Melissa Marlette & Jen Vestuto

Productive Weekends

This weekend was not only very productive, but also very exciting. On Saturday, we had our first casting session. Although we wrote a short, Melissa and I don’t do things the easy way. We have 13 characters in our little/big 12 pager. We already had 3 roles cast, so we only had to audition the rest. We sat in a very cold room as one guy at at time came in and read his scene. I’ll tell you right now, the awesomeness of hearing actors read lines that you write, making your character their own, that feeling will never get old. At least, I hope it never does. It’s great to see people embody the characters that live in your mind and to see them come to life. I got the chills from a couple of them, and it wasn’t just because the room was freezing.

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We’re still having more callbacks next weekend, but out of our first session, we were able to cast two pretty big roles in the film. Fariad will be played by Amro Salama. Amro has such a great presence and really was able to embody the role of Fariad, which is definitely one of the more complex roles in the film. We also cast Nav Mann as Houshmand, Fariad’s right hand man. Nav had such a sweet face when he walked in the room, but when he started the scene, something happened in his eyes that everyone in the room noticed. Both of them were fantastic and they are going to be great in the film!

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On Sunday, Melissa and I went location scouting. We found this place, Blue Cloud Movie Ranch, and took the drive out to Santa Clarita. Once we got there, we knew we were in heaven. The people there were extremely nice, especially the owner, who made sure we saw everything, including the helicopter in the hanger. We were so excited just to be walking around the sets, envisioning our scenes taking place in these incredible locations.  For a video of us at the location, click here.

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As you can see, there are a lot of things to figure out before we even get the money for the movie. We have 18 more days to raise a little more than $15,000 which sounds like a long time, but it feels like a millisecond. I know I’ve said it before, but it truly makes me light up like a Christmas tree every time we get a backer email. Now, we’re starting to get backers that we don’t even know which is great because then it’s reaching out to networks outside of our own. I’ve gotten a lot of support from my hometown friends, which means the world to me. I’m so glad that in doing what I love, I make you guys proud and hopefully, inspire you to be a part of this process. When we say we can’t do this without you, we’re not lying. We need more support and we need more backers in order to make this dream come true for us. All I can ask is that you look and see how awesome this movie will look and that you’ll consider backing the project and being a part of this amazing community.

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