December 5th, 2003

punch

Extras Needed This Weekend. No Acting Experience Necessary.

For the past several years now, Geney Boy has passionately pursued one quest: to destroy his enemies and feast on their gall bladder thereby absorbing their power essence.

His second goal has been to sell a project based on an award-winning script, "Forsaken Seoul," with him attached as director. And he pursued this relentlessly - I guess you'd have to in Hollywood or you might as well pursue something more peacefully certain such as dentistry.

After about two years, many of us had virtually forgotten all about the project, then BAM Geney Boy told me that Maverick Films was interested. Not interested enough to fund the entire film, but interested enough to fund around half while helping him to get the other half from Fox Studios.

Helping him, in this case, involves giving him the money to make a movie trailer. That's right, a trailer for a movie that hasn't even come out yet. It's to persuade the Fox execs to help fund the project, and greenlight it for production of course. Apparently a lot of studios prefer to choose film projects this way ... which might explain "Juwanna Man." The trailer will also help reassure them that Geney Boy's capable of directing it.

So he's been slaving away on this trailer, gathering the main cast and crew, which is no easy task considering that the trailer budget's so meager that everybody's working for free. But the screenplay's so amazing that he's been able to recruit some pretty fucking impressive talent to work on this. Doc and I have been his casting consultants:


GENEY: I need to find a young actress who's big enough to catch the studio's attention yet not so big that she'd turn down working for free...

DOC: Dude, how 'bout Girl X? She's awesome!

GENEY: Thing is, she's been doing mostly comedy. I'm not sure she can do really serious roles.

ME: Does this serious role involve a lot of rain?

GENEY: Uhhh, not really. But I guess some of the scenes can work better with it ...

ME: A lot of cold, drenching rain - as she runs through the streets bra-less in a thin white t-shirt?

DOC: Dude! I totally know which scene you're talking about! I'm so going to be an extra for that scene!

GENEY: I can't believe you can't take my dream project seriously! I really hate you guys now!

ME: What the hell is wrong with you? Calm the ...

GENEY: RAHHHRRR!!!

ME: Ow! My gall bladder!


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I've pasted the recruiting email for the trailer below:

"FORSAKEN SEOUL" is a contemporary dramatic thriller following a lonely, orphaned hitman who goes on a deeply personal and emotional journey as he tries to reunite with his brother. It is a dark, noirish story that has been compared to films like THE USUAL SUSPECTS or THE SIXTH SENSE.

This project is set-up at Maverick Films (whose deal is with 20th Century Fox). Maverick is letting the director shoot a trailer based on the feature script to get the studio to make the movie. We are currently planning to shoot the trailer in two successive weekends (Dec. 6th & 7th, and Dec. 13th & 14th) in a downtown loft and on USC campus.

We are seeking PA's on set and Drivers for our equipment vehicles. We also need people of all ethnicities and ages to be extras in the trailer. It's not too late to sign up for this weekend.

There is no pay, but we will, of course, feed everyone on the crew. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to network and work alongside industry professionals.

The cast includes some of the lead actors from "Better Luck Tomorrow." Our production crew includes key personnel who worked on "Master and Commander," "Road to Perdition," "Hollywood Homicide," "Daredevil,", "Kiss The Girls," "The Postman," etc. And these overqualified individuals loved the script so much that they are also working for free.

Please contact generhee@hotmail.com if you would like to get involved.


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