Get ready for your close-up, Roswell — an independent film production company seeks local shooting locations, as well as cast and crew members in preparation of its latest project.
Vivid Light Pictures, based in Artesia, is in the pre-production stage of its latest feature, “Unfinished Business,” a paranormal action movie about the ghost of a law enforcement agent helping another agent to capture an arms dealer.
The film plans to start shooting by the end of January and already has several actors attached to the project, including Geoffrey Notkin of The Science Channel’s “Meteorite Men.”
Suzee Corbell is the writer and director of the film. A Roswell native, Corbell created the production company after working more than 20 years in various behind-the-scenes positions for Hollywood films, such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
“My goal was to work as many jobs behind the camera as I could to become a better director,” she said.
As director, she has a lot of work ahead of her. This weekend, Corbell will be busy on several tasks, such as script revisions, storyboarding and consulting with paranormal experts on props and equipment.
“We’re ready to shoot, we’re just trying to nail down everything we can to have things move as smoothly as possible,” she said.
This also includes location scouting. Corbell said she’s considering areas such as Bottomless Lakes and the Roswell Mall, but is also looking for houses that can be used for those of the main characters as well as office space to serve as the headquarters of the agents’ organization.
The project also is looking for independent artists and collectors of vintage items to contribute wardrobe and props.
For example, the film’s villainess dresses fashion-forward, Corbell said, and the paranormal expert character is steampunk-inspired and uses vintage science equipment.
“We want some really unusual things,” she said.
Another need the film has is for crew members. So far, students of the ENMU-Roswell film department have been helpful, Corbell said.
“Alan (Trever, the media arts program director at ENMU-R) does a great job with training the students,” she said. “It’s nice to have someone come in who knows the equipment and what’s going on.”
Trever said the department is always trying to bring more productions to the southeastern part of the state and put students to work.
“It’s just a natural fit for our program to help a filmmaker like this get a film done,” he said.
In addition to enrolled and graduate students, the company is also willing to work with and train others interested.
Another way to get involved is by helping fund the project. On Monday, the company will launch a page on Indiegogo and will offer contributors perks for their donations, such as a film credit, DVDs of the completed film or a set visit.
“We’re trying to come up with fun things,” Corbell said. “We want people to have the opportunity to take ownership of the movie and make it more fun.”
Corbell focuses on fun because that’s what filmmaking is for her.
“It just makes my whole life more creative,” she said. “I always have my eye out and my ear open. It’s a creative outlet that I would not trade for anything.
“There are times when we probably want to kill each other on the set, but that’s fine, too. We can laugh about it after.”
Anyone who would like to become involved with the film’s production may call 736-1128 or 624-7045. He or she can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates on the project, visit vividlightpictures.com or follow @UnBizMovie on Twitter.