The Mont Alto Film project, auditioned actors for “Ghosting,” a full length independent feature film.
“Ghosting,” a supernatural thriller, will be filmed in south-central Pennsylvania on weekends this fall.
Auditions were held Saturday in the auditorium of the campus’ General Studies Building. Additional auditions will be held Saturday, March 16, from noon to 4 p.m.
Mary Anne Smith, of Waynesboro, Pa., wasn’t trying to get the starring role in “Ghosting.”
She was happy with a speaking role.
“I tried out for Emilia Jackson. She’s a cat lady,” Smith joked. “She takes pictures of cats.”
The 86-year-old said the audition process was a snap.
As a 20-year member of the Blue Ridge Theater Guild, she has a keen interest in theater and the arts.
Smith showed up for the casting call but had an ulterior motive-film production.
“It’s just a little bit part, but I’d just love to get it so I can be part of the film,” Smith said. “I would like to see the mechanics of it - to see just how it all works.”
The mind behind the Mont Alto Film Project is campus English professor Kevin Boon, who started the project to give Penn State Mont Alto students a hands-on education into film production from concept to completion.
“Ghosting,” is the Mont Alto Film Project’s second film. “Two Days Back” was released in the fall of 2011 and was awarded Best Picture in the Horror/Sci-Fi category at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in April 2012.
“The only difference between our film and a big budget Hollywood film is we have smaller equipment and people don’t get paid,” Boon said.
There were a number of parts to cast, including four leads, four supporting roles, 10 speaking parts and five non-speaking roles.
Connor Barron, 14, of Greencastle, Pa., sat outside the auditorium awaiting his chance to wow the casting panel.
He tried out for one of the lead roles — Matt Duncan, described as a first generation college student from a dysfunctional blue collar household.
“I’ve never done it before, but I’m not nervous,” Connor said.
He said he saw something in the local newspaper and decided to try his hand at acting.