Director Vic Sarin talks over a scene with star Emily Osment as students from Okanagan College look on. (Photo by Jerome Berthier/Sepia Films)
Producers of the film, A Daughter's Nightmare, are looking for background actors to fill a concert hall, likely Kelowna Community Theatre, Friday morning. You won't earn any money, but you could see yourself on the big screen when the film airs on TV next year.
The three-week shoot, which wraps up Saturday, is going out with a blast. The casting director needs at least 500 volunteers of all ages to comprise the audience at a country-music concert. The musicians will look real, but probably won't perform.
"You can't just show up," said Andy Holmes, the film's community liaison and a Kelowna native. "It could be a couple hours. People should be prepared (to be there) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m."
Friday is a school district professional-development day for staff, and students have the day off. There's no age limit, although Holmes suggested kids under age 13 should come with an adult.
The crew will give away prizes while shooting the scene, Holmes said.
The Sepia Films project is the third in a series by the Vancouver-based production company. It stars Kelowna actor Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill) and features Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Spy Kids 2 & 3D), Gregg Sulkin (Pretty Little Liars, Wizards of Waverly Place), and Victoria Pratt (Mutant X).
A Sister's Nightmare, the first instalment, was shot in West Kelowna. The second, A Mother's Nightmare, filmed in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Penticton.
This movie has shot mostly in Kelowna and at Quails' Gate winery in West Kelowna. Camera crews spent a week in the Kettle Valley subdivision - a location Holmes said was "creepy how perfect everything was" - and briefly took over Sunshine Market on Lakeshore Road.
On Wednesday, Osment and Sulkin were filming at Okanagan College.
"It's buzzing with students. People are all over the place. (Some are) keen to come out Friday," Holmes said.
A graduate of Rutland Senior Secondary, Holmes played football with the Okanagan Sun and did marketing for the Westside Warriors. Now 26, he has spent two years working for Sepia Films.
All three films were made for the Lifetime Network, a U.S. cable channel that specializes in made-for-TV movies for female audiences. People in Western Canada can see the film on Movie Central early next year.