NESCom Students in Bangor Casting Stars For Film Based On J.K. Rowling Story

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 11 months ago

Last year, students at the New England School of Communications turned Stephen King’s short story “The Last Rung on the Ladder” into an award winning short film.”It was a great opportunity for us to produce something that the school has never quite seen before,” said Brandon Doyen, a senior studying video production.This year, they’re working on adapting the short story “The Tale of the Three Brothers” by another well-known author.”We’ve got rights, right now, to produce a short film based on the work of J.K. Rowling. Warner Brothers, who actually owns the Harry Potter world, actually gave us permission to take one of her short stories that comes from that world, and create a short film out of it. We’re really excited that this is going to be the first project the students in our video film track are able to use the Red Epic that we purchased, it’s coming this fall,” said instructor, Frank Welch.Instructors and students expect this project to be a big one.”It will have students in the audio track, students in the video track, in the entertainment production track, all working together over the course of really the next year to put together this final piece,” said Welch.Before they can film the movie, they need stars. “The two main characters are going to be a small boy around the age of ten, eight, somewhere around there, as well as an older gentleman, who’s going to be playing his grandfather. Those are the two parts were looking for. We also have a couple of female parts around twenty years old, as well as a female part, and we’re also going to have a lot of extras that we’d like for a couple of key scenes,” said Doyen.After the film is done, they’ll enter it in film festivals, looking to repeat their award winning ways.”Hopefully, fingers crossed, some career opportunities,” said Doyen.Anyone is encouraged to come out for the casting call at the Gracie Theatre next Tuesday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 9pm.For more information, head to nescom.edu.


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