A small screen production could make a big local impact. Casting for a Hollywood based production begins this weekend in the Port City. Some say, it couldn't come at a better time.
"I think if you talk to anybody on Front Street, besides maybe the bars, they're going to tell you their sales are down 90 to 95 percent," Alyssa Bauman, owner of vintage boutique Flashbax, said.
That's why a new pilot, set to start shooting in a few weeks, is a glimmer of hope for Bauman's bottom line.
"We do a lot of wardrobe for TV shows and movie shoots that come in to town," Bauman said.
It's the TV and movie industry that's helped keep Flashbax afloat while the city of Wilmington makes construction improvements to Front Street.
"We are very fortunate to have the film industry here," Bauman said, "If it weren't for a lot of those people through these winter months, with this road construction, I don't know if I'd still be here right now."
With the fate of an eighth season of One Tree Hill still undecided, a new series here could mean steady work for costumers, production houses and camera companies, just to name a few. Plus, it's a shot to get some local actors a badly needed paycheck.
"We've been waiting for something," Actor and Producer, Michael Kuhn said, "This could be a ray of hope in to that."
The producers of the new CBS television pilot shooting in Wilmington are looking for people to be on the show. Fincannon & Associates, Inc., will hold a casting call this weekend.
The open casting call is Saturday and Sunday for background actors aged 18 or older to portray small-town residents in need of all manner of medical assistance for a new CBS television pilot from Bonanza Productions Inc. and executive producers John Wells (Southland, ER, The West Wing and Third Watch), Hannah Shakespeare(Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home) and Christopher Chulack (Southland, ER, Third Watch).
According to a release, the untitled medical project revolves around a team of medical professionals who travel the US helping those in desperate need of assistance. Fincannon & Associates is handling local location casting for the project and is seeking all types and ethnicity's of people to make up the residents of a small Southern community. Of particular interest are people with any medical-related professional life experience: EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, etc.
Note: All background actors must be 18 years of age or older. Those hired will work at some time between March 22, 2010, and April 9, 2010.
The open casting call for extras over the age of 18 will be held on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Interviews will be held at the Fincannon offices at EUE-Screen Gems Studios at 1235 23rd Street North, Wilmington, NC 28405.
Please bring a recent photo of yourself. If you don’t have a recent photo, one can be taken for a fee of $2. No acting experience is necessary.
The pilot features an ensemble cast including Janeane Garofalo (24, Freak Show, The West Wing), Amy Smart (Scrubs), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) and Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights, the Hostel movies, Lakeview Terrace). John Levey is the pilot’s Los Angeles–based casting director.