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FILM COMPANY BLENDS CROWD FUNDING AND TALENT SEARCH
Transforming Novel into Motion Picture May Feature Local Athletes and Acting Talent; First Chicagoland Tryout
May 23 & 24 in Bensenville
Baseball fans in and around Chicagoland, Wisconsin and Michigan can now directly participate in a crowd funding initiative that incorporates a talent search by nominating baseball players to play key roles in a movie titled Last At Bat, based on a novel by Mark Donahue. The initiative, titled the Search for Dylan Michael, (the story’s key character) will seek baseball players from the ages of 8-25 to play Dylan in various stages of his life. Crowd funding has become a standard form of raising capital for film makers and other entrepreneurs. In 2013 alone, crowd funding raised over $5.1 billion world-wide. Spike Lee, Tom Hanks, Zack Braff and others have turned to crowd funding whereby fans donate money to a film in exchange for gifts and other perks.
As part of this crowd funding project, persons donating at least $50 at www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com have the option of giving themselves, friends, children and others a printed invitation to attend baseball tryouts that will lead to acting auditions and screen tests for the three baseball players needed to portray Dylan Michael. The 3 winners will each receive a $5,000 acting fee, and up to 100 players – girls/boys/men/women of all ages – are needed to play teammates and opponents in the film.
Another 100 or so men and women are also needed to play coaches, umpires, extras and other roles.
THE INITIAL AREA TRYOUTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 23 AND 24 AT Memorial Stadium, Redmond Sports Complex in Bensenville, starting at 10 am. There will be a morning and afternoon session daily. Players are encouraged to register online, but may register the day of the event with a minimum $50 donation to the crowd funding initiative. Each $50 donation entitles ONE tryout per individual. Tryouts for other, secondary parts do not require registration or a donation. While not having to be professional actors, participants should have the combination of baseball and related skills.
Last at Bat is a comeback story about star-crossed major league baseball star Dylan Michael, who the world believes was killed in a horrific plane crash. But Dylan somehow survived. With the support and devotion of a small southern town he recaptures his on-the-field greatness under a new identity. Producer/author Mark Donahue and Director Jijo Reed embarked on a talent search after Hollywood casting calls did not yield results. Said Reed, “We found good actors, but few could play baseball which is a requirement of the script. Rather than using stand-ins we decided to find young men who can really play the game.” Added Donahue, “I was watching the Little League World Series, and the young men were not only great players but during interviews they were articulate, funny and had that athletic swagger we wanted. They were also hams, but in a good way. So, we decided why not get the real thing?”
Several rounds of tryouts will occur. Times, dates and locations will be announced on www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com. A second round of tryouts is planned for July, with final casting selections to be made around September 1, 2015. “While crowd funding is not new, we wanted to add a twist to the process,” said Donahue. “We want to reach out to baseball fans who we hope, through their donations, will help us make the next great baseball film. But, we also wanted those same fans to either enter the competition themselves or nominate someone they think should be in the film -- a son, nephew, or a daughter.” (Mr. Donahue emphasized that this crowd funding project is not a paid-to-audition initiative, as donors will be given the option to nominate anyone they feel could portray Dylan Michael or other roles.)
With offers to sell his story to Hollywood studios, Mr. Donahue decided financing his film through crowd funding would allow him to retain creative control. To learn more about the tryouts call 773-793-8713 visit www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com, or MarkrDonahue.com.
By: Bob Goldberg on May 12, 2015
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