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Script turns into short film project in Port Orchard
Southworth resident D.E. “Don” Manning has dreamed about writing a movie script.
Now his dream is coming true.
Manning’s script “Closing Time” will be turned into a short film which will be filmed in Port Orchard. The film is a story a love, disappointment, possible redemption and perhaps new beginnings. Four years after a bad breakup, a couple has a chance encounter in a Seattle bar.
“Writing has been a self-satisfaction hobby, although I have always wanted to do a screenplay,” said Manning, who worked around the film industry during the 1990s.
Manning said through the death of a friend, he became reacquainted with a filmmaker from Bremerton — Brion Rockwell.
“We got to talking and I told him about a script I was working on with another individual for a few years,” said Manning.
He showed Rockwell the uncompleted script and the filmmaker said he liked the dialog.
“He asked me if I had anything finished and I had a film short that I had written as a workshop project from the Vancouver Film School a few years ago,” said Manning. “I showed it to him and he showed it to the head of the Shoreline Community College Professional Film Making Program. They said they would like to make it into a film short.”
The film will star Angela DiMarco and Ben Andrews. Lynette, played by DiMarco, is confronted with choices that could affect the future for herself, as well as others.
Manning met with Rockwell and they decided to shoot the film in Port Orchard.
“I lobbied to do Port Orchard as the film location, even though the setting takes place in Seattle,” Manning said. “Most of the scenes are inside.”
He said scenes from the film will be shot at four downtown locations: Amy’s on the Bay, One Ten Lounge, Port Orchard Public Market and possibly the Port Orchard Marina.
“The scenes are inside and will not show a lot of geography,” said Manning. “The waterfront, inside a restaurant and lounge can easily be Seattle.”
He said Amy Creed, owner of Amy’s and Don Ryan, owner of the One Ten Lounge, has been “very supportive” of the filming in Port Orchard.
“We’ll do some transition shots in the market and maybe the marina,” said Manning. “We’re going to get as much of Port Orchard in as possible in a 15-minute film.”
He said because of digital technology, cost for producing films has decreased.
“Actors actually work for less money and it has opened up the market to independent films, especially the smaller films,” said Manning.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.”
Manning said it take about $3,500 to produce the film and a fundraiser was started on www.kickstarter.com. The goal is $2,900 on Kickstarter.com.
“There are also other individuals who are help funding outside of Kickstarter,” he said. “We’re off to a pretty good start.”
He said they chose to raise funds through Kickstarter because they wanted to use professional actors, along with professional sound and film editing.
“Since we are working with a limited budget, the funds we are trying to raise will help defray these additional costs and ensure a finished film that not only has a good story to tell, but looks and sounds great on the screen while doing it,” Manning said.
The schedule for shooting the film is Aug. 3-5, with a majority of the film shot scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Manning said they will need to provide food and lodging for additional out of town crew members for 2-3 days.
Port Orchard’s Bryan Petro will serve as executive producer for the film, along with California realtor Carleen Long and South Kitsap residents Robert L. Brenner and Joan Taie.
Manning, who was born in Bremerton, has lived in the West Sound area most of his life. He’s lived in Port Orchard for the past 15 years and operates two small businesses.
The future plan for “Closing Time” is to enter it into film festivals and also have it shown in West Sound area theaters. Background and featured extras, and some speaking roles will be filled by local residents and actors, according to Manning.
Individuals interested in servicing as a extra in the movie can contact Manning at email@example.com.