Last night, I had a chance to lend my voice to a movie being shot and produced here in Central Illinois. The film is called, "Heartland," and some of you may remember me writing/talking about it back in November, when the producers were looking for film extras for a scene shot at St. Bernard's Parish in Peoria. Quite a few of you showed up to participate, I'm told.
"Heartland" is a screenplay written by Caterpillar retiree-turned-English professor (retired from that, too) William Mayo. His sons Mike and Bob are filming, producing and editting the project, which began a couple years ago. They've enlisted the help of many local volunteers and actors to make this a reality. Even Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis appears in a cameo.
At Bob's home studio last night, I read a couple of short parts, one was that of a radio station voice guy introducing a talk show host (not much of a stretch there). I also voiced the roles of a TV and radio newscaster, reading a couple news headlines. Hopefully, they'll use one of them.
Without giving too much of the story away, "Heartland" is a detective genre film. It begins with the death of a controversial radio talk show host, which is initially ruled a heart attack. A cynical detective teams up with a caring Priest and discovers a murderous plot, while experiencing a spiritual tranformation.
The Mayos will have one more scene that will require film "extras." It's scheduled to be shot on Saturday, February 16, at the Springdale Cemetary in Peoria, begining at 8 a.m. The scene is the detective's funeral, so semi-formal clothes should be worn. Dress in dark blues, purples, grays, black or white. It'll be a 2-4 hour commitment, with a breakfast / snack food provided. All extras wil receive film credit, but, sorry, it's a volunteer (no pay) appearance. Still, a great opportunity to see first hand how a movie is made.