Bossier Parish Community College's Film Institute is a week into producing "At War with the Ants." To provide on-set training, these summer movie projects pull together a student crew, faculty and local talent.
"We have a lot of new students," said BPCC prof Paul Kaszuba, "and they are very excited about the experiences they've received this week."
The project, BPCC's seventh, shoots through June 26.
The screenplay comes from Timothy Miller, of Bossier City, who's answered a few questions for LaMovBloggers.
Alexandyr Kent: Have you ever had a screenplay produced before? If yes, what? If yes or no, what are you hopes for this project?
Timothy Miller: This will be the first script I've had produced. Besides the satisfaction of seeing my characters come to life, having a produced script gives a writer more credibility with producers, as well as a work sample they can actually SEE.
AK: What's "At War with the Ants" about, and what's the genre?
TM: "AWWTA" is a family comedy about a young couple at loggerheads over whether to have a baby, with the husband's entire family arrayed against him in his wife's favor. Ultimately it's about overcoming fear and learning to put your trust in love.
AK: Did you draw inspiration from particular filmmakers or screenwriters?
TM: There's something that really good movies (and novels) set in the South do, and that's suspend time, which is what happens down here. People aren't slower, it's just that clocks don't exist. Robert Altman got it right, especially with Ann Rapp in "Cookie's Fortune." Shainee Gabel got it with "Love Song for Bobby Long," Craig Brewer with "Black Snake Moan." That's something I tried to do with this script.
AK: Do you work with any local writers groups, or are you a lone wolf?
TM: I have an online family of aspiring screenwriters that read each others' work and cheer each other on, but I haven't met any other screenwriters (or playwrights) here yet. I'd enjoy that.
Cast and a few crew
Dodie Brown as Hannah Buckley
Matt Carroll* as Evan Buckley
Tommy Wallace as Cyrus
Grace La Rocca as Jordan Buckley
Dusty Graham as Faith
Angela Vo* as Maggie
Nathan Prestidge* as Kirby
Corey DeCastillo as Tristan
LaShana Harris as Nikki
Veronica Stanton as Demi
Kevin Stafford Jr.* as A.J.
Jonathan Posey as Jason (also 1st AD)
Larry Powell and Paula Kaszuba, producers
Eric Tuxen, director
For questions about BPCC's Film Institute, call 318.678.6304.