On December 29, 2014, the president of the United Film and Television Artists, Inc. (UFTA) announced that the beginning of pre-production of their new film (title in the works) has begun. UFTA’s new movie will be shot on location in SW Florida, and the theme strongly looks like it will be one from the old west!
Al Quinn is UFTA’s president, and the majority of the film’s cast and crew will most likely consist of the non-profit organization’s members. According to Quinn, earlier this year UFTA Productions shot a short film called “Casting.” It was entered in several film festivals, and it’s still in the running!
There were a variety of castings in 2013 for “Casting,” and most of the cast and crew for that film were from UFTA, but non-members participated as well. The film shot in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida. One location was at talent agent Geri Muck’s Protocol Models on the Gulf.
The first film’s premise was that of the dos and don’ts of casting or auditioning for film, TV and stage. UFTA offers to help educate its members, and this was, and is, one way to do it. The group feels so strongly about it that they continue to help lay the foundation of yet another film for the same purpose.
The new film, maybe with a western theme this time, will be shot out of UFTA’s local area, although the organization’s members are not all from Naples and Fort Myers. This time the film scouting has been in the Clearwater area. Director of photography Ernesto Lasso de La Vega has scouted the location already, as he was invited to do so by UFTA member Miles Christian-Hart.
With all films, the cast, crew, locations, themes, titles, and more, can change. However, right now Al Quinn says UFTA is working on perfecting all the above, and of course coming up with a strong script before casting for the film even begins. Many of those not in the entertainment biz probably do not realize what hard work goes into such a film project, and the pre-production of it is one example.
In addition to actors, makeup, hair, stunt people, director, producer, grips, lighting, animal wranglers, craft services (food), finances, and much more, are needed for such a project to happen successfully. That is where UFTA comes in, as the group includes many talent from most, if not all, of those areas.
A western theme is being considered due to the location that has been “donated.” It is literally a western town, and the ghost town looks every bit authentic to use in this project. Even the wardrobe has been donated. All again, thanks to Christian-Hart. If, however, that location does not work, Quinn has other ideas.
“For the past few months we have been in the ‘thinking stage’ of a good script. After we have that we will move on. Unlike the last film in which we shot inside in air conditioning, and could shoot anytime of year here in Florida’s very warm weather and bugs, we might have to narrow our shoot times down to only the winter months if we shoot outside this time.
Wherever we end up shooting we still need actors and a crew, and UFTA can help with those needs. I’m a union actor (SAG/AFTRA) myself, but I don’t expect to work with all union actors, and that’s okay. The purpose of this film is to help UFTA members (new and seasoned) learn what it’s like to a part of such a hard working project first hand and see it through!” – Al Quinn, UFTA President
Looks like Al Quinn, UFTA, and its other members are gung ho on this project, and readers most likely wish them well. No matter what film location or theme is decided upon for their film, the process of deciding all that in this, their pre-production stage, is a great way to ring in the new year!
Enjoy video interview about Rihanna being part of a film shoot, her first.