Sunday, December 20, 2009

Casting for a Graphic Novel / Portraits by Aurelio- Lourenzo

Christine Osterman as "NANNA"

Christine Osterman was a full-time Associate member of the Wooster Group from 1983-1993, appearing in many of the Company's seminal productions: LSD, Just the High Points..., Frank Dell's Temptations of St. Anthony, the Original production of North Atlantic, and Brace Up.
During that same period, Osterman also appeared in the work of John Jesurun, Richard Foreman, Jeff Weiss, Fiona Templeton and George Osterman. Her night club performances with Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Jr. were legendary. More recently, she was featured in Big Dance Theater's Don Juan returns from the war, and Girl Gone, Werner Herzog's Variete at the Hebbel Theater Berlin; Remote Kontrol's Lulu , Fiona Templeton's Medead, and many others.
She just finished performing and touring the critically accalimed play "Ode to the man who kneels" by Richard Maxwell and is currently developing "Cara", a new performance piece, together with Ellen LeCompte.
Tom Regan as "PETRO"
Thomas J F Regan III is an international performer who has graced the stages in London Berlin Paris Amsterdam The Hague etc.... and now Williamsburg. He recieved critical acclaim as Morton Feldman (the american music philosopher) from Kyle Gann in the Village Voice.

Cateriona Rubenis-Stevens as "LIL' "

Catriona Rubenis-Stevens was born and raised in the middle of England, in a small quaint town called Willenhall. There she discovered her love for the stage at 3 years old, through dancing and voice classes. Twenty short, and very eventful years later, she embarked on an epic voyage across the Atlantic, carrying just 4 suitcases of clothes.......ok, well, kind of epic. Seated on row 37, of a Continental Airlines Boeing 747, Catriona looked out of the window and saw what was to become her new home, shrouded by smog and fumes, the beautiful and crazy city of New York.
Over the last three years, Catriona has enjoyed many activities, such as attending school for a full 3 years. obtaining a couple of certificates in advanced actor training, starting her own theatre company, and starring in a selection of plays and films. Some of her favourite roles include Vive, in Mrs Warrens Profession, Julie in Miss Julie, and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
Not just an actor, Catriona is a producer and AD, and this February her producing debut, a play called Never In My Lifetime will hit the Access Theater stage, where she will also play one of the leads. For more information and ticketing, please email her at neverinmylifetime@gmail.com.
Catriona is now very happy living in Queens, and is thrilled to be a part of this Graphic Novel. She is delighted to be working with such a talented and dedicated team, and can't wait to become an uber-fan when it hits the shops!!!

Stephanie De Latour as "NATASHIA"

Having a multi cultural descent, Stephanie De Latour plans to keep her career in that same nature. Having performed both on stage and film she's always looking for new ways to explore her boundaries as an actor. She's pulled toward projects that will challenge and enlighten their audiences.
After completing her Bachelors in Fine Arts in a conservatory in Florida, she made her way to New York where she adopted an affinity toward filmmaking.
She's honored to be working in such a unique project with such an ingenious director.

Toby Levin as "LARS"
Toby Levin is a Brooklyn-based actor and playwright. Recent stage credits include River of Tides at Pace University and Stardust at Turtle Shell Productions. Screen credits include Tinted Windows, an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival, and Empire, a web-based soap opera available at empiretheseries.com. His play, This Quiet House, was a semi-finalist in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Winter 2008 and was included in The Best of the Strawberry One-Act Festival 5. Toby is also the managing director of the Brooklyn-based theatre company Meat and Bone.

Lee Sebastiany as "HUNTER"

New York credits includeThunder and Lightning, The Art of Gingerbread (Lower East Side Festival), and In the Beginning Again (Impact Theater One Act Festival). Regional credits include Uncle Tom, Uncle Ben, Uncle Sam and the Rest (DC Fringe Festival). Television appearances include Rescue Me (FX), Forensic Files (TruTV) and Ed (NBC). He is a proud member of the Unconscious Collective Theatre Company.

James Allerdyce as "THE GENERAL"
James Allerdyce is a 25 year old Actor living in NYC. He is originally from Florida where he studied and trained at New World School of the Arts Conservatory program in Miami, receiving a B.F.A. in Theater. Since moving to the city 2 years ago he has appeared in numerous independent films, Pilots, music videos, and has been seen on stage in Dalliance Theater's REFRACTIONS at the Player's Theatre as well as in his one-man-show MARS: POPULATION 1 (written, directed and performed) which played at last summer's NYC INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL and has also been seen at The Medicine Show Theatre (NYC), Sunrise Theatre and Tower Theatre (FL). In this current project he is happy to have the chance to play a dying, wounded, starving soldier and a little girl's female imaginary friend...simultaneously! Oh yeah, he's also a really nice guy. More info about James at www.JamesAllerdyce.com

Monday, November 30, 2009

Testing the Green Screen

After realizing in early October that full size sets for this project are a dream beyond my means, we opted for the green screen. Here are a couple of early tests composited on the fly by
Aurelio Lourenzo.
We shot these in color against the green screen and after keying out the images in Photshop turned them B&W to get that old cinematic look.

Lee Sebastiany as Hunter

Tom Regan as Petro

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Launching Preproduction for a Photographed Graphic Novel

Although I told many of you that my next project will be an illustrated graphic novel about a girl called Midge who joins the circus in the 70's etc. etc...
Well as it goes, my long standing desire to work with actors and produce filmed projects caught up with me.

So I'm jumpeing right into it. No more sitting alone in the studio taunted by a blank sheet of paper! On to struggling with scripts, sets, actors, photographers, schedules, makeup and costume and and and god knows what else... I have a feeling I'll soon be begging to just be left alone, in a room with a blank sheet of paper...