Fountain of Youth Productions, founded by 15-year-old Audrey Larson and 16-year-old Shay Martin, is a new local film group comprising a group of teenage film enthusiasts.
Sharon Patch spoke with Larson about the group's upcoming project "Countdown", which begins filming Feb. 18-21.
Sharon Patch: Tell us about Fountain of Youth Productions.
Audry Larson: We started Fountain of Youth Productions because we didn't see this kind of opportunity available to kids and teens in our area. Our passion is film making and we have the utmost commitment, responsibility and dedication to make this dream a reality. We also have adult mentors to guide us in our vision: a drama coach, a film-maker, a fiction writer, a young entrepreneur, and social media expert.
We'd like to be an outlet for talented kids who together create imaginative family friendly films completely written, acted, directed and produced by kids.
Sharon Patch: When did you start Fountain of Youth Productions?
Larson: We started the group in January 2012 with a kick-off event at the Sharon Public Library. A couple months later, we started developing our first script. Since then, we have organized drama classes with teacher Alice Springer of Sharon, studied film technique, designed our website, wrote the script for our first short film "Countdown", and auditioned and selected the cast which includes three Sharon kids.
Sharon Patch: What opportunities are there for teens who want to participate but may not want to be in front of the camera?
Larson: FYP is not just for actors! Our mission is to offer kids and teens the chance to be a part of making a short movie. This includes not only acting, but set design, sound, lighting, directing, make-up, and costumes. In addition to making family-friendly films, Shay and I envision FYP offering acting workshops and film-related events for kids and teens. We are also offering kids the chance to submit a script or script idea for a future film. In addition to creating family-friendly films, we envision FYP offering acting workshops and film-related events for kids and teen
Sharon Patch: Is still a chance for other teens to get involved working on "Countdown"?
Larson: Yes, our first Project, "Countdown", is a 15-minute film shooting February 18th to 21st in Sharon. Our cast of eight includes three other Sharon kids: Maayan Ziv-Kreger (11), Leia Resnick (12), and Kayla Schechter (9). We still have some behind-the scenes jobs open including sound engineers, gaffers (chief electrician in a motion picture or television production), grips, production assistant, still photographer, make up artists and hair stylists. We also have a limited number of spots for extras (who will appear on film). Kids and teens interested in any of these roles can contact us through our website.
Sharon Patch: How are you getting funded?
Larson: In order to raise money for equipment and production costs we have created a campaign on Indiegogo (a crowd-funding website): www.indiegogo.com/fountainofyouthproductions. We are also hired by The Binah School in Sharon (a new Jewish girls school) to film and edit short promotional videos.
For more information, contact Larson and Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.