Stagewright getting it in gear

Well they have a name finally — Stagewright Films — a solid team, and the actors, which means David Mauriello and his crew will finally start shooting “Just Say Love,” his original play. “The actors arrive April 28. We’ll have a few days of rehearsal …; let people get to know one another. Then Bill (Humphreys) will start filming on the fourth, (at Granite Media Center in Tilton),” says Mauriello.

This is the first play Stagewright plans to film — doing so in a manner that maintains a theatrical sense while adapting it to the medium. The team includes Humphreys, the “hands on guy,” says Executive Producer Mauriello, who describes himself as the behind-the-scene/overseer.

Kirkland Tibbels is an executive producer and Tyler Heon and Brad Branch are co-producers.

The project has signed on with Funny Boy Films of California.

“They’ll bring us to the distributors.”

They also arranged the California auditions that brought Matthew Jaeger (film work examples: “Room Service” with Howie Mandel and “Elevator” with Elizabeth Berkeley; TV: History Channel, and A&E), and Robert Mammana (film examples: “Flightplan” and “Berkeley” and TV “The Unit,” “Numbers,” and “The OC.”

Turnaround will be fairly quick, says Mauriello. “This is not like the old days where you waited for film to be developed,” says Mauriello. “I think early summer we’ll have something, maybe not the final …; but fairly soon.”

The group originally planned to move right into its second project. But on the advice of Funny Boy we’ll wait “and see how this went first,” says Mauriello. “If this kicks in real fast and we get some money back, well, boy that would be terrific, and then we’d certainly get into the second one.”

Printed in The Portsmouth Herald on 4/24/08

Written by Jeanne Mccartin