Sunday, February 7, 2010

Casting in Columbia, MO

It's, like, one in the morning and I got on a plane fifteen hours ago, so this first post is going to be succinct due to sheer exhaustion. We are shooting a feature film in Columbia, Missouri this March, starting in a couple of weeks. It is a thriller entitled A Horrible Way to Die. This film will be written and produced by me, Simon Barrett. You can view my feature film credits on my IMDb page at I also have a blog at and a Twitter feed at

Adam Wingard is directing. His IMDb page is at and there's a fine Twitch article about him, compiling some of his early YouTube shorts, here. You should check that out. You can also Google both of us for more information, obviously.

Our other producers are Travis Stevens ( and Kim Sherman, who is producing for us locally. Kim was the producer of 10 Hours a Week, a feature film that shot in Columbia last summer, as well as this White Rabbits video, among others. Travis is involved in about eight other feature films that are shooting this year and most recently was a producer on Summer's Moon, which starred that cute girl from Twilight who won't return my phone calls.

As you can see, despite my inability to type a coherent sentence right now, we have legitimate credits, and we would not be making this film if we did not have reasons to believe that it will be distributed internationally. That said, this is a bit of a creative experiment for us, to make a very low budget film with no studio interference. We are going to be doing local casting over the next couple of weeks, and we would love to cast as many of our roles as possible with local actors. Although I now reside in Los Angeles, Columbia is my hometown and I have always wanted to shoot a production here due to the vast talent resources available in this town. That was a lame sentence, but I can't think of any better way to phrase it.

If you are a local actor or think you might like to help out with this film in any way, please hit us up at, contact me via Twitter or Facebook, or just come find us at Ragtag, where we will be lurking most evenings until production begins.

I will try to follow up this post with another entry providing more details regarding our production, and will continue to update this blog as time allows, but we're kind of busy finding locations and stuff and I have two other screenplay projects due, so for now this will have to suffice.



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