I'm relatively new to the film scene happening here in Pittsburgh. Things I do know about it 1. It's busy 2. It's thriving and 3. It's a whole lotta fun. Working on Mason introduced me to a lot of skilled, awesome people who know a lot more about filmmaking than I do (which is convenient to a newbie film actor, like me). While working on the set of Mason, I met Paul Nandzik who was working as our stunt coordinator (and revolutionary drunk as seen in Episode 2). He's working on a new project now with Oh Penny Pictures, and, full disclosure: it sounded a little crazy at first. But now that I've seen the trailer, I'm way into it and looking forward to seeing more. Hence the blog post.
Forever Young, Paul's current project, is about:
Are you hooked? Great. You can support the project by donating HERE.
Not buying it? Another full disclosure: I'm not into vampires (or any other kind of undead)...but then the trailer happened:
I'm in! I mean, who doesn't want to see a vampire go through high school? In a real, anything-but-Twilight kind of way, amiright? I asked Paul (who admits to enjoying absurdity and soap operas) what sparked the idea for Forever Young, and he told me the following:
If anyone can be trusted to write, produce and direct a series about a vampire queen going back to high school because of boredom, it's Paul. His experiences include working on mainstream union films, indies (go Mason!) and student films, both in front of and behind the camera. For a full list of credits, check out Paul's IMDB page. He's also got a killer (no pun intended) crew surrounding him.
Fun fact: if you've never worked on a film before, a lot goes wrong while you're on set. It's so interdependent on everyone doing their job, and everything going right with all the moving parts and the location and other resources, that if one piece falls out, things might fall apart. This is enough to make my type-A self cringe. Paul? Nope. He says it's his favorite part of filmmaking.
Yay creative problem solving!!!
Forever Young filmed last November and is now in post-production. Once the episode is complete, Oh Penny Pictures is hoping to distribute the episode to our favorite streaming services. So if you like what you saw in the trailer, keep your fingers crossed!
And of course, if you like what you saw, Forever Young needs money to keep producing. Funny thing, that money. They have all kinds of benefits for donating and more fun things on their Indiegogo site that you can find here. Choose to donate and support local artists and local film and make a difference!
Photo credit: Megan Bonus