Lots of action. Chases and sword

Cancun Drinkers: Men and Women. All Races. Mostly background work but many people will be
given one-liners for comedy scenes. Close ups needed. Several days of shooting.

Beautiful Daughters. Women. All Races. Ten beautiful girls needed to play the daughters of one
of the main characters. Two days of shooting only. Salisbury Beach. Must wear bathing suits.
Good sense of humor and not shy.

Submarine Captain: Man. 30 - 65 years old. One day of shooting. Fall River, MA.

Singers and Dancers: Men and Women 16-65 All Races Needed for musical number. Small
choreography needed. One day of shooting. Two to rehearse.

Zombies: Men and Women. All Races. One night shoot in Salisbury,MA.

University of Mixology Students: Men and Women. All Races. 18-35. Two days of shooting.
Student body of the New England University of Mixology.

No acting experience required. Fun, good natured, energetic individuals who are looking to be
part of an amazing movie. Many of our actors stay with us for a long time and become involved in
other projects with TNT LTD. PRODUCTIONS. Send head shot and resume to
take12tom@yahoo.com. Go directly to www.indianajames.com for info about the film. Casting
calls link can be viewed at www.take12tom.com/indianajamescastingcall.html We look forward to
working with you.
Click on link here to email head shot and resume or ask us any questions.

Tell Tom You heard about it at Hollywood in Sturbridge.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Shameless self promotion-June edition

June is busting out all over. Mostly so far with some big electrical storms. Fortunately, the Sturbridge Times is out for the month, and, I've been going to the dogs. On Page 10 we visited Kathy Menard's Compatible Canine to watch Veterinarian Bud Allen bring his Western Mass acupuncture and chiropractic expertise to bear on Sturbridge area pets.

The Inn at Restful Paws is the place to go if you want a luxury B&B that accepts dogs. Actually, it could also be termed a deluxe spot that the pups can bring the folks. Read about the Korny's Holland retreat on Page 14.

My column is on page 18 and deals with the end of the world, or our world anyway. It is more prescient than I had intended, what with a number of recent tornado warnings.

I am not the only one writing. There are many entertaining and useful articles that I had nothing to do with. You can read the magazine online by clicking here and downloading a pdf, or you can click on the graphic below to find out where to pick one up.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A paying gig, just down the street in Brooklyn, CT

We at Hollywood in Sturbridge wish there were more movies being made here in Sturbridge Country, but Brooklyn isn't too far, just past Pomfret.

Actually, there's more than one possibility. You have the opportunity to be cast or crew.

We'll let the DP tell you all about it.

From Rajah Samaroo,

The Casting Call:

I'm DP on M.E.S. Production's newest film His Take on Her, a dark comedy short film shooting in early September. We are holding an open casting call at the Brooklyn Coffee And Tea House this Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 1pm until 6pm.

There are four main characters that we are holding auditions for:

Steve late twenties to late thirties, smart, given to quick action. Body type: should be fit, athletic, strong, some stunt work experience desirable.

Elena - mid twenties to mid thirties, talented but a bit pushy. Body type: neither very heavy or very thin. Some experience reading poetry is a plus.

Ronald - late twenties to mid forties, intellectual, a tad pretentious, an ability to speak in a refined, eloquent, and erudite manner is necessary.

Pete - fifties, rough, wiseguy, should have a convincing working class accent.

These parts pay $250.


Steven Bichelle is a talented filmmaker trying to put together his first feature length project with a couple of buddies. Enter Elena Samson a beautiful poet and an aspiring actress. They fall in love but there are complications. Elena appears to be suicidal and one of Steve's buddies is convinced that it's only a matter of short time before she offs herself. To compound matters Elena wants to be in Steve's film but he is very cool to the idea. Can Steve save her, his romance, and his film or will disaster strike?

The Crew Call

We're CREWING up for a Dark Comedy short film shooting on September 4-9 and are looking for a small experienced crew. All roles are paid.

Production Coordinator - experience as UPM or AD, a plus.

Assistant Director

Set Designer

Assistant Camera - follow focus experience a must. Familiarity with the Canon 7D work flow.

Sound Person - must have experience in sound mixing with a few FILM projects.

Gaffer - access to your own crew and equipment, a plus.

Please shoot me a reply message or send your resume to:

Best of luck,

Rajah Samaroo

DP/Associate Producer, His Take on Her
Film Work: http://edgeinfinity.com/
Freelance: http://rajahsamaroo.com/