Thanks to all those helping to make this story of CHRISTMAS RIDE come alive. Pictured here is Dr. Jeff and his airplane with Reagan Britt Mullins playing APRIL and Russell Walden in the role of JOSH at the Covington, TN airport. The cast and crew are also enjoying filming in the beautifully decorated homes of private citizens of the city. Trucks provided by Thornton Home Furnishings and cars by the owners of Automotive Pro Tek as well as a couple in Somerville are creating the period feel of the early nineteen nineties. We appreciate the City of Covington permitting us to film at the prior First Baptist Church, and the Covington Police Department for assisting. Thanks to Karl Collins for letting us film at the City Service Station on Highway 51, the owner of Sparky's, and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Special thanks also go to Wing Stop in Cordova between Bonnie and Dexter on Germantown Parkway for feeding the cast and crew after one filming session and to the historic Ruffin Theatre for loaning us some props.
I am so thankful to all who are helping me make this screenplay CHRISTMAS RIDE into a film. Special thanks go to Coffee in the Attic and the Chamber Center in Covington, TN where we held the auditions, Don Baskin Truck Sales LLC, Yarbrough Media Productions, the musicians who are making originals available for this faith-based production: Danny Jones and Marty Ray; Fractured Atlas, the contributors through Indiegogo, and the actors who performed in the teaser and those that provided locations for the scenes and music for it; our adviser Diane Howard, and coverage through the press written by Gerry Jones and others.
We have exciting news on the horizon about the cast. In the meantime, we need to gather props together for the fabulous locations where the scenes will be filmed very soon.
Visited Forrest Pruett's Memphis Acting class Monday night to watch talent in action and talk about Christmas Ride's acting needs. Forgot to mention that U.S. Veterans are given preference for hires.
On the look out for vehicles. Christmas Ride needs for the filming:
1) a family style four door sedan from 1990 and before for the leads
2) a low life's car of the same general era;
3) a large truck or van from that time;
4) highway patrol squad car
5) and also a 2012 red corvette convertible, with a back seat
Sponsorship film credits available for car dealers who loan . . .
Locations are being actively scouted now.
This picture is a photo of a painting called Christmastime. Other art by this artist is on fineartamerica.com
Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in further information or helping with the production in the greater Memphis area.
ART PROMOTIONS is seeking a production studio for the filming of the feature CHRISTMAS RIDE. Studios in Memphis,TN are in consideration as well as those farther afield such as this large film facility in Shreveport, LA, called Millennium Studio. The studio must be spacious enough to film this road trip drama which includes some takes within an automobile. The story is set in 1991, so the car would need to be from that year or earlier and seat four. There are twenty speaking roles with an average of four people in most scenes. This spiritually uplifting story of redemption needs to be filmed this year. Is it possible? Perhaps a TV Production company and studio which regularly produces dramas could make it happen.
The Memphis writer's group, Script Write, read the screenplay Christmas Ride by Karen Francis aloud on July 24 and critiqued it afterwards. The event was filmed and this Table Read is in editing now.