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6/11/2013

Film alliance on the hunt for extras

By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News

ST. MARYS -- The Coastal Georgia Film Alliance is seeking extras for scenes of a movie that will be filmed at the former site of Durango-Georgia Paper Co. in St. Marys.

Anyone familiar with the site will understand why producers of "Preserve" chose it. The movie is described as an apocalyptic story that takes place 170 years after a disaster has driven humanity underground. Survivors finally emerge to the surface and seek safe harbor in an unwelcoming world.

The mill site is a mostly demolished industrial site with piles of rubble and debris that is still being cleaned up.

Barbara Ryan, film alliance talent coordinator and vice chair, said producers are seeking as many as 75 adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who are physically fit enough to run.

The extras, who will all be unpaid, will play the roles of survivors being pursued.

"Participants will be asked to wear their grungiest survival clothes," Ryan said. "An on-site makeup artists will do the rest to bring the illusion to life."

The sign up for extras will be on a first-respond, first-enrolled basis, Ryan said.

"This is the first movie we've coordinated where we're encompassing the talents of our newly enrolled alliance partners of Liberty, McIntosh, and Charlton counties," Ryan said. "Glynn County and northeast Florida residents are welcome as well, so we're expecting a big response."

"Preserve" was written by Wayne Degan and is being directed by Brandon Herron, both residents of Coastal Georgia.

Doug Vaught, film alliance chair, has been assisting the filming for nearly six weeks and said he has been impressed.

"Much of the film is being made in St. Marys on the old paper mill site," Vaught said. "In fact, the site actually inspired the writing of the film. And scenes are being filmed in surrounding counties, as well."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.