Shooting began today on the Thirty Decibels book trailer.
And what better way to kick off the production than to capture the story’s villain?
Meet CityLeader Frankel
CityLeader Hiram Frankel, AKA Jason Kingsley
CityLeader Hiram Frankel wields the most political power in East Jefferson, Texas, where main character Ava lives. In fact, Ava’s mother (a Whisperer) works for the man himself. His groundbreaking legislation will take away Whisperers’ only freedoms, and he hopes to extend these changes nationally. He represents the newest, most power-hungry generation of Leaders since the Whisper Rules went into effect nearly a century ago.
Sehban Zaidi, the director, shot several takes of actor Jason Kingsley giving a speech as CityLeader Frankel. Since we won’t be using his audio for the final cut, Jason made up his own powerful orations… about baked goods and tasty desserts. He had all of us giggling. Yes, every powerful villain has facets that make them human – I guess Frankel’s got a powerful sweet tooth.
Production Assistant Steve Kroodsma and Director Sehban Zaidi ensure they’ve got a great shot.
After a few fantastic casting sessions and a challenging decision-making process, I’d like to introduce you to the lead actors for the Thirty Decibels trailer:
Ava (known in real life as Freya)
Ava's love interest, Ben (Cole)
Ava's BFF Michele (Katherine)
I cannot wait to see Freya, Cole, and Katherine bring the story to life! Each of them seem to naturally embody their characters, which made our casting sessions quite enjoyable – and maybe even a little surreal.
I’m thrilled beyond belief about the level of talent involved so far. Along with these awe-inspiring actors, I’m also working with an amazing director, Sehban Zaidi of Palinopsia Studio. (Here’s Sehban’s reel.)
Right now, we’re finalizing storyboards and scouting locations, and we’ll shoot within the next six weeks.
We need Chicago-area locations.
If you know of a choir rehearsal space (as you’d find in a school), a library, or a theater/stage space (all in/around Chicago, to appear in the trailer), please give me a shout. We’re in need!
…And stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates. :)