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Tuesday
Mar182014

CASTING, LOCATION HUNTING AND A SETBACK 

Last Wednesday, I visited a location that's perfect for my short film. So perfect, I was a little apprehensive about going inside alone. The Altadena property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has a creepy ambiance, and comes complete with a musty basement and a secret attic on the third floor.

I sent my wife a text so someone would know where to find me if I didn't make it out alive.

Once inside the house, my unease gave way to awe. This place is pretty much perfect for what I have in mind.

One obstacle is that the location has been used in lots of movies and television shows (including True Blood), and is priced accordingly. I've been attempting to talk the owner into letting me use it at a steep discount. I hope we can find a way to make it work.
I've whittled down the script to a more shootable eight-and-a-bit pages. Booked another couple of hours at CAZT in West Hollywood to pair actresses with a brilliant actress I cast last week. I've now cast two of the five characters. Talks with my name actor in New York are ongoing.

Unfortunately, one of the guys who was co-producing the short with me had to bow out. A shame, as I was hoping to concentrate my efforts on the creative side of things. But I'm confident that once I secure a location, things will run more smoothly. 

This week I'll try to get a commitment from some of the other people I interviewed to co-produce the short, and continue my hunt for a suitable location.