With the basic premise of the film selected it was time to find two of the primary components of our community movie "The Call". The search started for $4000 in funding and people interested in being actors.
Having heard of this burgeoning undertaking Pete Holden offered to donate his annual mayor's salary ($2000) toward the production costs of the film. When asked why he made such a generous offer, Mr. Holden replied, "I think this is a great community project. It's also an excellent way to promote our town, and I can't imagine a more exciting way to help Traer's movie theater than to make our own movie." A fortunate conversation between Mr. Holden and Darlys Hulme of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust resulted in this local bank also offering their support in the amount of $1000. An anonymous benefactor graciously donated the remainder of the needed funds.
Community Volunteer/Church Financial Secretary. She plays the character Candace, devoted sister of Paula
“She gets cable too. Impressive!”
Between the posters promoting the date and time hanging in local businesses, the premier of Clutier's "Hometown" movie the weekend before and the extra people in Traer for the annual Winding Stairs Festival, it was certain that budding actors would be dreaming of stardom by the time Scott Thompson and his My Town Pictures team arrived in Traer on August 14th. For their auditions for "The Call" each aspiring movie star was given a "situation" and then proceeded to develop an improvisational script with Scott's team members. About a week later shouts of, "They picked me!" could probably be heard as people learned they'd been selected for a role in the movie.
In the next edition of this newspaper the buzz about town continues as actors get their scripts, scouting for filming locations starts and rehearsals begin.