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Pittburgh & Hollywood?

September 27, 2007 – 12:39 pm

“Hollywood is a place where people from Pittsburgh mistake each other for stars.” - Fred Allen (slightly edited by me)

If you don’t already know that Pittsburgh is Hollywood’s secret source for affordable talent and backdrop locations, then you need to talk to Carl Kurlander of the Steeltown Entertainment Project. He let me know about these local film industry opportunities that some of you might want to check out:

Thursday, September 27, 2007, 3:30 PM @ Pitt Campus, 1700 Posvar Hall
Pitt in Hollywood = Producer Dana Jackson and Writer-Director Kurt Voelker will speak at the University of Pittsburgh about their independent film, PARK. I can’t make it due to my regular ETC commitment, but I’m definitely going to try to make it to their next event.

Film Internship Opportunties
“If you are looking for other production internships, 1905 Productions is looking for interns for this semester. The production company is at WQED finishing post-production on the feature documentary A TALE OF TWO CITIES (see www.thepittsburghmovie.com) and starting a new feature about one of the great Pittsburgh stories of the last century. Contact Cait Murray (Caitkmurray@gmail.com) or Kris Veenis at 1905prod@gmail.com or call 412-622-1325. Both of them started as interns on the project which led to paid positions.”
From Nancy Mosser Casting:
“We are looking for interns to work in the casting office of “Adventureland”. Here is your chance to work on a feature film! You will make your own schedule and assist in all aspects of principal and extras casting. You will work in our office helping with auditions, booking extras, and adding new talent to our database. You will also work on set helping to wrangle extras. See “Superbad” director Greg Mottola in action along with the cast and crew! If you are interested email us at mossercasting@yahoo.com or call our office at 412.434.1666.”

Are you the next McLovin?

“Greg Mottola, the director of the summer teen comedy smash Superbad is searching for his next discovery. He found teenager Christopher Mintz-Plasse after passing out flyers at high school drama departments in L.A. Christopher, who had no previous acting experience, was dragged to the open call by a friend and got the part. We’re hoping something like that happens here! The producers of Greg Mottola’s feature film Adventureland have hired us to cast several principal roles, numerous dayplayers and extras for five weeks of filming starting October 3rd.

What we’re looking for: “Frigo” is a 22-year-old childhood friend of the main character James who is being played by Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, The Village). Frigo’s maturity level is about age eleven but there is something innocent about his chronic childishness. If anyone knows someone 18-22 years old with incredible wild energy, who is naturally funny, we want to meet him! The right candidate must be comfortable with using R-rated language and crude physical comedy. See mossercasting.com for full details on this and regarding Dana Jackson visit www.pittinhollywood.org or call Jen Florian with any questions at 412-624-6564.”

I thought the last item, the search for the next McLovin, to be the most interesting. I’d nominate my childhood friend, Anthony Mahramus, if he wasn’t already working for them as a Promotional Extras Supervisor. Why Anthony? Well, he runs The Mulligan Project sketch comedy group and does this hilarious creepy-stalker character whenever he’s around Justine (actually, not quite sure if this is an act…). Anyway, who would you nominate for the next McLovin? Leave a comment and link to them. Then tag them to do the same. If this goes viral, ultimately we’ll identify the uber-McLovinest person we all know.

  1. 2 Responses to “Pittburgh & Hollywood?”

  2. Oh, how I wish I could be the next McLovin. Unfortunately, people generally think I’m a 24-year-old who looks and acts like he’s 10 years older, and not the other way around. So Jia, are you going to be an extra, or what?

    By Mahramus on Sep 27, 2007

  3. I usually only cameo in projects that are either produced or directed by my friends. But I might drop by to check it out sometime since you’re involved. Is Justine or anyone else I know going to be around?

    Also, don’t break my potential viral blog chain, Mahramus. Who’s your McLovin nominee?

    By Jia on Sep 27, 2007

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