Does Carole Lombard appear a bit ambivalent about the showgirl outfit she's wearing in the 1928 Pathe part-talkie "Show Folks"? Maybe so, but if you've ever had ambitions of being in show business, I'm going to give you a chance.
I'm proud to announce that a month from now -- Saturday, Oct. 24 -- I'm holding a virtual table read for my romantic comedy feature...
..."Stand Tall!" Its logline, for those unfamiliar with the story:
A Vegas waitress tripled in size falls in love with the scientist who accidentally enlarged her, becomes a beloved showroom headliner, and vows to rescue him when he's kidnapped by three mutual rivals.
I've continued to hone the screenplay, and by now I think I've created a rom-com tribute to the sci-fi subgenre of "giant woman" movies, one with characters you care about, emotional depth...and yes, plenty of laughs.
I've got my leads for Colleen Cossitt and Keswick Fletcher lined up; both are professional actors with credits in the Internet Movie Database, and they're honestly excited about playing this loving, if mismatched, couple. I've also lined up a few actors with similar resumes for supporting roles.
Now, I'm looking to fill out the cast. As of this evening, here are available parts:
All things being equal, I'd prefer to cast professionals in these roles, but beggars can't be choosers. If your acting experience is minimal, I have plenty of bit roles available (I'm the narrator). It promises to be plenty of fun -- and the person in charge of the production plans to record the table read and make it available.
I have Facebook friends and Twitter connections who are actors, and something like this might be right up their alley...especially if comedy is their strong suit. If you're interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to have you join us. Read the script at https://filmfreeway.com/projects/476988.
Additionally, some potentially good news for my other romantic comedy, the witness protection thriller...
..."Fugitive Sweetheart." A producer whose company has released several films in the $5-8 million range has expressed interest in an option agreement for this heartland-based tale of two New Jersey high school classmates who find themselves in Colorado three decades later -- but she's got a new identity. When he finds out why, their lives, and those of a few close friends, may be at stake.
Keep your fingers crossed.